04.03.17REVIEW OF JOE'S BIG BAND SHOW W/RANDY BRECKER!

http://notesonjazz.blogspot.com/2017/04/randy-brecker-graces-stage-of-cafe-290.html?m=1

03.07.17REGISTRATION OPENS FOR JOE'S BIG BAND JAZZ CAMP!

Folks! My staff and I are very excited to announce our 1st annual Big Band Jazz Camp June 18th-23rd 2017 at Cambridge High School​ in Milton Georgia!
Registration is officially open as of today!
Thanks to the help of our Artistic Director Lee Watts​ and many other great educators we have come up with a wonderful model to help enhance the lives of our young adults through Jazz!
Members of my Big Band along with some top notch teachers from around the country will be on hand to help keep this music alive and inspire our youth!!
Please visit our website: JoesJazzCamp.com and share with your friends.

OUR MISSION

To educate and enhance our youth through America's premier art form. Studying, practicing, and performing jazz can build a student's confidence, encourage creativity, and inspire excellence! The universal language of music is the gateway to higher thinking. The sky is the limit!

We are also accepting financial support from those that wish to help. You can sponsor a student for the week, help provide lunch for kids or simply donate any $ amount to help this camp succeed!
Thanks so much and we hope to see you in June!!!

Our Staff:
Joe Gransden​ - Executive Producer/Trumpet
Lee Watts - Artistic Director/Trombone
Wes Funderburk​ - Trombone
Ryan Borger - Trumpet
Melvin Jones​ - Trumpet
Trey Wright​ - Guitar
Kebbi Williams​ - Saxophone/Reeds
Hal Melia​ - Saxophone/Reeds
Tyrone Jackson​ - Piano
Tim Aucoin​ - Bass
Neal Starkey - Bass
Sammy Kestenholtz​ - Drums

OUR MISSION

To educate and enhance our youth through America's premier art form. Studying, practicing, and performing jazz can build a student's confidence, encourage creativity, and inspire excellence! The universal language of music is the gateway to higher thinking. The sky is the limit!

For info visit:
JoesJazzCamp.com

Thanks to our 1st Sponsor Cafe 290​!
"Swing, It's a Beautiful Thing"! - Johnny Scatena (Cafe 290)

02.07.17JOE & KENNY BANKS EVERY WED. AT VALENZA RESTAURANT IN BROOKHAVEN!

Joe & Kenny Banks perform every Wed. 7-10PM at Atlanta's Top Italian Restaurant Valenza in Brookhaven!
Make your reservations today by calling:
404-969-3233 or visit Valenzarestaurant.com

02.05.17JUST ANNOUNCED JOE & FRANCINE REED AT EDDIE'S ATTIC 2/5/17 MATINEE SHOW!

Don't miss this rare chance to hear the world famous Francine Reed perform with Joe and His Big Band at the Iconic Eddie's Attic!
Francine has relocated to Phoenix Arizona so this is a special opportunity to catch her back in the Atl! This show will sell out fast! Book your reservation today at: Feb. 5th 2pm Matinee Show!
https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1408050

08.12.16VIDEO JOE AND THE BIG BAND AT THE BLUE NOTE JULY 2016!

Joe Gransden and His 16 piece Big Band performing Wes Funderburk's arrangement of Cherokee to a sold out house July 2016.
www.JoeGransden.com

Mace Hibbard - Lead Alto
Michael Opitz - Alto
John Sandfort - Tenor
Tim Armacost - Tenor
Sam Skelton - Bari
Chip Crotts - Lead Trumpet
Kevin Lyons - Trumpet
Clark Hunt - Trumpet
Rob Opitz - Trumpet
Wes Funderburk - Lead Trombone
Tom Gibson - Trombone
Dave Gibson - Trombone
Lee Watts - Bass Trombone
Geoff Haydon - Piano
Neal Starkey - Bass
Justin Varnes - Drums

07.12.16JOE'S INTERVIEW WITH JOURNALIST RALPH MIRIELLO 7/12/16

Joe speaks with writer Ralph Mieriello about his career, family and goals for the future! Click the link below!

