Jazz legend Jerry Granelli, of Charlie Brown Christmas fame, dies at 80 | CBC Information

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Jerry Granelli, jazz legend and gifted music instructor finest identified for his mild drumming on the soundtrack to A Charlie Brown Christmas, has died. He was 80.

A message posted by the Jerry Granelli Fb web page on Tuesday stated he was hospitalized in Halifax in December with inside bleeding and spent two months in intensive care. Though he recovered sufficient to finally go dwelling, the ordeal exacerbated different long-term well being points, the put up stated.

Granelli died Tuesday morning at his dwelling in Halifax.

Longtime good friend and CBC music producer Jeff Reilly, who has recorded three albums with Granelli, referred to as the jazz big a “wealthy character.”

“He could possibly be extraordinarily form and heat and beneficiant, however different instances he could possibly be actually demanding and, for example, proper to the purpose,” Reilly informed the CBC’s Data Morning Halifax. “However I believe that was all within the spirit of making an attempt to get one of the best out of others.”

Granelli’s musical profession spanned greater than 60 years and has been acknowledged by the Grammy Awards, the Junos and the Rock & Roll Corridor of Fame. (Stefanie Marcus)

Granelli’s drumming profession spanned greater than 60 years and resulted in additional than 30 albums.

Granelli “just about performed with all people” as a session musician, Reilly stated, and carried out with the likes of the Grateful Lifeless, Lou Rawls, Mose Allison, Sly Stone and, in fact, Vince Guaraldi. 

He lived in San Francisco, Colorado and Seattle and finally moved to Halifax within the late Eighties.

His compositions have been acknowledged by the East Coast Music Awards, the Junos, the Grammy Awards, the Nationwide Library of Congress Sound Archives, and the Rock & Roll Corridor of Fame, which inducted him for his position within the psychedelic outfit Mild Sound Dimension, or LSD.

Granelli was a pure at drumming at a younger age and gained many music competitions. (Submitted by Jerry Granelli)

As a drummer, Granelli had unbelievable vary and a novel sound, Reilly stated.

“He may get sounds out of the drums that no person else may — and intensely delicate as much as, you understand, large, loud, highly effective blasts of vitality.”

He was finest identified for his efficiency of A Charlie Brown Christmas with the Vince Guaraldi Trio, recorded in in the future over three hours. The TV particular was launched in 1965 and has been broadcast yearly to generations of youngsters and followers.

Granelli carried out in A Charlie Brown Christmas as a part of the Vince Guaraldi Trio. (Walt Disney Tv through Getty Photographs)

For a few years, Granelli refused to carry out that music as a result of he did not need to be outlined by it, however he later made peace with the legacy.

Reilly stated he as soon as requested Granelli if it bothered him that amid his huge and assorted musical profession, he was largely identified for that one album.

“He stated, ‘No, I do not thoughts in any respect.’ And he stated, ‘I am grateful.'”

Lately, Granelli started touring a dwell model referred to as Tales from A Charlie Brown Christmas.

“It was for him a method of giving again,” stated Reilly. “And folks beloved him for it and he beloved to do it. He was like, you understand, Father Christmas.”

Granelli practised Tibetan Buddhism, which helped inform his musical observe. (Scott Irvine c. 2019)

Granelli was additionally a sought-after instructor who taught in Berlin, southeast Asia, Italy and throughout the U.S. and Canada.

His reward as a instructor was to assist college students “get completely actual” of their efficiency, Reilly stated.

“He was in a position to get folks to the center of it. I believe he taught folks how you can pay attention.”

Granelli was a practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism, which Reilly stated knowledgeable his musical observe and instructing model.

“It was contemplative meditation from the Buddhist custom, the concept of being within the second and studying to let go of your personal need to make it in your picture and learn to hearken to what was truly occurring and reply to the music that’s simply there.”

On Sunday, simply two days earlier than his dying, Granelli participated in a artistic music workshop referred to as Artwork in On a regular basis Life, hosted by the TD Halifax Jazz Pageant.

A Fb put up on Tuesday attributed to his son, J. Anthony Granelli, stated Granelli might be missed by his three youngsters and 5 grandchildren.


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