AFRO-AMERICAN MUSIC INSTITUTE CELEBRATES 36 YEARS
Pain Relief Beyond Belief
Time: September 15, 2008 from 7pm to 10:30pm
Location: CMU College of Fine Arts, Alumni Concert Hall
Street: 5000 Forbes Avenue
City/Town: Pittsburgh, PA
Website or Map: http://maps.google.com/maps?f…
Phone: 412 519 4038
Event Type: Improvised, music, and, poetry, concert
Organized By: Edgar Um Bucholtz
Latest Activity: Sep 12, 2008
Monday September 15th
at Alumni Concert Hall
in the College of Fine Arts building
on the CMU campus
tcrps productions, the Carnegie Mellon University School of Music and WRCT FM present
the legendary jazz bassist HENRY GRIMES in a solo concert.
Henry Grimes will be performing solo bass, violin, poetry (from his recently published first volume of poetry, "Signs Along the Road") and spell-casting.
Opening the concert will be solo performances by:
BEN OPIE on reed instruments (of CMU School of Music, OPEK and Thoth Trio)
MICHAEL JOHNSEN on his home-built analog electronic instruments.
and bassist DAVID PELLOW (Director of Jazz Studies at CMU School of Music.)
Doors open at 7pm.
Concert begins at 7:30pm.
Admission is $10 at the door. (There will be a reduced admission with current CMU ID.)
Admission is open to all ages.
ALUMNI CONCERT HALL
COLLEGE OF FINE ARTS (First Floor)
CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY
for more information: 412-519-4038 or email@example.com
HENRY GRIMES bio:
Master jazz musician and poet HENRY GRIMES has played almost 300 concerts in 23 countries (including many festivals) since May of '03, when he made his astonishing return to the music world after 35 years away. He was born and raised in Philadelphia and attended the Mastbaum School and Juilliard. In the '50's and '60's, he came up in the music in playing and touring with Willis "Gator Tail" Jackson and "Bullmoose" Jackson and "Little" Willie John and a number of other great R&B / soul musicians of that era; but drawn to jazz, he went on to play, tour, and record with many great jazz musicians of that era, including Albert Ayler, Don Cherry, Benny Goodman, Coleman Hawkins, Roy Haynes, Lee Konitz, Steve Lacy, Charles Mingus, Gerry Mulligan, Sunny Murray, Sonny Rollins, Roswell Rudd, Pharoah Sanders, Archie Shepp, Cecil Taylor, McCoy Tyner, Rev. Frank Wright, and many more. But a trip to the West Coast to work with Al Jarreau and Jon Hendricks went awry, leaving Henry in Los Angeles at the end of the '60's with a broken bass he couldn't pay to repair, so he sold it for a small sum and faded away from the music world. Many years passed with nothing heard from him, as he lived in his tiny rented room in an S.R.O. hotel in downtown Los Angeles, working as a manual laborer, custodian, and maintenance man, and writing many volumes of handwritten poetry. Discovered there by a Georgia social worker and fan in 2002, Henry Grimes was given a bass by William Parker, and after only a few weeks of ferocious woodshedding, Henry made a triumphant return to New York City in May, '03 to play in the Vision Festival. Since then, often working as a leader, he has played, toured, and / or recorded with many of today's music heroes, such as Rashied Ali, Marshall Allen, Fred Anderson, Marilyn Crispell, Ted Curson, Andrew Cyrille, Bill Dixon, Dave Douglas, Andrew Lamb, Joe Lovano, David Murray, William Parker, Marc Ribot, Cecil Taylor, and many more. Henry has also given a number of workshops and master classes on major campuses, released several new recordings, made his professional debut on a second instrument, the violin, at the age of 70, has now published the first volume of his poetry, "Signs Along the Road," and has been creating illustrations to accompany his new recordings and publications. He has received many honors in recent years, including four Meet the Composer grants and a grant from the Acadia Foundation. He can be heard on more than 80 recordings on various labels, including Atlantic, Ayler Records, Blue Note, Columbia, ESP-Disk, Impulse!, JazzNewYork Productions, Pi Recordings, Porter Records, Prestige, Riverside, and Verve. Henry Grimes now lives and teaches in New York City.