Norman Granz

THE PABLO PICASSO JAZZ RADIO SHOW

Thursday, February 2, 2012 – KUNM 89.9 FM – Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA – 12:06 (Mountain Standard Time) Noon – Host MARK WEBER – Current Time Zone Offset: UTC/GMT: -6 hours – Streaming on the web > KUNM.org

Today on the show we’ll be looking into the recordings of impresario Norman Granz and having a Live telephone discussion with author Tad Hershorn who’s biography NORMAN GRANZ THE MAN WHO USED JAZZ FOR JUSTICE (2011, University of California Press) is a work of tremendous scholarship — one of the values of this book is the connections Tad makes between various analogous historical, socio-political, and artistic realms. This study frames Norman Granz within his times. A remarkable jazz figure who started a half dozen record companies, Clef, Norgran, Verve, Pablo, and brought jazz jams to a wider audience with his Jazz At The Philharmonic tours of the world.

Tad Hershorn

Tad Hershorn

Dear Mark,

You sure got it right on The Jazz Scene. As I relate in the book, he hoped to do an annual project along those lines. It’s particularly interesting in that The Jazz Scene demonstrates Granz’s wide-ranging tastes in jazz that includes real art music, while in contrast, JATP was was loaded with musical red meat that more than fully engaged its audiences. The Jazz Scene was the work of a great producer.

Until Thursday. — Tad Hershorn

Here are some recordings produced by Norman Granz… click any of the images to enlarge please…


Following some cover designed by David Stone Martin for Norman Granz… click any of the images to enlarge please…

3 Comments

  1. Dear Mark,

    You sure got it right on The Jazz Scene. As I relate in the book, he hoped to do an annual project along those lines. It’s particularly interesting in that The Jazz Scene demonstrates Granz’s wide-ranging tastes in jazz that includes real art music, while in contrast, JATP was was loaded with musical red meat that more than fully engaged its audiences. The Jazz Scene was the work of a great producer.

    Until Thursday.

  2. Hey Tad,
    I just listen’d to the Lp JOURNEY INTO LOVE (Norgran, 1954) — kind of an oddball record BUT I likes it!

    Earlier this morning I listen’d to THE JAZZ SCENE* — whew, a masterwork on Norman’s part.

    See you Thursday….
    MW

    *the 1994 Verve 2-cd re-issue of the late-1940s compilation that appeared on several 78 rpm disks in an album

  3. Rarely have we been witness to such profound devotion to the music that defined the most important generations of Jazz. Tatum. Parker. Holiday. Fitzgerald. Young. Armstrong. Carter. Hodges. Webster. Getz. Gillespie…..JATP The Norman Granz journey, from the mid 40’s onward,as told so well in Tad’s book, leaves us in awe of his vision and artistic tenacity. The fact that he was a success in bringing Jazz to the public makes it all the more fascinating.

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