Grant Gordy & Ross Martin with James Mason & Vince Brown

Friday, January 31
7:30 PM, Tickets: $16.50, Student/low income: $12.50
Advance ticket sales available. Call Traditions at 360-705-2819

For several years Brooklyn-based guitarist Grant Gordy has been a major voice on the American “acoustic music” scene, and one of the most highly regarded young instrumentalists of his generation. Having held the guitar chair in the legendary David Grisman Quintet for six years, he’s also worked alongside such musical luminaries as Edgar Meyer, Steve Martin, Tony Trischka and Darol Anger. Grant has performed all over North America and Europe, everywhere from Carnegie Hall to Montreal Jazz Festival; Jazz at Lincoln Center to Bonnaroo.

Guitarist Ross Martin has performed in concert halls, honky-tonks, theaters, rock clubs, living rooms, on festival stages, television programs and everywhere in between. He grew up in the suburbs of Dallas, TX, with brief stints in East Tennessee, attended the University of North Texas, where he earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies, then headed west. After ten years in the front range area of Colorado, he relocated to the east coast and has lived in Brooklyn, NY for the past ten years.

His musical path has covered as much territory as his physical one. Reflecting his love of diverse genres like jazz, bluegrass, country, folk, experimental, and classical music, Ross has always felt at home with fellow musicians who seek to reconcile, through their music, the incredible wealth of styles available to listeners in this global and digital age. He has toured and performed with a wide range of artists including Matt Flinner, Tony Furtado, Ron Miles, Mollie O’Brien, The Motet, Caroline Herring, Dwele, Sonya Kitchell, and many others.


Grant Gordy and Ross Martin
James Mason and Vince Brown

Opening the concert will be James Mason with Olympia favorite Vince Brown. At age 11 James Mason entered his first fiddle contest. At age 13 he began learning Texas Style fiddling from the legendary Benny Thomasson, while keeping within earshot of Swing and Jazz and the music of Bob Wills, Stephane Grappelli, and Joe Venuti.

In 2014 James won first place at both the National Swing Fiddle Championship at Weiser ID and the first annual Bob Wills Fiddle Contest in Greenville, TX a stellar accomplishment.

James enjoys teaching, performing and playing for dancers. He currently resides near Portland, OR and is active in multiple bands performing Swing, Western Swing, and Gypsy Jazz. A fine craftsman as well as a fine fiddler, James has been repairing, restoring, and making violin bows at the David Kerr Violin Shop in Portland since the 1980s.