AFRO-AMERICAN MUSIC INSTITUTE CELEBRATES 36 YEARS
Pain Relief Beyond Belief
Time: August 30, 2010 from 8pm to 10pm
Location: Thunderbird Cafe
Street: 4023 Butler St.
City/Town: Pittsburgh PA 15201
Website or Map: http://www.thunderbirdcafe.net
Event Type: concert
Organized By: Manny Theiner
Latest Activity: Aug 30, 2010
Tickets $16 in advance at the Thunderbird Cafe
website and Paul's CDs (Bloomfield). $20 door.
Master jazz musician (acoustic bass, violin, poetry) HENRY GRIMES has played more than 38O concerts in 24 countries (including many festivals) since 2OO3, when he made his astonishing return to the music world after 35 years away. As a youngster in the '5O's and early '6O's, he came up with R&B / soul musicians; 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, Coleman Hawkins, Roy Haynes, Lee Konitz, Steve Lacy, Charles Mingus, Gerry Mulligan, Sunny Murray, Sonny Rollins, Pharoah Sanders, Archie Shepp, Cecil Taylor and McCoy Tyner. Sadly, 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 '6O's with a broken bass he couldn't pay to repair. 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. He was discovered there by a Georgia social worker and fan in 2OO2 and was given a bass by William Parker, and Henry made a triumphant return to New York City in May, 'O3 to play in the Vision Festival. Since then, he has played, toured, and / or recorded with many of today's music heroes, such as Rashied Ali, Marshall Allen, Fred Anderson, Marilyn Crispell, Andrew Cyrille, Bill Dixon, Dave Douglas, "Kidd" Jordan, David Murray, William Parker, and Marc Ribot. In the past few years, Henry has held esidencies, workshops and master classes on major campuses including Berklee College of Music, New England Conservatory, and the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. He made his professional debut on a second instrument (the violin) at the age of 7O, has seen the publication of the first volume of his poetry, "Signs Along the Road," and creates illustrations to accompany his new recordings and publications. He has received four Meet the Composer grants. He can be heard on more than 85 recordings on various labels, including Atlantic, Ayler Records, Blue Note, Columbia, ESP-Disk, Impulse!, Pi Recordings, Porter, Prestige, Riverside, and Verve. Henry Grimes now lives and teaches in New York City.