Don Grolnick Group

Genres: Jazz
Decades: 1980s 1990s 2000s


23 September 1947, New York City, New York, USA, d. 1 June 1996, New York City, New York, USA. Composer and pianist Don Grolnick split his musical career between jazz and rock and pop. However, his main calling was to jazz, which he first played as a child on an accordion. By the time he was 11 his grandparents had purchased a piano for him. He subsequently studied philosophy at New York’s Tufts University, before joining the jazz rock group Dreams in 1971. That group also included Randy Brecker and Michael Brecker. In the meantime he had become a highly-respected session musician. His fluent, elegant keyboard skills graced albums by Steely Dan (The Royal Scam and Aja), Bonnie Raitt (Street Lights), Linda Ronstadt (What’s New?) and material by Bette Midler, Carly Simon, Paul Simon, Luther Vandross, Aaron Neville, Roberta Flack and James Taylor. It was with the latter artist that he was most closely identified, working as his musical director and producer...

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