Norma Winstone

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s

Biography

23 September 1941, London, England. Although she studied formally as a pianist, Winstone decided to sing as a career and by her mid-teens was a professional vocalist. Although her earliest work was in the mainstream of jazz and jazz-influenced popular song, she was soon orientated towards the modern end of the jazz spectrum. In the 60s she became known for her musical associations with Michael Garrick, her singing developing into a frequently wordless instrumental style. In the late 60s, 70s and early 80s her reputation spread and she was a member of the trio, Azimuth, with Kenny Wheeler and her husband John Taylor. She continued to work with leading contemporary musicians, including Ralph Towner, Mike Westbrook and Eberhard Weber.

In the late 80s and early 90s Winstone’s repertoire underwent a slight shift and she was again performing many classic songs of earlier decades, often accompanied by Tony Coe. Although her new repertoire is...

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