About Darrell Grant

Darrell GrantDarrell Grant has built an international reputation as a stellar pianist, skilled composer and committed educator. Since being introduced to international audiences in 1988 as the pianist in vocalist Betty Carter's trio, Darrell has performed with jazz luminaries including Frank Morgan, Sonny Fortune, Roy Haynes, Chico Freeman, Don Braden, Greg Osby and a host of others. In 1992 he replaced Mulgrew Miller as pianist in the late drummer Tony Williams' quintet.

Since the 1994 release of his debut CD, Black Art--selected as one of the year's top ten jazz CD's by the New York Times--Darrell has performed extensively as a bandleader and solo artist throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe in venues ranging from clubs and concert stages to major jazz festivals. He has been a featured guest on the BET on Jazz ("the cable jazz channel") Jazz Central television program, and has performed on Marian McPartland's Peabody Award-winning Piano Jazz series on National Public Radio.

A graduate of the Eastman School of Music and the University of Miami, in 1997 Grant relocated from New York, replacing pianist Andrew Hill on the faculty of Portland State University in Portland, Oregon, where he is now a tenured professor of jazz studies. An active advocate for education and the arts, Grant is also the founding director of the Leroy Vinnegar Jazz Institute,(www.lvji.pdx.edu) an independent Institute housed within PSU’s School of Fine and Performing Arts. LVJI’s mission is to preserve and promote the art form, cultural heritage, and social history of jazz music in the Northwest through education, outreach, and historical documentation.

Darrell’s five albums as a leader have received both critical acclaim and topped jazz radio charts. Black Art, selected as one of the year's top ten jazz CD's by the New York Times, was followed up by Darrell's 1995 release The New Bop with Seamus Blake, Scott Wendholdt & Brian Blade), and1998's Twilight Stories (with Don Braden),each of which received critical acclaim and reached the top of the jazz airplay charts. In 1999, Grant released Smokin’ Java, (with Donald Harrison, Joe Locke and Brian Blade), his debut on his own Lair Hill Records. Called a "love-letter to the Pacific Northwest,the CD, which also included a short story by Grant, received national attention, topping jazz airplay charts, selling nearly 10,000 copies and raising funds to benefit Coffee Kids, a non-profit that supports families and children in coffee growing regions. Darrell’s most recent release, Spirit (2003) is an emotional and deeply personal statement. Drawing from a wellspring of influences that include classical, gospel, jazz, pop, and folk, Spirit spins out new stories on universal themes of innocence, hope, family, and community with "heartfelt melodicism, soulful honesty, and quiet beauty." Continuing his musical activism, Grant supported the CD’s release with a five-state tour of benefit concerts which raised funds for social justice programs.