|Birth name||Noel Pointer|
|Born||December 26, 1954
|Died||December 19, 1994|
|Genres||Smooth jazz, Post-disco|
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).
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 Diane 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.
- 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
- Noel Pointer, 39, Classical Violinist Turned Jazz Artist NYT Obit., December 24, 1994
- Noel Pointer at Allmusic
- "Jazz violinist Noel Pointer dies of massive stroke in New York"[dead link], Jet Magazine, January 16, 1995