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 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." Gransden is from just north of Manhattan, 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 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.”
Gransden released his brand new cd “Close To My Heart” produced by Saxophone great Kenny G. The cd is a collection of smooth jazz covers and originals written by Joe and Kenny. Joe has been performing w/Kenny G and his band around the country for the past year or so. His brand new project entitled “Live At Cafe 290, It’s A Beautiful Thing” features Joe singing and playing w/his 16 piece Big Band!
The Joe Gransden 16 Piece Big Band is quickly becoming one of the busiest groups on the jazz scene. Originally formed in 2009 Joe and the guys have continued to build momentum and are performing numerous shows around the country. "It's A Beautiful Thing" has sold incredibly well and is getting radio air play all over the world! The cd was recorded live at Cafe 290 in Atlanta Georgia where the band holds a steady gig twice every single month. "The Big Band truly has its own sound and really swings!" Says Gransden, "I attribute that to the arrangements that were all written by jazz trombone great Wes Funderburk! It's such a pleasure to front a band of top musicians that can interpret Wes's arrangements perfectly! These guys are the best!"
"Joe has an innate ability to connect with an audience. His singing and trumpet playing are world class. Throw in his 16 piece big band and you have something very special!" Smokey Robinson
"Joe is a young man with and 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!"
"Joe is an extraordinary musician and on top of that, a wonderful person and that ain't no lie. With Joe singin' and the band swingin' It's a Beautiful Thing!"
Frequently Asked Questions:
What kind of concession food / beverages or alcohol will be available for purchase at the 2016 Festival?
Food and drink available includes a variety of sandwiches, wraps, snacks, soft drinks, beer and wine.
Can I pick my seat under the performance tent?
Yes. All seats will be on a first-come, first-serve basis by section. Each section of the tent has a different ticket price.
Can I bring my dog?
No. Dogs are not allowed at the Festival.
When will I get my tickets?
You should receive a confirmation email containing your tickets shortly after your purchase. You may print your ticket and bring with you to the Festival.
Do you offer wheelchair accessible seats?
All aisle seats are wheelchair accessible.
What time does the event start?
For most shows, gates will open at 6:00 pm. Most events begin at 7:00 pm. Check each event for more info.
Do I need to bring a chair?
Only if you purchase general admission seats for outside of the tent.
What if it rains?
The event goes on rain or shine under the Festival Tent.
When is Will-Call open?
Will-call is located at the tent entrance and will open 1 hour prior to the start of each event. You may also stop by the Festival office in Murrells Inlet Monday through Thursday from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm to pick up your tickets.
How many people does the venue hold?
The venue holds up to 1,200 people.
Where should we park?
Parking is available in special designated areas at all events, so just follow the signs. Golf car shuttle available.
How do I contact the Festival Office by Phone?
The Pawleys Island Festival of Music & Art will be held October 5 - October 21 at The Reserve Golf Club of Pawleys Island, and is one of the East Coast’s most beloved music and arts festivals. Each year thousands of locals and visitors flock to the Lowcountry to hear nationally acclaimed artists and become part of the arts movement that is sweeping the South. The level of talent, artistry and ability to entertain is off the charts with this year's performers. Tickets will sell out quickly. Be sure and get yours early!
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