Sunday Night Jazz Showcase
Program #229 (November 11 at 8:00 p.m.)
Darrell Grant was introduced to international audiences in 1988 as the pianist with the legendary vocalist Betty Carter.
Grant has performed and recorded with such notable musicians as Branford Marsalis, David Sanborn, Esperanza Spalding, John Clayton, Nicholas Payton, James Moody, Kevin Eubanks, Lenny White, Jane Bunnett, Somi, Tom Harrell, Jack Dejohnette, Terence Blanchard, and Art Farmer.
He has performed extensively as a bandleader and solo artist throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe in venues ranging from clubs to major jazz festivals, and been featured on Marian McPartland's "Piano Jazz" on National Public Radio.
Born May 30, 1962 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Grant grew up in Denver, Colorado in a musical family. He began classical lessons at age seven and quickly received honors for his prowess on piano. He discovered jazz in school band programs and played family concerts and talent shows.
At 15, he joined the Pearl Street Jazz Band, a precocious ensemble of teenaged musicians playing traditional New Orleans-style jazz. The group held down regular professional gigs, recorded two albums, and appeared at regional jazz festivals.
(provided by Darrell Grant)