Friday, September 16 — Tom Ranier Group
Duo: 6:30 to 8:30 // 9:00 & 10:30: Tom Ranier Group
You’ve heard him perform at the Oscars, the Emmys, the Grammys. Now is your chance to hear and see one of the greatest pianists/clarinetists/composers/arrangers up close and personal.
Tom Ranier is one of Southern California’s top jazz improvisers, a musician both technically resplendent and emotionally open. At the keyboard, he reveals an increasingly 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 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.