01Thursday April 6th – Joe Gransden

Joe Gransden has already performed worldwide and released four 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. A widening schedule has found Joe performing at The Jazz Corner in Hilton Head, South Carolina, The Museum of Art and Design in midtown Manhattan, Spivey Hall in Atlanta, and Tehema Golf Club in Carmel, California (where Joe recently played a party for Clint Eastwood). Joe is also working with Kenny G on a smooth jazz CD which should hit stores in the near future.

13Thursday April 13th – Matt Wauchope Trio

Details coming soon…

20Thursday April 20th – Faith Carmichael Quartet

Details coming soon…

27Thursday April 27th – Bonaventure Quartet w/ Amy Pike

bonaventurequartetWhat do you get when you combine the 1930s gypsy-jazz stylings of Django Reinhardt and the torchy-twangy mezzo delivery of Patsy Cline with a rowdy troupe of Romani-esque instrumentalists? The only correct answer would be the Bonaventure Quartet! This longtime Atlanta outfit handily transplants you to another time and place while putting their own stamp on it all. The ensemble’s latest album, Lost and Found at the Clermont Lounge, may take its title from the Poncey-Highland dive-turned-tourist-attraction, but the disc’s 15 songs traverse decades, regions, whole continents. The BVQ’s first album, ‘The Secret Seduction of the Grand Pompadour’ made the Creative Loafing’s list of the Top 101 Albums of the Decade: Atlanta’s Greatest Hits, 2000-2009, and garnered praise from national press. With Amy Pike, (formerly of the Lost Continentals), Charles Williams, (Aquarium Rescue Unit featuring Col. Bruce Hampton), and Dan Coy on guitars, Joel Morris on drums, Mark Bynum on bass, Don Erdman on saxes and clarinets, Gabe Granitz on accordion and Ken Gregory on brass, the BVQ has played almost every festival and stage in Atlanta. Come enjoy the BVQ’s unique acoustic sound, a virtual melting pot of European influences, camp, and swing noire.

The band is versatile and performs in a variety of ensembles. We start with an instrumental trio, quartet, and quintet playing the music of Django Reinhardt and European swing, latin, and waltzes. Then simply add vocalist Amy Pike, drums, horns, and our repertoire expands into a mixture of classic standards and original music. From a trio to Big Band, we can fit any event or show.

“The swaying, jazzy, Reinhardt/Grappelli-inspired music of the Bonaventure Quartet is a rare treat, and this group does an amazing job of capturing that era. With Amy Pike on vocals, this is a perfect combination.”
-James Kelly, Creative Loafing

Best of Atlanta 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011-Creative Loafing

WABE 90.1’s feature on the BVQ