Nick Grinder

Nick Grinder, a New York City-based trombonist and composer, is also a trombonist. Slide Hampton hailed Nick Grinder as “an important future voice for jazz trombone” and “the most blend of saxophone technique with the expressive tones of the trombone.” Nick Grinder started playing professionally in the Bay Area, California, at the age of 15. During his teens, he was a member many regional bands, including the SF JAZZ All-Stars and the All State Band. He also played in the Marin and Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestras. He was the son of two San Francisco artists, a former dancer and visual effects technician. He was encouraged to perform outside school. He was a high schooler and gigged regularly on the upright bass and trombone throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Nick studied with Bob McChesney at Cal State Northridge Los Angeles from 2007 to 2011. He was awarded a scholarship to NYU in 2011! He was an adjunct professor at NYU while pursuing a master’s. Nick is currently a sideman/leader in many diverse projects in New York City. He has performed at places such as Small’s and Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola. He has also performed in Canada, Quatar and the Netherlands. Nick has been a part of the major bands of Alan Ferber and Darcy James Argue. He also performed with John Daversa and Bobby Sanabria. He is also active in the commercial arena, having played in the pit orchestras for nearly two dozen Broadway and Off-Broadway plays. Nick’s original music seeks to create a familiarity while not adhering to a standard. Many of the pieces are simple head charts with open improvised sections. Others are sectioned ensemble writing. Nick released Ten Minutes in 2014 as an album of original compositions. His second album Farallon was released by Outside In Music in February 2019. From

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