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Gransden, Banks jazzing it up
Pair closes Art Councils concert series
Joe Gransden and Kenny Banks will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday at The Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center in Gainesville, closing out the “Evenings of Intimate Jazz” series.

Evenings of Intimate Jazz
When: 8 p.m. Saturday
Where: The Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center
Cost: $30 per person of $25 for six or more tickets

Joe Gransden and Kenny Banks will close out The Art Council’s 2013 concert series “Evenings of Intimate Jazz” with a performance at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at The Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center in Gainesville.

The series offers unique opportunities to enjoy Jazz masters instantaneously compose, edit, revise and perform their rhythmical extrapolations up-close and personal. Tickets are $30 per person or $25 each with the purchase of six or more tickets. For tickets, call 770-534-2787 or visit

A free coffee and refreshment bar will be available to all patrons. Patrons may bring their own beverages of choice to the venue. Glasses and ice will be provided.

Gransden has performed worldwide and released 10 CDs under his own name. Renowned first for the hard bop approach of his trumpet, Gransden’s singing voice has been compared Chet Baker and Frank Sinatra.

“When I first heard Joe nine years ago, I immediately thought of Chet,” said 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.”

Banks is a jazz pianist, composer, arranger and performer who slips effortlessly among musical styles while retaining his own distinct sound. He first developed his gift through the church, which led him to study music at Central State University in Ohio. Following graduation, he taught vocal music in the Columbus, Ohio, Public Schools before pursuing his dreams by touring as a clinician, keyboardist, musical director and producer across the United States and in Europe.

Banks has appeared on BET and the Image Awards. He has performed at the inauguration for President Barack Obama and appeared in such notable places as Carnegie Hall in New York City and Berlin Philharmonic in Germany. 

The release of “Truly Free” is Banks’s first jazz CD.