07.11.16JOE & THE BIG BAND BACK AT THE BLUE NOTE NYC JULY 11TH!

Grab your tickets Today to hear Joe & The Guys at The World Famous Blue Note in NYC on Monday July 11th! Two Shows 8 and 10:30PM!
This show will sell out fast!
8PM Show Link:
http://bit.ly/295unjC
10:30PM Show Link:
http://bit.ly/295boX6

07.10.16JOE ON THE COVER OF POINTS NORTH MAGAZINE!

Joe is featured on the cover of Points North Magazine!
Click the link below to read article!

http://pointsnorthatlanta.com/and-all-that-jazz/

06.03.16IPAD PRO PREMEIRE CONCERT JUNE 3RD EDDIE'S ATTIC (WATCH VIDEO)!

Don't miss this one folks! June 3rd is the Premiere of The Joe Gransden Big Band switching from paper sheet music to Ipad Pro's & Air Turn Foot Pedals! They are one of the only Jazz bands in the world utilizing this technology! It should be an epic night of fun! Who will be the 1st band member to spill a Scotch on a $1,000 Ipad Pro?? Come find out Friday June 3rd! The incredible Annie Sellick will join the band on voclas for this event!

Tickets available at: http://ticketf.ly/1qn1iGC

First Show: Door 6:30PM / Show 7:30PM
Second Show: Door 8:45PM / Show 9:30PM

Watch there Ipad Pro Video here:

05.01.16JOE NOMINATED FOR GA MUSIC AWARDS (VOTE TODAY)!

Joe has been nominated for this years Ga Music Awards \"Top Jazz Artist\"!
The competition is tough! Vote for Joe today at:
http://www.gamusicawards.com/
Click on Nominees.

04.13.16JOE WINS 2016 JAZZ HERO AWARD!

Joe Gransden
2016 Atlanta Jazz Hero

Trumpeter Joe Gransden has toured with many musical acts, performed around the world, released 14 CDs -- and done something truly remarkable in Atlanta. Working here regularly as a jazz musician for the past two decades, maintaining numerous ongoing gigs with trios and quartets, in jam sessions or swinging with his big band, Joe has developed a such a wide and diverse following that he might even be a celebrity in a city that doesn’t often acknowledge, much less celebrate, its jazz artists.


Yet the most remarkably unremarked thing about Joe is what he does apart from his roles as singer, trumpet player, conductor, recording artist and session leader: He’s a mentor and motivator for many, many other musicians in this city. If you play jazz in Atlanta, Joe wants to know who you are. He will invite you to play at his jam session, and if you have the chops he’ll hire you or recommend you for work.

There are many fantastic players in Atlanta but most go unnoticed, having a hard time getting gigs due to a lack of paying venues. Joe has his finger on the pulse of the business. If a musician is serious he will help him or her make the connections to get the work they need and deserve. And he’ll teach them through example how to turn their talent into a business.

If it wasn’t for Joe Gransden’s every-Tuesday-night jazz jam at Venkman’s, and the various other places that Joe has turned into live jazz venues, Atlanta might not have a jazz scene at all. That is why Joe Gransden is our 2016 Jazz Hero.

-- J. Scott Fugate
The Jazz Evangelist

04.11.16FRANCINE REED JOINS JOE & HIS BIG BAND APRIL 11TH IN ROSWELL!

"LADY SINGS THE BLUES"
Get your tickets now to hear The incredible Francine Reed with Joe & His 16 Piece Big Band April 11th at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center!
Don't miss this one folks!

03.18.16JUST ANNOUNCED! JOE PAYS TRIBUTE TO SINATRA AT VENKMAN'S 3/18!

