The Granz Memory

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Tadd Hershorn's biography of Norman Granz (see Doug's Picks in the right-hand column) is full of instances of the mental acuity and toughness that helped see the promoter and record executive through countless challenging situations as he presented jazz and fought discrimination. He had a memory that was legendary among the musicians he worked with. Here is a story not in Hershorn's book. When I was a college student in Seattle in the 1950s, I became acquainted with Percy Heath, the bassist … [Read more...]