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Norman Granz Quotes and Sayings

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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.
- Norman Granz

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

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.
- Norman Granz

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

 

The record companies are interested in the kind of
sales they can get from the rock groups.
- Norman Granz

I don't know who's 18 years old today that,
20 years hence, is going to be a jazz fan.
- Norman Granz

If I were to put on Barbra Streisand and Duke Ellington,
one might say the combination isn't good.
- Norman Granz

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My function at Verve was that of a genuine producer
in artists and repertoire.
- Norman Granz

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

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.
- Norman Granz

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.
- Norman Granz

For years, Jazz At The Philharmonic albums were the only ones of their kind.
- Norman Granz

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

I allowed artists to play for as long as they felt
they could justifiably continue to create.
- Norman Granz

I don't want to sound as if I'm doing something tremendously special.
But I am a jazz fan.
- Norman Granz

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.
- Norman Granz

I find myself more at peace when I live in Europe.
- Norman Granz

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

I still continue to do at least four concert tours a year,
and in many cases, as many as six.
- Norman Granz

Sponsors and networks will really go all out and simply
evaluate people on the basis of talent.
- Norman Granz

I don't think I will ever do any tours again in the United States.
I rather think that that's over with.
- Norman Granz

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

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

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.
- Norman Granz

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.
- Norman Granz

The history of all big jazz bands shows was,
first they played for dancing, and then they played for singing.
- Norman Granz

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

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.
- Norman Granz

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

Jazz was uplifted by what I did.
- Norman Granz

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

My juices needed restoring.
I needed a sabbatical from the record business.
- Norman Granz

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.
- Norman Granz

What we think, we become.
All that we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts, we make the world.
- The Buddha PHOTO

Life is as easy or as hard as you think it is.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To know yet to think that one does not know is best;
Not to know yet to think that one knows
will lead to difficulty.
- Lao Tzu

People should think things out fresh
and not just accept conventional terms
and the conventional way of doing things.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Truth is not defined by
how many people believe something.
Ask. Question. Think.
Decide - for yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I don't think of all the misery
but of the beauty that still remains.
- Anne Frank

It isn't what you have, or who you are, or where you are,
or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy.
It is what you think about.
- Dale Carnegie

Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Tolerance is the first principle of community;
it is the spirit which conserves
the best that all men think.
- Helen Keller

If I feel depressed I will sing.
If I feel sad I will laugh.
If I feel ill I will double my labor.
If I feel fear I will plunge ahead.
If I feel inferior I will wear new garments.
If I feel uncertain I will raise my voice.
If I feel poverty I will think of wealth to come.
If I feel incompetent I will think of past success.
If I feel insignificant I will remember my goals.
Today I will be the master of my emotions.
- Og Mandino

Every thought we think is creating our future.
- Louise L. Hay

Excellence is the result of
caring more than others think wise,
risking more than other's think safe,
dreaming more than others think practical,
and expecting more than others think possible.
- Anonymous

The most important thing about Spaceship Earth -
an instruction book didn't come with it.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie,
deliberate, contrived and dishonest,
but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic.
- John F. Kennedy

Men and women are not prisoners of fate,
but only prisoners of their own minds.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

The simplest questions are the most profound.
Where were you born?
Where is your home?
Where are you going?
What are you doing?
Think about these once in a while
and watch your answers change.
- Richard Bach

We should not pretend to understand the world
only by the intellect.
The judgment of the intellect
is only part of the truth.
- Carl Jung

The most important things in life
are seldom the most obvious.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If a problem cannot be solved, enlarge it.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

The eyes are not responsible when the mind does the seeing.
- Publilius Syrus

The important thing is not to stop questioning.
Curiosity has its own reason for existing.
- Albert Einstein

When you keep getting the wrong answers,
try asking better questions.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The greatest harm can result from the best intentions.
- Terry Goodkind

If a million people say a foolish thing,
it is still a foolish thing.
- Anatole France

People hardly ever make use of the freedom which they have,
for example, freedom of thought;
instead they demand freedom of speech as a compensation.
- Soren Kierkegaard

To kill an error is as good a service as,
and sometimes even better than,
the establishing of a new truth or fact.
- Charles Darwin

The problem with making assumptions
is that we believe they are the truth
- don Miguel Ruiz

The most incomprehensible thing about the world
is that it is comprehensible.
- Albert Einstein

Children are born innocent.
Before they are domesticated they live in the moment,
love without fear, and don't even think about the opinions of others.
- don Miguel Ruiz

You know that place between sleeping and awake,
that place where you can still remember dreaming?
That's where I'll always think of you.
- James M. Barrie

Many people allow their need
for other people's approval to control their lives.
They spend their lives worrying about what others think of them.
- Rick Warren

To change who you are,
change who you think you are.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Be more concerned with your character than your reputation,
because your character is what you really are,
while your reputation is merely what others think you are.
- John Wooden

Live so that when your children think of fairness,
caring and integrity, they think of you.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

You are braver than you believe,
stronger than you seem,
and smarter than you think.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience
in which you really stop to look fear in the face.
You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

With every rising of the sun
Think of your life as just begun.
- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

What we think, we become.
- The Buddha


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