Don't miss Jazz Age in Portland with Darrell Grant and Marilyn Keller!
Pianist/composer Darrell Grant and vocalist Marilyn Keller have been performing together since their friendship started at a 1998 concert commemorating 1920’s "Jazz Age in Paris." In the two decades since, Keller’s powerful alto and Grant’s jazz piano have traveled together from New Orleans to New York City to Vladivostok, Russia and in projects dating from Grant’s late-90’s People Music Project and a highly-regarded Duke Ellington tribute at the Mount Hood Jazz Festival to many more recent collaborations. In celebration of the anniversary of their inaugural engagement, this performance will feature Grant and Keller performing repertoire from throughout their 20+ year friendship. The program will include intimate versions of selections from Grant’s celebrated works Step By Step: The Ruby Bridges Suite and The Territory as well as jazz standards and originals they have collaborated on over the years.
Darrell Grant is a creative artist who harnesses the power of music to create change. Whether through performing, composing, teaching, or organizing musical initiatives around community, sustainability or social justice, he seeks to leverage a deeper level of engagement and connection.
Central to Darrell Grant’s music is a sense of purpose, agency, and connection to community.
Through eight albums as a bandleader, numerous recordings as a sideman, a growing body of compositions, and two decades of service as an educator and leader in the arts, Grant’s multi-faceted creative projects and innovative initiatives reflect a belief in the extraordinary power of art to communicate, inspire, provoke, inform, and move others to transform society and themselves.
“Darrell Grant is a musician worthy of some serious listening. He is a very fine pianist and composer.”
— HORACE SILVER
“I didn’t know jazz piano could be this good; the gorgeous harmonies, subtle nuances, uplifting swing, brilliantly re-composed standard themes, and the range and depth of feelings were a revelation.”
— THE EVENING POST, (WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND)
Vocalist Marilyn Keller is a veteran of music and stage performance with a voice that is beyond category. She has worked as a featured artist in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, the Netherlands, Spain, Australia, and the UK for concerts, festivals, nightclubs and recording work. Her voice can be heard on multiple recordings, movie sound tracks, commercials, documentary narratives, and demos. Her formative jazz training was as a member of the Mt. Hood Community College Vocal Jazz Ensemble and as the vocalist fronting the award-winning MHCC Jazz Lab Band. She joined the noted Black Swan Classic Jazz Band in 1997, quickly establishing a loyal following in the Dixieland and Ragtime scene. She is featured at the Jazz Worship Service at Augustana Lutheran Church every Sunday and can be seen frequently at restaurants, clubs, festivals and holiday events throughout the Pacific Northwest. Her current solo release is entitled "At Last".
Please bring something to share.
This is a potluck jazz party event. Please bring something small to share with others (snacks, nuts, wine, etc.).