Hailed by Slide Hampton as “an important future voice in jazz trombone” and “modern, forward thinking, and powerfully melodic” by JazzEd, Nick Grinder is a versatile trombonist and low brass doubler in New York City.
Nick hails from San Francisco, CA, and has enjoyed a varied career since moving to the city in 2010. He has shared the stage or recording studio with artists such as Lorde, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Patti Labelle, DMX, St Vincent, Paquito D’Rivera, Darcy James Argue, Arturo O'Farrill, and many others. He has performed in two dozen Broadway pits, and has held the chair at Beautiful: The Carol Kind Musical, Midnight At The Never Get (off-Broadway), and the 2019 Radio City Christmas Spectacular Orchestra, where he played bass trombone. He has performed internationally in North and South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia.
In the television and film world, he has recorded soundtracks to The Marvelous Ms. Maisel, John Mulaney's Sack Lunch Bunch, Fosse/Verdon, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, The CBS Evening News Theme, PGA Fedex Cup, ESPN's 30 for 30, Enemy, and the upcoming film In The Heights.
In the jazz world, he has performed in the Grammy award winning big bands of Arturo O'Farrill, Alan Ferber, Darcy James Argue, John Daversa, and the Mambo Legends, and has recorded as a sideman on over 20 jazz albums. His improvising and composition has been described as "joyful yet intricate" by Jazziz, "highly imaginative and genuinely sincere" by Just Jazz, and having and "unassuming potent beauty" by All About Jazz.
The child of two San Francisco artists - a ballet dancer and visual effects engineer - he was encouraged to pursue his artistic interests both at an early age and as often as possible. He began performing jazz professionally on both trombone and acoustic bass when he was 15 in clubs and bars in the surrounding SF Bay Area.
From 2007-2011, Nick studied at Cal State Northridge in Los Angeles with jazz virtuoso Bob McChesney and classical studio stalwart Andy Malloy. In 2011, he made the move to New York City, where he was offered full scholarship to NYU. At NYU he was an adjunct faculty member during his pursuit of a master’s degree, teaching both private trombone lessons and ensemble classes.
Nick has released two albums of original compositions for small group - Ten Minutes, in 2014, and Farallon, released in February of 2019 on Outside In music. His albums have garnered positive reviews by JazzTimes, JazzEd, All About Jazz, and many other international periodicals and blogs. He has given clinics and masterclasses in composition and performance throughout California at colleges and high schools.
For all contact, booking, lesson, or recording inquiries, please use the Contact section. Nick is available in the New York City area or worldwide for remote recording and teaching.