Norman Granz

Norman Granz

The Man Who Used Jazz for Justice

Book - 2011
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"Any book on my life would start with my basic philosophy of fighting racial prejudice. I loved jazz, and jazz was my way of doing that," Norman Granz told Tad Hershorn during the final interviews given for this book. Granz, who died in 2001, was iconoclastic, independent, immensely influential, often thoroughly unpleasant--and one of jazz's true giants. Granz played an essential part in bringing jazz to audiences around the world, defying racial and social prejudice as he did so, and demanding that African-American performers be treated equally everywhere they toured. In this definitive biography, Hershorn recounts Granz's story: creator of the legendary jam session concerts known as Jazz at the Philharmonic; founder of the Verve record label; pioneer of live recordings and worldwide jazz concert tours; manager and recording producer for numerous stars, including Ella Fitzgerald and Oscar Peterson.
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, c2011
ISBN: 9780520267824
Characteristics: xii, 470 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm


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Apr 16, 2012

Norman Granz was the most important non-musician in jazz history. As founder of Verve and Pablo records, and several other earlier labels, he left a legacy of perhaps 1,000 or more jazz albums, many recorded by top older musicians who found a home with Granz. He pioneered touring jazz concerts with his Jazz at the Philharmonic series. He also was a leader in civil rights, insisting that his contracted musicians stay in the best hotels, that his concerts by integrated and that his musicians get the kind of pay due them for their talents. Granz was a complicated man, but he loved jazz and greatly respected its artists. This is a fine biography that is fitting for the man.


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