416.598.2475
194 Queen West, Toronto

Classic Rex Jazz Jam - Hosted by Norman Marshall Villeneuve

Tues - Nov. 6 - 9:30 pm

Norman Marshall Villeneuve, drums

Eric Boucher, piano

Bill McBirnie, flute

Mike Pelletier, bass


Tues - Nov. 13 - 9:30 pm

Norman Marshall Villeneuve, drums

Eric Boucher, piano

Bill McBirnie, flute

Mike Pelletier, bass


Tues - Nov. 20 - 9:30 pm

Norman Marshall Villeneuve, drums

Don Naduriak, piano

Rob McBride, bassNorman Marshall Villeneuve, drumsAlexander Brown, trumpet


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Félix Award Winner NORMAN MARSHALL VILLENEUVE is a Canadian jazz icon who emits a spirited passion that is exciting and contagious to anyone within earshot. This veteran player has a successful career history spanning more than 60 years. For over 30 years he has made his home in Toronto where he has earned a reputation as 'father figure' to a younger generation of players.



Born in Montreal on May 29, 1938, Villeneuve grew up in the St. Henri District, home to Oscar Peterson, Oliver Jones, Joe Sealy and Claude Ranger. He studied piano with Daisy Peterson-Sweeney. At age 8, he started practicing on a homemade kit. With a voracious appetite for jazz he avidly listened to and copied Elvin Jones, Art Taylor, Philly Joe Jones, Shelly Manne and the great Art Blakey, to whom he has dedicated his life’s work.


At age 14 he entered the Quebec jazz. In the 60s and 70s he worked the Montreal clubs, Arcade, Rockhead’s Paradise, Café Momar, High Hat, Café la Bohème and the Black Bottom, where he met jazz luminaries Louis Armstrong, Tony Williams, Elvin Jones and his hero Art Blakey.


Villeneuve has worked with a virtual legion of greats including Duke Ellington, Junior Mance, Oliver Jones, Norm Amadio, Nelson Symonds, Bill McBirnie, Peter Appleyard, Dave Young, Jay McShann, Anita O’Day, Blossom Dearie, Renee Lee, Maxine Sullivan, Curtis Fuller, Jackie McLean, Ray Draper, Charlie Rouse, Booker Irvin, Dave Young, Julius Watkins, Sheila Jordan, Dinah Christie, Big Big Joe Miller, “Wild Bill” Davison and Jack McDuff.


Villeneuve won the Félix Award for his work on Oliver Jones’ CD, Just In Time (1998). He has toured North and South America and appeared in televised performances with Oliver Jones and has worked in every important venue on the Canadian jazz scene. His film credits include “It Takes Two” starring Mary Kate and Ashley Olson.


Villenueve continues his work, leading his Norman Marshall Villeneuve’s Jazz Message with artists Bill McBirnie, Mark Eisenman, Robi Botos, Andre White, Jeff Johnston, Mark Kieswetter, Bernie Senensky, Eric Lagacé, Alex Dean, Brownman Ali, Neil Swainson, Ken Fornetran, Eric Boucher, Dave Restivo, Michael Stewart, Mike Downes, Grant Stewart, Kevin Turcott, David Braid, Michael Shand, Bob Brough, Aaron Carter, Robb Cappelletto, Jordan O'Connor, Alexander Brown and Al McLean.


Villeneuve is an active and important leader on the Canadian jazz scene.</pre>


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