Red Norvo

Knowledge Identifier: +Red_Norvo


Red Norvo

American jazz's early vibraphonists, known as Mr Swingadd

Category: Music (655)

Born in 1908.

Countries: United States (83%), United Kingdom (6%), Italy (3%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, Jimmy Dorsey

Linked to: Columbia Records, Decca Records, American Record Corporation




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Red Norvo was born in 1908 add something


Norvo's career began in Chicago with a band called "The Collegians", in 1925. add something


Dick McDonough - After exchanging banjo for guitar, he did extensive work as a session musician in the 1930s and played with Jimmy and Tommy Dorsey, The Boswell Sisters, Joe Venuti, Benny Goodman, Miff Mole, Adrian Rollini, Red Norvo, Jack Teagarden, Johnny Mercer, Billie Holiday, Pee Wee Russell, Frankie Trumbauer, Glenn Miller, and Gene Gifford among others


Artie Bernstein - He performed with trumpeter Red Nichols, Red Norvo and others, and recorded with Ben Pollack, Jimmy and Tommy Dorsey, and many others in the 1930s


Hank Wayland - His credits in the 1930s include time with Benny Goodman , Red Norvo , Artie Shaw , Bunny Berigan , and Larry Clinton


In 1933 he recorded two sessions for Brunswick under his own name. add something


Norvo recorded 8 modern swing sides for Columbia in 1934–1935, and 15 sides of Decca and their short-lived Champion label series in 1936 (strangely enough, Jack Kapp ran Decca, so they must've patched things up by). add something


Starting in 1936 through 1942, Norvo formed a Swing Orchestra and recorded for ARC first on their Brunswick label, Vocalion and finally Columbia, after CBS bought out the ARC company. add something


Maurice Purtill - At the age of 20, he would go on to play with Red Norvo at the beginning of 1936


In 1938, Red Norvo and His Orchestra reached number one with their recordings of "Please Be Kind", which was number one for two weeks, and "Says My Heart", with lead vocals by Mildred Bailey, which was number one for four weeks on the pop charts, reaching number one during the week of June 18, 1938. add something


Max Miller (jazz musician) - He was first mentioned in Esquire's Jazz Book in 1944, being compared to Lionel Hampton and Red Norvo as a vibes player.


In June 1945, while a member of the Benny Goodman Sextet, he recorded a session for Comet records using a sextet which featured members of the Goodman group and Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie. add something


In 1949, while trying to find work near home on the West Coast and running into difficulties with large groups, Norvo formed a trio with the novel combination of vibes, guitar, and bass. add something


Tal Farlow - While with the Red Norvo Trio from 1949–1953, Farlow became famous in the jazz world.


Charles Mingus - A popular trio of Mingus, Red Norvo and Tal Farlow in 1950 and 1951 received considerable acclaim, but Mingus' mixed origin caused problems with club owners and he left the group.


Art Tatum - According to vibraphonist Red Norvo, in whose group Mingus played bass around 1950, Mingus tried out for Tatum's trio but did not have the ear to follow Tatum's "difficult atonal things".


Billie Holiday - Franco and Red Norvo.


In 1959 Norvo's group played concerts in Australia with Frank_Sinatra; Blue Note released these recordings in 1997. add something


Juliet Prowse - She would go on to appear with Sinatra and other notable guests such as Ella Fitzgerald, Peter Lawford, Hermione Gingold, the Hi-Lo's, Red Norvo, Nelson_Riddle and his orchestra on the 1959, " Frank Sinatra Show


Monk Montgomery - Later, from 1966 to 1970, he freelanced with Cal Tjader and continued to play where he settled in Las Vegas, Nevada, with The Red Norvo Trio


Red Norvo died in 1999 add something