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Justin Grinnell

JUSTIN GRINNELL is a San Diego-based freelance jazz bassist and music educator.

Grinnell is currently performing and composing for several jazz-influenced groups. His own group, the Justin Grinnell Quartet, recently released their debut album, Without You. The album features Grinnell performing his original compositions and arrangements with Los Angeles-based tenor saxophonist Robby Marshall, pianist Josh Nelson, and drummer Dan Schnelle. Grinnell is also a member of the Brazilian Jazz-inspired Danny Green Trio which won the 2009 San Diego Music Award for Best Jazz Album for their debut CD. The trio’s sophomore release, “A Thousand Ways Home” (Oct 2012), reached #17 on the Jazz Week Charts for national radio airplay and remained on the charts for 15 weeks.

Although Grinnell is usually performing in familiar San Diego jazz hotspots, he is also no stranger to San Diego’s best-known theaters: the Civic Theatre, the Old Globe, Spreckels, and the La Jolla Playhouse. Grinnell has spent a lot of time at these venues as a pit orchestra member for a number of Tony Award-winning musicals, such as A Chorus Line, Avenue Q, The Drowsy Chaperone, Spamalot, Grease, and The Color Purple.

In addition to performing, Grinnell maintains an active teaching schedule as adjunct faculty at Grossmont College and University of San Diego, as faculty for the Francis Parker-Jazz 88.3-House of Blues Summer Jazz Workshop, and as a private instructor. He also frequently serves as an adjudicator and clinician at local jazz festivals.

Grinnell recently began his doctoral studies at the University of Southern California. Besides studying privately with Los Angeles’ first-call jazz bassist, Darek Oles, Grinnell’s enrollment at USC has already given him the opportunity to study with internationally-recognized jazz artists Peter Erskine, Russ Ferrante, Bob Mintzer, and Alan Pasqua.

Justin Grinnell is a member of the San Diego Music Union, American Federation of Musicians, Local 325.