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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:: this just-in!


[Facebook Video]

Melonie & Justin Grinnell Quartet [Set 1 of 2]
Tripp Sprague (tenor sax), Melonie Grinnell (piano), Justin Grinnell (bass), Tyler Kreutel (drums)
June 21, 2024 @ Golden Island, San Diego, CA
[Watch Set 2 of 2 on Facebook]



Chuck Johnson Jazz Coalescence
L>R: Al Daniels (piano), Chuck Johnson (saxophones), Randy Kojaku (sound engineer), Stu Pilorz (trombone), Satoshi Kirisawa (drums), Justin Grinnell (bass)
June 20, 2024 @ The Merc, Temecula, CA


[YouTube Video]
Video Release: Peter Sprague Plays "Had To Cry Today" featuring Leonard Patton
Peter Sprague (guitar), Leonard Patton (voice), Tripp Sprague (tenor sax), Steve Dillard (trumpet), Andy Geib (trombone), Danny Green (piano), Justin Grinnell (electric bass), Duncan Moore (drums)
Released June 16, 2024
[Audio originally released on Peter Sprague album, Sunshine Of Your Love - Peter Sprague Plays Cream]



San Diego Bass Fest 2024, Bass Orchestra
San Diego Bass Fest 2024 Faculty Bassists: Ryan Baird, Aaron Blick, P.J. Cinque, Mark Dresser, Kevin Gobetz, Justin Grinnell, Jory Herman, Andres Martin, Rob Thorsen, Susan Wulff, Sayuri Yamamoto
June 15, 2024 @ San Diego State University, San Diego, CA


[Facebook Video]

Aimée Allen Trio Livestream
Aimée Allen (voice), Joshua White (piano), Justin Grinnell (bass)
June 9, 2024 @ The Jazz Lounge, San Diego, CA
[Video also available on YouTube]


[YouTube Video]

Album Release: Sunshine Of Your Love - Peter Sprague Plays Cream
Featuring arrangements by Peter Sprague.
Vocalists: Rebecca Jade, Leonard Patton.
Instrumentalists: Peter Sprague (guitar), Tripp Sprague (tenor sax, flute), Danny Green (piano), Mack Leighton (bass), Justin Grinnell (bass on "Had To Cry Today"), Duncan Moore (drums), Steve Dillard (trumpet), Andy Geib (trombone), Johnny Minchin (harmonica).
Released June 6, 2024



Peter Sprague Plays Jobim
L>R: Danny Green (piano), Justin Grinnell (bass), Peter Sprague (guitar), Allison Adams Tucker (voice)
May 24, 2024 @ La Jolla Community Center, La Jolla, CA
[Photo by Judith Rose]



Melonie Grinnell Trio
L>R: Melonie Grinnell (piano), Justin Grinnell (bass), Richard Sellers (drums)
May 24, 2024 @ The Conrad, La Jolla, CA
[Photo by Bao Ho]


[YouTube Video]

San Diego Reader (Article & Video)
Gonzo Report: Grinnells serve jazz for breakfast at Books & Records, by Spike Steffenhagen
Published May 23, 2024 @ YouTube

"Gonzo Report: Grinnells serve jazz for breakfast at Books & Records," by Spike Steffenhagen, San Diego Reader (May 2024)
I'm attending a daytime jazz brunch, with music provided by The Grinnells, a husband-and-wife jazz duo - Justin on bass and Melonie on keyboards and vocals. ... Justin orders a coffee at the bar as we chat, ... Justin and I have more in common than I expected, we dig the same bands and speak of them with the same genuine enthusiasm. ... Then a little piece clicks in my brain as Justin tells me that jazz is a language as much as a style. ... Justin's upright bass puts out sounds I've heard, but never seen performed. Seeing the physical execution ... is like watching alchemy take place. ... Melonie's fingers are feather light on the keyboards, meshing with the bass to weave a fascinating sonic tapestry, and her voice is big enough to command or hypnotize, depending on the material.



