James Mitchell Jim Grant Jr. RIP – Chicago Jazz Singer Entertained Fans On The North Side
From YouTube Channel: January 21, 2021 at 04:49AM
ONN – Very sad news as Jim Grant or Mitchell Jim Grant passed away due to complications related to dialysis. He was my stepfather Arnold Grant’s brother’s son.
Jim was also a hell of a jazz singer.
From his website Jim Grant Music:
Jim is a new voice to the Chicago Jazz scene. Born and raised in Chicago, he was always a singer at heart. So after 34 years of working his regular 9-5 job as a Teamster, he decided it was now or never to follow his heart and sing.
Jim 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 and as a featured vocalist at Universal Alley Jazz Jam. 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, such as “Isn’t It Romantic”, “Somebody Loves Me”, “My One And Only Love” and many more…. including Blues and contemporary classics.
Whether performing a ballad or uptempo song he puts his feelings into every word he sings. Using his emotional expression with a kind of intensity that’s not often heard today. Jim’s rich, baritones vocals are always from the heart.
You could catch him at some of the finest jazz spots on the North Side of Chicago. His website listed where he would play next, and has video of some of his performances.
I saw Jim perform at Uncommon Ground – Edgewater, 1401 West Devon Ave, Chicago, IL, with the Tom Muellner Trio.
Jim was a very kind man who will be missed by many. RIP Jim.
I swear I will never understand why we have to pass away. But little efforts like this keep everyone alive.
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