Norman Granz Quotes

39 Norman Granz quotes:

"In 1958, I decided that I was going to live in Europe permanently. So in 1959 I moved to Lugano, Switzerland."
"Jazz was uplifted by what I did."
"Many movie people, who would never have dreamt of using jazz arrangers for scores, are doing it frequently now, even though they water them down."
"My function at Verve was that of a genuine producer in artists and repertoire."
"My juices needed restoring. I needed a sabbatical from the record business."
"Of the newer people I would like to display to the public, I find it almost impossible to get them to agree to the jam session form."
"Sponsors and networks will really go all out and simply evaluate people on the basis of talent."
"The economic picture in the States today doesn't allow for jazz concerts in a tour fashion. People now are too used to the Festival, which gives them more names for the same price."
"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 public, hearing pop music, is, without knowing it, also soaking up jazz."
"The record companies are interested in the kind of sales they can get from the rock groups."
"There are many artists that I present that I admit I like less than I do others. But I think that they warrant being presented by my own, personal standards."
"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."
"To play today in London, next week in Madrid and the week after that in Warsaw is a bit better than playing Newark and Baltimore and Philadelphia. I've been doing that for 20 years."
"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."
"When I was doing jazz concerts in America, I would use the biggest names I could find."
"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."
"You will always find a few people in any area that would like things done completely their way."

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