Norm Amadio Trio After Hours 1966 + TOMMY AMBROSE
AFTER HOURS 1966 Piano -- Norman Amadio Bass -- Bob Price Drums -- Stan Perry Vocals -- Tommy Ambrose PANDA DIGITAL
1. THIS IS THE LAST TIME (3:19) (Andrew A. Melzer [SOCAN] / George Jonas [SOCAN]) 2. THE SKIES (2:39) 3. YOU'RE THE ONE FOR ME (4:32) 4. MY ITCHY BEARD (2:12) 5. MY LOVE CAN'T WAIT (3:53) 6. SWING WITH ME (2:40) All songs written by Andrew A. Melzer (except where noted)
PRODUCED by ANDREW A. MELZER Recording began at 3AM, following a performance at The Cellar, Toronto, Ontario, Canada in 1966.
Postproduction Edits: Adam Gallant Mastering: Peter J. Moore Toronto Painting: Andrew A. Melzer Graphic Design: Kevin Smith Cover: Toronto Skyline at Night (Getty Images)
Published by Twenty One Publications (SOCAN) / Twenty One Publications USA (ASCAP) Panda Digital PDCD0291 UPC 800040002916 (c) Andrew A. Melzer International Copyright Secured All Rights Reserved
Image: Advertisement highlighting some of the TORONTO music scene in Toronto (circa 1966)
NORMAN AMADIO (1928 - 2020) At 17, Norman studied music in Toronto with Boris Berlin at the Royal Conservatory of Music by day and played jazz after hours. He was influential in starting the be-bop jazz music scene in Toronto, attracting many jazz notables from Canada and the US to sit in with him. Norman was a prominent figure of "after hours jazz" from the late 1940s to the late 1960s, first at the House of Hambourg and then at The Cellar in Toronto. He became one of Canada's leading accompanists and one of the most sought-after players.
Among the American jazz greats who came to work with Norm Amadio's Trio in Toronto were Roy Eldridge, Stan Getz, Bill Harris, Coleman Hawkins, Zoot Sims, Ben Webster, Lester Young, Chet Baker, Anita O'Day, Bud Johnson, Lee Konitz, Sonny Stitt, Clark Terry, Howard McGee, Jimmy Witherspoon, Max Roach, Miles Davis, Carmen McRae, Joe Williams, Carol Sloane, Mel Torme, Dinah Washington, Red Mitchell, Phil Phillips, Maxine Sullivan, and Irene Krall.
Norman worked at CBC Television for decades and became a well-known figure from coast-to-coast as Musical Director for the weekly "Music Hop" show. He also conducted for numerous TV variety specials and played in the house band on CBC-TV's "Wayne & Shuster Show" and "Cross Canada Hit Parade". He was orchestra leader and musical director for many CBC TV series, including "The Tommy Ambrose Show", "Take 30", "Swing Gently", "Down Home Country", and the syndicated series "Nashville Swing". Norm worked with Jane Eastwood, Kenny Rogers, Robert Goulet, Mel Torme, Al Hirt, Buddy Rich, Maynard Ferguson, Henry Mancini, Nelson Riddle. Norman performed a two-hour live-broadcast in the CBC Special "100 Years of Canada" with the 40-piece Norman Amadio Orchestra.
Norm also worked with Chet Baker, Harry "Sweets" Edison. Bobby Darin, The Drifters, The Coasters, The Ink Spots, Phyllis Diller and Eddie Fisher, Judy Garland, Paul Anka, Engelbert Humperdinck, Red Skelton, The Supremes and Bob Hope, Milton Berle, Jackie Mason, Phil Foster, the Smothers Brothers and Steve Lawrence.
Some of the Canadian musicians and vocalists Norman worked with included Rob McConnell, Ed Bickert, Hagood Hardy, Jerry Fuller, Don Vickery, Bob Schilling, Alex Lazaroff, Archie Allyene, Jack Lander, Moe Koffman, Rosemary Galloway, Neil Swainson, George Koller, Peter Appleyard, Lorne Lofsky, Alex Dean, Phil Nimmons, P.J. Perry, Sam Noto, Reg Schwager, Steve Wallace, Phil Dwyer, Julie McGregor, Marc Jordan, Guido Basso, Jackie Richardson, Terry Clarke, and Peter Cardinali.
Norman recorded his last album in 2009:"Norm Amadio and Friends", released by Panda Digital.