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Don Grolnick


Don Grolnick was a refined and rather underrated pianist throughout his profession, but his versatility and skills were popular to his fellow music artists. Grolnick performed in rock rings while an adolescent but was constantly thinking about jazz. He worked well in the first fusion group Dreams (1969-1971), the Brecker Brothers (beginning in 1975), and in the first ’80s with Methods Ahead. He is definitely a busy program musician often employed by pop performers. Within the 1980s, Grolnick made an appearance in many configurations including with Joe Farrell, George Benson, Peter Erskine, David Sanborn, John Scofield, Mike Stern, as well as the Bob Mintzer big music group. Don Grolnick is definitely noticed at his greatest on his Hip Pocket debut Hearts and Amounts (1986), and on his two Blue Notice albums, which were reissued like a double-CD.

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Full Name Don Grolnick
Date Of Birth September 23, 1948
Died June 1, 1996, New York City, New York, United States
Profession Jazz Pianist
Education Tufts University
Nationality American
Music Songs The Four Sleepers, Hearts and Numbers, Pointing at the Moon, Human Bites, Nighttown, Act Natural, Spot That Man, Nothing Personal, Medianoche, What Is This Thing Called Love, More Pointing, Blues for Pop, Or Come Fog, The Cost of Living, Rainsville, One Bird, One Stone, A Weaver of Dreams, Catta, Taglioni, If Ever I Should Leave You, Pools, Cape Verdean Blues, I Want to Be Happy, Night Song, Intro Applause, Rojo Y Negro, Five Bars, Persimmons, Water Babies, Don Alias, His Majesty the Baby, Heart of Darkness
Albums Hearts and Numbers, The Complete London Concert, A Weaver of Dreams, Heart of Darkness, Medianoche, Nighttown, Complete Blue Note Recordings

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1 Jazz composer and pianist.



Blue Vinyl 2002 Documentary writer: "Taglioni"
A League of Their Own 1992 arranger: "It's Only a Paper Moon", "I Didn't Know What Time It Was" / producer: "It's Only a Paper Moon", "I Didn't Know What Time It Was"

Music Department

Music Department

FM 1978 musician: keyboards, Linda Ronstadt concert sequence
Pumping Iron 1977 Documentary musician: keyboards



Saturday Night Live 1991 TV Series



Sunday Night 1988 TV Series Himself
Saturday Night Live 1976-1979 TV Series Himself / Himself - Keyboards
James Taylor: Going Home 1992 TV Movie Himself

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