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Larry Grenadier

Larry Grenadier

American bassist
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Intro American bassist
Countries United States of America
Occupations Jazz musician
Gender male
Birth 6 February 1966 (San Francisco)
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Larry Grenadier (born February 6, 1966 in San Francisco) is an American jazz double bassist. Grenadier is a member of Brad Mehldau's Trio and Fly with saxophonist Mark Turner and drummer Jeff Ballard.

Early life

Grenadier's father, Albert, was a trumpet player, and his two brothers, Phil and Steve, play trumpet and guitar, respectively. Grenadier began on trumpet when he was 10 years old before beginning to play the bass the following year. Grenadier's father helped introduce him to the instruments and music theory. Larry's older brother Phil began listening to jazz around this time, influencing his sibling's musical interests. Grenadier began listening to several jazz bassists including John Patitucci, Ray Brown, Charles Mingus, Brian Bromberg, Les Claypool, Richard Davis, Jeff Chambers, Wilbur Ware and Oscar Pettiford, among others.

At age 12 Grenadier began formal study of the acoustic bass, learning from local jazz bass players Chris Poehlor, Paul Breslin, and Frank Tusa and later classical bassists Michael Burr and Steven Tromontozzi. At 16, Grenadier had a busy career playing in the San Francisco Bay Area with both local musicians and those traveling through town in need of a bass player. Some of these musicians included Harvey Wainapel, Bobby Hutcherson, Joe Henderson, Larry Vuckovitch, Eddie Henderson, Bruce Forman, Eddie Marshall, Vince Lateano, George Cables and Donald Bailey, Toots Thielmans, Johnny Griffin, Charles McPherson, Anita O'Day, and Frank Morgan, among others.

Grenadier studied at Stanford University and graduated in 1989 with a bachelor's degree in English Literature. At Stanford, he met Stan Getz, with whom he toured.


Larry Grenadier, 2014
Photo Hreinn Gudlaugsson

After graduating from Stanford, Grenadier moved to Boston to play with vibraphonist Gary Burton. In 1991, he moved to New York. He continued to collaborate with some of the musicians he had met during his time in Boston, such as Kurt Rosenwinkel, Joshua Redman, Mark Turner, Jorge Rossy, and Chris Cheek. Others he met for the first time in New York include Bill Stewart, Kevin Hays, Renee Rosnes, Ralph Moore, Billy Drummond, Danilo Perez, David Sánchez, Tom Harrell and Billy Hart. Grenadier continued his association with Joe Henderson, touring with his band which at times included Al Foster, Renee Rosnes and Larry Willis. He also spent a few months during his earlier years in New York playing in Betty Carter's band.

In the early 1990s, Grenadier first met and played with pianist Brad Mehldau. He joined Mehldau's Trio with drummer Jorge Rossy; together they toured and recorded for more than ten years. Rossy was replaced by drummer Jeff Ballard in 2004.

Grenadier has worked with guitarist Pat Metheny, with whom he toured as a trio along with drummer Bill Stewart. He credits his experiences touring with Metheny's trio as a significant learning experience.

Grenadier has also played with Charles Lloyd, Chris Potter, Eric Harland, Julian Lage, Taylor Eigsti, Billy Higgins, Michael Brecker, and Paul Motian, among many others.

Grenadier is a member of FLY, a trio which includes drummer Jeff Ballard and tenor saxophonist Mark Turner. They have recorded three critically acclaimed albums. He also tours and records with his wife, singer-songwriter Rebecca Martin.

Grenadier lives with Rebecca and their son Charlie James in the Hudson Valley, north of New York City.

Selected discography

With Peter Beets

  • New York Trio – Page Two (Criss Cross, 2002)

With Peter Bernstein

  • Heart's Content (Criss Cross, 2002)
  • Stranger in Paradise (Venus, 2004)

With Seamus Blake

  • The Call (Criss Cross, 1993)
  • Four Track Mind (Criss Cross, 1994)

With Chris Cheek

  • Blues Cruise (Fresh Sound, 2005)

With George Colligan

  • The Endless Mysteries (Origin, 2013)

With Fly (band)

  • Fly (Savory, 2004)
  • Sky & Country (ECM, 2009)
  • Year of the Snake (ECM, 2012)

With Jon Gordon

  • Ask Me Now (Criss Cross, 1994)
  • Currents (Double-Time, 1998)

