photo: grimesWilliam Grimes

Professor of Music


William Grimes (E. & D. White Professor of Jazz Studies). Grimes is a widely respected virtuoso jazz bassists. Referred to by Gene Lees as . . . “a formidable bassist” . . . . Grimes has worked with such jazz legends as Joe Pass, Bobby Shew, Terrance Blanchard, and Bill Dobbins. He has made numerous recordings, including an album entitled Dream Dancing, featuring his own trio, and a duo album with pianist Willis Delony entitled Civilized Conversations. His latest recording project is Bill Grimes and Friends-Christmas Remembered.

Grimes is one of the nation’s leading pops orchestra arrangers — with more than 100 scores to his credit — and conductors. He is a regular conductor with the Huntsville (AL) Symphony, and has led the Minnesota Orchestra, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, and Baton Rouge Symphony on many occasions. He arranged and conducted an album of Gershwin classics, S’Wonderful, which featured trombonist Harry Watters and the Czech Philharmonic. His orchestral arrangements are routinely heard with The Beach Boys and jazz artist Byron Stripling.

He earned the Bachelor of Music degree from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and graduate degrees, (MM, DMA) from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. He is a former student of bassist James Vandemark, Bill Dobbins and Rayburn Wright.