The first concert of the series will feature trumpeter/vocalist Joe Gransden.
Accompanying Gransden for the concert will be pianist Tyrone Jackson, bassist Neal Starkey, and drummer Quentin E. Baxter.
An accomplished bandleader, Joe Gransden has performed worldwide and released 16 CD’s 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.
“I love listening to Joe perform because he has a marvelous connection with the music he plays and sings. His innate understanding of interpreting classics is something that you can’t learn, it’s natural. He is a great musician!” – Michael Feinstein
“Joe is a young man with an 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!”
– Clint Eastwood
“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!”
– Smokey Robinson
“When I first heard Joe nine years ago, I immediately thought of Chet,” says Jazziz magazine critic James Rozzi, “but lately his voice has taken on its own style with a deeper resonance. His trumpet has always alternated lyricism with an aggressive, angular approach. He has the ability to cover the gamut of emotions.”