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Music Program hosts free jazz concert in Rock Creek’s Forum
Photos and Story by Janis Nichols
Portland jazz legends pianist Darrell Grant and vocalist Marilyn Keller will present a free concert at 7:30 p.m., April 20, in The Forum, Building 3, Rock Creek Campus. The concert is open to PCC students, staff and members of the community. The concert is being presented in conjunction with the “Music Appreciation” class at Rock Creek. Free parking is available in the Event Center parking behind building 9.
Vocalist Marilyn Keller brings a special magic to the stage with her charming presence and flawless vocal stylings. Her musical roots are diverse, from Dixieland to gospel to jazz. She performs with many top Portland musicians and groups, including the Don Latarski Group, Darrell Grant, Thara Memory, Tall Jazz, Tom Grant, Michael Allen Harrison, Disciples in Song, and the Augustana Jazz Quartet. Keller is a recent inductee to the Portland Jazz Hall of Fame.
Darrell Grant, internationally known jazz pianist, composer and educator, began piano lessons at age seven and entered the famed Eastman School of Music at 17. After moving to New York, he became known to audiences internationally as the pianist with the legendary vocalist Betty Carter. Grant relocated to Portland in 1997 to join the jazz department at Portland State University. He performs extensively as a bandleader and solo artist throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe in venues ranging from clubs to major jazz festivals. He has been a featured guest on the BET On Jazz “Jazz Central” program, and has performed on Marian McPartland’s “Piano Jazz” on National Public Radio. As a composer, Grant has penned numerous gems, many of which are highlighted on his recordings as a leader.
Don’t miss this opportunity to hear two of Portland’s most dynamic, diverse and exciting performers!
For more information, call (971) 722-7869, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.