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Joe Gransden

Trumpet, Vocals

Joe Gransden


At 46 years old, Joe Gransden has already performed worldwide and released 16 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 was born in New York City. Coming from a family full of musicians, his 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.

Not long after high school, Gransden was on the road as a sideman
with the big bands of Tommy Dorsey and Glenn Miller. A number of
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 at the famous Birdland Jazz Club. Gransden leads his own Big Band every summer at the Blue Note in lower Manhattan.

A widening schedule has found Joe performing the first and third Mondays of every month at Café 290 in Atlanta with his 16 Piece Big Band, The Blue Note in New York City, The Jazz Corner in Hilton Head S.C., The Ritz-Carlton at Reynolds Plantation with Michael Fienstein,The Museum of Art and Design in midtown Manhattan, Spivey Hall in Atlanta and Tehema Golf Club in Carmel, California (where he plays occasional events for Clint Eastwood).

Gransden also released his CD “Close To My Heart,” produced by the great saxophonist Kenny G. The CD is a collection of smooth jazz covers and originals written by Gransden and Kenny. His brand new project entitled “The Christmas Song” features Joe with his 16 piece Big Band & Strings celebrating all your favorite holiday songs!