Jerry Granelli

Drummer/Composer/Professor/Sound Painter Jerry Granelli has enjoyed an incomparable career in music.

The winner of the last NEA Grant awarded ascended from playing with the great pianist Vince Guaraldi while simultaneously exploring Free Jazz on San Francisco’s thriving after hours sets in the early `60s to establishing academic arts curriculums to perpetuate alternative musical forms such as Spontaneous Composition in the present.

A pioneer of `60s psychedelic sounds, a sideman on a Top 5 pop hit and a session musician for Sly Stone, Jerry has also played with such artists as Jimmy Witherspoon, Mose Allison, Bill Evans, Lou Rawls, John Handy, Sonny Stitt, Ornette Coleman, the Grateful Dead, etc.

Granelli is a forward thinking master in the art of music. Since the late `80s, he has recorded over 20 albums as a leader and/or soloist…in jazz and the indefinable beyond.


Life’s Little Dramas n°14
© 2012 Eléonore Pironneau