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Bassist Henry Grimes, Alive

Henry Grimes, the former bassist for Albert Ayler, Don Cherry, Benny Goodman and Sonny Rollins, among many others, who disappeared from jazz more than 30 years ago and was long rumored dead, has resurfaced via two magazine interviews, one in the Signal to Noise and one in The Wire. Grimes was found through the diligent, hard work of social worker and writer Marshall Marrotte from Athens, Ga.

Grimes has been living in the same single-room-occupancy hotel in South Central Los Angeles for 20 years, but he sold his bass soon after he moved from New York City to California. He battled mental problems, and he managed to survive through a series of odd jobs and Social Security. Grimes hasn’t followed the jazz world at all, and he was surprised to find out that Ayler had died in 1970.

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