For as long as he can remember, Brian Grace’s life has been heavily immersed in the world of all things music. “I might have been singing songs in the crib that I pulled out of my head spontaneously - I honestly just can’t remember…” Grace reflects.
Brian Grace has played hundreds of live gigs since becoming a professional musician at 19 years old. Early on in his musical career, Grace spent a total of seven years in various Army Bands playing saxophone and electric bass at military posts including Fort Dix, NJ, Fort Gordon, GA and the 6th Army Band at the Presidio of San Francisco, CA (where it turns out, trumpeter Herb Alpert also spent some time serving). During his military service, he played for Presidents George H.W. Bush and William J. Clinton as well as Mikhail Gorbachev and a wide host of other politicians and dignitaries. While in the midst of his regular Army Band duties, he also auditioned for and was selected for the “Army Soldier Show,” a musical theatrical group made up of talented Army soldiers from different posts around world. Grace spent a total of four months on the road, traveling and performing at various Army establishments around the U.S. and Far East for thousands of soldiers, playing sax & guitar, singing, and performing his original rock song, “The Inside Looking Out” (link for the studio version of The Inside Looking Out at the bottom of this webpage). Grace states, “We were all our own roadies…so in addition to a full-on theatrical performance, we had the continuous huge task of setting up a full stage show, and then tearing the whole thing down after each performance. So, performing was the easy part.” After the Army Band gig was over, Grace attended Berklee College of Music in Boston on a Professional Music Scholarship, but eventually ended up heading west to San Diego, CA then to Los Angeles to get earn his bachelor’s degree at UCLA. Since then, Brian has resided in Long Beach, CA – a place he’s called home for many years now.
Grace is a saxophonist/multi-instrumentalist and jazz composer/arranger who ROCKS. He engineers and plays music professionally and continues playing for the utter enjoyment music allows him. “It’s all about the creative, mental & emotional release/healing, and for any existential experience that music gives me in any particular situation,” Grace says. He adds,“ If we’re putting music into little boxes, I suppose my current musical inclinations would be considered ‘jazz fusion with a side of rock,’ but it’s really a mix of sub-genres of jazz and rock, sometimes embedded within the same song.” Grace has played with many musicians and all kinds of gigs, but one of his biggest musical highlights was playing sax live onstage in Las Vegas with his favorite rock star, Todd Rundgren!Read more
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