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Don Grolnick
Don was born in 1947 in Brooklyn and grew up in Levittown, New York. He began his musical life on accordion but later switched to piano. His interest in jazz began as a child when his father took him to a Count Basie concert, and soon after they also saw Erroll Garner perform at Carnegie Hall. He attended Tufts University with a major in philosophy.
 
After he left Tufts, he formed the jazz-rock band Fire & Ice with Ken Melville on guitar and Stuart Schulman, his friend since childhood, on bass guitar. They were the opening act for B.B. King, The Jeff Beck Group, and the Velvet Underground at Boston clubs like the Boston Tea Party and The Ark. This was Grolnick's first foray into rock and blues as a performer, and he began to write within the medium as well. Grolnick moved back to New York in 1969 and joined Melville in the jazz fusion band "D".
 
Grolnick died at the age of 48 on 01 June 1996.
 
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Discography
The Blue Man
Columbia JC 35539
recorded 1978 in New York, NY/USA
Steve Khan, guitar
David Sanborn, alto sax
Michael Brecker, tenor sax
Randy Brecker, trumpet
Bob James, guitar, keyboards, synthesizer
Jeff Mironov, guitar
David Spinozza, guitar
Don Grolnick, keyboards, organ, piano
Will Lee, bass
Steve Gadd, drums
Rick Marotta, drums, percussion
Ralph MacDonald, congas, percussion
Mike Mainieri, marimba, percussion
Mobo I
Gramavision GR 8404
recorded August/September 1983 in New York City/USA
Kazumi Watanabe, guitar
Don Grolnick, organ, synthesizer
Robbie Shakespeare, bass
Steve Jordan, drums
Mobo II
Gramavision GR 8406
recorded August/September 1983 in New York City/USA
Kazumi Watanabe, guitar
Michael Brecker, tenor sax
Don Grolnick, organ, synthesizer
Kei Akagi, piano, marimba
Robbie Shakespeare, bass
Marcus Miller, bass
Steve Jordan, drums
Omar Hakim, drums
Sly Dunbar, drums
Straight To The Heart
Warner Bros. Records 9 25150-2
released 1984

David Sanborn, alto sax, keyboards
Randy Brecker, horn
Jon Faddis, horn
Michael Brecker, horn
Hiram Bullock, guitar
Marcus Miller, synthesizer, bass
Don Grolnick, keyboards
Michael White, percussion
Buddy Williams, drums
Ralph MacDonald, percussion
Crusher Bennett, percussion
Errol Bennett, percussion
Hamish Stuart, vocals
Short Stories
Denon CY-1768
recorded March 1987 in New York City/USA
Bob Berg, soprano sax, tenor sax
Dave Sanborn, alto sax
Mike Stern, guitar
Don Grolnick, organ piano, synthesizer
Robby Kilgore, synthesizer, keyboards
Jeff Andrews, bass
Will Lee, bass, percussion
Peter Erskine, drums, percussion
Flat Out
Gramavision GCD 79400
recorded December 1988 in New York City/USA
John Scofield, guitar
Don Grolnick, organ
Anthony Cox, bass
Johnny Vidacovich, drums
Terri Lyne Carrington, drums

 
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