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

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:: biography

JUSTIN GRINNELL is a San Diego-based freelance jazz bassist and music educator.

Justin frequently performs with his own groups and as a sideman [Click on :: itinerary :: to see where Justin is performing next]. He is often performing with San Diego's most respected jazz artists, including Holly Hofmann, Christopher Hollyday, Duncan Moore, Jim Plank, Richard Sellers, Peter Sprague, Tripp Sprague, Mike Wofford, and Mikan Zlatkovich.

Justin is a long-standing member of the Danny Green Trio (with pianist Danny Green and drummer Julien Cantelm), a melodic and nimble piano trio featuring Green's original compositions and his creative combination of Modern Jazz, Brazilian Jazz, and Classical influences [Click on :: video :: to check out videos of the trio performing]. Since its inception in 2008, the trio has released five albums: With You In Mind (2009), A Thousand Ways Home (2012), After The Calm (2014), Altered Narratives (2016), and One Day It Will (2018).

In 2015, the Danny Green Trio teamed up with vocalist Leonard Patton to form LP And The Vinyl. The quartet released its debut album, Heard And Seen (Origin Records), in April 2020 [Click on :: video :: to check out videos of LP And The Vinyl performing].

Justin can be heard performing his own compositions and arrangements on his 2013 debut album, Without You [Click on :: music :: to hear the album]. The album features Justin on acoustic and electric bass alongside tenor saxophonist Robby Marshall, pianist Josh Nelson, and drummer Dan Schnelle.

In addition to performing, Justin maintains an active teaching schedule as adjunct faculty at University of San Diego and Grossmont College, and as faculty for the Francis Parker Annual Summer Jazz Workshop. He also frequently serves as an adjudicator and clinician at local music festivals, such as the Coronado Jazz Festival and the San Diego Bass Fest.

Justin received his Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Jazz Performance from San Diego State University while studying with bassists Gunnar Biggs and Bert Turetzky. Justin has also achieved ABD (all but dissertation) status for a doctoral degree in Jazz Studies at the University of Southern California. Besides studying privately with Los Angeles' first-call jazz bassist, Darek Oles, Justin's enrollment at USC gave him the opportunity to study with internationally-recognized jazz artists Peter Erskine, Russ Ferrante, Bob Mintzer, and Alan Pasqua.

Justin Grinnell is a member of the San Diego Music Union, American Federation of Musicians, Local 325.

:: Selected Discography

Peter Sprague :: Day Tripper - Peter Sprague Plays The Beatles
(SBE Records, Sep 2022)

Sonic Colossus Jazz Orchestra :: On A Clear Day
(July 2022)

Peter Sprague :: Plays Pat Metheny, Vol. 1 & 2
(SBE Records, Mar 2022)

Peter Sprague :: River
(SBE Records, Feb 2022)

LP And The Vinyl :: Heard And Seen
(OA2 Records, Apr 2020)

Danny Green Trio Plus Strings :: One Day It Will
(OA2 Records, 2018)

Danny Green Trio :: Altered Narratives
(OA2 Records, 2016)

Danny Green Trio :: After the Calm
(OA2 Records, 2014)

Nathan Hubbard :: Encinitas and Everything After
- Volume Three (waterlilies, following the moon)
- Volume Five (remembrance)
(Castor&Pollux Music, 2014)

Dmitri Matheny Quartet :: Sagebrush Rebellion
(Papillon Recordings, 2014)

Justin Grinnell Quartet :: Without You
(Dec 2013)

Brad Steinwehe Jazz Orchestra :: Wgasa Jam

Ogd_S(11) Translation Has Failed :: New Encinitas
(Castor & Pollux Music, 2013)

Danny Green Trio :: A Thousand Ways Home
(Tapestry, 2012)

Ogd_S(11) Translation Has Failed :: This Middle Ground
(Castor & Pollux Music, 2012)

Danny Green Trio :: With You In Mind
(Alante Recordings, 2009)

Ogd_S(11) Translation Has Failed :: Bring Back The Gasmask
(Castor & Pollux Music, 2009)

Brad Steinwehe Jazz Orchestra :: Nutville
(Sea Breeze Jazz, 2007)

Scott Kyle Quintet :: Facing East
(SKJ Records, 2007)

Ogd_S(11) Translation Has Failed :: if memory serves
(Castor & Pollux Music, 2007)

ARC Trio :: Triptych Mirror
(Circumvention Music, 2006)

Nathan Hubbard :: (compositions 1998-2005)
(Circumvention Music, 2006)

Nathan Hubbard :: Skeleton Key Orchestra
(Circumvention Music, 2004)

San Diego State University Jazz Ensemble I :: Where's My Hasenpfeffer?
(SeaBreeze Vista, 2003)

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2022 - updated 8/16/2022