by: SUBMITTED - Tom Grant appears Jan. 19 at Rex Putnum as a charity event for the RPHS Drum Line.Jazz pianist Tom Grant and his trio are performing a music program fundraiser concert to help Rex Putnam High School music boosters fill in the gaps left by music cuts.

Grant — at a peak on his new CD, “Delicioso” — makes sophisticated use of the “smooth jazz” genre he helped to pioneer. He’s been on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and had four No. 1 albums on Adult Contemporary and Smooth Jazz charts. Grant has toured and recorded with some of the top names in jazz, including Miles Davis’ fiery young drummer, Tony Williams, who was shaping the new sound of jazz-rock fusion.

Grant appear on Rex Putnam’s auditorium, 4950 S.E. Roethe Road, Oak Grove, with a benefit concert on Saturday, Jan. 19, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15, or $50 for a VIP event at 6:15 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

During the past 30 years, music in public schools has suffered severe reductions and wholesale eliminations. This trend is at odds with ongoing research and evidence that music education enhances the academic side of K-12 education.

René Ormae-Jarmer, RPHS Drum Line director, noted access to instruments have continued to be on the chopping block of public education across the nation and right here in the Milwaukie area.

“Fortunately, enough musicians, parents and music enthusiasts are mobilizing to organize a classy event that not only brings topnotch jazz to the North Clackamas area, but also helps bolster the gaps in funding for these vital programs,” Ormae-Jarmer said.

Grant frequently plays charity events and appears on compilation CDs for many worthy causes.

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