Sebastian Grimus

Sebastian Grimus

 Vienna, Vienna, AUT


Short biography:
Sebastian Grimus was born on 27.11.1970 in Hollabrunn/Lower Austria.
1989-1995 City of Vienna Conservatory/jazz saxophone.
1996-1998 Studies at „Berklee College of Music“ Boston/USA. Grimus is a freelance sax player and lives in Vienna.

Leave that Berklee shit at home...
... was Little Joe Cook’s onstage shout when Sebastian Grimus played a solo that was a little bit too jazzy for his taste!

After Grimus had completed his jazz studies at the City of Vienna Conservatory and the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston (whose list of alumni includes jazz giants such as Quincy Jones, Keith Jarrett and Joe Zawinul) he was sharing the stage with Cook every night. Cook’s „Peanuts Song“ was a global hit in the 50s; in the 80s and 90s, his performances as a disco soul singer sold out Boston’s Cantab Lounge three times a week. Cook’s musical tips like „keep it simple“, „stick to the melody“ and „play syncopated“ are still relevant to everything Grimus is playing to this day.

Grimus gets his inspiration from performances at international festivals like the Jazzfest in Havana (Cuba), the Naples Beach Festival (Italy) or as a soloist for the Austrian Music Days in Sofia (Bulgaria), the Jazz Night in Zug (Switzerland) the Austrian Jazz Night in Los Angeles (USA), concerts in Finland, France, Russia, Spain and Portugal as well as his interest in traditional Austrian music. His groovy interpretation of the Austrian national anthem even made it onto TV screens.

Besides his regular involvement with the „Hot Pants Road Club“ and the „Bad Powells“, Grimus is also working as a highly-regarded freelance sax player for artists such as Emma Lanford (Horny/Mousse T), Joy Malcolm („Moby’s“ lead singer) or Wolfgang Ambros, amongst many others.

2005 marks the start of Grimus’ work as a solo artist. With his own band, Sebastian Grimus writes and performs music that ranges from groove jazz to instrumental pop.


„GRIMUS 1970“, Diversity Recordings 054-001
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