6:00 pm –9:00 pm
This is not your typical Friday Jazz. Curated by Joe Gransden, the event will feature two musical areas where musicians 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.
General Information for Friday Jazz:
- Based upon CDC guidance, face coverings are optional for fully vaccinated visitors.
- Seating is extremely limited, and priority is given to guests who have accessibility challenges.
- Please do not bring lawn chairs as these performances are not outdoors on the Piazza.
- No outside food or beverage is permitted.
- 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.
- For MARTA access, take the train to Arts Center Station (N5), and then follow the signs up to the campus level. For access through Lyft, Uber, or other ride sharing services, follow in-app navigation to the drop-off areas on Callaway Plaza at the corner of Peachtree Street and 15th or on Arts Center Way.
Interested in having your band perform at the High for a future Friday Jazz event? Visit high.org/FridayJazzSubmission to get in touch.