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Jazz guitarist Marty Grosz 85, keeps ‘hot music’ going

Marty GroszAfter a lengthy and hilarious discourse at his South Philadelphia home on all things swing and jazz, hot guitarist Marty Grosz, 85, says, “I hope I don’t sound like a sour curmudgeon, which is probably what I am.”

About to release his latest album, Diga Diga Doo – Marty Grosz Meets the Fat Babies: Hot Music from Chicago, the musician and singer says proudly that his art has always sought to entertain rather than lull audiences into a stupor with what he calls “egghead jazz.”

“I’ve got a feel for ‘hot music’ – because if I call it jazz, people don’t know what I’m talking about. I wouldn’t know what I was talking about. In the ’50s and ’60s, we billed ourselves as ‘jazz,’ but even then it was problematic. Were you playing traditional, bebop, free-form?”

Source: Philly.com

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