Norma Winstone was born in London and first attracted attention in the late sixties when she shared the bill at Ronnie Scottâ€™s club with Roland Kirk. Although she began her career singing jazz standards, she became involved in the avant garde movement, exploring the use of the voice in an experimental way and evolving her own wordless approach to improvisation. She joined groups led by Mike Westbrook, Michael Garrick and sang with John Surman, Kenny Wheeler, Michael Gibbs and John Taylor, and worked extensively with many of the major European names and visiting Americans. In 1971 she was voted top singer in the Melody Maker Jazz Poll and subsequently recorded her own album â€˜Edge of Timeâ€˜ for Decca, which although long deleted has now been re-released as a CD on the Disconforme label. In the late seventies she joined pianist John Taylor and trumpeter Kenny Wheeler to form the group Azimuth, which was described by Richard Williams of The Times as â€œone of the most imaginatively conceived and delicately balanced of all contemporary chamber jazz groupsâ€œ.
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