TOM GRANT & SHELLY RUDOLPH
DATE: Friday, July 24, 2020
TICKETS: $20 or $25. Tickets available soon!
Tom Grant, master instrumentalist, talented singer and natural entertainer nimbly walks the line between jazz tradition and modern pop. This soft-spoken Oregon natives inspired songwriting produces propulsive R&B grooves, infectious melodic hooks, and stylish ballads with equal ease. He plays jazz piano with the harmonic sophistication and deep sense of swing that only comes from more than four decades on the bandstand. As one of the Pacific Northwests most renowned musical artists, Tom Grants career achievements reflect his unique ability to embrace the full spectrum of contemporary music.
Born to show business parents, Tom was at home with many musical instruments, but always returned to the piano. At a tender age, he was taught to play piano and drums by his vaudevillian/tap dancer father. Later, he learned about music styles listening to music at his fathers record store in Portland, Oregon. His brother, himself an accomplished jazz pianist, introduced him to the many different facets of the jazz life.
During the 70s, Tom played with jazz luminaries like trumpeter Woody Shaw, saxophonists Joe Henderson and Charles Lloyd. His most life-changing gig was with drummer Tony Williams who himself transformed the 1960s Miles Davis Band both musically and commercially into a worldwide jazz phenomenon.
Toms sound has an elegance and clarity that is the hallmark of his playing.
Jeff Lorber, Grammy winner, Jazz Artist
Shelly Rudolph is a maker of soul music in the broadest, genre-inclusive definition, a fine and sultry singer and songwriter with a sense of adventure and a desire for discovering and conveying emotional truth.
As a robust and captivating vocalist (Jazz Times), she has dazzled audience around the globe, including New York, Los Angeles, Japan, Korea, the West Indies, and Portland, which she now calls home. Shelly’s most recent album, Water in My Hand, has garnered praise from regional and national publications: Water in My Hands is a stunning album, intoxicating and stimulating, a mature work from an old soul artist” (Montecito Journal).
Shelly has been singing, performing and composing for over twenty years. Her projects have embraced soul, jazz, blues, R&B, reggae and pop. Music has taken Shelly all over the United States and the world. Ensembles have ranged from intimate duets to Jazz Orchestras and most everything in between. She is currently among the busiest vocalists in Portland, Oregon performing regularly every week with her own projects as well as with Smooth Jazz innovator Tom Grant.