With Phil Grenadier

  • Sweet Transients (Fresh Sound New Talent, 2000)
  • Playful Intentions (Fresh Sound New Talent, 2002)

With Kevin Hays

  • Ugly Beauty (SteepleChase, 1991)

With David Kikoski

  • Details (Criss Cross, 2003)
  • Limits (Criss Cross, 2005)

With Jonathan Kreisberg

  • Nine Stories Wide (Criss Cross, 2003)

With Charles Lloyd

  • The Water Is Wide (ECM, 1999)
  • Hyperion with Higgins (ECM, 1999)
  • Lift Every Voice (ECM, 2002)

With Herbie Mann

  • America/Brasil (Lightyear, 1995)
  • Celebration (Lightyear, 1995)

With Brad Mehldau

  • Introducing Brad Mehldau (Warner Bros., 1995)
  • The Art of the Trio Volume One (Warner Bros., 1997)
  • Live at the Village Vanguard: The Art of the Trio Volume Two (Warner Bros., 1998)
  • Songs: The Art of the Trio Volume Three (Warner Bros., 1998)
  • Art of the Trio 4: Back at the Vanguard (Warner Bros., 1999)
  • Places (Warner Bros., 2000)
  • Progression: The Art of the Trio, Vol. 5 (Warner Bros., 2001)
  • Largo (Warner Bros., 2002)
  • Anything Goes (Warner Bros., 2004)
  • Day Is Done (Nonesuch, 2005)
  • House on Hill (Nonesuch, 2006)
  • Brad Mehldau Trio Live (Nonesuch, 2008)
  • Highway Rider (Nonesuch, 2009)
  • Ode (Nonesuch, 2012)
  • Where Do You Start (Nonesuch, 2012)
  • Blues and Ballads (Nonesuch, 2016)

With Pat Metheny

  • Trio 99 → 00 (Warner Bros., 2000)
  • Trio → Live (Warner Bros., 2000)
  • Metheny/Mehldau (Nonesuch, 2006)
  • Metheny/Mehldau Quartet (Nonesuch, 2007)

With Paul Motian

  • Trio 2000 + One (Winter & Winter 1997)
  • On Broadway Vol. 4 or The Paradox of Continuity (Winter & Winter, 2005)
  • Live at the Village Vanguard (Winter & Winter, 2006)
  • Live at the Village Vanguard Vol. II (Winter & Winter, 2006)
  • Live at the Village Vanguard Vol. III (Winter & Winter, 2006)

With Rebecca Martin

  • Thoroughfare (Sunnyside, 1998)
  • Middlehope (Fresh Sound, 2000)
  • The Growing Season (Sunnyside, 2008)
  • When I Was Long Ago (Sunnyside, 2010)
  • Twain (Sunnyside, 2013)

With MTB

  • Consenting Adults (Criss Cross, 1994)

With Wolfgang Muthspiel

  • Rising Grace (ECM, 2016)

With Chris Potter

  • Pure (Concord, 1994)
  • Moving In (Concord, 1996)
  • The Sirens (ECM, 2013) with Craig Taborn, David Virelles and Eric Harland

With Enrico Rava

  • New York Days (ECM, 2008)

With Joshua Redman

  • Timeless Tales (Warner Bros., 1998)
  • Back East (Nonesuch, 2007)
  • Compass (Nonesuch, 2009)
  • Walking Shadows (Nonesuch, 2013)

With Kurt Rosenwinkel

  • Deep Song (Verve, 2005)

With Jamie Saft

  • Borscht Belt Studies (Tzadik, 2011)
  • Fight Against Babylon (Veal, 2011) New Zion Trio

With David Sánchez

  • Sketches of Dreams (Columbia, 1994)

With Stan Sulzmann

  • The Jigsaw (Basho, 2004)

With Mark Turner

  • Two Tenor Ballads (Criss Cross, 1994)
  • Yam Yam (Criss Cross, 1994)
  • In This World (Warner Bros., 1998)

With Scott Wendholt

  • From Now On (Criss Cross, 1995)

With Steve Wilson

  • Four for Time (Criss Cross, 1994)

With Chihiro Yamanaka

  • When October Goes (Atelier Sawano, 2002)
  • Madrigal (Atelier Sawano, 2004)
  • Lach Doch Mal (Verve, 2006)
  • Reminiscence (Verve, 2011)

With Ethan Iverson

  • Costumes Are Mandatory (HighNote, 2013)

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