THE BALZER JAZZ SERIES

Back for another year! Join Georgia-based performer Joe Gransden for four soulfully smooth gigs in our intimate Balzer Theater at Herren’s with his four-piece band along with exciting special guests. Renowned for the hard bop approach of his trumpet and a voice that has been compared to Chet Baker and Frank Sinatra, Joe Gransden has performed worldwide with the big bands of Tommy Dorsey and Glenn Miller, as well as Barry White, The Moody Blues, Kenny Rogers, The Temptations, Aretha Franklin, and The Whispers. Joe performs locally at Café 290 and at various venues in Manhattan, Hilton Head, South Carolina, and California. Joe’s album “Close To My Heart” was produced by saxophone great Kenny G, and his newest project, “Songs of Sinatra & Friends,” celebrates the music of Ol’ Blue Eyes.

October 27, 2019 at 7:30pm – “One for the Ladies”
With Special Guest ROBIN LATIMORE
Joe’s special guest Vocal star Robin Latimore pays tribute to some of the top women in jazz! You’ll hear hits from Etta James,
Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, Billie Holiday and many more.

December 22, 2019 at 7:30pm – Frannies Back in town
With Special Guest FRANCINE REED (Lyle Lovett’s Large Band)
Francine Reed, one of today’s top Jazz & Blues vocalists and Georgia Music Hall of Fame inductee, swings us into the holidays with classics like “Let It Snow,” “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas,” “Silver Bells,” and “Baby It’s Cold Outside.”

March 15, 2020 at 7:30pm – ” Chet meets Stan meets Gerry”
With Special Guest SAM SKELTON
Jazz Saxophonist Sam Skelton teams up with Joe recreating the sounds of Chet Baker, Stan Getz and Gerry Mulligan! The West coast Jazz sound of the 1950s was one of the greatest eras in music! Join us and take a trip back in time!

May 10, 2020 at 7:30pm – “A Night for Moms”
With Special Guest KARLA HARRIS (Jazz Weekcharting vocalist)
Joe and critically acclaimed jazz singer Karla Harris go all out for moms in this evening of sentimental, swinging standards celebrating Mothers Day in a special way!

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CAST MEMBERS

JOE-UPDATED-HEADSHOT

JOE GRANSDEN

Robin-Latimore

ROBIN LATIMORE

Francine-Reed

FRANCINE REED

Sam-Skelton

SAM SKELTON

Karla-Harris

KARLA HARRIS

PERFORMANCE DATES

With Special Guest Robin Latimore Oct 27, 2019 7:30 pm
With Special Guest Francine Reed Dec 22, 2019 7:30 pm
With Special Guest Sam Skelton Mar 15, 2020 7:30 pm
With Special Guest Karla Harris May 10, 2020 7:30 pm

RUNNING TIME

2 hours and 45 minutes
(including intermission)

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