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Before & After With Larry Grenadier

Searching for something fundamental

Mel Torme
Miroslav Vitous, Skopje Jazz Festival, Oct. 2011
Larry Grenadier(photo: Pat Kepic)
Larry Grenadier(photo: Pat Kepic)

Prior to settling into steady gigs with the Brad Mehldau Trio and Fly, bassist Larry Grenadier cut his teeth with Stan Getz, Joe Henderson, Betty Carter, Gary Burton and Pat Metheny, all before his 35th birthday. Despite this impressive résumé, Grenadier, now 49, has never rested on his laurels; an eternal student, he took time in the early 2000s to study with Ron Carter. Over the past decade, Grenadier’s constellation of collaborators has become tighter and more long-term, a rarity in a scene that all but requires musical chairs stay afloat.

Grenadier lives in Ulster County, 90 miles north of New York City, with his wife, vocalist Rebecca Martin, and their son. (Martin is a solo artist and a founder of the vocal trio Tillery, along with Gretchen Parlato and Becca Stevens, and the alt-folk group Once Blue.) Even with the move Grenadier has remained very active, if more selective, in his touring schedule. He recently toured Japan and Hong Kong with guitarist Wolfgang Muthspiel and drummer Jeff Ballard, a collaborator in Mehldau’s trio and Fly, followed by a residency at Rockwood Music Hall with Upstate, a new band featuring Martin and pianist-composer Guillermo Klein. He is currently preparing for a spring tour with Mehldau, as well as honing a duo project with Ballard. In early January, Grenadier sat down at Columbia University for his first Before & After session.

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