Félix Award winner, band leader, recording artist and jazz master, hard driving bebop drummer NORMAN MARSHALL VILLENEUVE is an iconic and much beloved figure in Canadian jazz history. This veteran player has a successful career history spanning more than six decades.
Norm was born in Montreal on May 29, 1938 and grew up in the St. Henri district, in the famed Little Burgundy area, home to Oscar Peterson, Oliver Jones, the Sealy brothers, and Claude Ranger. He began his performance career as a tap dancer and singer, entertaining audiences from age 8. He studied piano at Union United Church with Daisy Peterson-Sweeney. With a natural talent for rhythm and love for jazz, at age 8 Norm began to teach himself how to play drums, avidly studying jazz legends Elvin Jones, Art Taylor, Philly Joe Jones, Shelly Manne and Art Blakey, to whom Norm has dedicated his life’s work.