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Siskiyou Music Project welcomes back Portland jazz piano icon Darrell Grant for a solo piano performance he’s calling “Decades” at the Old Siskiyou Barn in Ashland.
Acclaimed pianist/composer Darrell Grant pays tribute to historic and contemporary icons of jazz piano ranging from Art Tatum, Willie “The Lion” Smith, and Bill Evans to Joe Sample, Mulgrew Miller, Geri Allen and Michel Camilo with a sparkling set of new arrangements of jazz standards and his own distinctive originals.
Since the 1994 release of his debut album Black Art, selected one of the year’s top ten jazz CD’s by the New York Times, Darrell Grant has built an international reputation as a pianist, composer, and educator who channels the power of music to make change. He has performed throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe in venues ranging from Paris’s La Villa jazz club to the Havana Jazz Festival. Dedicated to themes of hope, community, and place, Grant’s compositions include his 2012 piece, “Step by Step: The Ruby Bridges Suite” honoring civil rights icon Ruby Bridges and “The Territory” which explores the connection to place through Oregon’s landscape and history. In 2017, he was named Portland Jazz Hero by the Jazz Journalist Association, and he received a Northwest Regional Emmy. Grant is a Professor of Music at Portland State University where he directs the Leroy Vinnegar Jazz Institute.