9135 Willeo Road, Roswell, GA 30075
Joe Gransden has performed worldwide and released thirteen CDs under his own name. 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 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 New York City. 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 Joe Gransden. While still in high school, I knew that music was the life I would choose." Not long after high school, Joe was on the road as a sideman with the big bands of Tommy Dorsey and Glenn Miller. A number of A.F.M. contracted sideman gigs include Barry White, The Moody Blues, Kenny Rogers, The Temptations, Aretha Franklin, The Whispers, etc. Eventually moving to New York City, he performed with numerous groups, including sub work with Toshiko Akiyoshi and Chico O'Farrill. Meanwhile, Joe formed his own group, which performed in Brooklyn each week and included the venerable guitarist Joe Cohn and ex-Betty Carter bassist, Matt Hughes. "Having my own group and being fortunate enough to travel, play, and record has been a dream come true," says Joe. "Exploring the music with a steady group of great players has enabled me to continually grow." Around Atlanta and New York Joe is also a well-respected human being, a nice guy who treats people fairly. He has always managed to keep every aspect of his career and life in balance. In this tempestuous time, Joe's lyricism is like a breath of fresh air.
”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!” - Freddie Cole
“Joe has an innate ability to connect with an audience. His singing and trumpet playing are world class..." - Smokey Robinson
“Joe is a young man with an 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!” - Clint Eastwood
“… Joe Gransden is one of those rare musicians that has it all. He is an incredible instrumentalist with the technique of a virtuoso. His imagination lets him improvise as well as anyone on the planet and yet he retains a sense of melody that lets listeners of all musical tastes enjoy his wonderful playing. That should be enough, but for Joe, it's just the beginning. Add to this a beautiful singing voice that lets him do all of the above with words!!! As I said, Joe really does have it all!” - Kenny G
9135 Willeo Road, Roswell, GA 30075
SPECIAL SHOW FOR THE CNC
Join GRAMMY-nominated jazz pianist Kevin Bales, vocalist Keri Johnsrud, and their quartet as they present Beyond the Neighborhood: the Music of Fred Rogers.
Atlanta-native and GRAMMY-nominated pianist Kevin Bales and Chicago-based vocalist Keri Johnsrud are excited to announce the return of their show to the Atlanta area. They will be celebrating the inspiring legacy of Fred Rogers, as portrayed on their latest release, "Beyond the Neighborhood: The Music of Fred Rogers." The recording was on the Grammy ballot for 2018 and was selected by Cadence Magazine as one of the top ten best albums for 2018.
Rogers composed all the music for his beloved show Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, and over 50 years later, the music still stands strong.
Since the pandemic, Kevin and Keri discovered many new songs in the Rogers archives lost for almost two decades. Their uniquely reimagined and rearranged interpretations of Fred Rogers’ array of compositions have uplifting messages meant for all ages; compositions that have been heard by numerous generations on the beloved children’s television program Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood and that are more meaningful now than ever.
Kevin Bales (Atlanta), Piano
Keri Johnsrud (Chicago), Vocals
Billy Thornton (Atlanta), Bass
Marlon Patton (Nashville), Drums
Fareed Mahluli (Atlanta), Saxophone
Mark Rapp (South Carolina), Trumpet
The group's interpretations of Rogers’ tunes have received rave reviews and played to enthusiastic audiences throughout the US.
What the critics are saying about Beyond the Neighborhood:
“It pays tribute to Fred Rogers’ music and spirit in a fashion that glows with respect and carries over some of the powerful messages of the show itself. It’s delicate and moving and one of the highlights of the year’s music.” – C. Michael Bailey of All About Jazz
“…Johnsrud spun long and uninterrupted lines, seemingly suspending the passage of time. Pianist Bales led an aptly lush instrumental accompaniment, his solo an expertly conceived, meticulously detailed transformation of the piece.” – Howard Reich, The Chicago Tribune
“After seeing “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” at a local theater, my friend commented that she wanted to check out the Mister Rogers Songbook. This album might be the hippest way to explore that treasure trove. …Johnsrud and Bales have not betrayed these songs; indeed, they have enriched them.” – Thomas Cunniffe, Jazz History Online: Crossroads
By some measures, Kevin Bales was a latecomer to jazz, already 17 when he encountered the sounds and structures and became captivated by the freedom and corresponding challenges of the music. But if late to the party, he wasted no time in immersing himself in the celebration, declaring total commitment to what would be his life’s work and backing his announcement by resigning his job and designated career in computer programming. Kevin could commit to jazz with a reasonable degree of expectation. He was already an accomplished pianist, with classical chops refined since the age of 10. So accomplished he was invited to audition for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, then under the direction of its most storied conductor Robert Shaw, at age 16.
