LAJC Presents: Kathleen Grace/Darek Oles, Nick Grinder Group


Kathleen Grace, voice
Darek Oles, bass

Vocalist Kathleen Grace has been a vital part of the Los Angeles music scene for over a decade, effortlessly crossing back and forth between jazz, folk and country music. Her recent projects include the exquisite vocal trio The Lemon Trees and her own acclaimed collection of original country ballads on the album No Place To Fall. Kathleen remains relevant in the jazz world as well, most notably with her contributions to pianist Josh Nelson’s ongoing multimedia-based Discovery Project. For this show she teams up with fellow USC faculty member and all-star bassist Darek Oles, for a daring voice-bass duet sans chordal accompaniment.

Darek Oleszkiewicz has a firm grip on the title of the best acoustic jazz bassist in Los Angeles, validated by lengthy track record extending back decades in the city, with innumerable appearances with the very best names in jazz, including (but not limited to): Brad Mehldau, Billy Higgins, Pat Metheny, Joe Lovano, Eddie Henderson, Charles Lloyd, John Abercrombie, Bennie Maupin, Lee Konitz, Peter Erskine, Alan Pasqua, Bennie Wallace, Victor Lewis, Harvey Mason, Dave Grusin, Art Farmer, Horace Silver, Alice Coltrane, Ravi Coltrane, James Newton, Arthur Blythe, Lew Tabackin, Steve Kuhn, Gary Smulyan, Ronnie Cuber, Billy Hart, Kevin Hays, Munyungo Jackon, Steve Hass, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Marian McPartland, Janis Siegel, Bob Brookmeyer, Curtis Fuller, Roy McCurdy, Tom Harrell, Larry Goldings, Bill Stewart, Chris Potter, Kei Akagi, Billy Childs, Bob Sheppard, Joe LaBarbera, Bill Cunliffe, Patrice Rushen, Bennie Golson, Piotr Baron, Teri Lynn Carrington, Buddy De Franco, Terry Gibbs, Anthony Wilson Nonet and Los Angeles Jazz Quartet. His latest project, Blues For Charlie, is a solo bass album dedicated to his mentor, the late great Charlie Haden. It’s a stunning tribute, revealing the immense depth of understanding Darek has of Haden’s sound, musicality and spirit.  It’s safe to say Darek has found the secret essence of Haden’s greatness, becoming the primary keeper of the jazz giant’s legacy, as he continues to carve out his own impressive career.

Nick Grinder Group
Nick Grinder, trombone/composer
Emilio Terranova, bas
Brijesh Pandya, drums
Gary Fukushima, piano

Hailed by the great Slide Hampton as “an important future voice in jazz trombone”, Nick Grinder has carved out a burgeoning career in New York, moving there in 2011 after his formative years as both a professional trombonist in the Bay Area and Los Angeles, and as a student in the high-powered jazz program at CalState University, Northridge. In NY, Nick joined the faculty at NYU while simultaneously obtaining his Master’s degree there. He is an important cog in the NY jazz machinery, performing with Donny McCaslin, Ralph Alessi, Alan Ferber, John Daversa, Arturo O’Farril’s Latin Jazz Orchestra, the Bjorkestra, and countless other artists. Joining Nick for this evening are fellow CSUN alums Brijesh Pandya (drums) and Emilio Terranova (bass), as well as CSUN faculty member (and LAJC co-founder) Gary Fukushima (piano).

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