Vince Norman

"For years I went back and forth between my Mark VI tenor and a Yamaha Custom. I liked the sound and control I had with the Mark VI but the even response of the Yamaha in all the registers kept me going back and forth between the two. I've finally found the horn that does both. I'm getting the sound I like, can play as hard as I want and never feel like I'm blowing the horn out of control and the response from the very bottom up into the altissimo is impeccable. Thank you Cannonball!" ~ Vince Norman

Joe McCarthy Big Band Former
US Army "Jazz Ambassadors" Member


Vince Norman, the son of saxophonist Ray Norman who played with the big bands of Claude Thornhill and Charlie Barnett and with Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys in the late forties and early fifties, has been exposed to music all his life though his first official introduction to jazz was through his eighth grade band director, Paul Brewer. While playing with the Del City High School Jazz Ensemble he was offered his first gig with the Rick Swyden Big Band at age 16 and has been going non-stop ever since.

Vince has played concert tours in Europe, Japan, India, Mexico and Canada and has played in all 50 states except Alaska. He has performed with such notables as Arturo Sandoval, Clark Terry, Phil Woods, Butch Miles, Marvin Hamlisch, Toots Thielmans, Marvin Stamm, Jamey Aebersold, Tommy Tune, Hal Linden, The Four Aces, The Four Freshmen, The Temptations and even Joan Rivers. He has also performed with the National Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony and with the Cincinnati Pops at several venues including Carnegie Hall.

Vince has written numerous pieces for jazz ensemble as well as several orchestral pops commissions for a saxophone quartet called the Capitol Quartet that performs concerts with major symphonies worldwide. Vince performs extensively in the DC/Baltimore area on saxophone and keyboards as well as playing drums at church each week.

Vince has released two CDs on OA2 Records as coleader of the Vince Norman/Joe McCarthy Big Band, "Words Cannot Express" and "Bright Future". He has also written for, performed and recorded with the DC area latin jazz group, Afro Bop Alliance with which he played on the 51st Grammy Award Nominated and 9th Latin Grammy Award winning collaboration with Dave Samuels' Caribbean Jazz Project simply entitled "Afro Bop Alliance". He is also the regular saxophonist with the highly sought after DC/Baltimore variety band, 'Round Midnight.

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