The Joe Gransden Big Band at Smithgall Arts Center

The Joe Gransden Big Band with Annie Sellick

Are you feeling lucky?  Go ahead.  Make your day.  Throw your best serape over your shoulder and mosey on over to the Arts Council’s Smithgall Arts Center lawn to hear one of Clint Eastwood’s favorite acts: The Joe Gransden Big Band.

Dirty Harry himself (aka the hombre with no name) endorses The Joe Gransden Big Band:

“Joe is a young man with an old soul and a classic voice.  He is a great talent, with a wonderful sense of humor to boot.  And don’t forget, he plays a hell of a trumpet!”
Clint Eastwood, Actor/Director

Yes, Clint might have said that to an empty chair, but I’m not going to correct the former Mayor of Carmel, California — or the former Inspector Callahan.

We think you’ll enjoy The Joe Gransden Big Band on Saturday evening, June 3, 2017.  Bring a chair (or circle your wagons with your rowdy friends) for another in the Signature Series on the lawn of the Arts Council at 331 Spring Street SW in Gainesville, GA 30501.

Joe’s 17-piece ensemble “harkens back to an era when the Great American Songbook, swing music and the big band sound was all the rage.  In this time of digital overload, where music is often formulaically produced by synthesized sounds, Gransden and his band have challenged convention and found an audience that still appreciates the powerful sound that can only come from a finely tuned big band in a live setting,” says the website of the Arts Council.

Joe Gransden and his band will appear with featured vocalist, Annie Sellick.  Perhaps you’ve heard her in Gainesville before at one of the Arts Council’s Evenings of Intimate Jazz.

Today, Annie is a mainstay at the major jazz venues in Nashville, where she has performed with all of Music City’s jazz artists, including Beegie Adair, Jeff Coffin, Rod McGaha and Bela Fleck. She has won a large, devoted following in her home town that has garnered five consecutive “Best Jazz Artist” awards from the Nashville media and the #1 best-selling local artist for two years at Tower Records Nashville.

Gates open at 6 PM and the show starts at 8 PM.


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Robert J. Sutherland is a travel writer enjoying life in Gainesville, GA.
Robert has two adult daughters, seven practically perfect grandchildren and a zippy Kawasaki. Contact Robert at [email protected].

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