Don Grusin once had a life as an economist, teaching on a Fulbright Fellowship in Mexico in the mid 60s, and as a lowly T.A. at CU, babysitting the freshmen ECON 101 students. Later, he was an instructor at Foothill College in Northern California. After seeing the light and changing paths, he moved to LA to be a full time recording musician, piano player, producer, composer and an arranger of jazz and world music records (now called CD's).
He produced a grammy album for the superb saxophonist Ernie Watts, and through the 80s and 90s, made a series of solo albums for GRP, JVC and Video Arts Music. Grusin's recording and producing has taken him to some of the greatest places on the planet, including Brasil, Japan, Sweden, Venezuela and Cuba.
Always experimenting with new ways to create new music design, Grusin has been combining his favorite players with digital loops and samples to make hybrid analog/digital albums. His most recent projects include producing tracks for Toots Thielman, the fabulous harmonica player from Belgium, entrepreneuring with partner Oscar Castro-Neves in the development of a new music company in Brasil, writing and producing songs for Lorraine Feather and Flora Purim and creating tracks for Rap and Urban Soul albums.
You can hear him playing piano on the new Julia Louis-Dreyfus TV series Waiting for Ellie.