Norman Edwards Jr. Bio
Norman Paul Edwards Jr. was born on March 15, 1985 in Queens, New York. He
was born into a musical family, his father was a drummer in the Gospel scene and his mother was a dancer and clarinetist. Norman went to The LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and The Performing Arts majoring in music. Norman also studied at The Manhattan School Of Music and ended his studies with a MASTERS in Jazz Performance. Norman is a two-time Grammy nominated artist under the Jazz Heads label with The Manhattan School of Music Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra. The name of the albums are Kenya Revisited: Live, and Tito Puente Masterworks:Live. Norman is an educator with Manhattan School of Music's Preparatory Division, Arts Connection and The New York Youth Musicians School in Brooklyn, New York. He currently runs two bands. SpinKick is his original band showcasing his composition skills blending Dance, Funk, Hip Hop and Jazz into feel good melodies and slamming grooves. His other band co-led with saxophonist Alex Lopez is named Fighting In The Streets, a video game remix band breaking new ground with nostalgia and feel good groove. Norman specializes in Drum Set, Percussion, Vibes, Piano and Guitar bringing the same skill and enthusiasm for each indtrument. Norman has shared the stage with George Benson, John Scofield, Joe Lovano, John Faddis, Candido Romero, Stefan Harris, Rudy Linka, Stevie Wonder and Bobby Sanabria. Norman Edwards Jr. plays Vic Firth Sticks, Zildjian Cymbals, and Gon Bops Percussion.
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