Playing solo piano tonight

Tony Thompson is playing solo piano tonight at Artspace downtown Raleigh. Artspace is a big gallery and workspace for many area visual artists. It is located at 200 North Davie St., Raleigh. Artspace opens its doors tonight as part of Raleigh's Gallery Walk which occurs on the first Friday of each month. Admission is free and it is open to the public. People of all ages stroll through the gallery space and studios to view the art installations. Jazz music will accompany this scene tonight. There is a grand piano on the second floor of the building at the top of the stair case. Music is carried aloft by this loft like space . Tonight a wide variety of jazz and jazz blues, ballads and original compositions by Tony Thompson will come from that piano. Music will feature some blues forms, some modal jazz, and some arrangements of time tested ballads. Much of the music is inspired by the jazz piano tradition of the 50s and 60s. Many of the tunes would fall withing the category of what musicologist Alec Wilder termed American Popular Song which means they were penned between 1920 and 1950.