Tiny Grimes Jazz Profile: Sunday, August 3 at 2pm

Join us from 2-7pm Sunday, July 26 for an in-depth profile of guitarist Lloyd “Tiny” Grimes.  Heavily influenced by Charlie Christian, Grimes played the electric guitar -- both the four-string (tenor) and six-string models -- in Christian’s characteristic swing-to-bop style.  Grimes picked up the electric guitar in 1938, following stints as a drummer, pianist, and vocalist.  After debuting with harmony vocal group the Cats and a Fiddle, Grimes formed a trio with Art Tatum and Slam Stewart.  He would perform as part of the Art Tatum Trio from 1943-4.  Throughout the late 1940s and early 1950s, Grimes played with artists including Charlie Parker, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, and Billie Holiday.  As a bandleader, Grimes notably recorded with the R&B-oriented group The Rockin’ Highlanders from 1948-1952.  Later in his career, Grimes recorded with Roy Eldridge and Lloyd Glenn.  He continued to play and perform until his death in 1989.