Born: March 31, 1928 | Died: February 4, 1988 Primary Instrument: Vocal
Norman Mapp's musical career spans from the fifties to the mid eighties. Discovered by Dinah Washington, Norman Mapp's smooth light baritone sty-lings were a staple of the New York jazz scene.
In addition to his successful debut album, Jazz Ain't Nothin but Soul, Norman Mapp had numerous television appearances on the Joe Franklin Show and a successful tour as featured vocalist with the late great Count Basie and his orchestra.
Norman Mapp was a gifted singer but he was also very prolific as a song writer. The Norman Mapp catalog of published songs contain over 120 works. Beside the jazz anthem, Jazz Ain't Nothin but Soul, other Norman Mapp songs include, Mister Ugly, I Worry Bout>You, Free Spirits, In The Night and keep an Eye on Love.
His songs have been recorded by such great artists as Arthur Prysock, Dinah Washington, George Benson, Betty Carter and Marvin Gaye to name just a few.
Norman Mapp passed away in February 1988 but his music is still heard round the world. It reminds us to be tender, to be better than we were and to never take all this ...stuff too seriously.
In closing, if I may quote just one more Norman Mapp song, don't forget to Duck Before You Drown
Brian P. Mapp
Awards:Featured Vocalist for Noble Sissle Orchestra Sy Oliver Orchestra Count Basie Orchestra
Free Spirits Ms. Peggy Lee
I Worry Bout You Arthur Prysock Marvin Gaye Brook Benton Count Basie Etta James Irene Reid Joe Simon George Benson
In The Night George Shearing Dakota Station Joe Williams
Jazz Ain't Nothin But Soul Joe Lee Wilson Ms Betty Carter Norman Mapp