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Norman Granz
August 6, 1918 - November 22, 2001
Nationality: American
Category: Musician
Subcategory: American Musician

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.


I made it easier for many artists to play in certain areas.


When I was doing jazz concerts in America, I would use the biggest names I could find.


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 find myself more at peace when I live in Europe.


I'm talking as a professional impresario. I'm not judging anybody at all.


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.


The public, hearing pop music, is, without knowing it, also soaking up jazz.


In 1958, I decided that I was going to live in Europe permanently. So in 1959 I moved to Lugano, Switzerland.


If you look at my audiences, even in Europe, they're hardly teenagers.


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.


I'm concerned with trend. I don't know where jazz fans will come from 20 years from now.


Ellington is a writer and arranger, as well as a musician and leader. He does movie sound tracks.


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.


You will always find a few people in any area that would like things done completely their way.


Jazz was uplifted by what I did.


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.


As long as we're in a democracy, I have to give what I think the majority of people will enjoy.


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