Kevin’s initial career move was to the University of North Florida and a budding if little-known jazz program. There he met and performed with, and went on to record and tour with, a number of monumental artists who had settled into that burgeoning North Florida jazz scene. Giants like Wynton Marsalis, Louie Bellson, Eddie Daniels, James Moody, Ben Tucker, Ira Sullivan, Sam Rivers, and Nat Adderley. He counts among his mentors bassist Ben Tucker, multi-instrumentalist Ira Sullivan, guitar legends Nathen Page and Jack Petersen, and the fiercely individual saxophonist Bunky Green. His meeting with Bunky Green led to five years of tours. His encounter with guitarist Nathen Page blossomed into 15 years of spot tours and four albums. And his work with trumpeter extraordinaire Marcus Printup has become a lifetime association that has included recordings on Blue Note/Capital records. Ten years touring and recording with vocal iconoclast Rene Marie culminated in a Grammy Nominated album.
Few artists have the patience for teaching – as are few teachers accomplished players. But Kevin has amassed a reputation for his prowess in both professions. While still a senior at North Florida he was drafted into a full teaching load, and continued to be an integral part of the school’s jazz program for upwards of a decade. Today, Kevin manages his own jazz program, overseeing an ambitious schedule of ambitious jazz students and runs the improvisation and small group programs at Georgia State University.
Kevin has amassed a long list of awards and a reputation as one of the finest jazz pianists performing anywhere. In 1994, less than a decade into jazz, he won the American Pianist Association’s Jazz Piano Competition. In addition to nearly every important jazz venue in the South, he has performed in some of the most acclaimed clubs and festivals in America and around the world: the JVC Jazz Festival in New York, The Bakery in Los Angeles, The Kennedy Center and Lincoln Center jazz series, the Toronto and Edinburgh jazz festivals, and the Moscow Center for the Performing Arts.
Listen here: https://bit.ly/2VrIcEk
9135 Willeo Road, Roswell, GA 30075
A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Joe Alterman studied music at New York University, where he received both his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Jazz Piano Performance. In addition to performances with Houston Person, Les McCann and his own trio, among others, Alterman has performed at many world renowned venues including the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Birdland and New York’s Blue Note, where Alterman has opened, many times, for Ramsey Lewis. Only 29 years old, Alterman has released four critically-acclaimed albums, his most recent being 2017’s “Comin’ Home To You”. He was profiled three times by iconic journalist Nat Hentoff and was the subject of Hentoff’s very last piece on music in March 2016. Dick Cavett has referred to Alterman as “one fine, first class entertainer” and Ramsey Lewis has called Alterman “an inspiration to me” and his piano playing “something to behold”.
