Tad Hershorn: Norman Granz - The Man Who Used Jazz for Justice
As the market for concert jazz shifted in the 1950s, with changing trendspeople fleeing the cities, the advent of jazz festivalsGranz shifted his focus to the international scene. He founded Verve Records and exclusively managed pianist Oscar Peterson and singer Ella Fitzgerald, carefully steering her career in a way that would be a business model for the entire industry. Hershorn's capsules on the artists are invaluable and his meticulous research, for the most part, doesn't slow down the story of this unique figure. This is an exhaustively rich portrait of a man and his times.