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Walter Norris

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Born in Little Rock, Arkansas, on December 27, 1931, Norris first studied piano at home with his mother, then with John Summers, a local church organist. His first professional performances were with the Howard Williams Band in and around Little Rock during his junior high and high school years. After graduating from high school, Norris played briefly with Mose Allison, then did a two-year tour in the US Air Force. After his time in the Air Force, Norris played with Jimmy Ford in Houston, Texas, then moved to Los Angeles where he became an integral part of the West Coast Jazz scene. While in Los Angeles, he played on Jack Sheldon's first album and on Ornette Coleman's first album, Something Else! The Music of Ornette Coleman (1958) for Contemporary Records. In 1960, Norris relocated to New York City and formed a trio with guitarist Billy Bean and bassist Hal Gaylor, and the group made one album

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Article: Album Review

Joe Pass: In Hamburg

Read "In Hamburg" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Blues, ballads, bossas, burners--it made no difference to the late Joe Pass, an uncompromising perfectionist who took them all in stride and was, if anything, almost too flawless to arouse in the listener an earnest emotional response. Listening to Pass, one quickly gains the impression that there wasn't anything he couldn't do--an impression that is borne ...

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Genesis of Genius: The Contemporary Albums

Label: Contemporary Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: LP1 Something Else!!!!: Invisible; The Blessing; Jayne; Chippie; The Disguise; Angel Voice; Alpha; When Will The Blues Leave?; The Sphinx.

LP2 Tomorrow Is the Question!: Tomorrow Is The Question!; Tears Inside; Mind And Time; Compassion; Giggin'; Rejoicing; Lorraine; Turnaround; Endless.

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Article: Album Review

Ornette Coleman: Genesis of Genius: The Contemporary Albums

Read "Genesis of Genius: The Contemporary Albums" reviewed by Jeff Kaliss


For many an Ornette Coleman devotee, devotion was pledged with the singular saxophonist's The Shape of Jazz to Come (Atlantic). It was recorded in May and released in November of 1959, and it's a matter of when in our life we caught up with it. For some of us, that's when we first felt liberated by ...

News: Birthday

Jazz Musician of the Day: Walter Norris

Jazz Musician of the Day: Walter Norris

All About Jazz is celebrating Walter Norris' birthday today! Born in Little Rock, Arkansas, on December 27, 1931, Norris first studied piano at home with his mother, then with John Summers, a local church organist. His first professional performances were with the Howard Williams Band in and around Little Rock during his junior high and high ...

News: Birthday

Jazz Musician of the Day: Walter Norris

Jazz Musician of the Day: Walter Norris

All About Jazz is celebrating Walter Norris' birthday today! Born in Little Rock, Arkansas, on December 27, 1931, Norris first studied piano at home with his mother, then with John Summers, a local church organist. His first professional performances were with the Howard Williams Band in and around Little Rock during his junior high and high ...

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Article: Year in Review

2019: Striking A Balance In Review, Part 2

Read "2019: Striking A Balance In Review, Part 2" reviewed by Henning Bolte


Part 1 | Part 2This is the second part of an article that looks back and reflects on experiences with live music in 2019. This part deals with a musician's legacy (Ornette Coleman) and continues with an examination of artistic developments and dynamics in the jazz field in a festival (Jazzfest Berlin) and related ...

News: Birthday

Jazz Musician of the Day: Walter Norris

Jazz Musician of the Day: Walter Norris

All About Jazz is celebrating Walter Norris' birthday today! Born in Little Rock, Arkansas, on December 27, 1931, Norris first studied piano at home with his mother, then with John Summers, a local church organist. His first professional performances were with the Howard Williams Band in and around Little Rock during his junior high and high ...

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Article: Album Review

Paul Bley: When Will The Blues Leave

Read "When Will The Blues Leave" reviewed by John Ephland


Ornette Coleman recorded “When Will The Blues Leave" in early 1958, released the next year on Something Else!!!! (Contemporary). Paul Bley played Coleman's blues four years later on The Floater Syndrome (Savoy Records), a trio recording with bassist Steve Swallow and drummer Pete La Roca. Both versions--Coleman's in a quintet with trumpeter Don Cherry, bassist Don ...

News: Birthday

Jazz Musician of the Day: Walter Norris

Jazz Musician of the Day: Walter Norris

All About Jazz is celebrating Walter Norris' birthday today! Born in Little Rock, Arkansas, on December 27, 1931, Norris first studied piano at home with his mother, then with John Summers, a local church organist. His first professional performances were with the Howard Williams Band in and around Little Rock during his junior high and high ...


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