Benefit Concert

An Evening of Jazz: Dave Grusin and Friends - May 22, 2014

Twelve-time Grammy Award winner, Academy Award winner, and jazz legend, DAVE GRUSIN offered a unique performance in support of the Santa Fe Waldorf School's Tuition Assistance Fund on Thursday, May 22nd. Grusin was accompanied by noted jazz pianist John Rangel, Kansas city drummer Ryan Lee, Seattle's Michael Glynn on bass, and Santa Fe Waldorf's choir teacher Barbara Bentree providing vocals.








DAVE GRUSIN is considered one of the top 10 film scorers of his generation, and is also renowned as a jazz artist and co-founder of the independent record label GRP.  He is a twelve-time Grammy Award winner, Academy Award winner and has four Golden Globe nominations and a Primetime Emmy Nomination.

 He received the 1998 Oscar for best musical score for “The Milagro Beanfield Wars” and Academy Award nominations for the films “Heaven Can Wait”, “The Champ”, “On Golden Pond”, “Tootsie”, “Havana”, “The Fabulous Baker Boys” and “The Firm.”  Other well-known film scores films include “The Graduate,” “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter,” “Three Days of the Condor,” “The Goodbye Girl,” “And Justice For All,” “Reds,” and “Tequila Sunrise.”  Mr. Grusin also penned the theme songs for Norman Lear-produced sitcoms “Good Times” and “Maude”, as well as the TV series “Baretta” and “St. Elsewhere.”

As an artist, Grusin has recorded over 35 records / CD’s  and has been nominated for fourteen Grammy Awards and garnered ten winning trophies.  Launching GRP as a production company in the late ‘70s, Grusin and his partner Larry Rosen created what became one of the most popular labels of the New Adult Contemporary genre.

More recently he has revisited his earlier roots, working with Lee Ritenour on some classical CD projects, with guests Renee Fleming, Joshua Bell, Chris Botti, and Gil Shaham. 

 He began as a piano major at the University of Colorado, where he studied a classical repertoire, but found a great affinity for the jazz greats of the time, from Shorty Rogers and Shelly Mann to Brubeck, Basie and duets by Gerry Mulligan and Chet Baker.  While still in school, he found time to play with visiting artists like Art Pepper, Terry Gibbs and singer Anita O’Day.  Grusin planned for a career in academia when he moved to New York and enrolled in the Manhattan School of Music, but he soon found himself touring with Andy Williams and moving to Los Angeles.  In Williams’ band, he met drummer Larry Rosen, who became Grusin’s partner nearly two decades later when they launched contemporary jazz mecca GRP Records.  This period also marked the beginning of his career as a film composer. 

 Dave Grusin’s musical career has been distinguished by the mastery over a diverse range of styles, integrity, exquisite taste, and impeccable musicianship which has been honored by numerous entertainment industry awards and nominations as well as honorary doctorates from the University of Colorado and Berklee College of Music.  In addition to his professional life, he is co-founder (with GRP partner Larry Rosen) of the National Foundation for Jazz Education, a philanthropic group dedicated to helping young jazz musicians.   He is also a rancher and a dedicated environmentalist.

JOHN RANGEL  A native of New York City, Rangel has traveled around the world sharing and exploring his musical gifts.  Mr. Rangel is a multi-facetted musician, composer, and producer and has written over 400 compositions for Jazz Quartet, Quintet, Big Band, String Quartet, Chamber Orchestra and Solo Piano works.  John is a unique performer because of his tremendous range of musical experience; Jazz, Classical, Film and TV Music, Pop, Hi-Life, Salsa, Reggae, and Calypso. 

 In Los Angeles in the early 90's he was involved in the Movie and Television Industry while continuing his jazz studies, and immersing himself in the rich vibrant culture of Leimert Park, known as the "African Greenwich Village” the center of African-American Arts in LA. Brimming with poets, artists, and musicians. The community was a major influence on John's musical direction and worldview. 

 John's versatility as a jazz pianist is most evident with his work with the following artists: Nat Adderly, Marcus Printup, Ira Sullivan, Sam Rivers, Ravi Coltrane, Pharaoh Saunders, Sonny Fortune, Ernie Watts, Phil Ranelin, Scott Whitfield, George Bohannon, Al McKibbon, Carmen Bradford, Tierney Sutton, Willie Jones III, Ndugu Chancellor, Ralph Penland, Smitty Smith, Joe La Barbera, and Billy Higgins.  Some of John Rangel’s performance highlights include; Inntone Jazz Festival in Austria, Carnegie Hall in NY, Royce Hall in LA, Gene Harris Jazz Festival in Idaho, the Playboy Jazz Festival, Ronnie Scott's in London, the North Sea Jazz Festival in the Netherlands, and various venues in Osaka and Tokyo, Japan.  John now lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico where he has a thriving music production studio.

MICHAEL GLYNN  began his professional music career while still a student in High School in Seattle.  After two years in engineering school at Columbia University in New York City, Michael returned to Seattle and graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from the University of Washington, and he studied under Doug Miller and Barry Lieberman.

 Moving to Albuquerque in 2006, he quickly established himself as an integral part of the New Mexico music scene, performing and recording extensively, and also making time to earn his Master of Music degree from the University of New Mexico, studying with Mark Tatum.  Michael has performed around the United States and in Canada, Switzerland, France, the Netherlands, Oman, and Trinidad and Tobago.  In addition to his jazz work, Michael has performed in a variety of other genres, including classical work with the New Mexico Symphony Philharmonic, the New Mexico Symphony, Opera Southwest, and Canticum Novum Santa Fe, calypso with steel drum legend Ray Holman, and a mix of Arabic and Western music with Iraqi-American Oud virtuoso Rahim Al Haj.  Michael currently resides in Seattle, Washington.

RYAN J. LEE  Only in his 20’s, Lee is described as one of the most versatile drummers from jazz to gospel, and drums to piano, and has performed with numerous well-known jazz and gospel artists. Ryan attended the University of Missouri Kansas City, where he studied jazz performance under the direction of Robert “Bobby” Watson.  In 2008 his jazz group "Diverse" won the Gene Harris Jazz Competition and was awarded a record deal with Origin Records.  "Diverse" has now traveled world-wide sharing their music and gaining much in return from those experiences and opportunities.  His next major concert appearance will be playing in the 2014 Betty Carter "Jazz Ahead" program at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. He currently lives in Kansas City.


BARBARA BENTREE  Like Mr. Grusin, Ms. Bentree has a degree in music from the University of Colorado, Boulder.  Her a cappella vocal jazz group "Terra Nova" won the prestigious Hennessey National Jazz Search and she also took first place in the Los Angeles Singer/Songwriter competition.  Ms. Bentree worked as an award-winning singer and voiceover artist in Los Angeles for over two decades before moving to Santa Fe.  Most recently she won Best Vocal Performance in the 2012 New Mexico Music Awards. She now records vocal CDs for important causes and calls herself a "Jazz Activist." Bentree has worked as a music director, producer, film producer, classroom teacher, in children's theatre and with movies and television for many years.  Bentree is a current faculty member and Choir Director at the Santa Fe Waldorf School and has had a long and diverse singing career beginning in her teens in Minnesota where she benefitted from the state's extraordinary choral tradition.  Bentree is the executive producer of the benefit concert.