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Karl Frederick Grossman had already led a considerable life in music. He grew up as something of a musical prodigy in the South Bay of the 1960s.
He first followed in the footsteps of his jazz musician father and played trumpet, beginning in the 4th grade.
As a teenager he became an accomplished guitarist. By the time he graduated from Mira Costa – where he was a classmate of jazz recording artist David Benoit – he had picked up the bass and joined a rock n’ roll band, the Bros of Manhattan.
But when it was all said and done, he returned to the guitar, to jazz, and to the South Bay, where 25 years ago he founded his own studio on Valley Drive.
Music Focus studio would become one of the formative musical havens in local musical history. Grossman has instructed hundreds of local musicians (on guitar, bass, trumpet, piano, vocals, violin, drums, and ukulele) and recorded such signature South Bay bands as Prop. 13.
His studio has long served as the revered rehearsal haunt of Pennywise (whose guitarist Fletcher Dragge is among his former students) and numerous other bands.
If you played Six Degrees of Karl Grossman, you would find a connection between him and nearly every player in the area. He is one of the true musical masters of the local music scene.
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