Don Grusin Music and Bad Dog Music are the production house and publishing entity for Don Grusin, American composer, producer, arranger, and keyboardist. He holds a master’s degree in economics from the University of Colorado and has taught as a Fulbright professor in Mexico and in the United States. He chose to enter the music business full-time after joining Quincy Jones’ band for a Japan-U.S. tour in the mid-1970s.
As the creative sparkplug for the fusion ensemble Friendship, Grusin has recorded and produced scores of albums, including Ernie Watts’ Grammy Award-winning CD, Musican. He received a Grammy nomination for his live contemporary jazz video DVD and audio CD The Hang, and received another Grammy this past year for his contribution to Paul Winter’s CD, Crestone. In 2008, he released Piano in Venice—a collection of tunes inspired by the moods and grooves of the Venice, California, beach community.
The recipient of the University of Colorado Alumni Association’s 2006 George Norlin Award for distinguished lifetime achievement, Grusin continues a busy international touring, recording, and teaching schedule. His multidisciplinary course at the ATLAS Institute at the University of Colorado, called “World Music Video as Catalyst for Social Change,” was created in 2008 to incorporate such diverse fields as economics, music, film, ethnography, journalism, environmental design, and art to produce videos as educational and marketing tools leading to greater global social awareness and action.