LP And The Vinyl
L>R: Danny Green (piano), Leonard Patton (voice), Justin Grinnell (bass), Julien Cantelm (drums)
May 11, 2024 @ The Sound Room, Oakland, CA



Danny Green Trio
L>R: Danny Green (piano), Justin Grinnell (bass), Julien Cantelm (drums)
May 3, 2024 @ Heisler Park Amphitheatre, Laguna Beach, CA
[Photo by Kevin Olds]



Grossmont College Faculty Jazz Quintet
L>R: Melonie Grinnell (piano), Justin Grinnell (bass), Richard Sellers (drums), Tripp Sprague (tenor sax), Derek Cannon (trumpet)
Apr. 24, 2024 @ Grossmont College, El Cajon, CA


[YouTube Video]

Video Release: Peter Sprague Plays "You Won't See Me" featuring Allison Adams Tucker
Peter Sprague (guitar), Allison Adams Tucker (voice), Tripp Sprague (tenor sax), John Opferkuch (piano), Justin Grinnell (acoustic bass), Duncan Moore (drums)
Released Apr. 22, 2024
[Performance from April 6, 2023 livestream concert - Peter Sprague Plays The Beatles "Live(ish) From Spragueland - Episode 32"]



Russell Bizzett Trio
L>R: Mikan Zlatkovich (piano), Russell Bizzett (drums), Justin Grinnell (bass)
Apr. 21, 2024 @ Christ Presbyterian Church, Carlsbad, CA



San Diego Jazz Piano All-Stars, Presented by La Jolla Music Society
L>R: Mike Wofford (piano), Bobby Cressey (piano), Kat Shoemaker (piano), Melonie Grinnell (piano), Justin Grinnell (bass), Julien Cantelm (drums)
Apr. 17, 2024 @ The Conrad, La Jolla, CA
[Photo by Bao Ho Photography]
[Listen to Melonie Grinnell's three-song set on YouTube]



Justin Grinnell Quartet Featuring Holly Hofmann - Celebrating Henry Mancini's 100th Birthday!
L>R: Melonie Grinnell (piano), Holly Hofmann (flute), Justin Grinnell (bass), Richard Sellers (drums)
Apr. 16, 2024 @ The Jazz Lounge, San Diego, CA


[YouTube Video]

Video Release: Peter Sprague Plays "Serrado" featuring Allison Adams Tucker
Peter Sprague (guitar), Allison Adams Tucker (voice), Tripp Sprague (tenor sax), Justin Grinnell (acoustic bass), Duncan Moore (drums)
Released Apr. 15, 2024
[Performance from July 9, 2020 livestream concert - Peter Sprague Group Featuring Allison Adams Tucker "Live From Spragueland - Episode 5"]


[Facebook Video]

Livestream: Derek Cannon Quintet "Blue Note Tribute" [full concert]
Derek Cannon (trumpet), Tripp Sprague (tenor sax), Kamau Kenyatta (piano), Justin Grinnell (bass), Richard Sellers (drums)
Apr. 5, 2024 @ The Jazz Lounge, San Diego, CA


[YouTube Video]

Video Release: Peter Sprague Plays "Playground of the Gods" featuring Rebecca Jade
Peter Sprague (guitar, composition), Randy Phillips (lyrics), Rebecca Jade (voice), Danny Green (piano), Justin Grinnell (acoustic bass), Duncan Moore (drums)
Released Apr. 1, 2024
[Audio previously released on the Peter Sprague and Randy Phillips album, One Fell Swoop]



Jonathan Karrant Quartet
L>R: Joshua White (piano), Justin Grinnell (bass), Jonathan Karrant (voice), Julien Cantelm (drums)
March 30, 2024 @ Lou Lou's, San Diego, CA


[Facebook Video]

Jazz at Tio Leo's: San Diego Jazz Artists Celebrate The Life & Music Of Guitarist Bob Boss
Video above features Gilbert Castellanos (trumpet), Louis Valenzuela (guitar), Mikan Zlatkovich (piano), Justin Grinnell (bass), Jim Plank (drums)
March 24, 2024 @ Tio Leo's, San Diego, CA
[Video by Irina Shageryan]



Grinnell Duo
Melonie Grinnell (piano), Justin Grinnell (bass)
Mar. 23, 2024 @ Books & Records, San Diego, CA
[Photo by Chip Weiner]



LP And The Vinyl
L>R: Danny Green (piano), Justin Grinnell (bass), Leonard Patton (voice), Julien Cantelm (drums)
Feb. 24, 2024 @ Carlsbad Library, San Diego, CA
[Photo by Jenn Potter]



