David Grisman Quintet
Thu, Sep 26 -
Doors open at 6:00 PM each night.
Sun, Sep 29, 2013
First sets begin at 7:30 PM, and second sets (when applicable) begin at 9:30 PM (doors: 9:15 PM).
The Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley welcomes mandolinist and composer David “Dawg” Grisman with his quintet. Band members joining Mr. Grisman are Matt Eakle (flute), Grant Gordy (guitar), Mike Barnett (violin), and Jim Kerwin (bass). Set times Thursday thru Sunday at 7:30pm with second sets Friday & Saturday at 9:30pm. Doors open at 5:30pm.
For over 45 years, mandolinist/composer David Grisman has been busy creating "dawg" music, a blend of many stylistic influences (including folk, swing, bluegrass, Latin, jazz and gypsy) so unique he gave it its own name. In doing so, David has inspired a whole new genre of acoustic string instrumental music with style and virtuosity, while creating a unique niche for himself in the world of contemporary music. His discography is filled with notable artists including Sam Bush, Jerry Garcia, the Grateful Dead, Stephane Grappelli, Emmylou Harris, Chris Isaak, Del McCoury, Dolly Parton, Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt, Earl Scruggs, Martin Taylor, James Taylor and Doc Watson.
Praised for his mastery of the instrument as well as his talents as a composer, bandleader, teacher and record producer by the New York Times, David’s role as an acoustic innovator continues to grow. After launching his own label, Acoustic Disc, in 1990, David entered the most prolific period of his distinguished career, producing over 60 critically acclaimed, sonically superior recordings of acoustic music (five of which have been nominated for Grammy Awards).
David's unique instrumental style found a home in 1974 when he formed the Great American Music Band with fiddler Richard Greene. "Nothing against singers," said David, "but it became apparent to me that I could play 90 minutes without one. Besides, Elvis never called." Within a year, Greene moved on to join a pop act, and David met guitar wizard Tony Rice, who moved to California where they started rehearsing a new group, the David Grisman Quintet, which also included bassist/mandolinist Todd Phillips and violinist Darol Anger. The rest is string band history.
For more than 30 years, the David Grisman Quintet has won numerous polls and awards and has headlined at major jazz, folk and bluegrass festivals around the world. DGQ alumni (including Tony Rice, Mark O'Connor, Mike Marshall and Darol Anger) have gone on to establish successful careers as leaders of acoustic music. Current DGQ members include bassist Jim Kerwin, flutist Matt Eakle, percussionist George Marsh, and the newest member, guitarist Grant Gordy. David's interests spread to jazz in 1967, while playing in the folk-rock ensemble, Earth Opera.
David Grisman has always been a pioneer. He has deeply influenced several generations of musicians through his own musical explorations, and with the continuing success of Acoustic Disc has helped make artist-owned independent labels a viable force in the modern music business.
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