Steve Grismore is a recently retired Instructor of Jazz Studies at the University of Iowa (Iowa City, IA). A prolific performer, Grismore has been playing guitar for over 55 years and has degrees from G.I.T. (now called M.I.) and The University of Iowa (B.M. and M.A.). He has recorded three nationally distributed CDs for the Accurate label (Boston) with the Grismore/Scea Group, 8 cd’s with Iowa’s very own salsa band, Orquesta Alto Maiz, and 3 cd’s with the group Oddbar and numerous other recording with friends around the country. Steve released a cd in 2012 Besame Mucho with the Steve Grismore Trio (featuring Sam Salamone and John Kizilarmut) and the Gizmojazz cd Me and My Machine released 2018. Currently Steve is performing with variations of his own trio with various organ, bassists, and drummers, a classic rock band the Beaker Brothers, 3 Dawgs and a Bone, The Iowa Jazz Composers Orchestra and the funk fusion band Big Fun.

Additionally, he has recorded and/or performed with such jazz greats as, David Sanborn, Charlie Haden, Matt Wilson, Tim Hagans, Robin Eubanks, Bobby Shew, Steve Swallow, Carla Bley, Paul Smoker, Sex Mob, Vinny Golia, Kenny Wheeler, Corey Christiansen, Mike Lee, Jeff Coffin, Ben Allison, Damon Short, Ryan Shultz, Kim Richmond, John Daniel, Dane Richeson, John Carlson, Johnny Rabb, Victor Mendoza, Tom Davis, John Rapson and many more. He is also the co-founder and former Musical Director of the nationally recognized Iowa City Jazz Festival.

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