Joe and his 16 Piece Big Band will pay tribute to Sinatra's Centennial at Atlanta's Newest and Coolest music venue Venkman's​ on Friday March 18th!
Grab your reservations today to secure your spot! This show will sell out fast!
http://venkmans.com/event/joe-gransden-his-big-band-happy-100th-sinatra/

01.05.16JOE'S JAZZ JAM IS BACK!!!

Venkman’s is the new home of ATL’s most legendary jazz jam, hosted by Joe Gransden and his house band every Tuesday. Dinner reservations are available from 5:30p, sign-ups start around 8:30p and music starts around 9p. Everyone is welcome and it’s free!

Venkman’s features half-price bottles of wine on Tuesdays, and happy hour from 5:30p-7p with $2PBRs, $5 well drinks and $7 classic cocktails. Reservations at Venkmans.com or call 470-225-6162.

09.17.15JOE WINS CREATIVE LOAFING BEST LOCAL JAZZ ACT!

08.09.15Joe Gransden & His Big Band Wichita Lineman Live at The Blue Note NYC!

Here's a video from Joe's show at The Blue Note in NYC a couple of weeks ago! More to come soon. Thanks to Mcleod Media, LLC for the great video work and of course Joe's amazing band for their incredible talent! This arrangement was done by the incomparable Wes Funderburk​!

01.13.15JOE FEATURED IN KOA LIFE MAGAZINE!

Joe was recently featured in the Korean Magazine Koa Life!
The piece was done by Jinwoo Lee!
Click the link below to read the article!

11.10.14JOE'S BIG BAND CONCERT SERIES IN ROSWELL!

Georgia Ensemble Theatre (GET), North Fulton's only professional theatre company, is proud to announce that it will be presenting a series of big band concerts through the 2014-2015 season.

Popular musician Joe Gransden and His 16 Piece Big Band will perform five jazz concerts, each with a different theme, at GET's home in the Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell, GA 30075. A portion of proceeds from these concerts will benefit the non-profit professional theatre.

Single tickets for each concert are $20-$30 and are available online at www.get.org. Or call GET at 770-641-1260 to purchase the entire series at a discount.

The Line-Up:

November 10, 2014, 8pm - SONGS OF SINATRA & FRIENDS

Swing out with Joe and his Big Band as they perform some of Frank Sinatra's biggest hits. Great songs such as "Fly Me to the Moon," "I've Got You Under My Skin," "Luck Be a Lady," "I've Got the World On a String," and many more will be included in the evening's program.

December 17, 2014, 8pm - I'LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS

Let the sounds of your favorite holiday classics played by The Joe Gransden Big Band get you in a festive mood this December! With brand new arrangements by Wes Funderburk and Jeff Jarvis, this concert will have you tapping your toes all the way home!

March 9, 2015, 8pm - SOUNDS OF THE BIG BAND ERA

The 1930's and 40's was an historic time for American popular music! Folks around the world were dancing to the new sounds of swing! Come take a trip down memory lane as Joe and his big Band recreate the styling's of Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw and many more!
South Carolina's First Lady of Song Loretta Holloway has just signed on to sing w/the band March 9th!
http://lorettaholloway.com
She is fantastic!

April 13, 2015, 8pm - ONE O'CLOCK JUMP, THE SONGS OF COUNT BASIE

Count Basie led one of the greatest swing bands of all time. From "One O'Clock Jump" to "April in Paris," the hits just kept coming. Basie's reach was worldwide, and his music will be around forever. Joe and the guys are extremely excited to present this hopping show.

07.22.14"Songs of Sinatra & Friends" now avail. on CDBaby & Itunes

Get your copy of Joe's new hit CD "Songs of Sinatra & Friends" Featuring Joe singing & Playing trumpet w/his 16 Piece Big Band & String Orchestra!
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03.22.14JOE'S EFFORTS TO BRING AWARENESS TO CANCER SCREENING!

