Legendary music manager Jazz Summers died at the age of seventy one, after living with lung cancer for over two years.
- Tributes have poured in from artists and business heavyweights following news of the the death of Jazz Summers.
- Jazz Summers who managed major acts including The Verve, Snow Patrol Scissor Sisters, Wham! and Soul II Soul.
According to spokesman for Big Life Management, which Summers co-founded 29 years ago, Summers’ artists have sold more than 60m albums and 72m singles around the world, including more than 100 top 40 hits, he said, “The music industry has lost one of its most vibrant, most notorious and most brilliant characters. A champion of new music, a non-conformist and a visionary, Jazz Summers will be greatly missed.” He added that Summers was a “master of artist development” and his ability to recognize the potential of a song had brought him “huge success across several decades”.
The tributes trends on social media for Summers, who clearly had a marked impact on a huge array of music industry talent.
Jazz Summers (15 March 1944 – 15 August 2015) was a British music manager. He managed acts such as Snow Patrol, The Verve, Scissor Sisters and Klaxons. With Simon Napier-Bell, he co-managed Wham! and is credited with enabling them to break into the US market in 1985 and to be the first western pop group to tour China.
Summers was sent to Gordon Boys (a military school in Woking) at the age of 12 and enlisted in the army at the age of 15. He served as a radiographer in Hong Kong and Malaysia.
In 1986, he and Tim Parry founded Big Life, a music management company. The two men also operated Big Life Records. Among his other music-related interests was his role as chairman of the Music Managers Forum.
Summers was married on at least two occasions, with the pop singer Yazz, whom he also managed, being a former wife. He was survived by Dianna, his wife, as well as three daughters.
Summers refuted allegations about his conduct, saying “I’ve never burned a venue to the ground. I’ve never even hit an A&R man. I locked one in a cupboard once, as punishment for some racism and sexism.”IMAGE/Twitter