July 26, 2015
Doors open: 5pm
Event begins: 6pm
Event website: http://pianotuningschool.org/3-grands-concert-for-the-blind/
A benefit for the School of Piano Technology for the Blind and
the Pacific Foundation for Blind Children.
The annual 3 Grands Concert for the Blind welcomes award-winning blind pianists Mac Potts, Brent Gjerve, Nick Baker, and vocalist Darcy Schmidt along with a special guest appearance by superstar Patrick Lamb in a lively, engaging, and fun-filled concert of the GRANDEST magnitude.
Nick Baker has perfect pitch and almost instant recall meaning he can literally hear a new piece of music one time and play it perfectly. He earned a degree in musical performance and has earned honors in both classical voice and classic piano juries. Nick’s first CD, “Think Positive,” was released in June 2001. His newest release, “This One’s for You,” features a collection of jazz standards.
Brent Gjerve is a graduate of the Washington State School for the Blind. Autistic and blind from birth, Brent been described as a “piano genius.” He has been playing piano since he was four years old.
Mac Potts began playing piano at age two, began taking classical lessons at four, and performing at local events when he was eight. He began recording music at age 11, and was taking lessons from legendary Portland blues pianist DK Stewart at 12. Mac soon met Michael Allen Harrison, who influenced his playing and was a guest artist at Michael’s “Ten Grands” concert in 2011 and 2012. He has played annually at the Waterfront Blues Festival in Portland and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and was one of the featured artists at the Cincinnati Blues Festival. He has studied with Janice Scroggins and has had the honor of playing with Henry Butler, Charmaine Neville, Tom Grant and Harry Connick Jr.
Darcy Schmitt anoutstanding local jazz entertainer is our special guest vocalist for the event.
Tickets Non Refundable