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February 2018

Valentine’s in the Vineyard at Stoller

February 10 @ 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Stoller Family Estate, 16161 N.E. McDougall Road
Dayton, OR United States
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SOLD OUT Join us on Valentine’s weekend for an evening of dinner and music. Ticket price per couple includes:  Welcome glass of 2017 Dundee Hills Rose Passed Appetizers as you warm up in the beautiful tasting room Three-Course Dinner A Bottle of SFE Reserve Pinot Noir VALENTINE'S CONCERT by Tom and Shelly featuring scrumptious duets and some of our favorite tunes celebrating L-O-V-E! After the show, guests will receive a box of housemade chocolate truffles to take home. SOLD OUT…

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The 1905

February 12 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The 1905, 830 N Shaver
Portland , OR
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PRIVATE EVENT | Ptld Town Club

February 14 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Town Club, 2115 SW Salmon
Ptld, OR
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TEN GRANDS FLORIDA | West Palm Beach, Florida

February 18 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, 701 Okeechobee Blvd
West Palm Beach, FL 33401 United States
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Tickets for Ten Grands FLORIDA available online at https://www.kravis.org/events/grands/.

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WILFS | PDX Jazz Fest

February 21 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wilfs at Union Station, 800 NW 6th Ave at Union Station
Portland, OR United States
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PDX Jazz Fest Presents... Ron Steen' Wednesday's Jam with Tom Grant, Shelly Rudolph & Phil Baker

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Winter Romance

February 26 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Lake Theater & Cafe, 106 N State St
Lake Oswego, OR 97034 United States
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“Winter Romance” With Tom Grant & Shelly Rudolph Make a date for a "Winter Romance" with Tom Grant and Shelly Rudolph: An evening of delicious duets, soulful pop, and romantic jazz that will warm your heart and spark your soul. Feel the love... ADVANCE TICKETS: HERE, or at the door. Doors at 6, Show at 7. "Tom Grant is at the top of his game... Shelly Rudolph is a robust and captivating vocalist." - Jazz Times

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Arrivederci Wine Bar

February 27 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Arrivederci Wine Bar, 17023 SE McLoughlin Blvd.
Milwaukie, OR 97267
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Tom Grant, Shelly Rudolph, Dave Captein Enjoy great food & wine at one of the best jazz spots in Portland.

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March 2018


March 6

Well, this was a unique request... Tom will play an improvised accompaniment to the silent film, The Circus, before a private audience at the Town Club in Portland. The film won Charles Chaplin his first Academy Award - it was still not yet called the ‘Oscar’ - at the first presentations ceremony, in 1929. The special award was for ‘Versatility and genius in writing, acting, directing and producing’.

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First Wednesday @ Wilfs

March 7 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wilfs at Union Station, 800 NW 6th Ave at Union Station
Portland, OR United States
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Ron Steen's "First Wednesday with Tom Grant!" This week the band welcomes Shelly Rudolph and Perry Thoorsell. 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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Make Music Day PDX at the Old Church

March 11 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
The Old Church, 1422 SW 11th Ave.
Portland, OR 97201
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On Sunday, March 11 Make Music Day PDX  will present a benefit concert featuring jazz  Tom Grant, Phil Baker, and Ron Steen. Make Music Day PDX is a non-profit that puts on dozens of concerts on one day each June, happening this year on Sunday, June 24, 2018.  TICKET INFO  FOR MARCH 11 HERE

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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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