Henry Grimes, one of today's leading free jazz bassists (also known for his violin playing, as well as his poetry), was active from the mid-1950s to 1969, before mysteriously disappearing around the beginning of the 1970s. Born in 1935 in Philadelphia, the young Henry Grimes came to prominence in the mid-50s and was selected by Charles Mingus to play as a second bassist in his band. At 22 years old, he performed at the Newport Jazz festival of 1958 in the bands of Sonny Rollins, Thelonius Monk, and Benny Goodman, among other greats. As he developed an interest in free jazz, he went on to perform with many of the genre's biggest names, including Cecil Taylor, Don Cherry, and Albert Ayler. Although Grimes disappeared from music in the 70s, he was rediscovered in 2002, and returned to the scene with incredible energy and output. He has since gone on worldwide tours, recorded and performed with some of the most talented players in contemporary jazz, and has released no less than six albums as leader or co-leader. Tune in to the WKCR musician's show tonight to listen to a live interview and performance by this incredible musician!
Wednesday, November 4, 2015 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm