Norman Granz Quotes

39 Norman Granz quotes:

"Amsterdam must have more than a million people. But the only area where jazz is really profitable and successful in an economic sense is in Japan. That's because they haven't been exposed enough."
"As long as we're in a democracy, I have to give what I think the majority of people will enjoy."
"Ella can work nightclubs that Duke might not be able to work, because of having the big band. Where they go now is strictly a matter of their own names and talents."
"Ellington is a writer and arranger, as well as a musician and leader. He does movie sound tracks."
"For years, Jazz At The Philharmonic albums were the only ones of their kind."
"Germany is probably the richest country in Western Europe. Yet they wouldn't take any television with Duke and Ella, their reaction being that people weren't interested in it."
"I allowed artists to play for as long as they felt they could justifiably continue to create."
"I don't know who's 18 years old today that, 20 years hence, is going to be a jazz fan."
"I don't say that the supposed Civil Rights development is a myth, but it's a matter of dealing with reality. It's purely peripheral and, in many cases, it's just a facade."
"I don't think I will ever do any tours again in the United States. I rather think that that's over with."
"I don't think that jazz, as any kind of an art form, has any permanence attached to it, apart from the practitioners of it."
"I don't want to sound as if I'm doing something tremendously special. But I am a jazz fan."
"I find myself more at peace when I live in Europe."
"I made it easier for many artists to play in certain areas."
"I still continue to do at least four concert tours a year, and in many cases, as many as six."
"I still travel a great deal. I go to the States, not for too long periods, but I make frequent trips because of my management problems with Ella."
"I'm concerned with trend. I don't know where jazz fans will come from 20 years from now."
"I'm talking as a professional impresario. I'm not judging anybody at all."
"If I were to put on Barbra Streisand and Duke Ellington, one might say the combination isn't good."
"If you look at my audiences, even in Europe, they're hardly teenagers."

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