My juices needed restoring. I needed a sabbatical from the record business.— Norman Granz
The most powerful Norman Granz quotes that will activate your inner potential
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.
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.
Sponsors and networks will really go all out and simply evaluate people on the basis of talent.
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.
If you don't get substantially what you want, be ready to walk. And don't look back.
If I were to put on Barbra Streisand and Duke Ellington, one might say the combination isn't good.
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.
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.
As long as we're in a democracy, I have to give what I think the majority of people will enjoy.
The public, hearing pop music, is, without knowing it, also soaking up jazz.
For years, Jazz At The Philharmonic albums were the only ones of their kind.
The whole reason for Jazz at the Philharmonic was to take it to places where I could break down segregation.
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.
When I was doing jazz concerts in America, I would use the biggest names I could find.
You’re probably smarter than you present yourself.
I'm talking as a professional impresario. I'm not judging anybody at all.
The history of all big jazz bands shows was, first they played for dancing, and then they played for singing.
If you look at my audiences, even in Europe, they're hardly teenagers.
My function at Verve was that of a genuine producer in artists and repertoire.
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.
Ellington is a writer and arranger, as well as a musician and leader. He does movie sound tracks.
I find myself more at peace when I live in Europe.
Jazz is America's own. It is played and listened to by all peoples - in harmony together. Pigmentation differences have no place... as in genuine democracy, only performance counts.
I still continue to do at least four concert tours a year, and in many cases, as many as six.
In 1958, I decided that I was going to live in Europe permanently.
So in 1959 I moved to Lugano, Switzerland.
I allowed artists to play for as long as they felt they could justifiably continue to create.
I made it easier for many artists to play in certain areas.
Jazz was uplifted by what I did.
You will always find a few people in any area that would like things done completely their way.
The record companies are interested in the kind of sales they can get from the rock groups.
I don't know who's 18 years old today that, 20 years hence, is going to be a jazz fan.
At Verve, my bookkeeper would invariably say, 'Well, why do you want to put out Roy Eldridge?' Or 'Why do you want to put out Ben Webster? They don't sell.' And I'd say, 'Well, whether they sell or not, they're important, they should be recorded and they're what Verve stands for, so we don't have to discuss that any further.
I don't want to sound as if I'm doing something tremendously special. But I am a jazz fan.
I'm concerned with trend. I don't know where jazz fans will come from 20 years from now.
I don't think I will ever do any tours again in the United States.
I rather think that that's over with.