"Joe Alterman combines outstanding musical technique with infectious enthusiasm for his work. I've seen him fill a room with joy as his skill at the keyboard combines seamlessly with his delightful and appealing onstage personality. Young Alterman is one fine, first-class entertainer.” - Dick Cavett
"All the musicians who are now considered jazz legends played there [Birdland]: Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, Lester Young, Count Basie, Oscar Peterson and Duke Ellington, among others. Alterman would have been able to hold his own jamming with any of them." — Nat Hentoff
"Joe Alterman, although much younger than I, is an inspiration to me! His piano playing, his will to explore and his ability to swing is something to behold. God bless him!"— Ramsey Lewis
"Joe is, for me, absolutely one of the most musically enjoyable, swingingest Jazz pianists who can be heard playing today. Everything about his genuine love and affinity for the spirit and essence of straight-ahead Jazz and blues shines through his piano. Joe plays, arranges and improvises with a wholly honest and compelling depth of feeling, a gift of melodic substance, the ability to communicate with an economy of superfluous notes and an abundance of warm, honest to goodness soul. Joe always swings his tail off, honors the heritage of the Jazz language and the voices of his astutely-chosen influences, as well as conveying the spontaneity of the moment. He conveys his musical ideas with a rare kind of directness and clarity and has so much fun in what he’s doing, never failing to bring the listener along for the ride. Joe's music sings with tremendous, unpretentious joy in every brilliant note - he is not to be missed!" - Benny Green
“Pianist Joe Alterman pulls off one of the rarer feats in modern jazz: he swings — hard.” – Downbeat Magazine
Listen here: https://bit.ly/2PTGEMA
This is a beautiful and intimate venue with a grassy area and 2 seating options. An "Outdoor Listening Room" vibe. Bring a blanket or chairs. Or, sit in the covered pavilion, right next to the water with tables and chairs provided. There is free, onsite parking. Come early (at 6:00) to enjoy the nature center grounds and get settled in for the concert. Show starts at 7:00.
The 2021 Season is shorter due to Covid-19 and is all jazz this year.
Advance tickets: $23 Pavilion Seating/$21 Lawn Seating
Day of event tickets: $25 Pavilion Seating/$23 Lawn Seating
Children 2 and under: free (CNC Members save 10% off on ticket prices).
You can bring a picnic and alcohol is for sale on site. No outside alcoholic beverages allowed.
These bands are available for special event booking through firstname.lastname@example.org.
575 Riverside Road, Roswell, GA 30075
Genre: Funk, Soul, Rock
After growing up singing in the church choir, and honing her dynamic voice and showmanship in stage plays, Joslyn Hampton teamed with her stepfather, Marty Charters (a touring musician and songwriter who has shared the stage with legends such as Junior Wells and Van Morrison), to compose a captivating set of tunes and assemble an ace band.
Joslyn’s gift is one she discovered early: “There are pictures of me at three years old with a mic in my hand. When I was in kindergarten, and they asked what I wanted to be, I said ‘A singer!’” Calling to mind legends like Chaka Khan, Aretha Franklin, and Whitney Houston, Joslyn is her own woman and brings the power. Commanding the stage, her timeless voice glides through silky soul and funk grit, on a set of tasty and thoughtful original music. The band is on a classic trip filtered through a vivacious, modern lens: “Real musicians playing real songs, with real instruments- that’s our vibe.”
Joslyn & The Sweet Compression (including Steve Holloman - keyboards, Smith Donaldson - bass, Rashawn Fleming - drums, Trevin Little - saxophone, and Chase Fleming - trombone and trumpet) combine to deliver a hook-filled mix of funk and soul on their self-titled debut album, released in 2019. A headlining favorite at regional clubs and music festivals, they are poised to engage fans across the country with widespread touring in 2021.
"Magical...gives everybody the joy." — Billboard Magazine
"A refreshing take on the neo-soul / funk sound, unbound by modern cliches." — Glide Magazine
"A marvel...an instant classic!” — Soul Tracks
"I've never seen a band come up more quickly...with more immediate skill and swagger than Joslyn & the Sweet Compression. Joslyn's vocal command and stage presence is special, and her band is brick-sh**house tight." — Travis Young, Moonshiner's Ball
“The music Joslyn Hampton conjures onstage is rich with the funk, soul, and rock ’n’ roll inspirations of multiple generations, and at the heart of the brassy attack of her band, The Sweet Compression, and in the clear and confident command of her singing, sits a core element: Groove.” — Walter Tunis, Lexington Herald-Leader
Listen here: https://bit.ly/36q4PeP
575 Riverside Road, Roswell, GA 30075
Genre: Alt-Country Rock
Movement--a word that bears special meaning for Nashville-based Alt-Country rockers Flying Buffaloes. From their aptly-titled 2017 debut TAKING OFF EP and their 2019 debut album LOADED & ROLLIN’, to the band’s very name, they’ve had their sights set on a forward trajectory, no matter the obstacle. The formation of the band is the quintessential Nashville story: five musicians, drawn like moths to the neon lights of the city’s famed Lower Broadway, converge to form a band. Fueled by their desire to deliver the organic energy of rock-n-roll coupled with the lyrical honesty of classic country, Flying Buffaloes have found themselves opening for a range of acts including iconic rockers Drivin N Cryin as well as acclaimed Red Dirt Country artist Wade Bowen, in addition to headlining tours throughout the South and Midwest. Between performance dates, Flying Buffaloes secured Grammy award-winning Jeremy Ferguson (Cage The Elephant / Andrew Combs) to produce LOADED & ROLLIN’. Recorded at Ferguson’s Battle Tapes Studio in East Nashville, the album explores the isolation and depression associated with immigration, the ups and downs of love, and the essence of what it means to be a working Nashville band. When work and life came to a grinding halt in March 2020, the band refocused their energy on creating new music. The fruits of their labor will soon see new light. As evidenced by their upcoming single, “A New Day is Gonna Dawn,” (produced by Donnie Reis at his East Nashville studio, Twelve 3 South) the future is bright for Flying Buffaloes.
