In 1966 organist Tim Hinkley, Guitarist Ivan Zagni and drummer Martin Harriman formed the “Progressive Rock” band, Jody Grind. After signing to Nat Joseph’s Transatlantic Records the band recorded two albums, “One Step On” and “Far Canal” and toured Europe nonstop for four years before finally breaking up in 1970.
Tim Hinkley and Guitarist Larry Knight got together at Summer NAMM with Charlie Morgan on drums and the great bassist, David Santos. The assembled crowd was so impressed with the result that the musicians decided to continue and form a permanent band. Adding the great Saxophonist Mel Collins completes the lineup and because the music evokes the original spirit, the band is …. JODY GRIND.
Tim Hinkley started his professional career with Mick Fleetwood in the Bo Street Runners. After backing visiting US artists, Lee Dorsey, Sonny Boy Williamson and Ben E. King he formed the organ jazz rock group Jody Grind. He has played with the Rolling Stones, The Who, George Harrison, Van Morrison, Bad Company, Joan Armatrading, Alvin Lee, Tim Buckley, Tom Waits, Johnny Hallyday and Humble Pie. He has produced records for Humble Pie, Johnny Hallyday and Chris Farlowe among others. Today he is the keyboard player and vocalist for Jody Grind.
Guitarist, Larry Knights’ "break" into national touring and recording was with folk rock pioneers Brewer and Shipley. Larry has also recorded and toured with Jimmy Buffett, Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor, Suzy Bogguss, Chet Atkins, Rodney Atkins, Trace Adkins, Pam Tillis, Blackhawk, and Shelby Lynn. While continuing to tour and record, Larry is concentrating on writing and performing his own compositions and playing guitar with Jody Grind.
Drummer Charlie Morgan turned professional in 1973 and is one of the top session drummers in the world. Charlie has played on albums by Elton John, Kate Bush, Roy Harper, Pete Townshend, Judie Tzuke, Clannad, Tracey Ullman, Gary Moore, Justin Hayward and Nik Kershaw. In 1985, his drumming work with Nik Kershaw attracted the attention of Elton John, who booked him to play on his ‘Ice On Fire’ album and also with his band on the Live Aid concert. This was the start of a thirteen-year period of recording and touring with Elton John.
Bassist David Santos has toured and recorded with Billy Joel, Elton John, John Fogerty, Crosby Stills and Nash, The Neville Brothers, Tommy James and The Shondelles, The Rascals, Billy Preston, Toby Keith, Faith Hill, Tim Mcgraw and Toto. David is also a respected educator and songwriter/producer.
Saxophonist, flautist and session musician, Mel Collins is a member of the progressive rock group, King Crimson. Mel has played with; Dire Straits, Eric Clapton, Joan Armatrading, Bad Company, 10cc, Tears For Fears, Marianne Faithfull, The Small Faces, The Alan Parsons Project and Chris Squire. Collins also played saxophone on The Rolling Stones' hit single, ‘Miss You’. Mel has also worked in a wide variety of musical contexts ranging from R&B, Blues, Rock and Jazz.