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David Grusin (born June 26, 1934) is an American composer, arranger and pianist. Grusin has composed many scores for feature films and television, and has won numerous awards for his soundtrack and record work, including an Academy award and 12 Grammys. He has had a prolific recording career as an artist, arranger, producer and executive producer. Grusin’s almost staggering output can be documented from the late 50s to the current recordings. All Music Guide includes a thorough list of his credits. (
http://www.allmusic.com/artist/dave-grusin-p67644/credits). In the late 70s, he formed GRP records along with his partner, Larry Rosen, and began to create some of the first commercial digital recordings.The label was one of the first to promote CDs in the early 80s. GRP Records was sold to Universal Records in the middle 90s for a reported $40 million. Grusin was also at the forefront of soundtrack albums. He was the composer for the legendary Mike Nichols Oscar-winning film, The Graduate. The film was one of the first times to integrate popular songs into a film score. Grusin and Paul Simon placed his popular songs such as âMrs. Robinsonâ? into the score and soundtrack. From 2000 through 2011, Grusin has concentrated on composing classical and jazz compositions, touring, and recording with collaborators, among others, guitarist, Lee Ritenour. Together they have recorded several projects including the Grammy-winning Brazilian album, âHarlequinâ? in 1985. In recent years, they have released two classical crossover albums that were nominated for Grammys including, the Universal Decca recordings,’âTwo Worldsâ? and "Amparo". Grusin is an avid fisherman and splits his time between his ranch in Montana and his house in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Life and career

Grusin was born in Littleton, Colorado, the son of Rosabelle (née De Poyster), a pianist, and Henri Grusin, a violinist who immigrated from Riga, Latvia.[1][2] An alumnus of the University of Colorado at Boulder, College of Music, he was awarded his bachelor’s degree in 1956. One of his teachers there was Cecil Effinger.[3] Grusin has a filmography of about 100 titles. His many awards include an Oscar for best original score for The Milagro Beanfield War, as well as Oscar nominations for The Champ, The Fabulous Baker Boys, The Firm, Havana, Heaven Can Wait, and On Golden Pond. He also received a best original song nomination for "It Might Be You" from the film Tootsie. Six of the fourteen cuts on the soundtrack from The Graduate are his. Other film scores he has composed include Where Were You When the Lights Went Out?, Three Days of the Condor, The Goonies, Tequila Sunrise, Hope Floats, Random Hearts, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter and The Firm.

For television, he was the conductor for The Andy Williams Show (1963â1965) and the composer of the theme songs for such series as It Takes a Thief (1968), The Name of the Game (1968), Dan August (1970), The Sandy Duncan Show (1971â1972) Maude (1972), Good Times (1974), Baretta (1975), St. Elsewhere (1982), and, for Televisa in Mexico, Tres Generaciones (1987). He also composed music for individual episodes of each of those shows. His other TV credits include The Wild Wild West (1966), The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. (1966), and Columbo: Prescription: Murder (1968). He also did the theme song for One Life to Live (1968) from 1984â1992.

About 35 Grusin CD titles are currently available including soundtracks, originals, collections, and homages to jazz greats George Gershwin, Duke Ellington, and Henry Mancini. Recently he has turned his attention to his own compositions. As in much of his career, these defy easy classification. They can be heard on CD’s in collaboration with major artists including Lee Ritenour, James Taylor, and Renée Fleming. In addition to Grusin’s jazz, film work and other collaborations, he has also lent his talents as a producer / arranger / musician to numerous albums by artists including Paul Simon, Sérgio Mendes, Quincy Jones, Al Jarreau, Patti Austin, Dave Valentin and Sadao Watanabe. Billy Joel has also on occasion tapped Grusin for horn and string arrangements – Grusin arranged the horns on "Half A Mile Away" for Joel’s "52nd Street" album, and contributed horn and string arrangements to Joel’s 1982 concept album "The Nylon Curtain."

Grusin and Larry Rosen co-founded GRP Records in 1978. In 1994, GRP was in charge of MCA’s (soon to be renamed Universal Music Group) jazz operations. Founders Grusin and Rosen left in 1995 and were replaced by Tommy LiPuma. In 1997, Grusin and Rosen co-founded N2K Encoded Music (after renamed N-Coded Music).

He received honorary doctorates from Berklee College of Music in 1988 and University of Colorado, College of Music in 1989. Grusin was initiated into the Beta Chi Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia at the University of Colorado in 1953.

Dave is married to Nan Newton. He is the father of music editor Stuart Grusin, music editor and musician Scott Grusin, and aerospace engineer Michael Grusin. He is the stepfather of artist Annie Vought, and elder brother of keyboardist Don Grusin and sister Dee Grusin.

