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January 2019


January 26 @ 8:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Benson Hotel, 309 SW Broadway
Portland, 97205 United States
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Tommy O’s Sunday Night Jazz Jam

January 27 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00pm on Sunday, repeating indefinitely

Tommy O’s, 801 Washington St.
Vancouver, WA United States
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Head to Tommy O's, home of Vancouver's favorite Sunday Night Jazz Jam with the Tom Grant Band. Catch special musical guests each week, and enjoy fabulous food and drink. The music starts at 6:00 in the lounge, 801 Washington St., Vancouver. Call (360) 694-5107 for reservations or more iinfo.

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January 28 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
McMenamins Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan St
Portland, OR 97209 United States
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A new musical inspired by Portland's 1970 music festival sanctioned by then-Governor Tom McCall.

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February 2019

Astoria Country Club ~ Dinner Concert

February 2 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Astoria Country Club, 33445 Sunset Beach Lane
Warrenton, OR 97146 United States
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Join us on Feb 2 at the Astoria Country Club in Warrenton.  RJ Marx and John Orr will kick off the night at 6 PM.  After a lovely dinner buffet, Tom and Shelly will take the stage for an evening of musical joy! TICKETS online at Brown Paper Tickets (CLICK HERE).

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Wilfs ~ Ron Steen’s Vocal Showcase

February 6 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Valentine’s in the Vineyard

February 9 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Stoller Family Estate, 16161 N.E. McDougall Road
Dayton, OR United States
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Celebrate with your Valentine at the beautiful Stoller Family Estate. The evening includes a fabulous dinner, award-winning wines, and a special Valentine's concert, filled with love.

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The 1905 ~ Ron Steen Jam

February 11 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
The 1905, 830 N Shaver
Portland , OR
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Arrivederci ~ Tom & Shelly

February 12 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Arrivederci Wine Bar, 17023 SE McLoughlin Blvd.
Milwaukie, OR 97267
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Tom Grant Trio at Arrivederci

February 21 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Arrivederci Wine Bar, 17023 SE McLoughlin Blvd.
Milwaukie, OR 97267
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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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