Dr. Greg Garrison
Originally from the Chicago area, bassist Greg Garrison now calls the foothills southwest of Denver home. He has a strong interest in bluegrass and American folk as well as jazz and improvised instrumental music, and he has been able to work with a wide range of musicians from both worlds including John Scofield, Joe Lovano, Jerry Douglas, Sam Bush, Ron Miles, Chris Thile, Del McCoury, Art Lande, Fred Hess, Rudy Royston, Bryan Sutton, and Vassar Clements. During Garrison's tenure with Thile and Punch Brothers, he performed at Carnegie Hall, on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, at the Grand Old Opry, and was featured on NPR's "All Things Considered," in the New York Times, on the BBC, and in Bass Player Magazine.
Greg has also been a member of Colorado's Polyethnic Cajun Slamgrass band Leftover Salmon since 2000, recording three albums with the band and performing at venues and festivals across the U.S. including Red Rocks, Telluride Bluegrass, High Sierra, and Bonnaroo. MSU Denver music faculty and Denver-based trumpeter/composer Ron Miles featured Garrison as part of his Blossom band from 2005-7, including the "Blossom" side of Miles' 2006 Sterling Circle release Stone/Blossom. Garrison has studied improvised music and the double bass at the University of Illinois, the University of Northern Colorado, and the University of Colorado, where he is currently a doctoral student in jazz studies. He has been performing as a freelance artist in the Denver area since 1997.