2018-03-06 / Front Page

Joe Gransden, LCHS Jazz Band to perform at LCHS March 23

JOE GRANSDEN JOE GRANSDEN The Lincoln County Band Boost­ers and Georgia Council for the Arts will present a special performance by internationally renowned performer, Joe Gransden at “An Evening of Jazz” on Friday, March 23 at 6 p.m.

Jasper Dukes, Band Director, goes to an extraordinary effort to make the concert special for both the audience and the students. This year, Dukes has gone the extra mile. The jazz band will share the stage with accom­plished performer, Joe Gransden.

According to his website, Joe Gransden, at 46 Years old, has already performed worldwide and released many CDs under his own name. Renowned first for the hard bop ap­proach of his trumpet, Gransden’s singing voice has been compared to that of Chet Baker and Frank Sinatra.

Gransden comes from a musical family and he was exposed to the big band sound and jazz at a young age, according to the January 2018 issue of Atlanta Magazine. His father, Bob Gransden, is a pianist and singer. His grandfather, William Ashton Gransden, was a big-band trumpeter. One uncle played bass and another performed in Broadway musicals. Gransden

Not long after high school, Joe traveled all over the world with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra for a year. Born in New York, Gransden moved to Atlanta at that time, and went to Georgia State University. After he graduated, he went to New York but moved back to Atlanta to stay after 9/11.

The big band sound may be new to some. After all, the popularity of the sound dates back to the 1930s and 1940s, long before most of us – and Gransden – were born.

“Emulating the jazz greats is al­ways the very first step,” says the historically-rooted Gransden. “But obviously, in order to be true to my­self ­– who I am, what I believe in, my family background – I need to have a sound that’s my own.”

He has worked with many names: Barry White, The Moody Blues, Kenny Rogers, The Temptations, and Aretha Franklin, just to name a few. Gransden’s early influences, which include Kenny Dorham and Miles Davis, affected him and his love of show tunes and jazz. He has also worked with saxophone great Kenny G. and has been performing with him and his band around the country in the recent past. Clint Eastwood is also a fan.

The concert, which is a fundraiser for the band, promises to be an event to remember. Tickets are $10 or $12 at the door..

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