Dave Grusin

David "Dave" Grusin ( born June 26, 1934 in Littleton, Colorado) is an American film composer, jazz pianist, arranger, producer and bandleader.

Life and work

Grusin studied at the University of Colorado, where he played with Terry Gibbs, Art Pepper, Anita O'Day and Johnny Smith. In 1959 he went to New York and was accompanist and arranger for Andy Williams. Grusin was responsible in 1966 as musical director and arranger, inter alia, also for 2 years, Caterina Valente show and was living at that time in Amsterdam. As early as 1960 he could be heard on records by Benny Goodman in 1962 and settled down in Los Angeles. Here he played and arranged, among others, Sarah Vaughan, Quincy Jones and Carmen McRae. The mid-1970s he played keyboards with Gerry Mulligan and Lee Ritenour. Along with Larry Rosen he produced at that time with Earl Klugh albums musicians such as Patti Austin, or for labels such as Blue Note Records or CTI Records; In 1982 he founded the label with roses GRP Records ( Grusin Rosen Productions ), which developed into a major label for contemporary jazz and fusion, and especially in the smooth jazz field was successful. Grusin also launched the All-Star Big Band of the label. During the 1980s and 1990s was followed by further recordings of fusion music to pop, some with a symphony orchestra.

Grusin has composed and produced film scores for which he was partly awarded the Oscar or a Grammy: In 1989, he wrote the soundtrack for the film The Fabulous Baker Boys, 1990 Havana, 1999 film Random Hearts. He also produced the soundtrack for the company. Even as an arranger he has won several awards; this reason he received in 1986 a total of eight Grammys, around 2003 for his instrumental arrangement of " Mean Old Man" ( James Taylor).

Except for GRP he also published at Columbia, Sheffield Lab, and Polygram. His brother Don Grusin ( born 1941 ) is also a jazz pianist and composer. Dave Grusin has a son named Stuart.


  • Winning (1969 )
  • Discovered Again! (1976, Sheffield Lab)
  • Kenji Omura: Concierto de Aranjuez ( 1978) ( Keyboard)
  • One of a Kind (1978, GRP)
  • Mountain Dance (1980, GRP)
  • Dave Grusin on the GRP All-Stars Live in Japan (1981, Arista )
  • Out of the Shadows (1982, GRP)
  • And the NY -LA Dream Band (1984, GRP)
  • Night - Lines (1984, GRP)
  • Harlequin ( with Lee Ritenour ) (1985, GRP)
  • Sticks and Stones ( with Don Grusin ) (1988, GRP)
  • Migration ( 1989)
  • Cinemagic (1990 )
  • Collection (25 October 1990)
  • The Gershwin Connection (1991 )
  • Homage to Duke ( 1993)
  • Dave Grusin Presents GRP All- Star Big Band: Live! (1993)
  • The Orchestral Album ( 1994)
  • Two for the Road: The Music of Henry Mancini ( 1997)
  • Presents: West Side Story (1997)
  • Priceless Jazz ( 1998)
  • Two Worlds (2000)
  • Now Playing: Movie Themes - Solo Piano (2004)
  • Amparo (2009)

Filmography (selection)

Lexigraphic entries

  • Ian Carr et al Rough Guide Jazz. The ultimate guide to jazz. Metzler Verlag, Stuttgart 1999, ISBN 3-476-01584- X
  • Wolf Kampmann Reclams Jazz Encyclopedia Reclam, Stuttgart 2003, ISBN 3-15-010528-5
  • Martin Kunzler, Jazz Encyclopedia Vol 1 Rowohlt, 2002 ISBN 3-499-16512-0 Reinbek