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How to Catch Henry Grimes in Concert

With apologies to those not close to New York City or Italy, below is a list of recently announced show dates for avant-garde jazz bassist Henry Grimes, who, after disappearing more than 30 years ago—and having been rumored to be dead—resurfaced at the beginning of this year. Thanks go out Athens, Ga. social worker and writer Marshall Marrotte, who found the former Albert Ayler bassist living in a South Central Los Angeles hotel and broke the story in interviews published in The Wire and Signal to Noise. (More on that can be read by clicking here.)

Grimes had not played bass in years and had sold his instrument not long after moving from New York to California. Upon hearing this news, bassist William Parker, with help from the Musicians Emergency Fund, sent Grimes a bass. Grimes has since built his chops back up over the months and has played in various groups in L.A. and at least one gig in New York as a special guest with one of Parker’s bands.

The list below includes all confirmed concert dates that feature Henry Grimes. Most notable are the dates for Grimes’ own trio in Brattleboro, Vt., Cambridge Mass. and various cities in Italy. All dates are 2003.

Thurs., October 30, , Miya Masaoka duo at 9 PM, followed by the Matana Roberts quintet featuring bass legend Henry Grimes, with Aaron Stewart, Vijay Iyer, & Chad Taylor, the Jazz Gallery, 290 Hudson St. betw. Spring & Dominick St’s about 3 blocks above Canal St., New York City, (212) 242-1063, www.jazzgallery.org , [email protected];

Fri., November 7, Henry Grimes trio w/ Mixashawn (Lee Rozie) & Andrew Bemkey , Vermont Jazz Center, 72 Cotton Mill Hill, Brattleboro, VT, 7:3O & 9 p.m., (802) 254-9088, www.vtjazz.org ,

[email protected];

Sat., November 8, Henry Grimes trio w/ Mixashawn (Lee Rozie) & Andrew Bemkey, Harvard U., Lowell House, 10 Holyoke Place (off Mt. Auburn St. under the bell tower), Cambridge, MA, Junior Common Room, 9 p.m., (617) 493-2965,

www.fas.harvard.edu/~ofa,

http://lowell.student.harvard.edu, [email protected]

Wed., November 12, Marc Ribot, Jamie Masefield special guest Henry Grimes, & Bruce Cox, Django Reinhardt project, the Blue Note, 131 West 3rd St. at 6th Ave., New York City, 8 p.m., (212) 475-8592,

www.bluenotejazz.com/newyork/schedule/index.shtml, [email protected]

Thurs., November 20, Marc Ribot w/ Jenny Scheinman, special guest Henry Grimes, & Bruce Cox, Django Reinhardt project, Makor, 35 West 67th St., New York City, 8 & 9:30 p.m., (212) 601-1000, www.makor.org

Sat., November 22, Marc Ribot w/ Roy Campbell, Jr., special guest Henry Grimes, & drummer t.b.a., Tonic, 107 Norfolk St. betw. Rivington & Delancey 3 blocks south of Houston & betw. Ave’s A & B, New York City, 8 & 10 p.m., (212) 358-7504, www.tonicnyc.com, [email protected] NOTE: Please call a few days ahead, as this date may actually be rescheduled for a few days earlier

Sun., November 23: Dennis Gonzalez w/ Roy Campbell, Jr., Sabir Mateen, Henry Grimes, & Michael Thompson, location & details to be announced

Sat., December 4: Denis Charles birthday celebration, w/ Pheeroan akLaff, Roxane Butterfly, Roy Campbell, Jr., Ted Curson, Joel Forrester, Henry Grimes, Sabir Mateen, Jemeel Moondoc, Buell Niedlinger, Jimmy Vass, & many others, Tonic, 107 Norfolk St. betw. Rivington & Delancey St’s (see above), details to be announced

Sun., December 7, Henry Grimes Trio w/ Perry Robinson and special guest Andrew Cyrille, Aperitivo in Concerto Festival, Teatro Manzoni, Via Manzoni 42, 20121 Milan, Italy, 11 AM, phone (011-39) 02.763.69.01, fax 02.760.054.71,

www.teatromanzoni.it/aperitivo/aperitivo.html , [email protected]

Mon., December 8, Henry Grimes Trio w/ Perry Robinson and special guest Andrew Cyrille, the Ruvido Club, Via del Roncrio 1O, Bologna, Italy, phone (011-39) 51.58.21.33,

[email protected]

Tues. and Wed., December 9 and 1O, + Sat., December 13, Henry Grimes Trio w/ Perry Robinson and special guest Andrew Cyrille, tour under development in Italy, Croatia, & Slovenia, details to be announced

Thurs., December 11, Henry Grimes Trio w/ Perry Robinson and special guest Andrew Cyrille, Panic Jazz Club, Piazza Castello 42, 36O63 Marostica (Vicenza), Italy, phone (011-39) 04.24.727.07,

www.panicjazzclub.com ,

[email protected]

Fri., December 12, Henry Grimes Trio w/ Perry Robinson and special guest Andrew Cyrille, Parca della Musica Auditorium, Piazza Castello 42, Rome, Italy, phone (011-39) 06.808. 20.58,

www.auditoriumroma.com

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