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GPS Plus M Quartet
L>R: Duncan Moore (drums), Tripp Sprague (tenor sax, flute), Justin Grinnell (bass), Jim Plank (vibraphone)
Dec. 23, 2016 @ Handlery Hotel, San Diego, CA

Danny Green Trio & Anton Schwartz
L>R: Danny Green (piano), Justin Grinnell (bass), Anton Schwartz (tenor sax), Julien Cantelm (drums)
Oct. 7, 2016 @ KNKX 88.5 FM, Seattle, WA

GPS Plus M Quartet
L>R: Justin Grinnell (bass), Jim Plank (vibraphone), Tripp Sprague (tenor sax), Duncan Moore (drums)
Sep. 18, 2016 @ Grossmont College, El Cajon, CA

Robin Adler Quintet
L>R: Justin Grinnell (bass), Duncan Moore (drums), John Opferkuch (piano), Robin Adler (voice), Dave Blackburn (guitar)
Aug. 26, 2016 @ Northern Spirits, San Marcos, CA

Holly Hofmann Quartet
L>R: Jason Shattil (piano), Justin Grinnell (bass), Ryan Shaw (drums)
Not pictured: Holly Hofmann (fl)
Aug. 18, 2016 @ Westgate Hotel, San Diego, CA

Danny Green Trio Plus Strings
Jazz 88.3's "Jazz Live"
L>R: Danny Green (piano), Anicka Skalova (violin), Yumi Cho (violin), Justin Grinnell (bass), Erica Erenyi (cello), Travis Maril (viola), Julien Cantelm (drums)
Aug. 2, 2016 @ San Diego City College, San Diego, CA

2016 Francis Parker/Jazz 88.3 Summer Jazz Workshop Faculty & Guest Artist Peter Sprague
L>R: Danny Green, Nathan Jarrell, Melonie Grinnell, Justin Grinnell, Peter Sprague, Leonard Patton, Derek Cannon, Ian Tordella
Not pictured: Tommy Collins, Mike Holguin
July 28, 2016 @ Francis Parker School, San Diego, CA

Peter Sprague Group
Jazz Explorations of Rock Classics
L>R: Danny Green (piano), Gillian Margot (voice), Justin Grinnell (bass), Tripp Sprague (tenor sax), Duncan Moore (drums), Peter Sprague (guitar)
June 10, 2016 @ Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA

Jonathan Karrant Quartet
L>R: Joshua White (piano), Jonathan Karrant (voice), Justin Grinnell (bass), Duncan Moore (drums)
June 9, 2016 @ Martinis Above Fourth, San Diego, CA

Danny Green Trio
L>R: Danny Green (piano), Justin Grinnell (bass), Julien Cantelm (drums)
Apr. 28, 2016 @ Cuyamaca College, El Cajon, CA

Danny Green Album Release - Altered Narratives (OA2 Records)
Danny Green Trio: Danny Green (piano), Justin Grinnell (bass), Julien Cantelm (drums)
Plus Strings: Antoine Silverman (violin), Max Moston (violin), Chris Cardona (viola), Anja Wood (cello)
Released Mar. 18, 2016
[Listen to the album on YouTube and Spotify]

"Danny Green Trio - Altered Narratives," by Kirk Silsbee, DownBeat (June 2016)
[Danny Green's] trio, with bassist Justin Grinnell and drummer Julien Cantelm, displays admirable cohesion. ... The long, sturdy tones of Grinnell's bass support "[October] Ballad" with quiet strength

"Danny Green Trio Spin 'Altered Narratives'," by Robert Bush, NBC San Diego (June 2016)
Danny Green['s] ... latest effort "Altered Narratives" represents a breakthrough achievement on several levels. ... his working trio with double-bassist Justin Grinnell and drummer Julien Cantelm are tighter than Mitt Romney’s jaw at a Donald Drumpf testimonial ... From ... "Chatter From All Sides," ... Grinnell's solo ... benefits from the relaxed pace which allows one to concentrate on the fine details of his gorgeous tone. ... Green's trio evokes an exquisite sense of balance, deftly realized in the pensive "October Ballad"

"Danny Green Trio: Altered Narratives," by Paul Hormick, San Diego Troubadour (May 2016)
[Danny Green's] second CD with his trio, Altered Narratives, displays the individual talents of Green, bassist Justin Grinnell, and drummer Julien Cantelm ... In the five years this band has been together Grinnell and Cantelm have grown into a solid rhythm section. The familiarity and trust that develops in that amount of time gives both of these musicians a great deal of freedom in their roles. Also, the interactivity they share with Green makes this a particularly exciting trio. ... Recorded in New York City at Sear Sound, the sound, production, and recording quality of this disc are tops.

"Danny Green Trio Offers 'Altered Narratives'," by Travis Rogers, Jr., The Jazz Owl (May 2016)
[Danny Green's] exemplary trio (Justin Grinnell on bass and Julien Cantelm on drums) have explored Brazilian themes and have captivated the West Coast Jazz scene with their tight, albeit lyrical, expressions. ... The album opens with the bluesy Chatter from All Sides. ... Grinnell's bass solo is a grin from ear-to-ear. ... October Ballad is one of the most lyrical pieces on an album full of such pieces. ... Then comes the Grinnell bass solo as the piano recedes for a moment. Rarely do I hear a bassist as purely emotional as he can be. ... Katabasis follows ... Grinnell and Cantelm are tight ... Friday at the Thursday Club is again one of those melodically, emotionally fascinating pieces ... Grinnell again gets a solid and flavored solo with which he mesmerizes the listener.

"Danny Green Trio 'Altered Narratives'," by Mike Gates, UK Vibe (April 2016)
What is quite striking about "Altered Narratives" is the freedom with which the musicians appear to approach things; this being largely a jazz trio album – and one of the finest I have heard this year. ... this is very much a jazz album in the clearest of contexts; great writing, great musicianship, great vibe. ... Making up [Danny Green's] trio are drummer Julien Cantelm and bassist Justin Grinnell. And it is in fact Grinnell's bass riff that pulls the listener in on the opening track "Chatter From All Sides" ... As with the vast majority of "Altered Narratives", it is the skill of the drums and bass that add so much ... Danny Green and co. deserve recognition for this album.

San Diego Bassists
Gary Peacock Trio Performance
L>R Back Row: Rob Thorsen, Justin Grinnell, Bob Magnusson, Ben Wanicur, Mack Leighton
L>R Front Row: Ted Hughart, Michelle Lou, Mark Dresser, Evona Wascinski, Tom Azarello
Feb. 13, 2016 @ The Scripps Research Institute, San Diego, CA

GPS Trio
L>R: Tripp Sprague (tenor sax), Jim Plank (vibraphone), Justin Grinnell (bass)
Jan. 1, 2016 @ Handlery Hotel, San Diego, CA

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