Dave Grusin

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Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Biography

26 June 1934, Littleton, Colorado, USA. Grusin played piano semi-professionally while studying at the University of Colorado, and almost abandoned music to become a veterinary surgeon (he later stated, ‘I’m still not sure I made the right decision, a lot of dead cows might still be alive today if I hadn’t gone to music school.’) His musical associates at the time included Art Pepper, Terry Gibbs and Spike Robinson, with whom he worked extensively in the early 50s. In 1959 Grusin was hired as musical director by singer Andy Williams, a role he maintained into the mid-60s. An eclectic musician, Grusin worked with mainstream artists such as Benny Goodman and Thad Jones and also worked with hard bop players. He made many recording sessions, including several in the early 70s, accompanying singers amongst whom were Sarah Vaughan and Carmen McRae. Around this same time Grusin began to concentrate more and more on electric piano and keyboards,...

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