pdxJazz Presents
Sting: The Jazz Remix
Featuring Darrell Grant, Marilyn Keller & All 4 Naughtrs
Thursday, May 12, 2016
Alberta Abbey, Portland





Darrell Grant / piano
Marilyn Keller / vocals
Eric Gruber / bass
Chance Hayden / guitar
Tyson Stubelek / drums
Jimmie Harrod / vocals
Ashley Leland / vocals
John Nastos / saxophone
Noah Simpson / trumpet
Quin Macintyre / saxophone
Zach Banks / cello

Darrell Grant

Darrell Grant, performer, composer and PSU professor, has built an international reputation as a stellar pianist and versatile musician. A gifted artist whose four previous recordings have topped jazz charts, Darrell explores the lyricism and soul of songs with beauty, joy and passion. He has appeared on major concert stages from the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall to the Monterey, Telluride and San Francisco Jazz Festivals. He has been a guest on Marian McPartland's "Piano Jazz" on NPR and toured internationally with many jazz legends.

Marilyn Keller
Marilyn Keller is a 27-year veteran of music and stage performance with a voice that is beyond category. Jazz, Gospel, R&B, Pop, Blues, whatever the genre, Marilyn is more than able to deliver flawless, emotional, heart-breaking vocals. Marilyn has built a career that takes her worldwide as a feature artist in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, the Netherlands, Spain, Australia and the UK for concerts, festivals, nightclubs and recording work. Her magical voice can be heard on multiple recordings, movie sound tracks, commercials, documentary narratives and demos. Marilyn's formative jazz training was as a member of the Mt. Hood Community College Vocal Jazz Ensemble and as the vocalist fronting the award-winning MHCC Jazz Lab Band. She is featured at the Jazz Worship Service at Augustana Lutheran Church every Sunday and can be seen frequently at restaurants, clubs, festivals and holiday events throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Chance Hayden
After picking up the guitar at age eight and beginning lessons at ten, his path as a devout musician was determined by his teens when he developed a love of jazz. Hayden graduated high school with an Associates of Arts degree already completed and received scholarships to attend Portland State University's Jazz Studies program. Throughout his studies and since earning his Bachelor of Music, he's been highly active within Portland's diverse music scene. Darrell Grant, Bobby Torres, Farnell Newton, Devin Phillips are among Hayden's long list of colleagues but most recently he's been seen alongside soul singer Jarrod Lawson. During 2015 Hayden accompanied Lawson on over 100 performances, approximately 50 of which were overseas with highlights extending from Holland's North Sea Jazz Festival to Japan's Billboard Live. They even shared the extraordinary opportunity of performing at a birthday celebration for the iconic Stevie Wonder. Hayden also produces a YouTube series, The Peace House Sessions, featuring live home-studio performances with guest artists.

Tyson Stubelek
A Portland native, Tyson Stubelek began playing drums at the age of three under the guidance of his father, also a drummer. As a youth, Tyson got involved in the music scene in his hometown of Portland, OR, playing in a number of youth symphonies and jazz bands. Upon meeting and hearing Elvin Jones play live at age twelve, Tyson began to focus intently on being a jazz musician. He began studying with renowned Portland drum gurus Alan Jones, and Mel Brown, to whom he attributes much of his musical understanding. Presently, Tyson resides in New York City where he moved in 2009 after completing a Master of Music degree at the New England Conservatory in Boston, where he studied with legendary musicians Billy Hart, Rakalam Bob Moses, Danilo Perez, and Jerry Leake. He also teaches drum lessons, and has performed and toured extensively across the United States, Canada, and the UK.

John Nastos
Multi-instrumentalist John Nastos was born and raised in Portland, Oregon, where he found his love of music while exploring the vibrant local music scene. Before graduating from high school, John enrolled at Portland State University, where he studied with Alan Jones, Darrell Grant, and other Portland jazz luminaries. During that same year, he started performing with the Mel Brown Septet, the Gordon Lee Big Band, and other professional Portland groups. In 2004, Nastos graduated from high school and moved to New York City on a scholarship to study jazz at the acclaimed Manhattan School of Music. At MSM, John studied saxophone and composition with Dick Oatts (Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchrestra), Bob Mintzer (Yellowjackets), Steve Wilson (Chick Corea), and Mike Abene (WDR Big Band). In 2007, John completed the four-year degree program in just three years.

Since returning to Portland, John has performed with the who's who of the Portland scene, including the Bobby Torres Ensemble, the Portland Soul All-Stars, the Third Angle New Music Ensemble, Darrell Grant's On the Territory, and the Damian Erskine Project. He has recorded with Intervision, Ben Darwish's Commotion, the Drew Shoals Collective, and others. Recently, Nastos's composition, arranging, and compositional skills have been commissioned for performances and recordings by Damian Erskine, the Bobby Torres Ensemble, the Art Abrams Swing Machine, and Pink Martini (for performances with the San Francisco Symphony). He is also recently spent time as part of Diane Schuur's touring group, playing performances around the world.


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Captured in 16 channels of audio and three cameras, this show has been mixed and edited by Alan Niven. Produced by wolftraks.com in association with pdxJazz, Portland, Oregon.