Grants Tomb, hailing from Greenwich Village is powered by many of the young lions on the New York jazz scene. They combine elements of rock, jazz, blues, they add a taste of funk and a slice of americana to create a vibrant sound, new and fresh while still paying homage to past musical traditions. Their blazing horns, dueling keys and rock solid rhythm section is created a a buzz on Bleecker St, not seen in years when they jammed every Wednesday night at the legendary club Kenny's Castaways recently closed.They perform 5 hour shows reglularly at Lucille's Grill at BB King Blues at Times Square and have recently headlined a very succesful show at the Brooklyn Bowl.
Grant's Tomb is comprised of conservatory trained jazz musicians most from the prestigious Manhattan School of Music, and got their name from Grant's Tomb Park a block away a favorite band hangout. The band ranges in size from 6 to 10 players depending on the venue and is capable of drawing it's set lists from all genres of music always feeding off it's audience for energy and direction. Because they're playing the music they love their sound is an incedible mix of high level musicianship played with garage band passion. In addiditon to an ever growing list of originals, Grant's Tomb jams on many of the classic songs from the Dead, Phish, the Beatles, Bob Dylan and the Band and Jimmy Cliff.
Grant's Tomb is led by Michael Bafundo, originally of Newington, CT, on trumpet and vocals. Mike Bafundo is graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, where he appeared with the Latin Grammy-nominated Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra under the direction of renowned percussionist Bobby Sanabria. A gifted soloist, composer and bandleader, Bafundo studied and performed for 6 years at Hartford's renowned Artist Collective under the guidance of founder and jazz legend Jackie McLean. Mike has studies privately with trumpeters Cecil Bridgewater, Laco Deczi, Josh Evans and renowned jazz educator Gary Dial and has performed alongside and for jazz greats including Jimmy Greene, Paul Brown, Candido Camero, and Tony Bennett.
Grant’s Tomb’s horn section also includes trombonist Isaac Kaplan, who recently earned a Bachelors in Jazz Trombone from Manhattan School of Music. Kaplan, now pursing a Masters from his alma mater, played with the NFAA and the Grammy bands and is a graduate of Long Beach Polytechnic High School, in California. Kaplan is joined by baritone saxophonist Leo Pelligrino, who is currently studying at the Manhattan School of Music, appears on ocean liners throughout the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean and performed with the Grammy Band. Kevin Supina a recent Manhattan School of Music grad is an outstanding Tenor Sax player originally from State College. PA.
Guitarist Sean Richey, originally of Fresno, CA, also attended the Manhattan School of Music where he earned a Bachelors degree in Jazz Performance. Richey plays alongside guitarist Kevin Barry-Dutro, a SUNY Purchase College graduate who often performs at sea with the Princess Cruises Orchestra. The band also features vocalist and backup keyboardist James Sheppard, who is currently persuing a masters in composition at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City after earning his Bachelors degree there. The rhythm section also includes keyboardist and organist Adrian Untermyer, who attended New York University and frequently appears both as a solo artist and as a bandleader throughout New York City and the Northeast.
Also from the Manhattan school of music Drummer Coleman Bartels, a native of Hanover and Long Island native Ray Cetta on bass are highly accomplished in demand players throughout New York.
Mike Bafundo - Trumpet, EWI, Vocals.
Adrian Untermyer - keyboard, Hammond B3 Organ
Sean Richey - guitar and vocals
Kevin Barry-Dutro - Guitar/Vocals
Coleman Bartels - Drums
Leo Pelligrino - Baritone Sax
Isaac Kaplan - Trombone
James Sheppard - Keyboard/Vocals
Ray Cetta - Bass & tuba
Kevin Supina - Tenor Sax
Debut Album produced by ExUmbra Record exec Joe Gallant scheduled for release spring of 2013.
Diggin' That "Dead Covers Project"! Grant’s Tomb: “Scarlet Begonias.”
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"Spicy version featuring trumpet, two trombones and alto sax (along with regular rock instrumentatio..."Spicy version featuring trumpet, two trombones and alto sax (along with regular rock instrumentation) from this Upper West Side Manhattan group. "
Jazz Enthusiasts Say Goodbye To Szechuan Tokyo
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Things were hopping with musicians including Michael Bafundo, Kevin Barry-Dutro, P.J. Duffy, Joe Per...Things were hopping with musicians including Michael Bafundo, Kevin Barry-Dutro, P.J. Duffy, Joe Perri, Sean Richey, Mike Sherman, and Adrian Untermyer providing one last blowing session with more than enough riffs and trills and blue notes to put happy faces on the last crowd. "
Grant's Tomb Szechuan Tokyo
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Grant's Tomb these young people are exuberant and very, very talented. They're all attending The Man...Grant's Tomb these young people are exuberant and very, very talented. They're all attending The Manhattan School of Music .The music's jazzy, with rock influences as well as reggae and R&B. You never know what you're going to get but we guarantee you it's infectious and extremely well-executed.
A Night of Music in Winsted
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"The Green Room Cafe inaugurated it's music series on March 12 with a performance from Grant's Tom...
"The Green Room Cafe inaugurated it's music series on March 12 with a performance from Grant's Tomb. Below Michael Bafundo,lead singer and trumpet player from Grant's Tomb lead the band in rock and funk selections. Below right guitarist Kevin Berry-Dutro layed down some impressive riffs."
Throw a Bone
The Weight (The Band)
The Chicken (Jaco Pastorius)
Quinn The Eskimo (Bob Dylan)
Shine A Light (The Rolling Stones)
Tomorrow Never Knows (The Beatles)
Scarlet Begonias (Grateful Dead)
Superstition (Stevie Wonder)
Iko Iko (Dr. John)
Peace Frog (The Doors)
Good Lovin' (Grateful Dead)
Fire (Jimi Hendrix)
Break Out (Soulive)
I Wish (Stevie Wonder)
Mississippi Half-Step (Grateful Dead)
Get Back (Beatles)
Shout (Isley Brothers)
Goin Down the Road, Feelin Bad (Grateful Dead)
Up on Cripple Creek (The Band)
Ramble on Rose (Grateful Dead)
Johnny B Good (Chuck Berry)
Night They Drove Old Dixie Down (The Band)
Mississippi Halfstep (Grateful Dead)
Sexx Laws (Beck)
Deep Elem Blues (Traditional)
Voodoo Child (Jimi Hendrix)
Franklin's Tower (Grateful Dead)
Ghost Busters (Ray Parker jr.)
Wolfman's Brother (Phish)
Red Clay (Freddie Hubbard)
Cissy Strut (he Meters)
Addicted (Amy Winehouse)
Thriller (Michael Jackson)
Billie Jean (Michael Jackson)
Chameleon (Herbie Hancock)
Scarlet Begonias (Grateful Dead)
Fire on the Mountain (Grateful Dead)
You Can Get it if You Really Want (Jimmy Cliff)
54-46 (Toots & the Maytals)
No Woman No Cry (Bob Marley)
Soul Shakedown Party (Bob Marley)
Watermellon Man (Mongo Santamaria)
Hold on I'm Comin (Sam & Dave)
You Can't Always Get What You Want (Rolling Stones)
Born on the Bayou (CCR)
Hey Hey What Can I Do (Led Zeppelin)
Two Trains (Little Feat)
There are no upcoming dates at this time.