Jim Grant is a new voice to the Chicago Jazz scene. Born and raised in Chicago, he was always a singer at heart. So after 30 years of working his regular 9-5 job as a Teamster, he decided it was now or never to follow his heart and sing.
Grant developed his baritone vocals at the Bloom School of Jazz under the guidance of David Bloom and jazz vocalist Spider Saloff. Jim has performed with BSJ at Chicago’s Green Mill Lounge, Katerina’s, Mayne Stage, Uncommon Ground-Edgewater and as a featured vocalist at Universal Alley Jazz Jam which was televised on Local CAN TV.
Jim released his first CD, "You Go To My Head" in 2014, which he and David Bloom co-produced. It’s an uncluttered straight-ahead recording with some of Chicago's best jazz musicians. It includes such jazz standards as “Close You Eyes” and “Gentle Rain.” along with fresh interpretations of the seldom heard “Big City”, the bluesy “Ain’t No Use” and the pop classic “The Letter”. At the core of the 8 tracks are Jim's vocals. The title track “You Go To My Head” reveals his understanding of the lyrics. Accompanied by Jim Sellers on piano, Jim G totally enthralls the listener with his heartfelt interpretation.
In the tradition of such legendary jazz vocalists as Billy Eckstine and Johnny Hartman, Jim Grant brings his own distinctive style to Jazz and American standards.
Rabrija Jazz is a Chicago-based group featuring musicians Vicki Lang (vocals), Randy Morris (guitar), Brian Buhman (bass) and Brian Koch (drums). Specializing in swinging jazz favorites from the American Songbook and bebop classics, Rabrija Jazz performs regularly at Chicago clubs and restaurants, including bi-monthly appearances at Himmel's on Lawrence.