Note from Lee J: This band is high energy and lot's of fun! Lyrics will be family friendly.
575 Riverside Road, Roswell, GA 30075
“Are You Open?” Seth Walker sings on his transfixing new album of the same title. More than just a question, it’s a challenge, an invitation, a dare. “To me, being open means being vulnerable and exposed,” explains Walker, “but that’s where the little nuggets of creative gold come from. I never planned an overall concept for this record, but each of these songs seemed to spin out from asking myself that one simple question.”
Produced by The Wood Brothers' Jano Rix, ‘Are You Open’ marks Seth Walker's tenth studio recording, and the music is undoubtedly his most inventive, exploring new sounds and textures as he examines what it means to truly be open, both as an artist and more broadly as a human in today's increasingly more complicated world. The songwriting here is bold and infectious, featuring melodies and rhythms drawn from Walker’s time spent in Havana and filtered through his split-screen life in New Orleans and Nashville. The result is a melting pot of sounds and perspectives, a soulful brew of roots music from the Americas and beyond. Songs frequently build off of a single chord, shifting in color and tone as they ebb and flow and stack layer upon layer over hypnotic bass lines and percussion grooves. The record features Walker’s guitar playing more heavily than ever before, and the new approach suits him well, showcasing a melodic prowess to match his prodigious lyrical gifts. ‘Are You Open?’ follows 2016’s critically acclaimed ‘Gotta Get Back,’ a stunning collection that found Walker excavating the roots of his love affair with music by reuniting the family that first sparked his fire as a child. That album traced its origins back to Walker’s native North Carolina, where he grew up on a multi-family commune and studied classical violin and cello before ultimately discovering his passion for soul, jazz, blues, and folk. He’d go on to deftly mix all those genres and more in his work as a solo artist, organically building up a celebrated two-decade career that’s earned him praise everywhere from The Washington Post to NPR, who hailed his "hard-driving" songs and "sweet tenor," in addition to landing him dates with The Mavericks, The Wood Brothers, Raul Malo, Paul Thorn and Ruthie Foster, among others.
“…an accomplished guitarist and an even better singer, distilling the soul of Ray Charles, the Southern boy roots charm of Delbert McClinton, and an uptown blues turn of phrase (à la Percy Mayfield) into his own distinct voice.” – The Vinyl District
“If you subscribe to the Big Tent theory of Americana, then Seth Walker –with his blend of blues, gospel, pop, R&B, rock, and a dash country—just might be your poster boy.” - Country Standard Time
Listen here: https://bit.ly/2VUTQ9o
The park is on the river, off Hwy 9 (Roswell Rd/ Atlanta St.). Lots of free paved parking in front of Riverside Park. There is also a big, free gravel lot between the park and the church next door. Come a little early for best parking. Be sure to bring chairs or a blanket and a picnic. There are trees providing shady areas to sit, nice restrooms and 2 playgrounds for the kids. We’ve been booking the bands for this concert series for 20 years as sponsors. This year's season is shorter due to Covid-19. These bands are available for special event booking through email@example.com.
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