Dick Griffin

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James Richard "Dick" Griffin (born 1939 in Jackson, Mississippi) is an American jazz trombonist known for his work on Strata-East Records, and with Rahsaan Roland Kirk.

As a child he studied piano, soon switching to trombone, which he was later to achieve a Master's degree in.[1][2]

After earning his bachelor's degree in 1963, Griffin began teaching high school while working on his Masters. Griffin is most known for his technique of circular phonics, combining multiphonics with circular breathing. He taught music theory and the history of jazz at Wesleyan University. Later in life, Griffin became an accomplished painter, with showings in New York City and Europe.[3]

A 1995 CD release, The Eight Wonder & More (Konnex Records) features that album as well as most of the Now is the Time album.[4]


As leader[edit]

  • 1974: The Eighth Wonder(Strata-East)
  • 1979: Now is the Time(Trident Records)
  • 1985: A Dream For Rahsaan(Ruby Records)
  • 2003: All Blues(Rudy Records)
  • 2011: Time Will Tell(Ruby Records)
  • 2014: Homage to Sun Ra(Ruby Records)

As sideman[edit]

With Muhal Richard Abrams

With Stanley Cowell

  • Setup (SteepleChase, 1994)

With Hank Crawford

With Joey DeFrancesco

With Charles Earland

With Frank Foster

With Johnny Hammond

With Billy Harper

With Sam Jones

With Roland Kirk

With Les McCann

With Brother Jack McDuff

With William Parker

With Charles Tolliver

With McCoy Tyner


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