One of the top ten film scorers of his generation, Dave Grusin is also renowned as a jazz artist and founder of the independent record company GRP. A piano graduate of the University of Colorado, he grew up with a classical music background, his father, Henri Grusin, having been a professional violinist.
Grusin has written over 40 film scores and received seven Academy Award nominations, including an Oscar in 1988 for the musical score of The Milagro Beanfield War. His life as a recording artist and producer has resulted in ten Grammy awards.
Grusin was a featured artist on jazz albums Discovered Again and One of a Kind, which helped to put him at the forefront of the fusion jazz movement. Other jazz albums include Mountain Dance, Out of the Shadows, N.Y./L.A. Dreamband, Night-Lines, Harlequin, Migration, and Random Hearts. He returned to acoustic piano in the 1990s, which led to four critically-acclaimed tribute albums to Gershwin, Ellington, Mancini, and Bernstein. In the new century Grusin released a mixture of classical, folk, and jazz under the title Two Worlds and received a Grammy for arranging a James Taylor CD. In 2004 he released Now Playing, a collection of his own film themes.
In addition to his professional life, Grusin is co-founder of the National Foundation for Jazz Education, a philanthropic group dedicated to helping young jazz musicians. Grusin holds honorary doctoral degrees from the University of Colorado and from the Berkeley School of Music in Boston.