Carl Gordon Grubbs, alto and soprano saxophonist/composer, is a native of Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania. Early in his career, he received extensive training from one of the
music world’s greatest legends in Jazz, John Coltrane, who was married to his cousin
Naima. From this relationship, Carl was introduced to, learned from, played with,
and developed close relationships with many of the history-
Education and Training
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Model Cities Program -
Vaux Junior High School,West Philadelphia H.S., Benjamin Franklin H.S., Community College of Philadelphia.
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This organization presented jazz performers at a variety of locations around Baltimore City, provided opportunities for young musicians to attend workshops and interact with master musicians. Its performing group, The Baltimore Jazz Workshop also gave concerts. Concerts and workshops were held at the Walters Art Gallery, the BAU House, Artscape and The Baltimore Museum of Art.
Performed with the Julius Hemphill Sextet.
The sextet traveled throughout the U.S. And Europe performing two productions; Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane’s The Last Supper At Uncle tom’s Cabin/The Promised Land and Julius Hemphill’s Long Tongues, A Saxophone Opera. The Sextet recorded the CD, "Fat Man and The Hard Blues" in July, 1992. The CD received five stars in Downbeat Magazine.
Adjudicator for the Maryland State Scholarship Committee
Instrumental panelist (Since 1992).
Conducted workshops in Jazz Improvisation for students of all ages
Milford Mill Academy, Contemporary Arts Inc. Sponsored workshops 2004-
Clinician, IAJE Conference, York Pennsylvania, May, 2000
Randallstown High School, Baltimore County, Md.;Friends School, St. Paul Schools,
and Boys Latin and Doughlas H.S. in the Baltimore area; St. Ambrose School, Bethesda,
Md.; Mill Creek Cultural Center, Philadelphia; Morgan State University, Baltimore,
Md: Drexell University, Philadelphia, PA.; Inter-
Performed at Special Events such as:
Congressional Black Caucus Tribute to Dizzy Gillespie, Washington, D.C.
Mellon Jazz Festival (Dedication to John Coltrane), Philadelphia, PA.
John Coltrane Society Celebration of Coltrane’s Birthday, Philadelphia, PA.
Reggie Workman’s presentation of Africa Brass, Philadelphia, PA
First Night, Charlottesville, VA
Montpelier Cultural Arts Center Spring Concert Series, Bowie, MD
Jazz Arts, District Curators, Washington, D.C.
St. Johns College Jazz Improvisation Series, Annapolis, MD
Clinician, Jazz Improvisation Workshop, Milford Mill Academy, Contemporary Arts, Inc.
Clinician, Jazz Improvisation Workshop, Common Ground on The Hill,
McDaniel College, Westminister, Maryland, Baltimore Community College, Maryland Clinician, IAJE Regional Conference, York, PA,
"Jazz Improvisation Made Simple-
Instructor, Jazz Improvisation, Eubie Blake Cultural Center Summer Workshop
Artist in Residence, St. Paul School, Brooklandville, Maryland
Director, Jazz Band, St. Paul School, Brooklandville, Maryland
Director, Middle School Jazz Band, Friends School, Baltimore, MD
A Summer Music Camp for Youth ages 4-
Baltimore, Maryland (1997-
Site Coordinator/Instructor Eubie Blake Cultural Center After school Program
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International Association of Jazz Educators
Musicians Association of Metropolitan Baltimore, Local 40-
Chamber Music of America
"Two Dreams", Odean Pope Quartet, CIMP, 2004
"Stepping Around The Giant", CIMP label, January, 2003
Carl Grubbs, "Reflections", B&C Productions, 2002
Broto Roy Live, "Total Immersion", Buzkashi, 2001
Carl Grubbs & Friends: "INNER HARBOR SUITE"
Live at the Baltimore Museum of Art, B&C Productions. (1994)
Carl Grubbs & Friends, "LIVE AT THE NEW HAVEN LOUNGE",
B&C Productions (1993)
The Julius Hemphill Sextet, "Fat Man and The Hard Blues", Black Saint, 1992
The Visitors (Carl and Earl Grubbs) "NEPTURE", "MOTHERLAND", "IN MY YOUTH" AND "REBIRTH".
Muse Records (32 Records). 1972-
Note: Carl’s next CD on CIMP label will be released in February 2006.
National Endowment for the Arts (1983) Presented concerts and workshops at
Inner Harbor, Baltimore, City
National Endowment for the Arts (1985) Concerts of D.C. Jazz Workshop Orchestra
Baltimore Magazine, "Baltimore’s Best CD" 2003
Maryland State Arts Council, Maryland Traditions Folk Arts and Culture Apprenticeship Award 2005
Baker Artist Awards -