Callanwolde’s Jazz on the Lawn 2014 artist, Joe Gransden, gives a brief interview about his career and the upcoming show on Friday:
1. What are some of the newest projects you’ve currently been working on in your music career? Acting?
I just released a new CD entitled “Songs of Sinatra and Friends” featuring my big band and string orchestra. It’s a collection of hits from the Great American songbook. We did lots of music that Frank Sinatra made famous as well as a few songs by Dean Martin and Bobby Darren & Chet Baker. It was a thrill to record and we are already getting lots of airplay around the country. The band and I are very excited.
I also recently landed a lead role in an upcoming movie being filmed in New York City entitled “A Flower In The Mud”! It will be the first time I’ve ever acted professionally. I have been studying with a great acting coach named Shannon Eubanks and am very excited about this opportunity. You can check it out at:
2. How does an outdoor venue such as the Callanwolde Gardens enhance the jazz experience?
The experience is enhanced in many ways. First of all, the Callanwolde Gardens is such a gorgeous place to perform. I think the audience will really appreciate the beauty that Callanwolde has to offer. As an entertainer it’s always enjoyable to perform at an outdoor venue. There are aspects of the concert that can become both very intimate and exciting.
If the weather is nice performing in an outdoor venue is always an incredible experience.
3. What is one of your favorite moments that happened during one of your live performances?
I’ll never forget performing a concert in Carmel California for Clint Eastwood. At one point I was singing a tune, Clint got up on stage, grab my trumpet and started to play it. He had played trumpet when he was a kid so he knew how to play. His chops were way out of shape though. It was hilarious. It was also very cool. I got to have dinner with him after the performance and we joked about it quite a bit.