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:: this just-in!



Can You Hear Me? A Tribute To San Diego Jazz Musicians During The Pandemic by Michelle Zousner
All About Jazz, August 28, 2021
[Photo by Michelle Zousner]

It's been an extraordinarily difficult year for the live music industry due to the pandemic. ... This project is to highlight local San Diego jazz musicians who thought outside the box to help our communities come out the other side of this crisis stronger, healthier, more connected and empathetic than ever. ... I wondered how these talented musicians were doing through this difficult time. ... I went on a photographic journey to tell the story of how they fared through the pandemic. I found a group of people demonstrating resiliency, creativity, and passion.


[YouTube Video]

Peter Sprague presents Live(ish) at SpragueLand, Episode 22 "Peter Plays The Music Of Paul Simon"
[Live Remote Concert]
Allison Adams Tucker (voice), Tripp Sprague (tenor sax, flute, EWI, piano, percussion), Peter Sprague (guitar), Justin Grinnell (bass), Duncan Moore (drums)
Aug. 27, 2021 @ Spragueland Studio, Encinitas, CA



2021 Francis Parker Summer Jazz Workshop Faculty
L > R: Danny Green, Justin Grinnell, Melonie Grinnell, Nathan Jarrell, Ian Tordella, Derek Cannon, Leonard Patton, Mike Holguin, Tommy Collins, Nathan Collins (guest artist & alumni)
July 17, 2021 @ Francis Parker School, San Diego, CA
[Photo by Molly Jarrell]


[YouTube Video]

Danny Green Trio "Live(ish) From Spragueland"
[Live Remote Concert]
Danny Green (piano), Justin Grinnell (bass), Julien Cantelm (drums)
Feb. 27, 2021 @ Spragueland Studio, Encinitas, CA


[YouTube Video]

Danny Green Trio "When All Else Fails"
[Virtual Ensemble Performance]
Danny Green (piano), Justin Grinnell (bass), Julien Cantelm (drums)
Released Feb. 24, 2021 @ YouTube.com


[YouTube Video]

Leonard Patton's 13th Annual Valentine's Day Tribute To Louis & Ella "Live(ish) From Spragueland"
[Live Remote Concert]
Leonard Patton (voice), Rebecca Jade (voice), Steve Dillard (trumpet), Ed Kornhauser (piano), Justin Grinnell (bass), Duncan Moore (drums)
Feb. 14, 2021 @ Spragueland Studio, Encinitas, CA


[YouTube Video]

LP And The Vinyl "Live(ish) From Spragueland"
[Live Remote Concert]
Leonard Patton (voice), Danny Green (piano), Justin Grinnell (bass), Julien Cantelm (drums)
Jan. 16, 2021 @ Spragueland Studio, Encinitas, CA




:: some 2020 highlights

[YouTube Video]

Justin & Melonie Grinnell Duo "Jazz From Home"
[Live Remote Presentation]
Justin Grinnell (bass), Melonie Grinnell (piano)
December 2, 2020 @ YouTube.com


[YouTube Video]

Peter Sprague Group "Plays Bossa Nova"
[Live Remote Concert]
Leonard Patton (voice), Tripp Sprague (sax, flute, piano), Peter Sprague (guitar), Justin Grinnell (bass), Duncan Moore (drums)
October 18, 2020 @ Spragueland Studio, Encinitas, CA


[YouTube Video]

OFFICIAL ALBUM RELEASE: LP And The Vinyl - Heard And Seen (Origin Records)
Leonard Patton (voice), Danny Green (piano), Justin Grinnell (bass), Julien Cantelm (drums)
April 17, 2020



A Fine Romance - Justin and Melonie Grinnell by Robert Bush
San Diego Troubadour, February 2020 (Vol. 19, No. 5)
[Photo by Michael Oletta]

"Being a jazz musician can be hard on your romantic relationships. Dating, let alone marrying a musician is no picnic[.] ... Relationships between two musicians seem doubly fraught—but when they work, I think we all applaud. ... So it is a joy to report that two of San Diego’s finest musicians, bassist Justin Grinnell and pianist Melonie Grinnell seem to have found that precious balance necessary to keep all of those plates spinning, and when I got the opportunity to interview them both for this Valentine’s Day edition of the San Diego Troubadour, I was interested, to say the least, in finding out how they manage it."


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