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Norman Simmons (musician)

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Name  Norman Simmons

Norman Simmons (musician) jazztimescomimagescontentarticles0002058020
Albums  I'm the Blues, 13th Moon, Blues Bop & Ballads
Similar People  Carmen McRae, Johnny Griffin, Al Grey, Vernel Fournier, Scott Hamilton

Norman Simmons (born October 6, 1929) is an American arranger, composer, educator, and most prominently a pianist who has worked extensively with Helen Humes, Carmen McRae, Sarah Vaughan, Anita O'Day, and Joe Williams among others.

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Biography

Simmons was born in Chicago on October 6, 1929. In 1966 his arrangement for Ramsey Lewis' hit of "Wade in the Water" became a large commercial success. He was a member of the Ellington Legacy Band beginning in 2002.

As leader

  • Norman Simmons Trio (Argo, 1956)
  • Ramira The Dancer (Spotlite, 1976)
  • Midnight Creeper (Milljac, 1979)
  • I'm...The Blues (Milljac, 1981)
  • 13th Moon (Milljac, 1986)
  • The Heat And The Sweet (Milljac, 1997)
  • The Art Of Norman Simmons (Savant, 2000) - with Eric Alexander
  • Manha De Carnaval (Sound Hills [Japan], 2002)
  • Synthesis (Savant, 2002) - with Eric Alexander
  • In Private (Savant, 2004)
  • As sideman

    With Johnny Griffin

  • Battle Stations (Prestige, 1960) - with Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis
  • Johnny Griffin’s Studio Jazz Party (Riverside, 1960)
  • With Red Holloway

  • Red Soul (Prestige, 1965)
  • With Carmen McRae

  • Sings Lover Man and Other Billie Holiday Classics (Philips, 1962)
  • Live at Sugar Hill San Francisco (Time, 1963)
  • Second to None (Mainstream, 1964)
  • Woman Talk, Live at the Village Gate (Mainstream, 1965)
  • Live & Wailing (Mainstream, 1965, reissued with Woman Talk on Columbia, 1973)
  • Carmen McRae (Mainstream, 1971)
  • With Betty Carter

  • Betty Carter (Bet-Car Productions, 1970)
  • Round Midnight (Roulette, 1975)
  • Finally (Roulette, 1988)
  • With Roy Eldridge

  • What It's All About (Pablo, 1976)
  • With Harold Ousley

  • The People's Groove (Muse, 1977)
  • Sweet Double Hipness (Muse, 1980)
  • With Anita O'Day

  • Anita O'Day with John Poole Trio Featuring Norman Simmons - Live at Mingo's (Emily, 1979)
  • With Scott Hamilton and Warren VachĂ©

  • Skyscrapers (Concord Jazz, 1980)
  • With Clifford Jordan, Von Freeman, Cy Touff, Victor Sproles, and Wilbur Campbell

  • Hyde Park After Dark (Bee Hive, 1983)
  • With Joe Williams

  • Joe Williams & Friends June 1985 - I Just Want to Sing (Delos, 1985)
  • Every Night: Live At Vine St. (Verve, 1987)
  • In Good Company (Verve, 1989)
  • That Holiday Feelin' (Verve, 1990)
  • Ballad And Blues Master (Verve, 1992)
  • With Al Grey and Bjarne Nerem

  • Al Meets Bjarne (Gemini, 1987)
  • As arranger

    With Johnny Griffin

  • The Little Giant (Riverside, 1959)
  • White Gardenia (Riverside, 1961)
  • With Teri Thornton

  • Devil May Care (Riverside, 1961)
  • References

    Norman Simmons (musician) Wikipedia


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