Don Grusin
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Jazz and world music producer, pianist, synthesizer player, composer, arranger, Don Grusin once led the life of an economist, teaching in the late1960s at the Universidad Autonoma on a Fulbright in Guadalajara, Mexico, at CU babysitting the freshmen Econ 101 students, and at Foothill College in California. Then, a call from Quincy Jones to join his band and tour Japan changed everything. Grusin moved to Los Angeles in 1976, worked as a studio musician, made records and toured with many of the great ones: Billy Ekstein, Peggy Lee, Tom Scott, Lee Ritenour, Sadao Watanabe, Gilberto Gil, and his brother Dave. He wrote and produced for artists in the U.S. (David Benoit, Patti Austin), in Japan (Sadao Watanabe), and Brazil (Simone, Djavan, Dori Caymmi). In 1985 he produced a Grammy winning album for Ernie Watts, Musician. Between 1984-95 Grusin made a bunch of his own solo albums for JVC and GRP Records including a collaboration with brother Dave called Sticks and Stones. In '99 Don and Frank Quintero produced a 3-CD, 30-artist tribute to Latin American Music entitled Tocando Tierra, which was recorded in Havana, Caracas, LA, Miami, with Steely Dan's Roger Nichols as the engineer.