JAZZforum: Tad Hershorn on Norman Granz: The Man Who Used Jazz For Justice
- JAZZforum—Tad Hershorn on Norman Granz: The Man Who Used Jazz For Justice
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Producer and manager Norman Granz was one of the most significant contributors to jazz between the 1940s and 1980s. While in his twenties, he created Jazz At The Philharmonic, which became the premier international touring package of the day and was instrumental in breaking down racial barriers in the United States. His record labels, including Verve and Pablo, presented the very finest jazz musicians—Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Billie Holiday, and Louis Armstrong, to name a handful—and he served as the longtime personal manager for both Ella Fitzgerald and Oscar Peterson. Archivist, researcher, photographer, and author Tad Hershorn of the Rutgers Institute of Jazz Studies is the author of the newly published biography of Granz. He will provide lively coverage of his exhaustive research of Granz's life and career. Recital Hall (Performing Arts - Bldg. 46-West).