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A Mosaic of Music: Jazz Pianist, Composer, and Arranger Akiyoshi Toshiko

One of the first performers to manage it was jazz pianist Akiyoshi Toshiko ... “He really enjoyed my performance, and was kind enough to recommend me to the producer Norman Granz. That led to an oppor... read more

The Career Of Zoot Sims

He was born in Washington D.C. Jazz Unlimited for Sunday, July 26 will be “The Norman Granz Labels-Part 2.” Entrepreneur-Promoter Norman Granz founded the Clef, Norgran,Verve and Pablo record ... read more

55 up: Monterey Jazz Festival goes on the road

All are stars in their own right, and all have made multiple appearances at the fest. The group reflects a great touring tradition in the spirit of Norman Granz’s Jazz at the Philharmonic, bringing to... read more

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Jazz and the Philharmonic premiered February 2014.

Two years in the making from concept to broadcast, the project harkens back to seventy years ago when producer and impresario Norman Granz expanded the scope of the jazz audience from clubs to classic... read more


Johnny Mathis Remembers His Jazz Roots

Mathis was initially spotted in 1955 by Columbia’s George Avakian while still 19 years old, a promising “jazzer” as Mathis calls jazz artists ... with those recordings she started making with Norman G... read more

This Week in Jazz Blogrolling: November 11-17, 2011

Doug Ramsey recounts his own memory of Norman Granz, as well as highlighting a rare film from the producer, and posts video of Oscar Peterson on the Dick Cavett Show. Simon Rentner looks at five examp... read more

Jazz great Buddy DeFranco dies at age 91

Jazz at the Philharmonic producer Norman Granz paired DeFranco with pianists Art Tatum and Oscar Peterson for memorable recordings. DeFranco performed at leading venues around the world and was repeat... read more

Review: Jazz Pianist Oscar Peterson's 'Plays' Series Complete

Peterson had already recorded for RCA Victor in Canada before jazz impresario Norman Granz, creator of the "Jazz at the Philharmonic" stage shows and founder of Clef (later Verve) Records, brought Pet... read more

Buddy DeFranco: The Clarinetist Who Swung To Bebop

Through producer Norman Granz, Buddy was paired with his boyhood idol, pianist Art Tatum, and was featured on the Jazz at the Philharmonic recordings. Despite his success, Buddy struggled with the onl... read more

Gambia: The Incredible Bud Powell - (pioneer of the Modern Jazz Piano)

We continue to write about jazz because of a strong passion for the creative arts ... Powell's most important recordings were all completed by the time he was thirty. His work with Norman Granz in the ... read more

Jazz great Buddy DeFranco dies at age 91

Jazz at the Philharmonic producer Norman Granz paired DeFranco with pianists Art Tatum and Oscar Peterson for memorable recordings. DeFranco never lost his affinity for swing music, and led the Glenn ... read more

Jazz Unlimited

... career began with the swing bands in the late ‘30’s and went through Jazz at the Philharmonic, Norman Granz and Harry James until he formed his very popular big band in 1966 that lasted ... read more



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