Walter Norris

No one with a background in jazz, who ever experienced a performance of the American Walter Norris, would doubt that he saw a true master of jazz piano: Walter Norris, who was born in Little Rock in 1931, started taking classical piano lessons at the age of four. As a teenager he was so impressed by boogie-woogie pianists that he started playing jazz. After graduating from high school his first professional jobs were in a quartet of the blues musician Mose Allison and in the Jimmy Ford quartet. From 1954 to 1960 Norris was a part of the west coast jazz scene of Los Angeles and played with all famous local musicians – Stan Getz, Dexter Gordon, Johnny Griffin, Charlie Mariano, Herb Geller. He later became a professor for jazz piano at the Berlin Music University “Hochschule der Künste” and continued working as a composer and musicologist. On the night of October 29, 2011, Walter Norris died in his home in Berlin at the age of 79. After one year, almost to the day, ACT releases “Last Set – Live at the A-Trane”, a recorded dialogue between the two outstanding pianists Walter Norris and Leszek Możdżer, and extending the legacy of an unjustly unknown artist.