Born: March 31, 1908 | Died: May 7, 1999
Red Norvo was one of jazz's early vibraphonists. He helped establish the xylophone and later the vibraphone as viable jazz instruments.
Norvo was born Kenneth Norville in Beardstown, Illinois. The story goes that he sold his pet pony to help pay for his first marimba. Norvo's career began in Chicago with a band called The Collegians, in 1925. He played with many other bands, including an all-marimba band on the vaudeville circuit, and the bands of Paul Whiteman, Benny Goodman, Charlie Barnet, and Woody Herman. Norvo recorded with Mildred Bailey (his wife), Billie Holiday, Dinah Shore and Frank Sinatra, among others. Together, Red and Mildred were known as Mr. and Mrs. Swing. He also appeared in the film Screaming Mimi (1958), playing himself....
Red Norvo: Four Classic AlbumsAvid Records UK
The Modern Red NorvoSavoy Jazz
Featuring Mildred BaileyContinuum Records
The Second Time AroundContinuum Records
Pretty Is The Only Way To FlyContinuum Records
Mainstream JazzContinuum Records
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