ABOUT María Grand
María Grand is a saxophonist, composer, educator, and vocalist. The New York Times called her "an engrossing young tenor saxophonist with a zesty attack and a solid tonal range."
Maria has performed with her own band all over Europe and North America. She has also played and recorded with music luminaries such as Joel Ross, Mary Halvorson, Aaron Parks, Nicole Mitchell, and many more. Her debut EP TetraWind was picked as "one of 2017's best debuts" by the NYC Jazz Record, while her full-length albums Magdalena and Reciprocity were praised by major publications including the New York Times, Downbeat, JazzTimes, Billboard, and JazzIz.
María is a recipient of the 2017 Jazz Gallery Residency Commission, the 2018 Roulette Jerome Foundation Commission, the 2019 Roulette Residency, and the 2020 Jazz Coalition Commission Award. She was nominated for “Up-And-Coming Musician of the Year 2018” by the Jazz Journalist's Association and named 2018 Newcomer Musician for the El Intruso 11th Annual International Critics Poll. Additionally, she was named Best New Artist in the 2018 JazzTimes Reader's Poll.
In 2022, María composed a chamber piece, commissioned by the Metropolitan Orchestra, titled "Your Very Own Sun," which mixed elements of healing somatic practices with music. The same year, she served as a ‘Women in Jazz’ mentor, working to transmit her knowledge and study ways of overcoming hurdles specific to women in the music industry.