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Sound Ancestors & Master Teachers . . .


"Fly high Baba Grubbs! You are so loved . . . such a kind and generous man. . . you were mentored by John Coltrane when you were young and you took 'Giant Steps' as you walked your destiny.. . . thank you for your music and your wonderful example of mentorship to all you taught and assisted . . ."

–Navasha Daya.

"It is with a heavy heart that the Youth Resiliency Institute bids farewell to the physical form of Baba Carl Grubbs – an acclaimed saxophonist, composer, recording artist, and music educator. Grubbs' contributions to music in Baltimore and beyond are immeasurable, and his inspiration and support have touched many artists' lives. We extend our deepest sympathies to his wife Barbara Grubbs and family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. May Baba Carl continue to take those 'Giant Steps' in the spirit world. Rest in Eternal Peace."

–The Youth Resiliency Institute.

Carl Grubbs, saxophonist, teacher and community builder, dies at 79 – Nate Chinen

Carl Gordon Grubbs, award-winning jazz saxophonist who taught generations of students, dies" – The Baltimore Sun

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