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Norman Granz: The Jazz Advocate

Norman Granz was born to Jewish immigrant parents in Los Angeles on August 6, 1918. For someone who became so tied to the world of music, there’s little in Granz’s childhood that has any connection to ... read more

Tad Hershorn: Norman Granz - The Man Who Used Jazz for Justice

Impresario Norman Granz changed the course of jazz ... as biographer Tad Hershorn recounts, that he used jazz as a vehicle to advance civil rights causes. Granz was a fearless advocate for African ... read more

Letter of Recommendation: Jazz on European TV

Watch. Jazz entrepreneurs have always understood the genre’s visual appeal. Celebrated labels like Blue Note, Verve and Prestige all developed signature graphical styles, and certain album covers — ... read more

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Verve Records To Pay Tribute To Its Legendary Founder Norman Granz And His Centennial With Aptly-Titled All-Star Four-Disc Box Set 'The Founder'

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 13, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- In jazz circles, few names command more respect than Norman Granz. Although he wasn't a musician, Granz (1918-2001) was as responsible as any individual for ... read more

Blossom Dearie On Verve

This week, I feature one of my favorite jazz singers, Blossom Dearie (yes, that is her real name), focusing on what I’d consider to be her best work. Between 1956 and 1961, Blossom Dearie recorded six ... read more

Jazz notes: Randy Napoleon in Montclair

On April 23, Tad Hershorn talks about his new biography of Verve Records founder and civil rights advocate Norman Granz. Hershorn is an archivist at Rutgers-Newark’s Institute for Jazz Studies, which ... read more

Rain or shine, 'retiring' Mardi Gras Indian chief came to Jazz Fest determined to play

Just because “Lil” Walter Cook’s gig was rained out Saturday didn’t mean Jazz Fest was over for him ... was a co-founder of the Wild Magnolias tribe, and his older brother Norman Cook also masked. His ... read more

The Career Of Buddy Rich

His jazz 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 until ... read more

Green Book: A Serious Comedy and Jazz Allegory

Starting perhaps in the 1930s, African American jazz musicians and bands from the north ... white—began to challenge segregationist expectations. The entrepreneur Norman Granz insisted that his ... read more

Novel is an homage to Canadian jazz legend Oscar Peterson

the world’s most famous jazz impresario. Article Continued Below Who knows if this incident really happened? What is true is that Norman G. is actually Norman Granz, Peterson’s longtime business ... read more

Cork Jazz festival: From cancelled bridge congress to blockbuster weekend

When Michael O’Leary, the minister for labour, not the other one, decided in 1977 to give us a Bank Holiday weekend in October little did he realise it would be a key factor in creating one of Ireland ... 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 ... read more

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