acoustic and electric bassist :: justin grinnell J u s t i n G r i n n e l l . c o m

h o m e :: b i o g r a p h y :: i t i n e r a r y :: m u s i c :: g a l l e r y :: v i d e o :: c o n t a c t

:: this just-in!

Justin Grinnell Interview Release
On Episode 16 of Tyson Fok's podcast, What The Hell Is Water?, "Tyson chats with Justin about justice, waiting, and not sweating the technique!"
What The Hell Is Water?, Episode 16: "JUSTIN GRINNELL: WTH is ... letters put together?!"
Released Jan. 16, 2023
[Listen to What The Hell Is Water?, Episode 16, on Spotify]

[YouTube Playlist]

Peter Sprague Album Release - Spinning In Infinity: Peter Sprague Plays Paul Simon
Peter Sprague (guitar, arrangements), Allison Adams Tucker (voice), Tripp Sprague (tenor sax, piano), Justin Grinnell (double bass, electric bass), Duncan Moore (drums), Lisa Hightower (voice on "You Can Call Me Al")
Released Jan. 4, 2023

Cynthia Hammond & The Smokin' Jays
L>R: Jim Storey (guitar), Jay Hearn (drums), Cynthia Hammond (voice), Justin Grinnell (bass)
2001-ish @ Juke Joint, San Diego, CA

RIP Jim Storey - My first steady gig was on Wednesday nights from Dec 2000 to Aug 2001 at the Juke Joint (4th Ave) with vocalist Cynthia Hammond. Cynthia's band was usually made up of guitarist Jim Storey, drummer Jay Hearn, and me on bass. At some point, we started referring to ourselves as Cynthia Hammond & The Smokin' Jays, but I don't think we ever advertised that name. While playing our steady gig, we also did a couple of shows at Dizzy's (7th Ave) and recorded a demo album. In 2000-2001, I was essentially a beginner jazz musician. I was reading every tune, even the most well-known standards, out of my fake book. I have fond memories of working with Jim. He was always encouraging and we laughed a lot during our breaks. (JG, 2023/01/04)

[YouTube Video]

Peter Sprague and the Tribute Rebels Perform "Sing Your Song" (Composed by Justin Grinnell)
Peter Sprague (guitar), Tripp Sprague (tenor sax), Danny Green (piano), Justin Grinnell (bass), Duncan Moore (drums)
Published Jan. 3, 2023
[Originally performed during "Live(ish) at SpragueLand Episode 26 Peter Sprague Plays Songs of Home" on Jan. 28, 2022]

Melonie Grinnell Trio
L>R: Justin Grinnell (bass), Melonie Grinnell (piano), D'Vonne Lewis (drums)
Jan. 1, 2023 @ The Historic Davenport Hotel, Spokane, WA

:: some 2022 highlights

[YouTube Playlist]

David Borgo Album Release - Cautiously Optimistic
David Borgo (tenor saxophone), Peter Sprague (guitar), Alan Eicher (piano), Justin Grinnell (bass), Julien Cantelm (drums)
Released Dec. 14-25, 2022 (one video per day)

Justin Grinnell Song Release
Justin Grinnell's song, "Letters Put Together," is now the theme song for Tyson Fok's podcast, "What The Hell Is Water?" The song features Paul Seaforth (trumpet), David Borgo (tenor sax), Melonie Grinnell (piano), Richard Sellers (drums) & Justin Grinnell (bass)
What The Hell Is Water?, Episode 4, Released Aug. 20, 2022
[Listen to the podcast on Spotify]
[Listen to the whole song on YouTube]

Peter Sprague Album Release - Day Tripper: Peter Sprague Plays The Beatles
Peter Sprague (guitar), Rebecca Jade (voice), Tripp Sprague (sax, flute, piano), Justin Grinnell (bass), & Duncan Moore (drums)
Released Sep. 1, 2022
[Listen to the album on Spotify and YouTube]
[Watch the original livestream on YouTube: Live(ish) at Spragueland, Episode 30]

The Beatles are one of my all-time favorite bands and I like to take their songs and warp them into my jazz point of view. ... I experiment ... and work at it until I get what feels fresh and new but still feeling like a Beatles tune. ... what good fortune I have to work with my favorite musos and my favorite Rebecca Jade on vocals. []

2023 - updated 1/16/2023