Norman Jay MBE
Norman Jay MBE | ROCK BAR | Saturday 23 June
Norman Jay showed a promising future as DJ very early in life. He was a dedicated student of his father’s extensive collection of music before being turned onto late 60’s African American sounds. Jay stayed on the path all the way through the 80s, where as an apprentice DJ in New York, he witnessed the birth of rap and hip-hop. Afterwards, a spell at legendary pirate radio station KISS crowned him as a main figure in the UK underground dance scene. Jay’s reputation grew even bigger in the 90’s when he helped introduce a new sound from Chicago and New York known as house music. He even DJed at the Queen’s Golden Jubilee where he was given the Order of the British Empire by recommendation of the queen herself.
Disco fueled funky house music with a nice dose of old skool jazz funk, hip hop or chilled out beats in the back.
Where You Might Have Heard Him
During the 80’s Norman Jay was still busy doing clandestine work in UK’s underground dance music scene. But by late 90’s, he was already a legitimate musical icon and his work has been recognized by the mainstream media. Jay has appeared all over the world, DJing for world celebrities, performing at high profile events in the UK, and has received major exposure doing commercial projects for the likes of Virgin Airlines, Discovery Channel, Vodafone, Seagrams, and many more. He has also been the subject of a documentary film on his early years as pioneer DJ in UK, titled ‘Good Times – The Film’. We could go on and on about this guy’s achievements, but it would probably fill the entire Here Now section.
Why See Him
Norman Jay is deservedly dubbed as one of the most influential figures in club scene by top DJs and music magazines on a regular basis. He practically cultivated the dance and club culture in the UK. He continues to thrive in international stage with his distinctive style and sound. Now, if an iconic DJ who had performed for Mick Jagger, Will Smith, Prince, and Bruce Springsteen, to name a few, isn’t worth seeing, we don’t know what is.