Award-winning Portland pianist and former Ashland resident John Nilsen will play at the 10 a.m. service at Grace Lutheran Church, 660 Frances Lane, Ashland

Award-winning Portland pianist and former Ashland resident John Nilsen will play at the 10 a.m. service at Grace Lutheran Church, 660 Frances Lane, Ashland

Nilsen is a Seattle native and Southern Oregon University graduate. His Web site notes that he performed as a guitarist and vocalist in folk and rock bands in the '70s and '80s before returning his focus to the piano, which he had studied in childhood.

Nilsen has released 17 albums on his own label and has performed with Jose Feliciano, Jesse Colin Young, Kenny G, Alex De Grassi and David Foster.