March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month, and the Colon Cancer Alliance is urging Americans to pay serious attention to the cancer which is the second-most deadly, behind only lung cancer. Renowned jazz artist Joe Gransden nearly became a statistic of the cancer, even though he was 15 years shy of being due for his first colonoscopy.

"I wasn't even going to go to the doctor. I didn't have a lot of symptoms," said Gransden, now 43. At the time, in January of 2006, he was just 35 years old. "Physically, I was in good shape I thought. I wasn't supposed to get cancer. You're never the one to get cancer, it's always somebody else."

After an urging from his wife, he went to see a doctor and learned he had stage two colon cancer. "As soon as I was told I was probably going to die, that changes everything," he said. Gransden was in surgery 18 hours later, and underwent chemotherapy to be sure the cancer was clear. Eight years later, he is still in remission.

"(The cancer) slowed me down, it helped me to realize how important life is, how precious life is."

Adults over the age of 50 are encouraged to get a colonoscopy regardless of whether or not they show any symptoms. For people under the age of 50, the warning signs are fatigue, abdominal pain and blood in the stool. A fecal occult blood test, available at most drug stores, is an inexpensive way to screen yourself at home for possible blood in your stool.

Watch the story here!
http://www.cbsatlanta.com/story/25010725/colon-cancer-survivor-warns-young-people-to-not-take-disease-lightly

03.04.14JOE 1ST MOVIE ROLE!

Joe has been cast to play Jerry in the upcoming film "A Flower In The Mud"!
It is a passionate, powerful story of the love and commitment of a fallen woman trying to make a comeback in life. And her husband's realization of what his ego had done to him. The ego, that all powerful ego that will not allow a person to love unless society says it's OK to do.
It has best been described as a story of what love is and love isn't. It dramatizes the differences men and women have in distinguishing between love and sex.

Check out the link below and then go to Reader's Video for the "A Flower In The Mud" focus group video.

02.11.14Joe On Atlanta & Company Tues Feb. 12th 2014!

Here's Joe hanging out with Christine Pullara on Atlanta and Company!

10.19.13WATCH JOE'S INTERVIEW ON ATLANTA & COMPANY!

Joe was recently invited to be interviewed by Christina Pullara on the South East hit show Atlanta & Company! Watch it here!

10.17.13THE JOE GRANSDEN BIG BAND

THE JOE GRANSDEN BIG BAND
The Joe Gransden 16 Piece Big Band is quickly becoming one of the busiest groups on the jazz scene. Originally formed in 2009 Joe and the guys have continued to build momentum and are performing numerous shows around the country. The bands new release entitled "It's A Beautiful Thing" has sold incredibly well and is getting radio air play all over the world! The cd was recorded live at Cafe 290 in Atlanta Georgia where the band holds a steady gig twice every single month. "The Big Band truly has its own sound and really swings!" Says Gransden, "I attribute that to the arrangements that were all written by jazz trombone great Wes Funderburk! It's such a pleasure to front a band of top musicians that can interpret Wes's arrangements perfectly! These guys are the best!"
There legion of fans continues to grow as well.
Smokey Robinson says:
"Joe has an innate ability to connect with an audience. His singing and trumpet playing are world class. Throw in his 16 piece big band and you have something very special!"
Clint Eastwood Says
"Joe is a young man with and old soul and a classic voice. He is a great new talent with a wonderful sense of humor to boot. And don't forget, he plays a hell of a trumpet!"
Freddie Cole says
" Joe is an extraordinary musician and on top of that, a wonderful person and that ain't no lie. With Joe singin' and the band swingin' It's a Beautiful Thing!"
For more information on Joe and the Band please visit: www.joegransden.com

10.01.13JOE AND HIS BIG BAND AT THE BLUE NOTE NYC!

Joe and His 16 Piece Big Band recently played two sold out shows at the World Famous Blue Note Jazz Club in NYC!
Watch the video here!