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, 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 70, has published the first volume of his poetry, “Signs Along the Road” (Buddy's Knife JazzEdition, Cologne, '08), and has been creating illustrations to accompany his new recordings and publications. Mr. Grimes can be heard on 90+ 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://henrygrimes.com, mailto:musicmargaret@earthlink.net. For information on Henry's first published book of writings, "Signs Along the Road," and / or Henry's most recent CD's / DVD's, please see http://henrygrimes.com/biography.  For high-resolution photos of Henry Grimes, please go to http://henrygrimes.com/press-photos.

Literary agent: 
Margaret Davis-Grimes

Publications & Prizes

Signs Along the Road (Buddy's Knife Jazz Editions, 2007)
Prizes won: 

Mr. Grimes has received many honors in recent years, including four Meet the Composer grants and grants from the Acadia Foundation, from WKCR’s “New York Music Alive” series. and from Poets&Writers.

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
James Baldwin, Paul Celan, Lucille Clifton, William Empson, Nikki Giovanni, Langston Hughes, James Joyce, Nathaniel Mackey, W.S. Merwin, Charles Mingus, Desmond O'Grady, Ezra Pound, Rabelais, Theodore Roethke, Carl Hancock Rux, Carl Sandburg, Dellmore Schwartz, Ntozake Shange, Bruce Springsteen, John Szwed, Dylan Thomas, Vernon Watkins, Walt Whitman, Saul Williams, W.B. Yeats, and many more -- all gods to me.

More Information

Gives readings: 
Travels for readings: 
Identifies as: 
African American
Prefers to work with: 
Any, At Risk Youth, Children, Disability, Homelessness, Incarcerated individuals, Men, Schools, Seniors, Teachers, Teenagers, Women
Fluent in: 
Born in: 
Philadelphia, PA
Raised in: 
Philadelphia, PA
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Last update: Jun 21, 2019