Gary Lightbody, Zane Lowe, Charlatans lead tributes to music manager Jazz Summers

Snow Patrol front man amongst legions praising the popular band manager, who died this week

Tributes to band manager Jazz Summers have been flooding in from all corners of the music industry, following his death from lung cancer this week.

Summers had a role in many a musical success story, having worked with The Verve, Snow Patrol, Wham!, London Grammar, Scissor Sisters and many more notable names. He co-founded Big Life Management 29 years ago, and has since played a key role in the company helping to sell – according to The Guardian – 60 million albums and 72 million singles.

“So sad that Jazz Summers has passed away” Lightbody posted on his Twitter account. “He believed in Snow Patrol when few did & was a huge reason for our success. Thank you, Jazz.”


“Heartbroken to hear that my friend and ex-manager has passed away,” tweeted Boy George. “He was a formidable force of nature! A fighter till the end.”

The Charltan’s Tim Burgess added: “A sad farewell to Jazz Summers – music legend and good friend of The Charlatans. Thoughts are with his family. He was a good un.”

“Jazz Summers meant the world to the four of us,” stated another Summers act, The Futureheads. “He had a huge heart and was full of vital energy to always make things happen.”

Zane Lowe tweeted “thank you Jazz Summers, for your guidance and friendship.”

Summers’ company Big Life Management also added their own tribute:

“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.”

Summers had been fighting his cancer for two years. He was 71.