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ClarkThe Autobiography of Clark Terry$
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Clark Terry and Gwen Terry

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780520268463

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520268463.001.0001

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Norman's Battles

Norman's Battles

39. Norman's Battles

Gwen Terry

University of California Press

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

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