It’s A Sin To Tell A Lie by Marty Grosz

Marty Grosz has long been a triple “threat” on stage. A superior acoustic guitarist, he takes inventive chordal solos in the tradition of Carl Kress and Dick McDonough and provides inspiring accompaniment for other musicians. Grosz is a fine singer strongly inspired by Fats Waller. And, in addition, he is a humorous and often insightful storyteller whose spontaneous monologues onstage are sometimes quite funny. Recently the 90-year old performer came out with his memoirs, It’s A Sin To Tell A Lie (Golden Alley Press). Divided into two parts, the bulk of the book (titled My Story) was written by Grosz. The shorter second part, The Interviews, was conducted by his bassist Joe Plowman. The rather breezy narrative starts out strong with Grosz talking about his childhood which began in Berlin. His father, the notable artist George Grosz, outwitted and barely escaped from the Nazis in 1933, settling with his family in New York. Although he could have been an artist himself, Marty Grosz was attracted to swinging jazz. He began on the ukulele when he was eight, took up the acoustic guitar when he was 13, and never was interested in the electric guitar unlike nearly all of his contemporaries. Grosz alternated between acoustic guitar and banjo during his long (and still active) musical life. He discusses his brief time in college, his period in the military, and his earlier musical expe
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Since 1975 Scott Yanow has been a regular reviewer of albums in many jazz styles. He has written for many jazz and arts magazines, including JazzTimes, Jazziz, Down Beat, Cadence, CODA, and the Los Angeles Jazz Scene, and was the jazz editor for Record Review. He has written an in-depth biography on Dizzy Gillespie for He has authored 11 books on jazz, over 900 liner notes for CDs and over 20,000 reviews of jazz recordings.

Yanow was a contributor to and co-editor of the third edition of the All Music Guide to Jazz. He continues to write for Downbeat, Jazziz, the Los Angeles Jazz Scene, the Jazz Rag, the New York City Jazz Record and other publications.

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