Norman Connors

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Norman Connors
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American jazz drummer, composer, arranger, producer, and artist.

Born: 1 March 1947 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.

Connors was born and raised in Philadelphia, having an interest in jazz from an early age when he began playing drums. At elementary school he was exposed to jazz extensively, becoming heavily influenced by drummer Lex Humphries – the younger brother of bassist and Jazz-Messenger player, Spanky DeBrest. Once sitting-in for Elvin Jones at a John Coltrane performance he attended while in middle school, Connors went on to study music at Temple University and Juilliard.

His first recording was for Archie Shepp's "The Magic Of Ju-Ju" (1967), then continuing by playing with Pharoah Sanders for the next few years, before signing to Buddah Records sublabel Cobblestone, where he recorded his first release as a bandleader with album "Dance Of Magic" (1972). Connors began to focus more on R'n'B material in the mid-1970s after signing with Buddah Records, later becoming the label's A&R manager.

He went on to lead jazz recordings with Carlos Garnett, Gary Bartz, Dee Dee Bridgewater, and Herbie Hancock. In the mid-1970s, when turning to sophisticated R'n'B and soul material, he recorded work featuring guest singers such as Michael Henderson, Jean Carn, Phyllis Hyman, Al Johnson, Jones Girls, among others, with his work becoming a main staple of jazz-fusion and jazz dance followers, with tracks including "Mother Of The Future" from album "Slew Foot" (1974), "Captain Connors" from album "This Is Your Life" (1977), et al.
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Albums

BDL 3119 Dance Of Magic — Norman Connors Norman Connors Dance Of Magic (Album) Cobblestone BDL 3119 Italy 1972 Sell This Version
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YZ-37-CO Dark Of Light — Norman Connors Norman Connors Dark Of Light (Album) Cobblestone YZ-37-CO Japan 1973 Sell This Version
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BDS 5142, BDS-5142 Love From The Sun — Norman Connors Norman Connors Love From The Sun (Album) Buddah Records BDS 5142, BDS-5142 US 1973 Sell This Version
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BDS 5611 Slew Foot — Norman Connors Norman Connors Slew Foot (Album) Buddah Records BDS 5611 US 1974 Sell This Version
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BDS 5643 Saturday Night Special — Norman Connors Norman Connors Saturday Night Special (Album) Buddah Records BDS 5643 US 1975 Sell This Version
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YQ-7509-CO Dance Of Magic (Live At Nemu Jazz Inn -1) — Norman Connors Bartz* - Henderson* - Connors* Bartz* - Henderson* - Connors* - Dance Of Magic (Live At Nemu Jazz Inn -1)(LP, Album) Cobblestone YQ-7509-CO Japan 1975 Sell This Version
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BDS 5672 Aquarian Dream — Norman Connors Norman Connors Presents Aquarian Dream (2) Norman Connors Presents Aquarian Dream (2) - Aquarian Dream (Album) Buddah Records BDS 5672 US 1976 Sell This Version
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BDS 5655 You Are My Starship — Norman Connors Norman Connors You Are My Starship (Album) Buddah Records BDS 5655 US 1976 Sell This Version
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AB 4177 This Is Your Life — Norman Connors Norman Connors And The Starship Orchestra Norman Connors And The Starship Orchestra - This Is Your Life (Album) Arista AB 4177 US 1977 Sell This Version
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67.014 Romantic Journey — Norman Connors Norman Connors Romantic Journey (Album) Buddah Records 67.014 Germany 1977 Sell This Version
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AB-4216 Invitation — Norman Connors Norman Connors Invitation (Album) Arista AB-4216 US 1979 Sell This Version
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AL 9534 Take It To The Limit — Norman Connors Norman Connors Take It To The Limit (Album) Arista AL 9534 US 1980 Sell This Version
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AN 3021 Beyond A Dream — Norman Connors Pharoah Sanders & Norman Connors Pharoah Sanders & Norman Connors - Beyond A Dream (Album) Arista Novus AN 3021 US 1981 Sell This Version
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204 178 Mr. C — Norman Connors Norman Connors Mr. C (Album) Arista 204 178 Germany 1981 Sell This Version
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CP32-5612 Passion — Norman Connors Norman Connors Passion (Album) Capitol Records CP32-5612 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
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POCT-5002 Remember Who You Are — Norman Connors Norman Connors Remember Who You Are (Album) MoJazz POCT-5002 Japan 1993 Sell This Version
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314530733-2 Easy Living — Norman Connors Norman Connors Easy Living (Album) MoJazz 314530733-2 US 1996 Sell This Version
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72435-24722-4-6 Eternity — Norman Connors Norman Connors Eternity (Album) The Right Stuff, Starship Records 72435-24722-4-6 US 2000 Sell This Version
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5171 Star Power — Norman Connors Norman Connors Star Power(CD, Album) Shanachie, Starship Records 5171 US 2009 Sell This Version
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NBCD 118 Emanation — Norman Connors Sam Rivers Trio* Featuring Cecil McBee And Norman Connors Sam Rivers Trio* Featuring Cecil McBee And Norman Connors - Emanation(CD, Album, RM) NoBusiness Records NBCD 118 Lithuania 2019 Sell This Version
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4XPRO79315 Passion: In-Store Play Tape — Norman Connors Norman Connors Passion: In-Store Play Tape(Cass, Promo) Capitol Records 4XPRO79315 US Unknown Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

BDA 499 Valentine Love / Akia — Norman Connors Norman Connors Valentine Love / Akia (Single) Buddah Records BDA 499 US 1975 Sell This Version
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BDA 542 Norman Connors You Are My Starship Buddah Records BDA 542 New Zealand 1976 Sell This Version
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BDA 534-N We Both Need Each Other — Norman Connors Norman Connors We Both Need Each Other (Single) Buddah Records BDA 534-N US 1976 Sell This Version
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BDA 542 You Are My Starship — Norman Connors Norman Connors You Are My Starship (Single) Buddah Records BDA 542 US 1976 Sell This Version