Marty Grosz Meets The Fat Babies – Diga Diga Doo: Hot Music From Chicago
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This CD extols the hot “Chicago Style” jazz of the 20s and 30s. Led by octogenarian, guitarist Marty Grosz, the band features a contingent from The Fat Babies who hold forth at the Green Mill on Chicago’s north side and special guest Jim Dapogny. In 1948 Marty Grosz hitchhiked from New York to Chicago in search of “Hot Music”. He returned to New York in 1950, made his first records, and then, after a stint in the Army, returned to Chicago where he played for 21 years. A “too-good-to-be-true” offer lured him back to New York, to Carnegie Hall, The White House, and all over the globe. Marty dislikes amplifiers and has remained an acoustic player during which he has amassed a discography that’s seventy-seven pages long. Sixteen songs include “Diga Diga Doo”, “A Jazz Holiday” and “Strut Miss Lizzie”.