2016 Piano Madness with Tom Grant,
Join us at Portland’s classic Tiffany Center on Saturday, October 22, 2016 from 6PM to 10PM for dinner and a show featuring five of Portland’s legendary performers!
Featuring: Tom Grant, Michael Allen Harrison, Mac Potts, Bill Wadhams (from the 80s hit band Animotion), Shelly Rudolph, and special guest performers The Portland Youth Jazz Orchestra
All proceeds benefit Potluck in the Park and support our mission to nourish and enrich Portland’s individuals in need.
Emcee: Margie Boule
Tickets available at: www.charityauction.bid/pianomadness
$75 – 2 drinks, appetizers, dinner, show
$45 – 1 drink, appetizers, show
Event DetailsSaturday, October 22, 2016
5:30 PM | Doors & Cocktail Hour
6:45 PM | Dinner
7:15 PM | Entertainment Begins
Table and sponsorship options available. For more information, contact email@example.com If you can’t attend, please consider making a donation.
Location: TIFFANY CENTER
1410 SW Morrison
Portland, Oregon 97205
Since releasing his first commercially available album, 1986’s Tea Court Interlude, Portland’s Michael Allen Harrison has built a reputation as a prolific and stylistically diverse pianist. Between 1992 and 2016 Harrison released nearly 50 albums on his own MAH label. His recorded work has ranged from film music to ballet compositions and from Gershwin interpretations to Christmas themes. He has managed to combine his musical career with his vigorous and far-reaching philanthropic activities, which include the Snowman Foundation and his Ten Grands concerts which have benefited young aspiring musicians throughout the Northwest.
Mac Potts is a 25 year-old blind pianist/musician who is already a veteran of stages from the Northwest to New Orleans. Mac first learned his blues chops from prominent Portland blues musicians. He has been playing professionally since the age of 11. Mac has traveled to New Orleans each of the last ten years for Jazz Fest where he has jammed with some of the great blues players of the Crescent City. Locally, he has appeared often at Portland’s Waterfront Blues Festival. His technical virtuosity and powerful singing have made him a crowd favorite in clubs and concert settings all over the northwest.
Tom Grant has had nearly 50 years in the music business as a pianist, songwriter, singer (and lately) record label owner. In the 80’s, his smooth jazz records went to the top of the SJ charts where they stayed for weeks at a time. He has toured the world with his music, appeared on the Jay Leno show, was featured on CNN, recorded 27 of his own records/CD’s and his original music is can be heard in film and tv. Before his own recording career took off, Tom toured with drum legend Tony Williams. He also toured/recorded with jazz greats Joe Henderson, Woody Shaw and Charles Lloyd.
Bill Wadhams is best known as the lead singer of the hit band, Animotion. Their new album, “Raise Your Expectations” is due out in November on the UK label, Invisible Hands Music. The worldwide success of their iconic 80s hit, “Obsession” continues to provide opportunities to connect with fans of the genre. Recently, he’s played shows with the Human League, A Flock of Seagulls, The Thompson Twins, Wang Chung and others. An acclaimed actor, Bill sang the role of Dan in the musical Next to Normal for Artists Rep Theater in Portland in 2012. His local band, Bill Wadhams and Friends, can often be seen at McMenamins venues.
Shelly is a practitioner of everything soulful in many musical genres. A strong and sultry singer/songwriter with a sense of adventure and a desire for emotional truth, this girl rocks. As “a robust and captivating vocalist” (Jazz Times
), she has dazzled audiences around the globe from Japan, Korea, The West Indies, New York, Los Angeles and Portland which she now calls home. Since returning to her native Northwest, she has pursued a rigorous schedule of performing, recording and songwriting with local luminaries such as Tom Grant and Pink Martini’s Phil Baker. She is currently working on a collaborative project with New Age legend, David Darling.
The Portland Youth Jazz Orchestra has trained musicians from the Portland Metro Area since 2001. It is the pet project of Portland musician Ben Medler who works tirelessly with his students in a small rehearsal space in Southwest Portland. Many PYJO alumni have gone on to earn scholarships to prestigious music schools across the country. After 15 years, Ben remains committed to the idea of bringing this original American art form of Jazz to young people willing to put in the time to practice and study its.