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Most Recent Castaway - 29th August, 2014
Marty Grosz (2014)

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Guitarist, banjoist, singer, songwriter and raconteur Marty Grosz was born in Berlin, Germany, the son of internationally famous artist George Grosz. When Hitler came to power a few years later, George swept up three-year-old Marty and decamped for the USA.

George continued to paint and teach, and also to teach his son, who started to play the ukulele at age eight. A few years later, Marty heard a recording with Bernard Addison playing a shuffle beat behind Roy Eldridge: for Marty, out went the ukulele and in came the Swing.

Marty grew up in New York City, and it was while attending Columbia University that, in 1950, he recorded his first session, with Dick Wellstood and Pops Foster.

For some 20 years, Marty lived in Chicago, gigging with that city's stars such as Albert Ammons, Art Hodes and Jim Lanigan, although he's probably best known for his membership of Soprano Summit with Bob Wilber and Kenny Davern.
Pick Artist Album Song Label
# 1 Billy Banks Giants of Jazz, Henry "Red" Allen Bugle Call Rag Time-Life
# 2 Benny Carter The Music Master Bugle Call Rag Proper
# 3 Louis Armstrong Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man Knockin' a Jug Sony
# 4 Lionel Hampton Hot Mallets, Vol. 1 Ring Dem Bells RCA
# 5 Bunny Berigan The Pied Piper Trees Bluebird
# 6 Bessie Smith Chattanooga Gal Do Your Duty Proper
# 7 Carl Kress and Dick McDonough Pioneers of Jazz Guitar Stage Fright Retrieval
# 8 Lee Wiley Night in Manhattan I've Got a Crush on You Columbia
# 9 Bix Beiderbecke The Indispensable Bix Beiderbecke Changes Jazz Tribune
# 10 Thomas "Fats" Waller Fats and His Buddies The Minor Drag Bluebird
         
Book Honoré de Balzac, "Lost Illusions"
         
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