Image Record: [Ella Fitzgerald and Norman Granz at microphone : color photoprint.]
Jazz at the Philharmonic – Bringing Jazz to the World
Archival documents from several of the Archives Center’s collections attest to the significance and reach of Norman Granz’s Jazz at the Philharmonic.
Under Granz’s leadership, Jazz at the Philharmonic thrived and became a major “brand” with multiple programs. In addition to arranging and promoting tours and performances, Granz produced commercial recordings of the live concerts on the record labels – Clef, Verve, and Pablo – he founded. He also personally managed the careers of several musicians, including Ella Fitzgerald and Oscar Peterson. The performers were well paid and the exposure they gained from participating in JATP tours enhanced their careers.