The Norman Sylvester Band – Live at Clyde’s

The Norman Sylvester Band playing at Clyde’s Prime Rib Restaurant. This outstanding blues band know how to deliver a great performance and as you can see in the video, there was a party going on!! This is definitely a Portland, Oregon band that needs recognition!!

A Humanitarian Movement

Norman Sylvester joins the movement to “Heal the Health Care Blues” Musicians are used to playing benefits for colleagues with medical needs and no health insurance. But this time, they’re being proactive — they’re playing a benefit concert for a movement that’s designed to get them all covered. If the campaign for single payer health … Read more

Union musicians back Inner City Blues Festival

It’s considered a jinx in the performing arts industry to wish someone “good luck” before a show. Instead, it’s customary to say “break a leg.” But, say a performer was to break their leg, chances are it would put them in such financial straits that it could take years for them to climb out. That’s … Read more

Let the Good Times Roll

A Tribute To Ray Charles by Thom Jurek – Allmusic.Com This tribute to Ray Charles is performed by a host of regional artists from the northwestern United States. It’s well-meaning, and in some cases very well done. It’s also a benefit recording for the Oregon Food Bank, by Patrick Lamb Productions. The best moments here are … Read more

A Family Affair

A Family Affair Boogie Cat – bcp 103 by Jim DeKoster – Living Blues Magazine Issue 171, Vol. 35, #1 Norman Sylvester was born in Bonita, Louisiana, in 1945 and moved with his family to Portland, Oregon, when he was twelve. After picking up the guitar with his buddy Isaac Scott, he formed his first band in … Read more

Blues Fest opens to perfect weather

Ross William Hamilton / The OregonianJuly 03, 2008 As outdoor music festivals go, it’s hard to imagine a more picture-perfect start than Thursdays kickoff of the Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival at Tom McCall Waterfront Park. ‘It’s perfect,’ said Jean Kempe-Ware, the public relations manager for Oregon Food Bank. ‘We couldn’t have better blues-festival weather. It’s … Read more