Don Grusin is a composer, producer, arranger, pianist, and visiting university instructor, now living in Los Angeles after five years in Boulder. He holds a master's degree in economics from the University of Colorado and taught as a Fulbright professor in Mexico and in the United States. He chose to enter the music recording business 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 video DVD and audio CD The Hang, and received another Grammy in 2009 for his contribution to Paul Winter's CD, Crestone, and yet another for Miho, Journey to the Mountain in 2010. His latest album, Trans Atlántica, has been released in Japan, in the UK, and on iTunes worldwide. His current recording projects include a look at death entitled Requiem where he will give tribute to many friends, relatives, and animals that have left the planet.
The recipient of CU's Alumni Association's George Norlin Award for distinguished lifetime achievement, Grusin continues a busy international touring, recording, and teaching schedule. He will join his German Hang III Band at the A-Trane Jazz Club in Berlin this summer.
Next spring semester, 2014, he will launch a new multidisciplinary course at CU's Atlas Institute, focusing on the artist Christo and his Over the River project on the Arkansas River near Salida. Lately Grusin has a particularly well-informed affinity for loose-leaf tea, with Pu'erh as his favorite.