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Norman Granz’s Jazz Scene

Jazz Scene 1Jazz impresario Norman Granz, who started the popular Jazz at the Philharmonic concert tour series in the 1940s as well as the record label that came to be known as Verve, also produced a lavish package of jazz recordings that was somewhat akin to an early box-set: The Jazz Scene, a folio packet of six 78 records with an accompanying set of photographs of some of the top jazz artists of the day and liner notes for each musical selection.
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In his introductory note Granz wrote, “This is our attempt to present today’s jazz scene in terms of the visual, the written word, and the auditory,” and emphasized that he’d given the set’s musicians complete artistic freedom.

Among those appearing in the collection were Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, pianist and arranger Ralph Burns, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, and Latin jazz bandleader Machito. The set was issued in a limited edition of 5,000 copies and sold for a cool $25 (yes, that’s 1949 dollars)

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The Bird
Charlie Parker — The Jazz Scene (Verve, 1950)
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The Bird
Charlie Parker — The Jazz Scene (Verve, 1950)
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Sono
Duke Ellington — The Jazz Scene (Verve, 1950)
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Frustration
Duke Ellington — The Jazz Scene (Verve, 1950)
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I Want to Be Happy
Lester Young — The Jazz Scene (Verve, 1950)
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Picasso
Coleman Hawkins — The Jazz Scene (Verve, 1950)
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Introspection
Ralph Burns — The Jazz Scene (Verve, 1950)
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Back to the Land
Lester Young — The Jazz Scene (Verve, 1950)

Notes: midpoint music bed.

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The Bloos
George Handy — The Jazz Scene (Verve, 1950)
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Halfway to Dawn
Billy Strayhorn — The Jazz Scene (Verve, 1950)
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Sophisticated Lady
Willie Smith — The Jazz Scene (Verve, 1950)
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Repetition
Neal Hefti — The Jazz Scene (Verve, 1950)
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Tanga
Machito — The Jazz Scene (Verve, 1950)
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Cherokee
Bud Powell — The Jazz Scene (Verve, 1950)
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David Brent Johnson

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, David Brent Johnson moved to Bloomington in 1991. He is an alumnus of Indiana University, and began working with WFIU in 2002. Currently, David serves as jazz producer and systems coordinator at the station. His interests include literature, history, music, writing, and movies.

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  • gary criss

    i have an original album ” the jazz scene”. autographed by
    Norman Granz himself.
    All 6 records, the cover,the photos , and notes are in very
    good condition. Make that “VERY GOOD” condition.
    Can anyone give me an idea of it,s value?
    Please email if you can help
    thanks
    gcriss13@COMCAST.NET

  • Chris Hammett

    I too have the set # 3611, though cover is not in the greatest condition, the inside albums, and sleeves are great. i too would like an idea on value

  • Chris Hammett

    I too have the set # 3611, though cover is not in the greatest condition, the inside albums, and sleeves are great. i too would like an idea on value

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