Since the 1994 release of his debut album Black Art, selected one of that year’s top ten jazz albums by the New York Times, Darrell Grant has built an international reputation as a pianist, composer, and educator. He has performed throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe in venues ranging from Paris’s La Villa jazz club to the Havana Jazz Festival. Dedicated to themes of hope, community, and place, Grant’s compositions include 2012’s Step by Step, The Ruby Bridges Suite, honoring civil rights icon Ruby Bridges, and The Territory, which explores the connection to place through Oregon’s landscape and history. In 2017, he was named Portland Jazz Hero by the Jazz Journalists Association, and also received a Northwest Regional Emmy Award. Grant is a professor of music at Portland State University, where he also directs the Leroy Vinnegar Jazz Institute.