Henry Grimes

New York, NY 10028
(212) 841-0899

Author's Bio

Henry Grimes (double-bassist, violinist, and poet) has played, toured, and / or recorded with many of today’s music and written / spoken-word heroes, including Rashied Ali, Marshall Allen, Fred Anderson, Amiri Baraka, Marilyn Crispell, Ted Curson, Andrew Cyrille, Bill Dixon, Dave Douglas, Andrew Lamb, Nathaniel Mackey, David Murray, William Parker, Aaron Ibn Pori Pitts, Marc Ribot, Sekou Sundiata, and Cecil Taylor. Mr. Grimes has also held recent residencies as both master musician and poet at the Berklee College of Music, Hamilton College for the Arts, New England Conservatory, the University of Michigan, University of Gloucestershire at Cheltenham, and more; he has given a number of workshops and master classes on other major campuses, released several brilliant new recordings, made his professional debut on a second instrument (the violin) at the age of 7O, has published the first volume of his poetry, “Signs Along the Road” (Buddy's Knife JazzEdition, Cologne, 'O8, available from Small Press Distribution, www.spdbooks.org), and has been creating illustrations to accompany his new recordings and publications. Mr. Grimes can be heard on 85 recordings on various labels, including Atlantic, Ayler Records, Blue Note, Columbia, Delmark, ESP-Disk, ILK Music, Impulse!, JazzNewYork Productions, Pi Recordings, Porter Records, Prestige, Riverside, and Verve. Henry Grimes now lives and teaches in New York City. For more information: http://www.henrygrimes.com, mailto:musicmargaret@earthlink.net. For copies of Henry's first published book of writings, "Signs Along the Road," and / or copies of Henry's most recent CD's / DVD's, please see http://www.henrygrimes.com/CDs-books.html. For high-resolution photos of Henry Grimes, please click on the four links at the top of the page at http://www.henrygrimes.com/photos.html.

Publications and Prizes

Signs Along the Road
(Buddy's Knife Jazz Editions, 2007)
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Mr. Grimes has received many honors in recent years, including four Meet the Composer grants, a grant from the Acadia Foundation, and a grant from WKCR’s “New York Music Alive” series.

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African American
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Philadelphia, PA
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Last updated: Feb 18, 2010