Festival Musical(s)
Festival Events Calendar
Friday Jul 25
7:30 pWizard of Oz
Saturday Jul 26
7:30 pWizard of Oz
Tuesday Jul 29
6:00 pMemories In Black & White
Wednesday Jul 30
10:00 aPre-Code Betty
5:00 pDuke Ellington
7:30 pCotton Club Stomp
Thursday Jul 31
10:00 aGold Diggers of 1933
1:00 pLouis Armstrong
2:00 pSwing That Music
5:00 pHarold Arlen
8:00 pBeyond The Rainbow
Friday Aug 1
10:00 aShall We Dance
1:00 pDorothy Fields
2:00 pSunny Side of the Street
5:00 pLerner & Loewe
7:30 pBrigadoon
Saturday Aug 2
2:00 pWizard of Oz
5:00 pHarry Warren
8:00 pWe're in The Money
Sunday Aug 3
2:00 pBrigadoon
Tuesday Aug 5
10:00 aRebecca of Sunnybrook Farm
8:00 pUnsaturated Fats
Wednesday Aug 6
10:00 aThe Grapes of Wrath
5:00 pThe Crooners
8:00 pBing to Bobby Sox
Thursday Aug 7
10:00 aCasablanca
1:00 pHoagy Carmichael
2:00 pStar Dust
7:30 pBrigadoon
Friday Aug 8
10:00 aStage Door Canteen
2:00 pFingerbuster
5:00 pAmerican Reds
7:30 pWizard of Oz
Saturday Aug 9
10:00 aTo Have and Have Not
2:00 pBrother, Can You Spare A Dime
7:30 pStage Door Canteen
Sunday Aug 10
2:00 pWizard of Oz
Friday Aug 15
7:30 pBrigadoon
Saturday Aug 16
7:30 pBrigadoon
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Unsaturated Fats
Marty Grosz
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According to the critics, Marty Grosz is today's foremost jazz rhythm guitarist and chord soloist. He is virtually the only major jazz guitarist who doesn't use an amplifier. This makes him either the last remaining proponent of the acoustic guitar tradition in jazz or the lone harbinger of a new non-electric movement.

Marty sings, too. His vocals have become as much in demand at record sessions and jazz concerts as his driving guitar rhythm. They are delivered in styles ranging from barrelhouse abandon to whispered restraint, and are sometimes raucous, often mischievous, but almost always informed with a wry sense of the absurd. Grosz was born in Berlin, Germany in 1930. By the time he reached his third birthday, his toes were tapping to radio songs in New York. His urge for musical expression manifested itself when he began strumming a ukelele at the age of eight. A few years later he heard a record that highlighted guitarist Bernard Addison's shuffle-beat behind Roy Eldridge's trumpet: Out went the uke and in came the guitar.

In 1950, Marty cut his first record with a band that included the young pianist, Dick Wellstood, and the veteran New Orleans bassist, Pops Foster. A visit to Chicago in 1954 turned into a twenty-year residency during which he played with many of that town's jazz stars such as Albert Ammons, Floyd O'Brien, Art Hodes, and Jim Lannigan.

Marty returned to New York in 1975 to join Bob Wilber and Kenny Davern's Soprano Summit. There followed a round of touring and recording with Soprano Summit; Dick Wellstood's Friends of Fats; Yank Lawson and Bob Haggart; and the New York Jazz Repertory Orchestra directed by Dick Hyman, an orchestra with which Grosz played at the White House. In 1986 Grosz became a charter member of The Classic Jazz Quartet, along with Dick Wellstood, Joe Muranyi, and Dick Sudhalter. Besides playing and singing with the group, Marty wrote most of its arrangements. He has appeared at guitar concerts with such players as Joe Pass, Herb Ellis, and Charlie Byrd. He enjoys playing guitar duets and often works in a duet context with a violinist or saxophonist.

As a featured single Marty has made guest appearances on Public Radio's A Prairie Home Companion and Fresh Air with Terry Gross, and on NBC's Today Show. He was spotlighted at Carnegie Hall during the Cool Jazz Festivals and, more recently, at New York City's prestigious 92nd St. Y concerts and at the Vineyard Theater in Manhattan.

When he isn't on the road with his guitar, Marty and his wife like to spend afternoons on their patio in Piermont, New York, vodka in hand, watching the lazy Hudson drifting by.

Marty Grosz Links
 Wikipedia entry
 AllAboutJazz entry
Aug 5OFAM 2008Unsaturated FatsJaqua
Aug 6OFAM 2008From Bing To Bobby SoxJaqua
Aug 7OFAM 2008Star DustJaqua
Marty Grosz appears in these Over The Rainbow events:
Tuesday Aug 5
8:00 pUnsaturated Fats
Wednesday Aug 6
8:00 pBing To Bobby Sox
Thursday Aug 7
2:00 pStar Dust
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