Philip Grenadier

Assistant Professor
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Throughout a career that spans three decades, trumpeter Phil Grenadier has emerged as one of jazz’s most imaginative and innovative players. His three albums as leader, 2000’s Sweet Transients, 2003’s Playful Intentions, and 2014's Shimmer, have won him copious international acclaim, while his collaborations with a broad array of notable musicians demonstrate the talent and adventurousness that led the San Jose Mercury News to call him “a trumpeter of rare fluency and depth."

While continuing to develop his own music, Grenadier has remained in demand as a sideman and collaborator. One particularly fulfilling project has been his work with seminal guitarist John Scofield. From 2007 through 2009, Grenadier toured across Europe, South America, and the United States with Scofield’s group, which also included bassist Steve Swallow and drummer Bill Stewart, with the tour culminating in a sold-out performance at New York City’s Carnegie Hall in 2009.

Career Highlights
  • Leader of the Phil Grenadier Quartet
  • Recordings include Sweet Transients, Playful Intentions, Shimmer, Jerry Bergonzi's Shifting Gears and Rigamaroll
  • Performances and recordings with John Scofield, Kenny Barron, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Chris Potter, Seamus Blake, Larry Grenadier, Bill Stewart, Steve Swallow, Jeff Ballard, Bob Moses, Ella Fitzgerald, Carlos Santana, Ben Monder, Richie Beirach, Jerry Bergonzi, George Garzone, and Bob Belden
  • Player on more than 90 albums, recording with a varied assortment of artists including Larry Goldings, Kevin Hays, Marc Copland, Bill Carrothers, Leo Genovese, Ethan Iverson, Anthony Braxton, Mick Goodrick, Brad Shepik, Tronzo, Billy Kilson, Jeff Ballard, John Hollenbeck, Gerald Cleaver, Drew Gress, Ira Coleman, and Esperanza Spalding, among others
In Their Own Words

"I want students to come away with even more passion and love for their music. Students' growth is vital in tandem with their joy in the pursuit of expanded music-making."

"Being a professional musician for many decades, versed in many styles of music developed through performances and recordings, gives me a very broad perspective to draw upon in helping my students. My professional experiences have shaped me, and I'm able to help students get to where they want to go."