Double bassist and composer David J. Grossman enjoys a multi-faceted career in the realms of classical and jazz music, performing in concert halls, chamber music settings, and jazz venues worldwide. Born and educated in New York City, he joined the New York Philharmonic as its youngest member in the spring of 2000, and has been a student of Philharmonic bassist Orin O’Brien. He is also a member of the double bass faculty of the Manhattan School of Music.
As a soloist and clinician, Mr. Grossman has given recitals and master classes at music schools across the country, including The Boston Conservatory, Yale School of Music, Hartt School of Music, Penn State University, and New York Summer Music Festival, as well as at faculty recitals at the Manhattan School of Music. He has released two albums — one classical and one jazz — entitled The Bass of Both Worlds, available from his website, www.davidjgrossman.com.
As a chamber musician, David J. Grossman performs in the New York Philharmonic Ensembles Concerts at Merkin Hall and has appeared at the 92nd Street Y as well as with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. In 2011 he was a featured artist at the Mt. Desert Chamber Music Festival. As a jazz bass player Mr. Grossman was a member of the Marcus Roberts Trio and has performed with Wynton Marsalis, Lew Tabackin, Toshiko Akiyoshi, and Mark O’Connor; he has recorded with Donald Vega, David Morgan and Loston Harris.
Mr. Grossman’s compositions include Mood Swings for trombone and double bass, written for New York Philharmonic Principal Trombone Joseph Alessi, which was performed during the 2010–11 season of New York Philharmonic Ensembles Concerts; Fantasy on “Shall We Gather at the River?” (available on former New York Philharmonic English Horn Thomas Stacy’s recording, Plaintive Melody); and two early compositions: Swing Quartet and String Quintet No. 1, which were premiered by The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.
Photo by Henry Grossman