Once upon a time in a place called Harlem, jazz was thrivin’ from a riff. The toes were tappin’, fingers snappin’, hips were shakin’ and the rent party was going all night long. The piano was the king of instruments, and the rulers of the roost went by the names of Basie, Ellington, Garner, Tatum, Wilson, and Ahmad Jamal. Darrell Grant celebrates this vibrant era his One O’clock Jump Project, with guitarist Dan Gildea, and bassist Dennis Caiazza. Rapidly gaining popularity in the region at clubs, concerts and events, One O’Clock Jump “plays great 20th century music with a 21st century attitude,” says Darrell. The band’s repertoire ranges from Cole hits like “Hit that Jive Jack,” and “Call the Police,” Jordan’s “Open the Door Richard,” and “You Dyed Your Hair Chartreuse,” to instrumental classics like Jamal’s “Poinciano,” Errol Garner’s “Mambo Carmel,” Neal Hefti’s “Cute”and Ellington’s “Raincheck.”
Incontestably the finest jazz artist ever to come from Vida Oregon, Dan Gildea is well-known as one of the most in-demand and versatile guitarists in the Northwest. Combining the blistering jazz chops of a Wes Montgomery with the bluesy soul of Robert Cray, he plays and records with well-known Northwest artists ranging from pop singer/songwriter Stephanie Schneiderman, jazz singer/composer Mary Kadderly, and legendary jazz drummer Mel Brown, to young B-3 master Dave Fleschner, the ensemble Rocktet, and his own trio. A veteran of New York City’s“Downtown” progressive jazz scene, while studying for a degree at New York’s City College Gildea led a trio playing club dates up and down the East Coast, and most famously, co-founded the cutting-edge band The Grassy Knoll Project with a young soon-to-be giant of the jazz bass named John Benitez.
Dennis Caiazza has come coast to coast in a 20 year career as a first-call bassist, vocalist and band leader. Hailing from Rochester, NY, he was a regular with the Gap Mangione Jazz Trio and Big Band, as well as jazz greats Clark Terry, Eddie Daniels and Marian McPartland. In1992 Dennis moved to Atlanta, where his playing and personal singing style kept him in great demand for recording sessions, orchestra work and club dates. In 1998 he formed "Swing Factory," an eight-piece swing band that became a hit on the jazz and swing circuit and recorded two popular CDs. Since relocating to Portland, Oregon in 2004, Dennis is making his mark on the west coast.