RIP Steve Grossman – January 18, 1951 – August 15, 2020

Steve Grossman (January 18, 1951 – August 15, 2020) was an American jazz fusion and hard bop saxophonist.

Born in New York City, Grossman was Wayne Shorter’s replacement in Miles Davis’ jazz-fusion band. Then, from 1971 to 1973, he was in Elvin Jones’s band.
In the late 1970s, he was part of the Stone Alliance trio with Don Alias and Gene Perla.

Although he started out playing in fusion-oriented settings, Steve Grossman developed into an excellent hard bop tenor in the tradition of Sonny Rollins (although he developed his own sound). Grossman originally started on alto when he was eight, added soprano at 15, and tenor at 16. He started at the top as Wayne Shorter’s replacement with Miles Davis, playing in his fusion group from late 1969 up to September 1970. Grossman was with Lonnie Liston Smith in 1971, spent a valuable period (1971-1973) as part of Elvin Jones’ group, and in the mid-’70s was with Gene Perla’s Stone Alliance. Steve Grossman has mostly led his own bands ever since, recording as a leader for such labels as P.M., Owl, Red, and Dreyfus.

Bio by Scott Yanow

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