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Norman's Battles

Gwen Terry

in Clark

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780520268463
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520949782 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520268463.003.0039
Norman's Battles

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In this chapter, Clark Terry describes his experience while on a tour in Germany. Norman Granz was good at taking care of business when it came to serious problems and that's what he did when the impresario threatened to sue the band. The gig was called off. Clark did several gigs for Norman, in various countries such as Sweden, France, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Holland, and also in places in the United States. Norman was a Caucasian leader promoting an orchestra team of blacks, and was efficient in dealing with problems, like the attitude of musicians, perils of travel etc. He had a unique, just way to deal with racism. This made Clark want to stick on to Norman. Norman was also appreciative of Clark's ideas and asked for his help time to time. This was another reason Clark loved to work with him.

Keywords: Germany; Norman Granz; gig; racism; blacks

Chapter.  2065 words. 

Subjects: American Music

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