A multitalented, creative musician, Frédéric Grenier is a seasoned accompanist and hardworking band leader. He spends much of his time composing and arranging music for various projects and playing with his band, the Montreal Hard Bop Quintet, which he also founded.
He was born in 1975 in Mauricie. At the age of 16, he discovered the electric bass and began learning blues and R&B tunes. In just a few short weeks, Fred was giving concerts with local groups, playing a variety of musical genres. He then studied music and took off for Montreal, where he soon became a prominent figure on the local music scene.
Since then, Frédéric has arranged and contributed to countless projects in his capacity as a double bassist, bassist, multi-instrumentalist, and composer. He has participated in numerous live radio recordings at Radio-Canada. He has also toured in Asia, Europe, Canada, and throughout Quebec. Frédéric has innumerable concerts and recording sessions under his belt. He has worked with an impressive roster of local and international artists, including Susie Arioli, Steve Davis, Vic Vogel, Guy Nadon, Chloé Ste-Marie, and Kate and Anna McGarrigle, to name just a few.
In 2007, after receiving a Canada Council Grant, Fred delved deeper into the art of the double bass under the tutelage of Nat Reeves at the Jackie Mclean Institute in Harford, Connecticut. There he learned the essentials of modern jazz bass, following in the giant steps of New York’s bebop tradition. In 2010, when he was awarded a bursary from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Frédéric studied with the great John Webber in New York.
Frédéric continues to hone his performing and composing skills, and he passes on his extensive knowledge by giving master classes and private lessons to the upcoming generation of musicians.