Norman Granz Quotes

39 Norman Granz quotes:

"I don't know who's 18 years old today that, 20 years hence, is going to be a jazz fan."
"I don't think I will ever do any tours again in the United States. I rather think that that's over with."
"I'm concerned with trend. I don't know where jazz fans will come from 20 years from now."
"If I were to put on Barbra Streisand and Duke Ellington, one might say the combination isn't good."
"The history of all big jazz bands shows was, first they played for dancing, and then they played for singing."
"The new, younger artists today are too insecure to be willing to face that kind of musical competition afforded by the jam session."
"The record companies are interested in the kind of sales they can get from the rock groups."
"I allowed artists to play for as long as they felt they could justifiably continue to create."
"My juices needed restoring. I needed a sabbatical from the record business."
"Sponsors and networks will really go all out and simply evaluate people on the basis of talent."
"As long as we're in a democracy, I have to give what I think the majority of people will enjoy."
"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 find myself more at peace when I live in Europe."
"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."
"There are very few groups that really stay together. The leaders of groups make enough money to be able to afford to work a maximum of 35-40 weeks a year."
"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 don't think that jazz, as any kind of an art form, has any permanence attached to it, apart from the practitioners of it."
"If you look at my audiences, even in Europe, they're hardly teenagers."
"Today it's rare to find a major artist that would be willing to break up his own group. They need the musical security their own groups give them."
"You can't have a finale that runs one hour. So you give each man 40 minutes or so, and you say: Let's do a jam session at the end with the leaders."

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