The Marine View Church, that jazz hotbed of Dash Point/Browns Point, just came off of an amazing Andy Narell steel drum concert with a packed house. They don’t intend to let up this month when they bring the area one of the most beloved artists in the Northwest jazz community, Portland-based pianist, singer and composer Tom Grant.
Grant, a master instrumentalist, talented singer and natural entertainer nimbly walks the line between jazz tradition and modern pop. This soft-spoken Oregon native’s inspired songwriting produces propulsive R&B grooves, infectious melodic hooks, and stylish ballads with equal ease. He plays jazz piano with the harmonic sophistication and deep sense of swing that only comes from more than four decades on the bandstand. As one of the Pacific Northwest’s most renowned musical artists, Grant’s career achievements reflect his unique ability to embrace the full spectrum of contemporary music. During the 70’s, Grant played with jazz luminaries like trumpeter Woody Shaw, saxophonists Joe Henderson and Charles Lloyd. His most life-changing gig was with drummer Tony Williams who himself transformed the 1960’s Miles Davis Band both musically and commercially into a worldwide jazz phenomenon. With Tony and bassist Patrick O’Hearn, Grant recorded and toured worldwide from 1978-1980.
In the 80’s and 90’s Grant was considered by many to be the father of the smooth jazz sound, recording albums on major labels including Verve, Shanachie and Windham Hill. Several of these shot to number one on the smooth jazz charts. Grant currently writes and records new music on his own label, Nu-Wrinkle Records. His songs can be heard on popular TV series, both network and cable. In his hometown of Portland, Grant works tirelessly for a number of charities. Over the past 30 years, his music has been a staple of homegrown giving for several non-profits. He was one of the original pianists of the Ten Grands concerts in Portland and Seattle, an annual event supporting music education. Grant also organizes an annual concert for a non-profit that feeds disadvantaged people.
For his intimate evening at Marine View he is joined by the wonderful songstress Shelly Rudolph (www.shellyrudolph.com), described by Jazz Times as “a robust and captivating vocalist” and by LA Weekly as having “the looks, talent and charisma to win over new crowds and a honey-glazed throat to send chills up and down your spine.” Don’t miss an amazing evening of music in the beautiful confines of Marine View.
Jazz LIVE at Marine View featuring Tom Grant with guest vocalist Shelly Rudolph takes place Sunday, May 6 at 5 p.m. Marine View Church is at 8469 Eastside Dr. NE, up around Brown’s Point.