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Jazz performance to inspire social change

Tim DurocheThe Lacroute Arts Series at Linfield College will host a jazz performance, “Jazz: Community-Building and Social Change,” Monday, April 22, at 7 p.m. in the Delkin Recital Hall in the Vivian A. Bull Music Center at Linfield.

The performance will feature jazz pieces performed by musicians Tim DuRoche, Darrell Grant and Jon Shaw, along with an interactive discussion and reception.

DuRoche is a Portland-based cultural advocate, writer, jazz musician and artist who’s worked with the visual, performing, literary and media arts for 20 years. He serves as director of programs for the World Affairs Council of Oregon, and has previously developed initiatives and programs connecting sustainability, civic engagement, historic preservation and the arts at Portland Center Stage. His writing about visual culture, jazz and performance, planning, urban history and cultural policy has appeared in numerous print and online publications, including IDEA Magazine, Oregon Humanities, Willamette Week, the Oregonian, Portland Spaces and Metroscape. DuRoche is a frequent public speaker, interviewer and moderator for cultural organizations including Wordstock, the City of Portland, Pacific Northwest College of Art, the Portland Jazz Festival and LiveWire Radio.

Grant, a professor at Portland State University, is a performer and composer who has built an international reputation as a pianist and versatile musician. He has appeared on major concert stages from the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall to the Monterey, Telluride and San Francisco Jazz Festivals. He has been a guest on Marian McPartland’s “Piano Jazz” on NPR and toured internationally with many jazz legends.

Shaw is a contrabassist who performs frequently with DuRoche and other jazz musicians and groups in Portland.

The performance is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Linfield Music Department and the Lacroute Arts Series. For more information, call 503-883-2275 or visit www.linfield.edu/arts.