Leonard Patton Trio Featuring Kamau Kenyatta
L>R: Kamau Kenyatta (piano), Leonard Patton (voice, percussion), Justin Grinnell (bass)
Feb. 22, 2024 @ The Jazz Lounge, San Diego, CA
[Watch the full concert livestream on YouTube]


[YouTube Video]

Album Release: Peter Sprague and Randy Phillips - One Fell Swoop
Featuring compositions by Peter Sprague and lyrics by Randy Phillips.
Vocalists: Rebecca Jade, Gregory Page, Leonard Patton, Pamela Pendrell, and Allison Adams Tucker.
Instrumentalists: Peter Sprague (guitar), Tripp Sprague (tenor sax, flute), Steve Dillard (trumpet), Scott Kyle (trombone), Danny Green (piano), Mack Leighton (bass), Justin Grinnell (bass on "Fireplace" and "Playground of the Gods"), Duncan Moore (drums).
Released Feb. 18, 2024



Justin Grinnell Trio
L>R: Justin Grinnell (bass), Bob Boss (guitar), Not pictured: Duncan Moore (drums)
Aug. 21, 2015 @ Handlery Hotel, San Diego, CA

RIP Bob Boss (1952-2024). What an unexpected loss. He's been a pillar of the San Diego jazz community for decades. I first encountered Bob when I attended SDSU in the early 2000s, where he served as the faculty jazz guitarist and frequently assessed student jury performances (including my own). More recently, I had the privilege to work beside Bob as a jazz adjudicator at the Coronado Jazz Festival. Over the years, I had the pleasure of sharing the stage with him on several occasions. A couple of my favorite and most memorable concerts with Bob were when I was the "leader." (Bob was the real leader!) I invited Bob to play guitar for a tribute to the Hampton Hawes album, Four! I also remember having a blast playing trio with Bob and Duncan Moore for Holly Hofmann's Handlery Hotel series. The truth is, it was always a joy playing with Bob! (JG, 2024/02/19)



Leonard Patton's Annual Valentine's Day Tribute to Ella and Louis
L>R: Derek Cannon (trumpet), Ed Kornhauser (piano), Aimee Nolte (voice), Justin Grinnell (bass), Leonard Patton (voice), Duncan Moore (drums)
Feb. 16, 2024 @ The Jazz Lounge, San Diego, CA



Danny Green Trio
L>R: Danny Green (piano), Justin Grinnell (bass), Julien Cantelm (drums)
Feb. 1, 2024 @ Lou Lou's, San Diego, CA
[Photo by Frank Noble]



Linda May Han Oh with San Diego Musician-Fans
Linda May Han Oh's "Glass Hours" Quintet Performance
L>R: Danny Green (piano), Bob Magnusson (bass), Evona Wascinski (bass), Linda May Han Oh (bass), Justin Grinnell (bass), Rob Thorsen (bass), Camellia Aftahi (bass), Sean Hicke (bass), Jim Plank (drums)
Jan. 21, 2024 @ Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, La Jolla, CA
[Photo by Nicola Reynolds]


[Facebook Video]

Melonie & Justin Grinnell Quartet [Set 1 of 2]
Christopher Hollyday (alto sax), Melonie Grinnell (piano, voice), Justin Grinnell (bass), Richard Sellers (drums)
Jan. 12, 2024 @ Golden Island, San Diego, CA
[Watch Set 2 of 2 on Facebook]



Allison Adams Tucker "RETRO Trilogy Release Party"
L>R: Abe Lagrimas Jr (drums, ukulele), Justin Grinnell (bass), Allison Adams Tucker (voice), Peter Sprague (guitar), Matt DiBiase (vibraphone), Danny Green (piano)
Jan. 7, 2024 @ Humphrey's Backstage Live, San Diego, CA




:: some 2023 highlights


[YouTube Playlist]

Peter Sprague Album Release - Wise One: Peter Sprague Plays Coltrane
Peter Sprague (guitar, arrangements), Tripp Sprague (tenor sax), John Opferkuch (piano), Justin Grinnell (bass), Duncan Moore (drums)
Released Aug. 1, 2023


[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]


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