Gene Norman, American jazz promoter, Died at 93

  Business, Music

Gene Norman was born in New York and died November 2, 2015 in Los Angeles.

He was an American Concert Promoter, and a Los Angeles DJ that appears on KLAC and KFWB from 1947 through 1964 and label owner.

Gene Norman as we know him now change his name from his birth name Eugene Nabatoff.

Gene graduated from the University of Wisconsin.

He started his radio career in San Francisco, before relocating to Los Angeles in the 1940s.

In 1954 Gene founded a recording label known as record label Gene Norman Presents, GNP, which later became GNP Crescendo.

Some of his earliest records were jazz sessions with Chet Baker and Gerry Mulligan, Clifford Brown and Max Roach and Miles Davis, Lionel Hampton and Dizzy Gillespie.

Gene also owned the Crescendo Club, Hollywood, a jazz club on the famous Sunset Strip where many jazz and Latin music stars such as Miles Davis, George Shearing and Tito Puente appeared along with cutting edge comedians such as Lenny Bruce, Mort Sahl, Woody Allen, Bob Newhart, Shecky Greene, Dick Gregory and Shelly Berman.

Gene Norman passed away at 93 years old on November 2, 2015.