Jazz Piano, Saxophone

Born: Minneapolis, MN

Lived in Birmingham, AL

Source: Alabama Music Hall of Fame

 

Jerry Grundhoefer (aka "Grundy") (1930–1997) was a jazz musician who played clarinet, piano, saxophone, organ, xylophone, and flute in Birmingham, Alabama. In 1980, Grundhoefer was inducted into the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame.[1]

Born in St. Paul, Minnesota on July 22, 1930. Grundhoefer graduated from Cretin High School, (now Cretin-Derham Hall High School).

 

Grundhoefer’s first public performances were playing organ at St. Paschal Catholic Church where he met Bernie Fitch, his future wife. Fitch and Grundhoefer were married at St. Croix River in 1950. Subsequently, he worked for American Dereck machines. Approximately one year later, Grundhoefer was working as a salesman for Hobart Sales and Services, playing music on the side.

Due to job transfers, the family moved from St. Paul to Atlanta to Raleigh, NC, while Grundhoefer opened offices for Hobart in these cities. They finally settled permanently in Birmingham, Alabama in 1965. By this time, they had 9 children and Bernie was expecting another. They had 2 more children together after the move.

Grundhoefer opened Grundy’s Jazz Music Hall in 1979 in Birmingham, a bar where jazz musicians played live music daily. Grundy’s later changed locations in 1980 to a larger venue with tapas restaurant with the bar in order to expand for bigger musical acts. Among those musicians who performed at Grundy’s were Buddy Rich, Count Basie, Maynard Ferguson, Buddy Guy, Koko Taylor, Johnny O'Neal, Royce Campbell, Clark Terry, Ray Reach and many others. Grundy’s closed in 1992.

After the closing of Grundy's, Grundhoefer continued to play in other Birmingham venues including Marty’s Bar and Grill. Marty Eagle, the owner of Marty’s, said of Grundhoefer in the Black and White City Paper, “I had Grundy in here on Sundays after Grundy's went out of business. He ran the jazz night, and nobody else could hold it together like he could. Somebody had to be the disciplinarian. And none of the others wanted to discipline any of the other people. But Jerry wanted a good show, and he did it right.” [2]

 

In 1992, Grundhoefer was diagnosed with prostate cancer. He received a second diagnosis in 1993 of multiple myeloma. He died June 10, 1997.

References

1^ Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame website. http://www.jazzhall.com/inductees/index.htm Accessed Oct. 10, 2009.

2^ Reynolds, Ed. (June, 2008). "The night owl." Black and White, Birmingham's City Paper.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerry_Grundhoefer

 

 

Jerry "Grundy" Grundhoefer (born July 22, 1930 in St Paul, Minnesota - died June 10, 1997 in Birmingham) was a jazz musician and nightclub owner.

Grundhoefer grew up in St Paul and graduated from Cretin High School. A talented musician he played jazz on the clarinet, piano, saxophone, xylophone and flute. He also played the organ at St Paschal Catholic Church where he met his wife, Bernie Fitch.

They were married in 1950 and Grundhoefer took a job with American Hoist & Derrick, and later as a salesman for Hobart. He opened Hobart offices in Atlanta, Georgia and Raleigh, North Carolina before settling in Birmingham in 1965. He and Bernie had 11 children together.

Grundhoefer opened Grundy's Music Room downtown in 1979 with nightly live music performances. He became known for solid jazz bookings and for leading disciplined jam sessions. The bar closed in 1992 when Grundhoefer was diagnosed with prostate cancer and, later, multiple myeloma. He continued to run a weekly jazz night at Marty's on Southside until his death in 1997.

Grundhoefer was inducted into the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame in 1980.

References

Reynolds, Ed (June 2008) "The night owl." Black and White

"Jerry Grundhoefer" (December 22, 2009) Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia - accessed January 17, 2010

Source: http://www.bhamwiki.com/w/Jerry_Grundhoefer

 

 

 

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