Awards and recognition

Academy Award Nominee, 1978 "Best Original Score" for Heaven Can Wait

Academy Award Nominee, 1979 "Best Original Score" for The Champ

Academy Award Nominee, 1981 "Best Original Score" for On Golden Pond

Academy Award Nominee, 1982 "Best Original Song" for "It Might Be You", from Tootsie

Golden Globe Nominee, 1988 "Best Original Score" for The Milagro Beanfield War

Academy Award Winner, 1988 "Best Original Score" for The Milagro Beanfield War

Academy Award Nominee, 1989 "Best Original Score" for The Fabulous Baker Boys

Golden Globe Nominee, 1989 "Best Original Score" for The Fabulous Baker Boys

Grammy Award Winner, 1989 "Best Album, Original Background Score for a Motion Picture or Television" for The Fabulous Baker Boys

Grammy Award Winner, 1989 "Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocals" for "My Funny Valentine"

Academy Award Nominee, 1990 "Best Original Score" for Havana

Golden Globe Nominee, 1990 "Best Original Score" for Havana

Grammy Award Winner, 1990 "Best Album of Original Instrumental Score Written for a Motion Picture or Television" for The Fabulous Baker Boys

Grammy Award Winner, 1990 "Best Arrangement on an Instrumental" Suite for The Milagro Beanfield War

Charles E. Lutton Man of Music Award Recipient, 1991, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity

Grammy Award Winner, 1991 "Best Arrangement on an Instrumental" for "Bess You Is My Woman/I Loves You Porgy"

Golden Globe Nominee, 1991 "Best Original Score" for For The Boys

Academy Award Nominee, 1993 "Best Original Score" for The Firm

Grammy Award Winner, 1993 "Best Arrangement on an Instrumental" for "Mood Indigo"

Grammy Award Winner, 1994 "Best Instrumental Arrangement" for "Three Cowboy Songs"

Grammy Award Nominee, 1997 " Best Original Score for "Selena"

Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s), 2002 for "Mean Old Man", from the album October Road by James Taylor


As Leader

Subways are for Sleeping – 1962

Piano, Strings, and Moonlight – 1963

Kaleidoscope – 1964

The Graduate (soundtrack) – 1968

The Yakuza (Motion Picture Soundtrack) – 1975

Discovered Again – 1976

One of A Kind – 1977

The Champ (Motion Picture Soundtrack) – 1979

Mountain Dance – 1980

Dave Grusin Presents GRP All-Stars Live In Japan – 1980

Out of the Shadows – 1982

Night Lines – 1983

NY/LA Dream Band – 1984

Harlequin (w/ Lee Ritenour) – 1985

Cinemagic – 1987

Little Big Horn (w/ Gerry Mulligan) – 1988; GRP Records

Sticks and Stones (w/ Don Grusin) – 1988

Collection – 1989

The Fabulous Baker Boys (Motion Picture Soundtrack) – 1989

Migration – 1989

Havana (Motion Picture Soundtrack) – 1990

The Bonfire of the Vanities (Motion Picture Soundtrack) – 1991

The Gershwin Connection – 1991

The Firm (Motion Picture Soundtrack) – 1993

Dave Grusin and the GRP All-Star Big Band – 1993

Homage to Duke – 1993

The Orchestral Album – 1994

The Cure (Motion Picture Soundtrack) – 1995

Two for the Road – 1996

Mulholland Falls (Motion Picture Soundtrack) – 1996

Dave Grusin Presents: West Side Story – 1997

Random Hearts (Motion Picture Soundtrack) – 1999

Two Worlds (w/ Lee Ritenour featuring guest performances by Ren̩e Fleming, Julian Lloyd Webber and Gil Shaham) Р2000

The Very Best of Dave Grusin – 2002

Now Playing: Movie Themes – Solo Piano – 2004

The Yakuza (Motion Picture Soundtrack, complete score, Film Score Monthly limited edition of 3000 copies) – 1975 / 2005

Lucas (Motion Picture Soundtrack, Varese Sarabande CD Club limited edition of 2000 copies) – 1986 / 2006

Author! Author! (Motion Picture Soundtrack, Varese Sarabande CD Club limited edition of 2000 copies) – 1982 / 2007

The Scorpio Letters (Motion Picture Soundtrack, Film Score Monthly limited edition of 3000 copies) – 1967 / 2007

Amparo (w/ Lee Ritenour) – 2008

The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. (Motion Picture Soundtrack) – 1967 / 2008

The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (Motion Picture Soundtrack, Film Score Monthly limited edition of 3000 copies) – 1968 / 2009


As Sideman

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Divorce American Style – 1967

The Graduate – 1967

The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter – 1968

Where Were You When the Lights Went Out? – 1968

Winning – 1969

Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here – 1969

Candy – 1968

Shoot Out – 1971

The Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight – 1971

The Friends of Eddie Coyle – 1973

The Midnight Man – 1974

Three Days of the Condor – 1975

W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings (1975)

Murder by Death – 1976

The Goodbye Girl – 1977

Bobby Deerfield – 1977

Heaven Can Wait (Oscar Nomination) – 1978

The Electric Horseman – 1979

â¦And Justice For All – 1979

The Champ (Oscar Nomination) – 1979

My Bodyguard – 1980

On Golden Pond (Oscar Nomination) – 1981

Absence of Malice – 1981

Reds – 1981

Tootsie (Oscar Nomination) – 1982

Author! Author! – 1982

The Little Drummer Girl – 1984

Falling in Love – 1984

Racing with the Moon – 1984

The Goonies – 1985

Lucas – 1986

Ishtar – 1987

The Milagro Beanfield War (Oscar Winner) – 1988

Tequila Sunrise – 1988

Clara’s Heart – 1988

A Dry White Season – 1989

The Fabulous Baker Boys (Oscar Nomination) – 1989

Havana (Oscar Nomination) – 1990

Bonfire of the Vanities – 1990

For the Boys – 1991

The Firm (Oscar Nomination) – 1993

The Cure – 1995

Mulholland Falls – 1996

In the Gloaming – 1997

Selena – 1997

Hope Floats – 1998

Random Hearts – 1999

Dinner With Friends – 2001

Even Money – 2007

Recount – 2008

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