The Noorda center for
the performing arts Presents


joe gransden

& his 16-piece band

Songs of Sinatra & Friends



concert hall

May 11, 2024
7:30 p.m.


about the performance

The Joe Gransden 16-Piece Big Band is quickly becoming one of the busiest groups on the jazz scene. Smokey Robinson says of the band, “Joe has an innate ability to connect with an audience. His singing and trumpet playing are world class. Throw in his 16-piece big band and you have something very special!”

This performance is suitable for ages six and up.



“Joe is a young man w/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, Actor/Director




“I love listening to Joe perform because he has a marvelous connection with the music he plays and sings. His innate understanding of interpreting classics is something that you can't learn, it's natural. He is a great musician!”

Michael Feinstein, Singer/Piano Player




“Joe has an innate ability to connect with an audience. His singing and trumpet playing are world class. Throw in his 16 Piece Big Band and you have something very special!”

Smokey Robinson, Grammy Winning Singer,Song Writer and





“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!”

Freddy Cole, Grammy Nominated singer and Vocalist




"… 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 let's him improvise as we'll as anyone on the planet and yet he retains a sense of melody that let's listeners of all musical tastes enjoy his wonderful playing. That should be enough, but for Joe, its just the beginning. Add to this a beautiful singing voice that let's him do all of the above with words!!! As I said, Joe really does have it all.

Kenny G – Grammy winning saxophonist




joe gransden


Renowned for the hard bop of his trumpet, Joe Gransden's voice has been compared to that of Chet Baker. Along with his 3rd invitation to the Blue Note (NYC) and his appearance at Feinstein's 54 Below, this past summer Joe brought his big band once again by invitation to Dizzy's Jazz Club in Lincoln Center. He has enjoyed accolades all across the country for his outstanding trumpet playing, as a big band leader, presenting entertaining shows with superior musicians.




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land acknowledgment


Utah Valley University acknowledges that we gather on land sacred to all Indigenous people who came before us in this vast crossroads region. The University is committed to working in partnership—as enacted through education and community activities—with Utah’s Native Nations comprising: the San Juan Southern Paiute, Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah, Uintah & Ouray Reservation of the Northern Ute, Skull Valley Goshute, Confederated Tribes of the Goshute Reservation, Northwestern Band of Shoshone Nation, Hopi Tribe, Navajo Nation, Ute Mountain Ute-White Mesa Community, and urban Indian communities. We recognize these Native Nations and their continued connections with traditional homelands, mountains, rivers, and lakes as well as their sovereign relationships with state and federal governments. We honor their collective memory and continued physical and spiritual presence. We revere their resilience and example in preserving their connections to the Creator and to all their relations, now and in the future.

With this statement comes responsibility and accountability. We resolve to follow up with actionable items to make the School of the Arts at UVU and The Noorda Center for the Performing Arts an inclusive, equitable, and just space for all. There is much work to be done, and we are committed to putting these words into practice.

Artwork by Shane Walking Eagle (Sisseton Dakota).


Dean's Message

Courtney Davis

Our mission is to produce and present artistic excellence, which would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors. We thank them and express our deep gratitude to all patrons, supporters, and friends of The Noorda.

The arts possess the unparalleled power to inspire, educate, liberate, and transform. They elevate moments, mark milestones, soften edges, and generate profound meaning. Experience the beauty and wonder of the arts with us this season at The Noorda and begin at once to live!

Courtney R. Davis, J.D., M.A.
Dean, School of the Arts





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