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Tad Hershorn: Norman Granz - The Man Who Used Jazz for Justice

By Published: October 30, 2011
In contrast, he outright loathed critics and would take them to task for even glancing criticisms of performances. He threatened one with a libel suit when he called Granz "the P.T. Barnum of jazz."

As the market for concert jazz shifted in the 1950s, with changing trends—people fleeing the cities, the advent of jazz festivals—Granz shifted his focus to the international scene. He founded Verve Records and exclusively managed pianist Oscar Peterson
Oscar Peterson
Oscar Peterson
1925 - 2007
piano
and singer Ella Fitzgerald
Ella Fitzgerald
Ella Fitzgerald
1917 - 1996
vocalist
, 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.


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