"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 - Actor, Director
"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
MICHAEL FEINSTEIN - Piano player/Singer
"Joe Gransden is one of those rare musicians
that has it all. He is an incredible
instrumentalist with the technique of a
virtuoso. His imagination lets him improvise
as well as anyone on the planet and yet he
retains a sense of melody that lets
listeners of all musical tastes enjoy the
wonderful playing. That should be enough,
but for Joe, its just the beginning. Add to
this a beautiful singing voice that lets him
do all of the above with words!!! As I said,
Joe really does have it all."
KENNY G - Saxophone Great
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TRUMPETER/VOCALIST MOVES FORWARD IN HIS PROMISING CAREER
Just entering his forties, Joe Gransden has already performed worldwide and released
ten 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.
"When I first heard Joe , 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
Born January 7, 1971, Joe Gransden is from just north of Manhattan, in Yonkers,
New York. Coming from a family full of musicians, Joe's introduction to music
came early on through his father, a gifted singer and pianist. His grandfather
was a trumpeter of merit, playing professionally his whole life throughout New
York. On his mother's side of the family was the piano virtuoso Carmen Cavallero.
"Music has been a part of my life as far back as I can remember, "says the
unassuming Joe Gransden. "I can remember practicing with my father, and
eventually him taking me along to sit in at jam sessions. Early on I developed a
respect for individuals like my father whose lives revolved around music. While
still in high school, I knew that music was the life I would choose."
Not long after high school, Joe was on the road as a sideman with the big bands
of Tommy Dorsey and Glenn Miller. A number of A.F.M. contracted sideman gigs
include Barry White, The Moody Blues, Kenny Rogers, The Temptations, Aretha
Franklin, The Whispers, etc. Eventually moving to New York City, he performed
with numerous groups, including sub work with Toshiko Akiyoshi and Chico
O'Farrill. Meanwhile, Joe formed his own group, which performed in Brooklyn each
week and included the venerable guitarist Joe Cohn and ex-Betty Carter bassist,
Matt Hughes. "Having my own group and being fortunate enough to travel, play,
and record has been a dream come true," says Joe.
"Exploring the music with a steady group of great players has enabled me to
continually grow." The Joe Gransden Trio's growing legion of fans in both New
York, and recently in Atlanta have obviously taken note. In Atlanta, where Joe's
trio plays steadily four nights a week in as many venues, his loyal following
includes an array of people from blue-collar workers to upper crust businessmen
who all share a love of good music.
"I've always felt that a musician's responsibility is to be true to the music,"
says Joe. "I think it's also important to maintain and nourish a sense of
beauty--those positive feelings and emotions that can come through song."
Like many developing jazzmen, Gransden's early influences, which include Kenny
Dorham and Miles Davis, were easily recognizable in his playing throughout his
formative years. "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. It's taken me until recently to hone in on that voice and explore
its potential. One of the truly enjoyable things about my career has been
finding that my audience appreciates my individual talents."
A widening schedule has found Joe performing at The Jazz Corner in Hilton Head,
South Carolina, The Museum of Art and Design in midtown Manhattan, and Tehama
Golf Club in Carmel, California (where Joe recently played a party for Clint
Joe's CD "PLAYS AND SINGS" is a collection of Jazz favorites and
originals by both Joe and his father Robert Gransden. Joe is featured alongside
jazz great Earl Klugh as well as a 15 piece string orchestra. Other special
guests include Rene Marie, Jerry Weldon and Russell Gunn. "LIVE AT CHURCHILL
GROUNDS" showcases Joe in the quartet setting with a live audience.
Fellow musicians across the country hear a talented trumpet player whose ace in
the hole is a well-developed voice. But around Atlanta and New York Joe is also
a well-respected human being, a nice guy who treats people fairly. He has always
managed to keep every aspect of his career and life in balance. In this
tempestuous decade, Joe's lyricism is like a breath of fresh air.