Sun Mar 25

Norman Connors & Starship Orchestra presents Sunday Brunch

Sun, March 25
1PM / $35
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Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club

7719 Wisconsin Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814

Norman Connors

  • Stellar Entertainment Group and Bethesda Blues Presents "Music Legends Sunday Brunch" featuring Norman Connors & the Starship Orchestra" "Jazz, Funk & Soul Music Birthday Celebration for Legendary Norman Connors

     

Norman Connors (born March 1, 1947) is a Grammy Award Winning Legendary American jazz drummer, composer, arranger, and producer who have led some influential jazz and R&B groups. He has also achieved great known big R&B hits of the day, especially with love ballads. Norman Connors is possibly best known for the 1976 hit, "You Are My Starship" on which lead vocals were sung by Michael Henderson.


Norman Connors lived in the same Philadelphia neighborhood as comedian Bill Cosby (just 4 doors away) and had an interest in jazz from a very early age to play drums. Norman Connors was exposed to jazz extensively and became heavily influenced by the drummer Lex Humphries and the younger brother of bassist and Jazz-Messenger player, Spanky De Brest. He first met his idol, Miles Davis, at the early  age of 13 in 1960!


Norman Connors had the honor to sit in for Elvin Jones at a John Coltrane performance while he was only in middle school. Norman Connors studied music at Temple University and Juilliard. His first recording was on Archie Shepp's 1967 release, Magic of JuJu. Norman Connors played with Pharoah Sanders for the next several years until signing in 1972 with jazz label, Cobblestone Records, a division of Buddah Records, and releasing his first record as a
bandleader.


Norman Connors began to focus more on R&B material in the mid-1970s after signing with Buddah Records and then becoming the label's A&R manager. He scored several US hits with songs featuring guest vocalists such as Michael Henderson, Jean Carne, and Phyllis Hyman. The most successful of the great songs were "You Are My Starship" (#4 R&B, #27 Pop), featuring Michael Henderson in 1976, while "Valentine Love", his first chart success, made #10 R&B in 1975, with vocals from Michael Henderson and Jean Carne. Dee Dee Bridgewater also performed with him on the jazz album "Love from the Sun". Betcha by Golly Wow featuring Phyllis Hymn was a phenomenal hit and favorite of all times! Norman Connors has also produced recordings for various artists, including Jean Carne, Phyllis Hyman, Al Johnson, Norman Brown, and saxophonist Marion Meadows.


Norman Connors switched to the Arista label when Buddah was bought out in 1978 and achieved a crossover to the disco scene in 1980 when he had the hit 'Take it to the Limit', which was released on 12" single. The B side, "Black Cow" (an instrumental) was written by Steely Dan's Walter Becker and Donald Fagen. In 1988 he had a hit on Capitol Records with "I Am Your Melody" (with B-side "Samba for Maria") from his LP Passion which he produced featuring Spencer Harrison. His most recent work, Star Power, features smooth jazz and urban crossover music. An extraordinaire jazz drummer, composer, producer and arranger Norman Connors, whose legacy of music is easy to fall in love with every song! A True Living Legend and Music Icon for all ages that embraces people all over the World! Norman Connors & the Starship Orchestra will be landing at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club on Palm Sunday, March 25th , 2018, 1pm-4pm for the Music Legends Brunch and a great birthday celebration for Norman!

Sun, March 25

1PM / $35
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