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Red Norvo

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.

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Albums

Red Norvo: Four Classic Albums
Red Norvo: Four...
Avid Records UK
2014
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Naturally!
Naturally!
VSOP Records
2005
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The Modern Red Norvo
The Modern Red Norvo
Savoy Jazz
2002
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Featuring Mildred...
Continuum Records
1989
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Norvo
Continuum Records
1983
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The Second Time Around
Continuum Records
1975
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