GrandVista Jazz Orchestra

The GrandVista Jazz Orchestra is a studio and touring orchestra whose members represent the uniquely diverse and accomplished talent pool found only in Nashville, Tennessee. The unique aspect of the GVJO is that the musicians themselves help with the arrangements in collaboration with one another. All of these musicians, arrangers, producers and engineers - many recognizable in their own right - have also been responsible for great recordings and performances by some of the best known artists of our time: Michael McDonald, Amy Grant, Vince Gill, Barbara Mandrell, Tony Bennett, Diana Krall, Michael W. Smith, Larry Carlton, Martina McBride, Alison Krauss, Sam Bush, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Kirk Whalum, Leon Russell, Alabama, the Nashville Chamber Orchestra, the Nashville Symphony, and more!

Our Producers...

Chris Walters, the pianist and co-producer, is the creative force behind "How Sweet the Sound". What started as a vision for a jazz combo recording slowly manifested into a fully orchestrated treatment of these timeless hymns. A New Orleans born pianist, Chris Walters has an innate jazzy style. His successes include serving as the music director and bandleader for the great Barbara Mandrell through 1997, when she retired, working with the Jeff Coffin Mu'tet, the talented Peter Mayer, and the country music band Alabama

Kevin made the move to Nashville in 1981 after attending Ball State University, and quickly discovered that music was his calling. Kevin is an accomplished musician, arranger, and producer who has played on over 3,000 recordings. His talent and versatility have contributed to the careers of Smokey Robinson, The Temptations, Tony Bennett, Nancy Wilson, The Spinners, Lee Greenwood, Leon Russell, The Lettermen, Pat Boone and countless others. His diverse sets of musical abilities make it a privilege to have Kevin as a member of the GrandVista team.

Tim Powell, arranger and producer for many of GrandVista's recordings, has achieved widespread success. His work spans from the Macy's Day Parade to the NBA All-Star Weekend; he has arranged for Warner Bros. Entertainment, Gaylord Entertainment, and Celebrity Cruise Lines. Tim served as Staff Music Director for both the General Jackson Showboat in Nashville and the Alabama Theatre in South Carolina and has also arranged music for great artists like Pam Tillis, Lee Greenwood, and Louise Mandrell.

Bob Mater is the visionary behind the "Twilight Theme Collection". Bob has been a musician all his life. He began playing the piano when he was 4 years old. He didn't start playing the drums until he turned 13, but quickly became established as a drummer who could play, interpret, and understand many styles. He is an award winning musician who has recorded with Chet Atkins, Alabama, Dolly Parton, Ray Price, New Grass Revival, Sandi Patti, and Boots Randolph to name a few.

Paul Carrol Binkley has been playing the guitar and composing his own music since he was nine years old. He trained at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Austin Peay State University, and the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University. Paul's music has been heard everywhere from the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, to the Lincoln Center in New York; from CMT to NPR; from Holland to Japan. He has written and produced music for symphony orchestras, jazz bands, theatrical productions, dance companies, film scores and country music stars. Paul is thrilled to have the opportunity to help bring so much of GrandVista's music to life.

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GVRO Musicians

  • David Angell
  • Monisa Angell
  • Jeff Bailey
  • Beth Beeson
  • Paul Carrol Binkley
  • Kirsten Cassel
  • David Davidson
  • Mark Douthit
  • Jim Ferguson
  • Barry Green
  • Larry Hanson
  • Mike Haynes
  • Jim Hoke
  • Erin Horner
  • Jerry Krahn
  • Jennifer Kummer
  • Anthony LaMarchina
  • Doug Moffet
  • Joe Murphy
  • Sarighani Reist
  • Jeff Taylor
  • Chris Walters
  • Jim White
  • Kris Wilkinson
  • and more!
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