Norman Simmons (musician)
Norman Simmons (born October 6, 1929) is an American arranger, composer, educator, and most prominently a pianist who has worked extensively with Helen Humes, Carmen McRae, Sarah Vaughan, Anita O'Day, and Joe Williams among others.
Simmons was born in Chicago on October 6, 1929. In 1966 his arrangement for Ramsey Lewis' hit of "Wade in the Water" became a large commercial success. He was a member of the Ellington Legacy Band beginning in 2002.
- Norman Simmons Trio (Argo, 1956)
- Ramira The Dancer (Spotlite, 1976)
- Midnight Creeper (Milljac, 1979)
- I'm...The Blues (Milljac, 1981)
- 13th Moon (Milljac, 1986)
- The Heat And The Sweet (Milljac, 1997)
- The Art Of Norman Simmons (Savant, 2000) - with Eric Alexander
- Manha De Carnaval (Sound Hills [Japan], 2002)
- Synthesis (Savant, 2002) - with Eric Alexander
- In Private (Savant, 2004)
With Johnny Griffin
- Battle Stations (Prestige, 1960) - with Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis
- Johnny Griffin’s Studio Jazz Party (Riverside, 1960)
With Red Holloway
- Red Soul (Prestige, 1965)
With Carmen McRae
- Sings Lover Man and Other Billie Holiday Classics (Philips, 1962)
- Live at Sugar Hill San Francisco (Time, 1963)
- Second to None (Mainstream, 1964)
- Woman Talk, Live at the Village Gate (Mainstream, 1965)
- Live & Wailing (Mainstream, 1965, reissued with Woman Talk on Columbia, 1973)
- Carmen McRae (Mainstream, 1971)
With Betty Carter
With Roy Eldridge
- What It's All About (Pablo, 1976)
With Harold Ousley
- The People's Groove (Muse, 1977)
- Sweet Double Hipness (Muse, 1980)
With Anita O'Day
- Anita O'Day with John Poole Trio Featuring Norman Simmons - Live at Mingo's (Emily, 1979)
- Skyscrapers (Concord Jazz, 1980)
- Hyde Park After Dark (Bee Hive, 1983)
With Joe Williams
- Joe Williams & Friends June 1985 - I Just Want to Sing (Delos, 1985)
- Every Night: Live At Vine St. (Verve, 1987)
- In Good Company (Verve, 1989)
- That Holiday Feelin' (Verve, 1990)
- Ballad And Blues Master (Verve, 1992)
- Al Meets Bjarne (Gemini, 1987)
With Johnny Griffin
With Teri Thornton
- Devil May Care (Riverside, 1961)
- Wynn, Ron "Norman Simmons biography." allmusic. Retrieved March 1, 2011.
- "Norman Simmons biography." Jazz Biographies. Retrieved March 1, 2011.
- Porter, Bob (1981). Helen (LP). Helen Humes. Muse Records. MR 5233.
- "Piano in the Parlour - Norman Simmons Trio April 11th." Hackettstown Business Improvement District. Retrieved March 1, 2011.