Legendary ‘Rare Groove’ & ‘Good Times’ DJ!
Norman Jay MBE is one of most respected and popular DJs in the world today. Born in Notting Hill, Jay played his first gig aged 8. Influenced by his father’s record collection of blue beat, ska and jazz, by the late 1970s he was considered an emerging authority on contemporary Afro-American music including funk, disco, soul and jazz fusion.
Jay subsequently fostered the emerging ‘Rare Groove’ scene, with the best in 70s and 80s grooves and nascent house cuts. Pushing the boundaries of the UK’s emerging club culture he went on to co-found the first ‘Paradise Garage’ style club in Britain, alongside Gilles Peterson.
Throughout the late 80s and 90s, Jay continued to build a reputation as one of the world’s most popular DJs, packing clubs to the rafters wherever he played. The turn of the century saw Norman Jay assume the role of elder statesman, receiving an MBE from the Queen for services to deejaying and music.
Most recently he has taken his legendary Good Times parties to the East of London, sharing the carnival vibes with venues including St John at Hackney Church, Oval Space and Mick’s Garage. His latest compilation ‘Mister Good Times’ released with Sunday Best Recordings captures the true spirit of Good Times. Norman Jay remains at the forefront of club culture continually championing new sounds, yet never forgetting his musical roots.
Win tickets to see Norman playing at St Paul’s on Friday 20th September.