Norman Emberson

Norman Emberson

... plays Drums & Percussion

Norman Emberson has to be ranked as one of the best drummers in the New Orleans style Europe.
His first instrument was the guitar, but he soon discovered his love for the drums. Already early in his career Norman had a chance to learn directly from some of the great New Orleans drummers, particularly from the legendary New Orleans drummer Freddie Kohlmann, who became a good personal friend of his. For many years Norman has been a popular and welcome guest in the City at the Mississippi.

Norman soon became one of the most requested drummers on the English traditional jazz scene. He was consequently asked by Chris Barber to join his band. He was a member of the Chris Barber Jazz and Blues Band for 10 years, in which he learnt to play a broader variety of styles and rhythms. With Chris he was touring the whole globe and recorded intensively, amongst others with the great Doctor John.
Since leaving the Barber Band he has continued to widen his drumming armoury, in Lillian Boutté’s Band, freelancing and now with the Creole Clarinets.

His philosophy is to play the correct groove for each musical genre. In recent years he has worked extensively on Caribbean and particularly on Brazilian rhythms. Not only does Norman continue to play on Jazz festivals and in clubs and concert hall all over the world, but he has also generously passing on his great musical knowledge in various workshops.