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Hank Marr: Groovin’ It

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Hank Marr, professor of jazz studies at Ohio State University, puts the lie to the adage that those who can, play, and that those who can’t, teach. Marr, born in Columbus (home of the Buckeyes) in 1927, cut his jazz teeth in garage sessions with little Ronnie Kirk (who would later storm the scene as Rahsaan Roland Kirk). Switching to organ after falling under the sway of Wild Bill Davis and Jimmy Smith, Marr found a niche on the 1960s’ organ-room circuit. And though academia beckoned, Marr’s Hammond B-3 was always at close hand-and foot.

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