Noel Pointer

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Noel Pointer
Birth name Noel Pointer
Born December 26, 1954
Brooklyn, NY
Origin USA
Died December 19, 1994
Genres Smooth jazz, Post-disco
Years active 1967–1994
Labels UA, Liberty
Notable instruments

Noel Pointer (December 26, 1954, Brooklyn, NY - December 19, 1994) was an American jazz violinist and record producer.


He was nominated for a Grammy award in 1981. Pointer's reputation as an outstanding jazz musician and literary advocate garnered him honorary citizenship in cities across the United States. He received special citations from the United States Congress, the US Congressional Black Caucus, the African National Congress (ANC), and numerous other civic and private organizations. He served as a music advisory panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the United States Information Agency (USIA).

At age 13 he made his solo debut performing Vivaldi with the Symphony of the New World Orchestra, followed by guest solo appearances with the Chicago Chamber Orchestra and Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

He began playing jazz on the violin while a student at New York City's High School of Music and Art. While attending college at Manhattan School of Music, Pointer earned a reputation as a New York session musician. By age 19, his experience as a free-lance musician had included steady work in The Apollo Theatre Orchestra, The Unlimited Orchestra, The Westbury Music Fair Orchestra, The Radio City Music Hall Symphony, The Love Unlimited Orchestra (US Tour), The Dance Theater of Harlem Orchestra, The Symphony of the New World Orchaestra, and the pit orchestras of several Broadway shows, including Guys and Dolls and Dreamgirls.

From 1977-1981 Noel Pointer recorded seven solo albums, four of which reached the top five jazz albums listed on Billboard's jazz charts. His debut album Phantazia won him the #1 New Male Jazz Act award in Record World magazine, along with several other top awards in trade publications, including Down Beat magazine. He also was the guest soloist on Milira's Mercy, Mercy, Me (The Ecology) and Dianne Reeves' The Tracks of My Tears.

He resurfaced in 1993 on Never Lose Your Heart, which turned out to be his final album; he died of a stroke on December 19, 1994 at age 39.


Studio albums[edit]

  • 1977: Phantazia
  • 1978: Hold On
  • 1979: Feel It
  • 1980: Calling
  • 1981: All My Reasons
  • 1982: Direct Hit
  • 1993: Never Lose Your Heart


  • 1977: Living For The City
  • 1978: Spacedust Lady
  • 1979: For You (A Disco Concerto) Part 1 / For You (A Disco Concerto) Part 2
  • 1981: Classy Lady
  • 1981: All The Reasons Why [Philippine-only release]
  • 1981: East St. Louie Melody [Philippine-only release]
  • 1982: Direct Hit

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