Tom Grant (jazz musician)

Tom Grant (born February 22, 1946) is an American smooth jazz/jazz fusion pianist and vocalist.

Tom Grant
Born (1946-02-22) February 22, 1946 (age 73)
Portland, Oregon, United States
GenresJazz fusion, smooth jazz
InstrumentsPiano, vocals
Years active1971–present
LabelsChase Music Group, Verve, Shanachie, Windham Hill, Nu-Wrinkle


Tom Grant was born in Portland, Oregon, to a musical family. His father was a tap dancer who owned a record store in Portland, and his brother was an avant-garde jazz pianist. Grant learned to play piano and drums when he was young. After graduating from the University of Oregon, he traveled to New York City in 1970 with Native American saxophonist Jim Pepper. This led to Grant touring and recording with jazz greats Woody Shaw, Charles Lloyd, and Tony Williams.

Grant cut his first solo record for Timeless in 1976, and in 1979 he formed his own band. Beginning in 1983, Grant started recording a series of jazz-influenced pop albums that have variously been called "New Adult Contemporary", "Quiet Storm", "Contemporary Jazz" and "Smooth Jazz"; each have been best-sellers in the lite jazz market.

Grant has been featured on CNN and has been a guest on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.[1] And he has composed music for TV and radio.


Studio AlbumsEdit

  • Mystified (1976)
  • You Hardly Know Me (1980)
  • Tom Grant (1983)
  • Heart of the City (1984)
  • Just The Right Moment (1985)
  • Take Me to Your Dream (1986)
  • Night Charade (1987)
  • Mango Tango (1988)
  • Edge of the World (1990)
  • In My Wildest Dreams (1992)
  • The View From Here (1993)
  • Instinct (1995)
  • Have Yourself a Merry Little... (1996)
  • Lip Service (1997)
  • Tune It In (2000)
  • Reprise (2001)
  • Santa Claus Is Going To Town (2001)
  • Solo Piano (2003)
  • Nice Work If You Can Get It (2004)
  • Side By Side (2005)
  • Winter Warm (2007)
  • Life is Good (2008)
  • Delicioso (2010)
  • There's a Kitty Under the Christmas Tree (2014)[2]
  • The Light Inside My Dream (2015) nu-Wrinkle[3]
  • Sipping Beauty (2017) nu-Wrinkle

Collection AlbumsEdit

  • Hands: The Tom Grant Collection (1994)

As sidemanEdit

With Charles Lloyd

See alsoEdit

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