Tad Hershorn: Norman Granz (Pt. 4) - JazzWax

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October 06, 2011


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Moe Asch's operation was run on a shoestring. I don't know about the Granz recordings that he released, but his own productions include some great jazz recorded on primitive (even then) equipment with abominable sound quality. His catalog is now owned by the Smithsonian.


Thanks, Marc. Nice Interview...I'll buy the book. I am enjoying reading George Wein's autobiography. Maybe a George Avakian book next?


Rick M

Marc; thanks for this thorough narrative (for those of us who may not get to Tad's book) of an important period in the history of popular and jazz music. A great contribution and the reason why I don't miss a JazzWax.

Uwe Zänisch

I live in Berlin-Treptow, Germany. The picture with Oscar Peterson and Norman Granz at the monument of the Russian Army in Berlin-Treptow is a nice surprise for me. There's a cemetery for Russian soldiers of the 2nd world War II. I don't know that both man had visited East Berlin. Perhaps during a West Berlin stay with JATP in the 1950s? Sadly they never played a JATP concert in East Berlin.

Han Schulte

Many compliments for your "Extended Play" interview with Tad Hershorn on his bio-book on Norman Granz.
This is fundamental jazz journalism!

The Granz Picasso Sotheby sale:
April 24, 1968 Algemeen Handelsblad (Dutch):
25 Picasso's sold at Sotheby's London plus 22 other modern works
(by George Braque, Juan Gris, Paul Klee, Ferdinand Leger, Egon Schiele, Jean Miro & Jean Buffet)
for 813.000 English Pounds.
Picasso's "La Pointe de Cité" (1912) fetched 125.000 Pounds.
His "Ma Jolie" (1914) fetched 98.000 Pounds.

Mrs. Hanelore Granz filed at the same time a complaint at the Higher Court in London stating her Swiss divorce entitled her to half of the (upbringings) of the sale.

Unrealised recording:
Granz: "Charlie Parker with Art Tatum did not realise.
The studio was rented, the repertoire discussed and concertdates cancelled.
Tatum did not show up for unknown reasons".
(Elsevier's Magazine Netherlands March 13, 1984).

Han Schulte


Wow, just another terrific interview by Mr. Myers. As a Jazz record lover from the 1970s finding any of Granz's labels, particularly when they showed up in the cut-out bins was a find and often a treasure. This book is on my Christmas list. Thank you.


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