Norma Winstone

Norma Winstone

Norma Ann Winstone MBE (born 23 September 1941, Bow, East London) is a British jazz singer and lyricist. In a career spanning over forty years she is best known for her wordless improvisations. Winstone began singing in bands around Dagenham in the early 1960s, before joining Michael Garrick's band in 1968. Her first recording came the following year, with Joe Harriott. She recorded one album under her own name in 1972. Winstone contributed vocals to Ian Carr's Nucleus on that band's 1973 release Labyrinth, a jazz-rock concept album based on the Greek myth about the Minotaur. Winstone has worked with most of her peers in British jazz including Garrick, Mike Westbrook and her former husband, the pianist John Taylor. With Taylor and trumpeter Kenny Wheeler she has performed and recorded three albums for ECM as a member of the trio Azimuth between 1977 and 1980. In addition she made an album with the American pianist Jimmy Rowles (Well Kept Secret, 1993). Norma Winstone was awarded the MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours of 2007 for her services to Music.

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