Larry GrenadierNorwich, CT
- Aug 20 - Aug 24 2012: Pat Metheny Workshop 2012
Larry Grenadier was born into a musical family on February 6, 1966 in San Francisco California. His father, Albert, was a trumpet player, and his two brothers, Phil and Steve, would eventually play trumpet and guitar respectively. Larry too began on trumpet when he was 10 years old. His father taught him to read music and gave him his first lessons. In a year, Larry was given an electric bass so that he and his brothers could play together as a band. He took a quick liking to the instrument, playing and practicing constantly.
Hearing legendary upright bassists inspired Larry to borrow an upright bass and try to emulate what he was hearing on records. By the time he was 12, Larry began formal study of the acoustic bass, studying with local jazz bass players Paul Breslin and Frank Tusa and later classical bassists Michael Burr and Steven Tromontozzi. At 16, Larry had a busy career playing in the San Francisco area with both local musicians and those traveling through town in need of a bass player. Some of these musicians included Joe Henderson, Bobby Hutcherson, Larry Vuckovich, Eddie Henderson, Bruce Forman, Eddie Marshall, Vince Lateano, George Cables and Donald Bailey. Other visiting musicians Larry played with at this time were Toots Thielmans, Johnny Griffin, Charles McPhersn, Anita O’day, and Frank Morgan. Larry went on to study at Stanford University and graduated in 1989 with a degree in English Literature. At Stanford Larry got to know Stan Getz who was the Artist in Residence at the time. Larry played with Stan often at Stanford, playing locally with the saxophonist as well as touring with Stan’s band.
Larry has played in John Scofield’s band and with Pat Metheny, with whom he spent a few years touring in a trio with drummer Bill Stewart. Larry will now join Pat Metheny and Bill Stewart again at this year's Pat Metheny Summer Music Workshop.