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Darrell Grant
Oct 16th 2017 @ PSU Lincoln Studio Theater
Portland, OR
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Grand Encounter - A Poetry Reading with Jazz Accompaniment
Monday, October 16th, 2017
5:30 PM
Oregon Poet Laureate Lawson Fusao Inada reads his poetry, accompanied by PSU Jazz faculty Darrell Grant on piano. Reception follows in the Broadway Gallery.

This event is in conjunction with the exhibition "Our American Eyes: Prints by Roger Shimomura" on view in the Broadway Gallery through January 8.

Poet, anthologist, essayist, critic, teacher and jazz musician, Lawson Fusao Inada is known for his deceptively informal writing style, his sensitive exploration of the Japanese American World War II concentration camp experience and his love of jazz music. He was imprisoned along with his family at the Fresno County Fairgrounds then in U.S. government incarceration camps in Jerome, Arkansas, and Amache, Colorado. Winner of an American Book Award in 1994, he was named Oregon State Poet of the Year in 1991, and served as the fifth poet laureate of Oregon from 2006 to 2010. He is an emeritus professor of English at Southern Oregon University.

Jazz pianist and composer Darrell Grant has performed in some of the best clubs in the country as a sideman to legends like Betty Carter and Chico Freeman, while his recordings as a bandleader have won critics' praise. But his most important gig is right here at Portland State, where he communicates the joy of jazz to the students of PSU's award-winning Jazz Studies program. Darrell's students have the ideal opportunity to apply classroom theory to the real-world challenges facing working musicians located in the heart of Oregon's cultural center. In other words, it's an education that swings.
This event is hosted by PSU's College of the Arts.