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"Norman Granz: The Man Who Used Jazz for Justice"
Wed. April 11th, 4pm

Bookcover of The Man Who Used JAzz for Justice by Norman Granz

Rutgers community members and the general public are invited to a free book talk and signing by Tad Hershorn, author of the critically acclaimed new book: "Norman Granz: The Man Who Used Jazz for Justice" (University of California Press, 2011). This event will be held on Wednesday April 11th, starting at 4:00 pm, in the Dana Room on the Fourth Floor of the John Cotton Dana Library, on the Rutgers-Newark campus. Also featured will be an exhibit in the Fourth Floor Gallery depicting Granz's life and times including photographs, art, and artifacts stemming from eighteen years of research that went into the book.

Granz was a legendary figure in the jazz world and for good reason. He founded the Jazz at the Philharmonic concert series and the Verve record label; helped introduce live recordings and worldwide jazz concert tours; and served as manager and recording producer for top-flight stars such Ella Fitzgerald and Oscar Peterson. Granz was also a passionate advocate for racial equality, who insisted that the African-American jazz artists he represented be accorded full respect and equal treatment wherever they performed.

Tad Hershorn, the author of this compelling account of Granz's work, is an archivist at the Institute of Jazz Studies (IJS), based in the John Cotton Dana Library. He was the project director for "Once More Once: A Centennial Celebration of the Life and Music of Count Basie," a multimedia digital exhibit that is part of the Institute's "Jazz Greats Digital Exhibits" series, and was posted on the IJS website in 2004. He also helped to develop digital exhibits for IJS on the life and work of Mary Lou Williams, Benny Carter, Fats Waller and another on jazz tours sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.

To prepare this book, Hershorn, who first met Granz in 1980 and proposed writing his biography the following year, interviewed Granz on a few occasions and studiously reviewed his archives.

The book has received glowing reviews in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times Downbeat, Jazz Journal, Washington Independent Review of Books, Cadence Magazine, and All About Jazz.

To read an excerpt of the book, published in September in JazzTimes magazine, please see:

For more information on the book signing, please call the Institute of Jazz Studies at 973-353-5595.

Posted March 26, 2012