Jerry traveled to Portugal in Feb.2016 for 2 concerts of his work presented by the group TUBAX led by the great tubist ,Sergio Carolino. He also was honored by Wayne State University in Detroit, Mi in March of 2014 and received a career achievement award in the field of music for outstanding alumni. The Nujazz Alternative virtual orchestra with Jerry, live on Saxophone will debut in Grass Valley in April 2016.
Jerry’s jazz infused emerging style continues with the composer performing INTERPLAY for saxophone & piano in July 2015. The list of Jerry’s choral works continue to grow with the new work, APRIL RAIN-2015 & a completely revised REJOICE for CHORUS and CHAMBER ORCHESTRA, a Christmas fantasia on a hymn of John Reynolds, received a premiere performance by the Sierra Master Chorale & Orchestra in Grass Valley, Ca. Dec. 2014 with choral director Ken Hardin.
The jazz infused work, RHYTHMING WITH AIR AND HAMMERS, for tuba & piano, 2014, commissioned by Portugal tubist, Sergio Carolino for the ITEA world Tuba Symposium. It was premired by tubist, Blake Cooper and Toon Vendevorst, piano on July 2, 2014 at the WET INK new music concert in Grass Valley, Ca. & again on Nov. 22, 2015 with Blake and Toon performing.
POLARITIES on 4 strings was revised in 2013 and received a sterling performance at the Command Performance concert in Grass Valley, Ca. presented by the N.C.C.C. in Oct of 2013. Franklyn D’Antonio, concert master for the Berkeley Symphony, led the quartet.
MOUNTAIN DANCES, a 4 mvt. work originally scored for the NUJAZZ ALTERNATIVE jazz orchestra, is named for the seasons. Mountain Dance -Spring is Wild Flowers. Mountain Dance –Summer is Ride the Breeze. Mountain Dance –Fall is Gold in Them Thar Hills and Mountain Dance Winter is Winter Blue. The suite was rescored for Soprano Sax, Tuba, String Quartet and Piano and continues to be performed in Portugal and Europe with the great Portugal tubist, Sergio Carolino and his group. A recording of the work is planned.
Jerry was pleased to recently compose the music score for a beautiful video for Hospitality House, an organization who’s mission is to put homeless people back on their feet.
Jerry’s work can be heard on THE BIG STRETCH bassethoundmusic.com, SteelaLive, 2tubas and Friends, Agreements & Disagreements sergiotubabondcarolino as well as YouTube. Rush Hour -Jerry Grant & the Nujazz Alternative, is availble in iTunes & CD Baby.
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