Music hours: 6:30 to 8:30: Duo / 9:00: Tom Ranier Quartet
One of the top pianists and arrangers performing today, Tom Ranier also plays saxophones and clarinet. You’ve heard him on scores of major motion pictures and television soundtracks since the 1970’s. You’ve heard him on the Academy Awards every year. He’s everyone’s top accompanist from Barbra Striesand, Christina Aquilera, Placido Domingo, Barry Manilow, Natalie Cole to Tony Bennett’s latest CD with Lady Gaga.
At the keyboard, he reveals a personal style that bears the influence of Oscar Peterson’s bravura and bluesiness, Chick Corea’s at once intricate and beautiful melodies, and Bill Evans’s chordal brilliance. As a jazz improviser, he’s both technically resplendent and emotionally open. As a composer and arranger, he has a broad orchestral palette and a keen sense of melody and harmony.
His clarinet and alto and tenor saxophone playing is top-notch as well.
Performing with: Ron Eschete, guitar; Pat Senatore, bass; Tina Raymond, drums
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