When: Thursday, November 1, 2012 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Where: Lincoln Chamber Hall Room 326
What: Professor Darrell Grant, M.M. Program TBA
Darrell Grant, performer, composer and PSU Assistant Professor, has built an international reputation as a stellar pianist and versatile musician. A gifted artist whose four previous recordings have topped jazz charts, Darrell explores the lyricism and soul of songs with beauty, joy and passion. He has appeared on major concert stages from the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall to the Monterey, Telluride and San Francisco Jazz Festivals. He has been a guest on Marian McPartland's "Piano Jazz" on NPR and toured internationally with many jazz legends.
Born in 1962 in Philadelphia, Grant moved to Denver, CO, as a young child. Starting piano lessons before his teens, Grant was enough of a prodigy that he joined the Boulder, CO-based Pearl Street Jazz Band, a young but internationally renowned traditional New Orleans-style combo, at the age of 15, touring worldwide with the group for two years.
Grant won a scholarship to the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, at the age of 17; while at Eastman, Grant focused on performance studies over theory, which he covered in his graduate studies in jazz theory and composition at the University of Miami.
Relocating to New York in the mid-'80s, Grant took a series of sideman gigs including a long stint with Betty Carter. Grant also worked with luminaries like Chico Freeman, Tony Williams and Greg Osby before finally stepping out as a bandleader in 1994 with his debut album "Black Art" on the Criss Cross label.
Grant moved to Portland in 1997 to accept a teaching post at the Portland State University and continues performing, touring, and creating recordings under his own name and with the collective band of Northwest luminaries - the Bridge Quartet.
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