Carl Grubbs Jazz Ensemble


Carl Grubbs, saxophone
Damien Noble, piano/keyboard
Richard Hill, Bass
Eric Kennedy, drums

A legendary jazz saxophonist with a distinguished career as a  performer, composer, music educator and recording artist, Carl Grubbs has toured with his ensemble in major cities world wide. He received early extensive training from John Coltrane, who was married to his cousin, Naima. Through his family, he was close to many of the history-making musicians of the 1950s and 1960s. With his brother, Earl, he formed The Visitors, a quintet that recorded four albums for the Muse record company in the early 1970’s.

In recent years, Carl Grubbs and his Jazz/String Ensemble have captivated audiences throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.
Carl Grubbs has received numerous awards including: 
• Two-time recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts 
• Baltimore Magazine – Best Jazz Musician, Best Jazz CD
• Two-time recipient of the Maryland State Arts Council’s Maryland Traditions Award as a Jazz Master
• Prestigious Mary Sawyer Baker Award 
• Prestigious Rubys Prize for The Inner Harbor Suite Revisited: A Tribute to Baltimore

He is a member of the Maryland State Arts Council - 

Limited in-person seats:  $25 / $10 full-time students with valid ID
Advance ticket sales end one hour prior to showtime; tickets may be purchased at the door, if any remain.

In-person attendees receive a link to the recording to view for one week.
Streaming  Cost is $15
The link will be revealed to live stream participants 15 minutes before the show

and will remain active for one week.

Grubbs has crafted a work of considerable color and depth in his Inner Harbor Suite; melodies, counter-melodies, blues elements of call and response, bebop rhythms, Afro-Cuban rhythms and avant-garde elements.  – Howard Mandel, DownBeat Magazine
The quartet takes the tonal centers of Trane’s “Giant Steps” as their shared springboard. Grubbs solos first, crafting a highly personalized tribute to the composer through a verbose series of high register note streams . . . his melodically-charged creations of Miles Davis’s “Four” supplies further fodder for spirited blowing and the quartet attacks the bop standard with a voracious improvisatory elán. – Derek Taylor, Cadence Magazine 
“Grubbs opened the main show by lifting his alto saxophone and exploding into hot Latin riffs of his composition “Bossa.” His fierce blowing on “Saturn,”one of his signature tunes, was a highlight, and“Barbara Dear” featured tenderly blown harmonies by Grubbs on a tune honoring his wife. – Steve Monroe, Baltimore Jazz Alliance

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409 N. Charles St. Baltimore, MD 21201

  • 410-385-2638

Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required at the door.