Dave Grusin

Dave Grusin is a Grammy Award-winning pianist and Academy Award-winning composer with over 30 scores to his credit.  He began his career as music director and pianist with vocalist Andy Williams (1959-1966). He met drummer Larry Rosen in the band, and the two became business partners nearly two decades later when they launched the contemporary jazz label, GRP Records.

Grusin’s early recordings as a leader were two jazz trio albums Subways are For Sleeping and Piano, Strings and Moonlight.  In 1965 he turned his attention to film composing and first scored the comedy Divorce American Style. Among his Academy Award-nominated work over the years are scores for Heaven Can Wait, The Champ, On Golden Pond, Tootsie (he co-wrote the Stephen Bishop hit, “It Might Be You”), The Milagro Beanfield War (which won the 1988 Oscar), Havana, The Fabulous Baker Boys and The Firm. Grusin also penned the theme songs for the sitcoms Good Times and Maude, as well as the TV series Baretta and St. Elsewhere.

For GRP Records, Grusin and Rosen produced The Rippingtons, Spyro Gyra, David Benoit, Lee Ritenour and Tom Scott. Some of Grusin’s own hits for the label include Night-lines (1984), Harlequin (with Lee Ritenour in 1986), The Fabulous Baker Boys (a double Grammy winner in 1989), The Gershwin Connection (1991) and Homage to Duke (1993).

In 2009, Grusin performed and conducted An Evening With Dave Grusin for Jazz Roots: A Larry Rosen Series at the Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami, featuring the UM Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra. It was video recorded and released in 2011 on CD, Blu-Ray, and as a Roba i-Pad app.


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