Posts Tagged ‘Norman Connors’

Norfolk Waterfront Jazz Festival 2020 features George Benson, David Sanborn, Euge Groove, Norman Connors, Ronnie Laws, Lonnie Liston Smith, Jean Carne, Cindy Bradley, Paula Atherton, Adam Hawley, Jackiem Joyner.

Friday and Saturday, August 21 & 22, 2020

Town Point Park, 113 Waterside Dr, Norfolk, Virginia 23510


Norman Connors illustrious resume includes work with saxophonists Pharoah Sanders, Jackie McLean, Archie Shepp and Sam Rivers and organist Jack McDuff along with a list of other jazz luminaries. He has produced for everyone from Angela Bofill, Phyllis Hyman, Peabo Bryson and Howard Hewett to Lonnie Liston Smith and Bobby Lyle. Connors signed with Buddah’s Cobblestone record label in 1972 and recorded a body of critically acclaimed albums that reached multi-platinum selling status. Among Connors recordings in this period are Dance of Magic, which featured the all-star lineup of Herbie Hancock (who appears on Norman’s first five albums), Stanley Clarke, Ron Carter, Hubert Laws, Gary Bartz, Carlos Garnett and Dee Dee Bridgewater. Connors also made the recordings Dark of Light, Love from the Sun, Slewfoot and Saturday Night Special, featuring the number 10 soul hit “Valentine Love.” In 1976 Connors struck gold with the hit “You Are My Starship,” from the album of the same title, which also included the chart-topping Thom Bell and Linda Creed classic “Betcha By Golly Wow” featuring Phyllis Hyman. In the late 70s Connors was courted by Clive Davis who signed him to Arista Records. His debut for the label, This Is Your Life (featuring Eleanor Mills) made a splash with the title track and eventually the album went gold.

He also enjoyed success with his album Invitation (featuring Ada Dyer), which featured his celebrated Starship Orchestra that included Bobby Lyle, Onaje Allan Gumbs, Marion Meadows, Jacques Burvick, Duke Jones, Buzzy Jones, Tony Jones, Billy McCoy, and Jean Carne among others. He recorded five more albums for Arista before signing with Capitol in the late 80s and the Motown’s jazz label, Mojazz, in the 90s. He recorded a top ten jazz album Eternity on the Starship/EMI label in 2001.

Norman Connors is still shooting for the stars and his musical universe just gets better and better with each passing year. Star Power affirms Norman Connors presence as an incredible musical force who knows how to make music for the heart, mind and soul.

Sat, October 24, 2015 7:30 pm

Ginny’s Supper Club, 310 Lenox Ave., New York, NY, 10027


Got Tickets? Get your tickets for one of the Hottest Jazz Festivals for 2015. The 2015 Steel City Jazz Festival, Birmingham, AL June 4-6th with over 25 National Artist. $65 for two days of awesome music. Logon to to get your tickets.

The 3-day Steel City Jazz Festival, June 4-6, 2015, features vocalist Maysa, Kim Waters, Norman Connors, vocalist Jean Carne, Ronnie Laws, vocalist Debra Laws, Kyle Turner, WAR, Kim Scott, Rick Braun, Kirk Whalum, Norman Brown and Ken Ford!

Linn Park, 710 20th St N, Birmingham, Alabama 35203

The 3rd Annual Richmond Jazz Festival at Maymont brings back a sense of serenity, soul and smooth sounds to the City of Richmond. Located at Maymont, the Richmond Jazz Festival features over 20 local, national and international bands and artists on two stages. Festival attendees enjoy smooth jazz, while taking advantage of products and services sold by vendors, scheduled wine tastings and chef demonstrations featuring international cuisine. This year, the festival will span over 3 days!

Festival performances will begin on Friday, August 10th with local jazz acts at the Hippodrome Theater. Then come enjoy the beautiful landscape of Maymont where over 20 artists will perform on August 11th and August 12th. The musical selections will be predominately jazz, but will also include R&B, neo-soul and other genres that add diversity and flavor to the festival.

Artists Schedule:

Lonnie Liston Smith

India Arie
Robert Cray
Dave Koz
Trombone Shorty
Stanley Clarke
Keiko Matsui
Brian Simpson
Ravi Coltrane
Bebe Winans
Kim Waters
Allen Stone

George Benson
The Whispers
Norman Brown
Poncho Sanchez
John Pizzarelli
Jeff Lorber
Nick Colionne
Norman Connors
Lonnie Liston Smith

Richmond Jazz Festival, Maymont Park, 1700 Hampton St, Richmond, Virginia 23220