Wednesday, January 15, 2014

TONIGHT! Darrell Grant presents "The Territory" at The Jazz Standard

If you live in New York City, and you love music, and good food, you have probably been to the Jazz Standard(116 E 27th St between South Park Ave & Lexington Ave). If you can make it, TONIGHT at the Jazz Standard is a special performance by a great pianist and one of my colleagues at Portland State University. His name is Darrell Grant and he is presenting "The Territory," a large scale jazz work for which we won a Chamber Music America grant.

Not only is the music amazing, but the all star line-up, a mix of famous New Yorkers and top level cats from Portland and elsewhere, guarantees an exciting night. No doubt you know Joe Locke on vibes, Steve Wilson on alto, and Brian Blade on drums, and of course Terrell Stafford on trumpet. Bassist Clark Sommers is one of Chicago's top musicians.  Vocalist Marylin Keller, a Portland resident, will mesmerize you with her deep contralto. Charles Pillow on bass clarinet(on the faculty of Eastman) and cellist Dorothy Lawson (an incredible virtuoso) round out this stellar ensemble.

Not only did Grant win a competitive and prestigious CMA grant, but he successfully funded his campaign for extra travel funds(which are obviously extensive with all these people in the group). It's wonderful that this performance is going to happen, and you can see it for only 20 dollars! That's bargain basement, considering the musicians involved. My colleague Darrell Grant lived in New York for years before he made his way west to teach at PSU; this night is his first performance in New York in 13 years. You should not miss this! I don't care how cold it is, or how much a taxi costs; go see this gig. I mean, you could stay home and watch American Idol, but that would make you a terrible person! GO SEE THIS GIG!

Here is a link to a video of some of "The Territory."

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