Decatur Jazzman Skips Concert To Play for Eastwood

Trumpeter Joe Gransden was scheduled to perform at a Blue Sky Concert but was lured away by his friend, Academy Award winner Clint Eastwood.

It may be hard to believe, but jazz trumpeter Joe Gransden decided he'd rather perform for instead of a lunchtime crowd in the Decatur Court Square.

Gransden, an Oakhurst resident, was scheduled to play Wednesday at the last Blue Sky Concert of the spring.

But when the crowd of lunchtime office workers, senior citizens and moms with little kids spread their blankets and settled in, the band played without Gransden.

Members of Gransden's band said Gransden's friend Eastwood offered a lucrative gig in California he just couldn't turn down.

Saxophonist John Sandfort, who plays in the Joe Gransden Big Band, filled in and the show went on.

Eastwood is a jazz lover and dropped . Eastwood was in town making a movie, Trouble With the Curve.

Jenny B May 31, 2012 at 05:04 PM
Joe G. also canceled appearances at Eddie's Attic and Red Clay Theater last week - I believe. I was initially disappointed (prior to the Eddies' show), but his "Big Band" led by Dr. Gordon Vernick was FANTASTIC! Guest singer Annie Sellick was wonderful too. Dr. Vernick had great stories and information about all the songs.


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