Steve Grismore has been playing the guitar for almost 50 years and is one of the most in demand players in eastern Iowa and beyond. He is a versatile guitarist and plays traditional jazz styles as well as improvised music with a more avant-garde sensibility. He is equally at home performing classic rock music and the blues. Steve grew up in Iowa and cut his teeth on pop music styles of the 60’s but soon gravitated to jazz sounds of the 70’s through his experiences in the high school jazz and rock bands. He studied jazz performance at the University of Miami his freshman year of college and from there transferred to Arizona State in the mid 70’s. In 1978 Steve moved to Los Angeles enrolled in the newly formed school, the Guitar Institute of Technology. Upon graduation, Steve returned to the Midwest where he joined the R & B band the Rhythm Rockers and started teaching at Coe College in Cedar Rapids. A couple of years later, he returned to school and received his B. M. in Composition and a M.A. In Music Theory from the University of Iowa and soon after, became Director of Jazz Studies at The University of Iowa from 1990-93. Steve is currently a full-time jazz instructor at the University of Iowa.




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