Assistant Professor Sharony Green’s documentary on the late jazz guitarist Grant Green – The Grant Green Story – will be the noon convocation event for the School of Music next Friday, March 31. This screening lasts one hour and will be held in the recital hall.
The film unveils the life of the late jazz guitarist Grant Green, her former father-in-law. Green is best known for his work with Blue Note Records, America’s first independent jazz label, during the company’s heyday, the early-to-mid 1960s, where he was among the label’s most recorded artists. He died at the age of forty-three in 1979. Since his death, he has become one of the most sampled jazz musicians. Artists such as Kendrick Lamar, A Tribe Called Quest, and Madonna have used his music. Among the individuals interviewed in the film are Grammy Award-winning musician and vocalist George Benson; alto saxophonist Lou Donaldson (who is credited with discovering Grant); legendary sound engineer Rudy Van Gelder; and record producer Michael Cuscuna.