Celebrating a Colorado Cowboy Turned Music Legend

One of the 20th Century’s most important music composers, Dave Grusin is well known to Boulder music lovers. The Colorado native and CU alum is a beloved, long-time participant in the Conference on World Affairs, most notably in its legendary Tuesday night jazz concerts, and the CU College of Music boasts the Grusin Music Hall.

He is known to film lovers as the most sought-after and well-known film composers of the late 20th Century.

Grusin has been described as “flawless” by his peers – amazing when you consider that he had five simultaneous careers; Composer, Pianist, Arranger, Performer and Record Company Executive.


Dave has:

8 Academy Award® Nominations

80 Grammy Award® Nominations (GRP Records)

38 Personal Grammy Award® Nominations

4 Golden Globe® Nominations

3 Honorary Doctorate Degree

1 Emmy Award® Nomination.

“He can do anything…and he’s done everything.” –  Sydney Pollack

Grusin’s most enduring legacy may live on in his beloved melodies and arrangements for film. The themes for films like “On Golden Pond,” “The Firm,” “The Fabulous Baker Boys,” “Havana,” “Tootsie,” “Heaven Can Wait,” and “3 Days of the Condor” are written about in textbooks and revered by young and veteran composers around the world.

“He was the complete ‘Golden Boy’ in Hollywood…the hottest film composer, the hottest TV composer and everybody just loved Dave and respected him so much.” – Lee Ritenour

He now divides his time between New Mexico and Montana, but led a completely bi-coastal life for decades, flying weekly between LA and NY to work with an astounding list of music and film artists. Barbra Streisand, Steven Spielberg, Quincy Jones, Norman Lear, Sydney Pollack, Warren Beatty, James Taylor, Paul Simon, Renée Fleming, Andy Williams, Sarah Vaughn, Al Jarreau, Carmen McRae, Phil Ramone, Marilyn & Alan Bergman, Sergio Mendes, Billy Joel, Judy Collins, Peggy Lee, Chaka Khan, and Nancy Wilson are on his unique resume.

In “Dave Grusin: Not Enough Time,” director Barbara Bentree takes the audience to Montana, Colorado, and New Mexico using Grusin’s music to underscore his meteoric rise from Colorado cowboy to global music star. Among his lesser known accomplishments, he created the first record label to go “all digital” at a time when the other labels were afraid to change. Beating all the odds, GRP became the highest selling Jazz label for five consecutive years, and the music industry has never been the same. 

A jazz musician and graduate of the CU College of Music, Bentree will appear at two screenings of “Dave Grusin: Not Enough Time” on Wednesday, March 4, at 4 and 7 pm in the Boe. She and several guests will appear at the opening night reception in the Dairy Arts Center Lobby between the Colorado premiere screenings.

Two additional screenings have been added at noon and 3 pm on Saturday, March 14 in the Boe.

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About Kathryn Bernheimer

Kathryn has spent her professional life writing about, teaching, and presenting the arts. Founding Director of the Boulder Jewish Film Festival, Kathryn was Director of Menorah and ACE at the Boulder JCC from 2003 through August, 2019. The former film and theater critic for the Boulder Daily Camera, Kathryn is the author of "The Fifty Greatest Jewish Movies" and "The Fifty Funniest Films of All Time." kathryn.bernheimer@gmail.com

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