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  • Author Tad Hershorn on New Norman Granz Biography

    April 12, 2012. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

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    Author Tad Hershorn talks with Gary Walker about his new book, Norman Granz: The Man Who Used Jazz For Justice (University of California, 2011), and Granz's legacy in music and civil rights.

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    Granz, who died in 2001, was the founder of Clef, Verve and Pablo Records, and the organizer of the Jazz at the Philharmonic concert tours and albums. A staunch supporter of racial equality, Granz made sure that his artists were well-paid and well-treated when they traveled and worked with him.

    Hershorn  interviewed Granz and his close associates extensively over a decade while he was writing the book. Hershorn, an archivist at Rutgers University-Newark's Institute for Jazz Studies, has  organized an exhibit of Granz memorabilia which will be on display until April 25 at the Institute.

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  • WBGO's Gary Walker Remembers Phoebe Jacobs

    April 9, 2012. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

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    In recent years someone gave Phoebe Jacobs one of those hi tech mini recording devices and said “Phoebe, just speak your stories. We’ll make the book”. She responded a short time later, “I can’t get this damn thing to work”.

    As a result, we’ll not read the book about a lady we lost this week at 93; a lady who hat checked as a young girl in her uncle’s jazz joint on 52nd Street while Billie Holiday sang or Artie Shaw played. She worked with Norman Granz, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong. It was Phoebe who was instrumental in carrying on Armstrong’s legacy in her role as vice-president of The Louis Armstrong Educational foundation.

    Although there was no book, on occasion Phoebe Jacobs would sit still long enough to share some of her wonderful life. Below is a chat I had with Phoebe a few weeks before The 2007 JVC Festival would present a musical tribute “Phoebe Jacobs, A Life Well-Lived: A Work Still In Progress." -  Gary Walker

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  • Singer Catherine Russell: "Strictly Romancin" At JALC

    March 26, 2012. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Singer Catherine Russell talks with WBGO's Gary Walker about her new album, Strictly Romancin, and her performances at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Allen Room on March 30 and 31. At the Allen Room, Russell will lead a ten-piece orchestra through a repertoire which showcases the collaborations between her late father, pianist Luis Russell, and trumpeter Louis Armstrong.

    Russell's orchestra features Matt Munisteri on guitar, Mark Shane on Piano, Jon-Erik Kellso and Dave Brown on trumpets, John Allred on trombone, Dan Block and Andy Farber on reeds, Scott Robinson on horns, Lee Hudson on bass and Marc McLean on drums,

    She will also appear with her quartet with Ehud Asherie on piano, Chris Flory on guitar, Lee Hudson on bass and Marion Felder on drums. for WBGO's Jazz Leadership Society Singers Brunch and Broadcast on April 22.

    Enjoy!

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