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October 2017

Arrivederci W/ Shelly Rudolph

October 19, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Arrivederci Wine Bar, 17023 SE McLoughlin Blvd.
Milwaukie, OR 97267
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September 26 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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PRP.FM with Michele Van Kleef

October 23, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Tune in to PRP.FM at 11 AM when I'll be in the studio with host Michele Van Kleef.  We'll be chatting about the upcoming Food for the Soul event where Michele will be joining me to raise money for a wonderful organization, Potluck in the Park. Michele's show,  MONDAY MUSIC MUSE airs live from 10-12.  You can listen live on 99.1 FM in the close-in Portland area, or stream the station live at HOW TO LISTEN Tune your radio…

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FOOD for the SOUL | Benefit for Potluck in the Park

October 28, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tiffany Center, 1410 SW Morrison St
Portland, United States
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An all star line up of music to benefit Potluck in the Park, an organization providing meals to those in need in Portland. Every Sunday for over 25 years.

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November 2017

First Wednesday @ Wilfs

November 1, 2017 @ 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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Langdon Farms with Rebecca Hardiman

November 10, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Langdon’s Grill, 24377 NE Airport Rd #1
Aurora, OR 97002 United States
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Friday, November 10, 6-8:30 Enjoy a great meal, full bar and live "Jazz at the Grill" at Langfdon Farms in Aurora.

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Peninsula Art Center | Longbeach WA

November 18, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Peninsula Art Cener, 504 Pacific Avenue North
Longbeach, WA United States
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Join Shelly and Tom for an evening of music at the Peninsula Art Center in Longbeach WA.

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Play if Forward for HOUSTON | The Old Church in Portland

November 21, 2017 @ 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, 2017 @ 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, 2017 @ 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, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 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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