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It’s a Sin to Tell a Lie: My Life in jazz


it's a sin to tell a lie

A giant of jazz rhythm guitar, Marty Grosz of Local 802 (New York City) is considered among the best of the 20th century, as well as a vocalist, humorist, composer, and arranger. And after performing for 70 years, he has stories to tell. The book offers stories about his life, his family, and his career, as well as transcriptions from 11 live interviews between 2015 and 2019 in which he opines on the musicians he has worked with and the music he has played. Part memoir, part transcribed oral history, the book is full of wit with a touch of vaudeville.

It’s a Sin to Tell a Lie: My Life in Jazz, by Marty Grosz, Golden Alley Press,

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