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Tom Grant
Tom Grant
Jazz Legend Tom Grant Earns New Age Accolades (Photo) - 05/15/18

Portland, OR — Zone Music Reporter (ZMR) announced the winners for the Best CDs of 2017 on Saturday at the 14th annual ZMR Music Awards Concert in New Orleans. Tom Grant’s Sipping Beauty was named Best Chill/ Groove album of 2017.  ZMR presented fourteen awards including album of the year, twelve by category, and a lifetime achievement award.

One of the pioneers of the smooth jazz genre, master instrumentalist Tom Grant has been a fixture in the Jazz scene for nearly five decades.  With 27 albums in his discography, the latest release was his second foray into the New Age/Ambient genre. 

In a review published by ZMR, reviewer Candice Michele said of Sipping Beauty,  "It’s especially wonderful to see Tom Grant still actively creating music and exploring new sonic terrain, which simply works to perfection on this exquisitely elegant and tastefully sumptuous album!"

Sipping Beauty comprises 10 original instrumental tracks featuring Tom on piano, percussion, and electronic keyboards. Bassist David Captein and guitarist Kevin Karrick are featured on several of the songs. Northwest artist Mary Suzanne Garvey created the artwork for the CD and contributed to the liner notes. 

Kathy Parsons of describes Sipping Beauty as “a beguiling mixture of instrumentals, highlighted by warm, flowing melodies, gentle rhythms, and an overall sensation of calm and serenity, accented by subtle sensuality and suffused with palpable romanticism.”

In March 2018, Grant received word from ZMR that Sipping Beauty had been nominated in the Groove/Chill category. The voting took place in March and April and the winners were announced at a concert event on Saturday, May 12 in New Orleans.

"It was an honor to have been nominated for the ZMR award," said Grant, "and I was truly thrilled to learn that I'd won." 


As one of the Pacific Northwest’s most renowned musical artists, Tom Grant’s career achievements reflect his unique ability to embrace the full spectrum of contemporary music. 

Sipping Beauty is available on


Zone Music Reporter is the internationally recognized music chart for genres including New Age, Acoustic Instrumental, Ambient, Celtic, Contemporary Instrumental, Electronic, Jazz, Meditative/Healing, Native American, and others. 

ZMR collects reports from broadcasters around the world and compiles a chart of the top 100 CDs for each month. Once a year, they present awards for the best CDs of the year, as voted upon by the contributing reporters and select members of the music community.


Zone Music Reporter Awards HERE 

Sipping Beauty sampling at Amazon HERE

Review of Sipping Beauty: HERE 

Attached Media Files: Tom Grant , Sipping Beauty CD cover