Friday Jazz at the High Featuring Joe Gransden
August 20 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm$25
This is not your typical Friday Jazz. Curated by Joe Gransden, the event will feature two musical areas outside of the Museum (weather permitting), where the band will play throughout the evening, layering notes, improvising melodies, and drawing on inspiration from jazz history.
Reserve your tickets today for Friday Jazz.
About Joe Gransden
Band leader Joe Gransden has performed worldwide and released sixteen albums. Renowned first for the hard bop approach of his trumpet, Joe’s singing voice has been compared to that of Chet Baker and Frank Sinatra. “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.”
Joe is from just north of Manhattan. Coming from a family of musicians, Joe was introduced to music early through his father, a gifted singer and pianist. His grandfather was a trumpeter of merit, playing professionally his whole life throughout New York, and on his mother’s side of the family was the piano virtuoso Carmen Cavallero.
Not long after high school, Joe went on the road as a sideman with the big bands of Tommy Dorsey and Glenn Miller. After eventually moving back to New York City, he performed with numerous groups, including Toshiko Akiyoshi and Chico O’Farrill at the famous Birdland Jazz Club. Meanwhile, he formed his own group, which performed in Brooklyn each week and included the venerable guitarist Joe Cohn and former Betty Carter bassist, Matt Hughes.
Like many developing jazz musicians, Joe’s early influences, which include Kenny Dorham and Miles Davis, were easily recognizable in his playing throughout his formative years, and his legion of fans have obviously taken note. Joe currently plays all over Atlanta and the country and recently released a big-band album titled Go Getta, featuring saxophone great Kenny G on the title track. The album can be found on Joe’s website or through anywhere music is sold.
- Due to the popularity of this event, staff strongly suggests reserving tickets online in advance of your visit.
- Members enjoy FREE tickets to Friday Jazz; however, tickets must be reserved in advance.
- Guest passes are valid for general admission only and cannot be redeemed during this event.
Safety Precautions for Friday Jazz:
- All guests over the age of two are required to wear a mask while inside the Museum.
- Eating and drinking may take place in designated areas outside on the Orkin Terrace and on the Piazza where guests may remove their masks to enjoy a beverage or snack.
- Coat check is not available during this time.
- Seating is extremely limited, and priority is given to guests who have accessibility challenges.
- No outside food or beverage is permitted.
- Some of the evening’s performances will take place outside. Please dress accordingly.
- Parking in the Woodruff Arts Center garage is free to members; however, capacity is limited and will be first come first served. Members must show proof of membership upon entering the garage: membership card (plastic or digital) or membership purchase confirmation email.