NORMAN MARSHALL VILLENEUVE is a Canadian jazz legend. In his 8th decade in the entertainment business, from his first professional engagement with Dr. Oliver Jones in 1955 through to today, Villeneuve has a solid gold reputation as a master of jazz, having honed his musicianship and style during the bebop era of Art Blakey, Tony Williams and Elvin Jones. He has played throughout North America on stages large and small, performing with jazz royalty, including Duke Ellington, Curtis Fuller, Junior Mance, Oliver Jones and Barry Harris. Born in 1938 in Montreal, Villeneuve grew up in St. Henri and is one of the few musicians still performing from the 1950s and 60s era of Montreal jazz. See Norm's full bio at this link.
"Montreal Sessions and King Dog" reviews:
Duke Eatmon, CBC Radio-One "Norman's 2 brand new albums 'Montreal Sessions' and 'King Dog' are jazz landmarks and historical findings of Goliath proportions! 'Montreal Sessions' features the only known live recordings at the legendary Montreal jazz clubs, Rockhead's Paradise & The Black Bottom. 'King Dog' was recorded in 1985 in Toronto. Norman is one of the most incredible drummers this city has ever produced and he continues to pound the skins today as he did in his heyday! These historical recordings were released half a century after they were made."
"Montreal Sessions" review by Félix-Antoine Hamel Jazz Viking Blog
Chis Maskell, CBC Music, names Normans' cd, "Montreal Sessions", among the top 10 outstanding jazz albums of 2017 CBC Music Outstanding Jazz 2017
Montreal Gazette by Marian Scott, Rockhead's Paradise Regained
Concordia University Celebrates Norman's Scholarship Norman Marshall Villeneuve: Musician and Donor
CBC Radio "Fresh Air" Little Burgundy jazz interview
CBC The Bridge with Nantali Indongo - Dec. 16, 2017: Jazz Legend Norman Marshal Villeneuve
Burgundy Jazz Documentary celebrating Montreal Jazz History