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Darrell Grant

Born in 1962 in Philadelphia, Grant moved to Denver, CO, as a young child. Starting piano lessons before his teens, Grant was enough of a prodigy that he joined the Boulder, CO-based Pearl Street Jazz Band, a young but internationally renowned traditional New Orleans-style combo, at the impossibly tender age of 15, touring worldwide with the group for two years. Grant won a scholarship to the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, at the age of 17; while at Eastman (where his classmates included future novelist Nicholson Baker), Grant focused on performance studies over theory, which he covered in his graduate studies in jazz theory and composition at the University of Miami. Relocating to New York in the mid-'80s, Grant skirted past the then-dominant M-Base clique in the local jazz scene, instead taking a series of low-profile sideman gigs

The Way We Love

Label: OA2 Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Close Enough, Faith, Stand By Me, Butterfly Heart, The Way We Love, The Slow Life, The Mystery, Humanity, Calling Me Home

ARTICLE: RADIO

John Lewis @ 100 and More May Birthdays

Read "John Lewis @ 100 and More May Birthdays" reviewed by Marc Cohn

May birthdays this week on G&M! Some big ones (of course): the John Lewis centennial, Dave McKenna @ 90, Arthur Blythe and Carlos Ward @ 80. It's also Stevie Wonder's 70th this month, and May celebrant salutes are in the house (Theo Hill, Ronnie Foster, Mel Lewis, and Groove Holmes) doing 'Wonderful' tunes. We also celebrate ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Darrell Grant Black Art @ 25 Quartet at Birdland Theater

Read "Darrell Grant Black Art @ 25 Quartet at Birdland Theater" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Darrell Grant Black Art @ 25 Quartet Birdland Theater New York January 16, 2019 In the tumultuous, twenty-five year interim since his debut, Black Art took the early to mid-'90s jazz community by storm. Pianist Darrell Grant has built for himself a solid, respected, and steady, if low-profile rep; an unapologetic, ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

2018 New Releases and upcoming concerts

Read "2018 New Releases and upcoming concerts" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

In this episode of Mondo Jazz we preview unreleased music as well as interesting releases that will be published in the coming months. We also look into Swiss, Finnish, and French approaches to quintessentially United Statesian music genres like Hip-Hop, Jazz and Americana, which travelled to Europe and got local. We also feature Darrell Grant's and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Jeff Baker: Phrases

Read "Phrases" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

After a seven-year absence, vocalist/composer/arranger/educator and foremost fan of the Boise State Broncos, Jeff Baker has returned to the studio to add to his already impressive discography, which includes: Baker Sings Chet (OA2, 2004); Monologue (OA2, 2005); Shopping for Your Heart (OA2, 2007); Of Things Not Seen (OA2, 2009). The distance between the earthy, ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Joe Locke's Love Affair with Language

Read "Joe Locke's Love Affair with Language" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

On the surface it's not so easy to spot the common thread unifying the greater fabric of Joe Locke's work. Since arriving in New York City in 1981, and emerging as a notable leader on record in the early '90s, this much-vaunted vibraphonist has developed into a protean performer and composer. Duo sessions with pianists Frank ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Recent Listening In Brief…

Recent Listening In Brief…

Frank Zappa (1940-1993), a gifted musician who dipped his toe into jazz, never demonstrated more than a smidgeon of what he knew about the genre. But he left us with the memorable observation, “Jazz isn’t dead. It just smells funny.” A web search shows that lesser wits have adapted Zappa’s line to all kinds of topics ...

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2014 Jazz Connect Conference Schedule

2014 Jazz Connect Conference Schedule

The conference will be held January 9-10, 2014 at the Hilton New York Hotel in New York City and will feed into the annual APAP (Association of Performing Arts Presenters) Conference as well as Winter Jazzfest. LOCATION: Hilton New York 1335 Avenue of the Americas at 54th St. New York, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Portland Jazz Festival 2011 - A Look Back

Read "Portland Jazz Festival 2011 - A Look Back" reviewed by Lloyd N. Peterson Jr.

Portland Jazz FestivalPortland, OregonFebruary 18-27, 2011 Promoter Bill Royston and general manager Don Lucoff have once again pulled off a hat trick of significant proportions. With the arrival and guest appearance of perhaps the greatest “star" that jazz has welcomed since Wynton Marsalis, this year's Portland Jazz Festival had the makings to ...


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