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From the album Way Forward Way Back
From the Boardroom to the Bandstand, Jazz singer, entrepreneur, actor, businessman, and writer LES GRANT has racked up an impressive array of accomplishments in a wide variety of fields.
As a musician and performer, he has appeared in off-Broadway and regional theatre, commercials, voiceovers, and independent films. He attended Circle in the Square's Musical Theatre Program in NYC, and wrote and starred in the one-person show Lonesome When You Go, which was featured at the Pulse Ensemble Theatre's OPAL series and selected by the NBC network for their PSNBC program in New York. Les studied acting at the Wilma Theatre and was a member of the University of Pennsylvania's award-winning Counterparts vocal jazz ensemble.
As a businessperson, Les is the co-founder of MedPricer.com, an innovative healthcare eSourcing platform. Les served as COO and Director for 6 years, taking the company through two rounds of venture funding and working with many of the top health systems in the United States. He currently serves as Corporate Director of Materials Management at Mount Sinai Hospital, and lectures and writes frequently about healthcare, entrepreneurship and innovation.
As a Jazz Singer and Bandleader, Les performs regularly in and around New York, as well as throughout Europe with his band, the Les Grant 5. The LG5 features some of the very finest young jazz musicians in the city, and performs innovative and soulful interpretations of jazz, blues and pop standards. His New CD, Way Forward Way Back, recorded at Systems Two Studios in Brooklyn, features a stellar lineup: including John Chin (Fresh Sound/New Talent Records) on Piano, Dan Rieser (Norah Jones, The Little Willies) on Drums, Matt Pavolka (Vista) on Bass, and John Ellis (Thelonious Monk International Saxophone Competition Finalist, Double-Wide, Criss Cross Jazz) on Saxophone.
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