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November 2017

Sunday Night Jam at Tommy O’s

November 19 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30pm on Sunday, repeating until January 31, 2018

Tommy O’s, 801 Washington St.
Vancouver, WA United States
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Tommy O's is the home of Vancouver's favorite Sunday Night Jazz Jam. Join the Tom Grant Band and special musical guests each week. The music starts at 6:30 in the lounge, 801 Washington St., Vancouver. Call (360) 694-5107 for more info.

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Play if Forward for HOUSTON | The Old Church in Portland

November 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Old Church, 1422 SW 11th Ave.
Portland, OR 97201
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On Nov. 21, we'll be raising money to replace instruments destroyed by flood waters at Kingwood High in Houston.  Please join us as we "Play if Forward" for Houston. FOR TICKETS AND INFO: CLICK HERE

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The Allison Inn with Margie Gibson

November 24 @ 6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Allison Inn & Spa, 2525 Allison Lane
Newberg, OR United States
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November 24 at The Allison Inn & Spa in Newberg Tom Grant on piano with vocalist Margie Gibson 6:30-10:30 PM

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Arrivederci Wine & Jazz Bar in Milwaukie

November 28 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Arrivederci Wine Bar, 17023 SE McLoughlin Blvd.
Milwaukie, OR 97267
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Tuesday, November 28, at Arrivederci in Milwaukie. Tom Grant, Shelly Rudolph, Dave Captein 7-10pm

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December 2017

PRIVATE EVENT | Holiday Party | PDX

December 6 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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First Wednesday @ Wilfs

December 6 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Every First Wednesday!
Wilfs at Union Station, 800 NW 6th Ave at Union Station
Portland, OR United States
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Wilfs at Union Station | Portland Ron Steen "First Wednesday Vocal Jazz Showcase" featuring Tom Grant! 800 N.W. 6th Ave. by Union Station 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM. All ages. Free parking available in the lot across the street.  $10.00 cover charge.  For dinner reservations or information, call 503-223-0070.  See the full calendar here: WILFS.

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“Baby, It’s cold outside!” | Holiday Concert @Classic Pianos

December 11 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Classic Pianos Recital Hall, 3003 SE Milwaukie Ave
Portland, United States
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A holiday concert featuring music by Northwest natives Shelly Rudolph (vocals) and Tom Grant (piano and vocals). Their beautiful music has been a mainstay of the Northwest music scene for many years. The show is from 7-9pm at the wonderful recital hall at Classic Pianos of Portland. Tom and Shelly will get you in the holiday mood with your the Christmas favorites, a few originals, and a few timely surprises. Wine and light snacks available at intermission.

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Christo’s – Baby it’s Cold Outside!

December 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Christo’s, 1108 Broadway St NE
Salem, OR 97301 United States
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Christo's in Salem hosts some of the best music in town (and great food!)  Celebrate the "most wonderful time of the year" with Northwest natives Shelly Rudolph and Tom Grant.  They'll get you in the holiday mood with Christmas favorites, a few originals, and some timely surprises. Music starts at 7 pm.

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January 2018

PRIVATE EVENT | Piano solo | Half Moon Bay, CA

January 13, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Ten Grands

We just finished doing our 8th consecutive Ten Grands in Seattle.  The Portland one has been going for 15 years.  Whew!  This year’s show was great, both in Portland and Seattle.  Kudos to Michael Allen Harrison for organizing a strong, appealing show.

There were plenty of newbies on the stage in both venues this year.  At the Schnitzer Hall in PDX and at Benaroya Hall in Seattle, we had the fiery classical playing of Colleen Adent, a piano teacher and arranger who was not shy about her rearrangement and slight jazzification of  a staid classical composition.

Boogie Woogie piano abounded in both venues as Michael Kassehammer wowed the Portland audience, and his friend and stylistic brother from the north, Arthur Migliazza showed his own powerful left hand in the idiom.

JJ Guo demonstrated some monster classical technique in both venues and young Mac Potts showed that when it comes to a command of contemporary pop music on piano and vocals he has no peer.  John Nilsen showed off a newly minted original tune (with vocal) that sounded like something from the James Taylor songbook.  Really sweet.

But the killer surprise of the Ten Grands season happened last Friday in Seattle when late in the show, Shannon Cassady was introduced to the sold out crowd at Benaroya. She innocently announced the song as “Toccata by Emma Lou Diemer,” a title, mind you, that gave no hint of the musical maelstrom that was to follow. Shannon  started her piece with shocking dissonances created by minor-second intervals, hands close together with a fiery intro that announced to the stricken crowd…”this will be no ordinary classical piece.”

Shannon proceeded with more fierce note clusters and breathtaking, percussive non-harmonies  in a piece that was unlike anything we’d seen in two iterations of this year’s show.  She finished the event with some careful string strumming and manipulations from inside the piano itself. It was brave and wonderful.

I asked her later backstage if that piano string strumming was notated in the music itself and she pulled the sheet music out then and there to show me the strange mystical markings that looked like no music notation i had ever seen. The audience reaction was big, and although some might have been perplexed, one thing is for sure.  This was one of the most audacious performances I’ve seen in 15 years of Ten Grands.

And at sixteen years of age, I say you go brave girl!



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