Friday, March 25, 2011
Sir Norman Jay MBE on his way to play....
He is arguably one of the finest and most respected deejays in the world today
From the warehouse rave-ups of the ‘80s to becoming a Member of the Order of the British Empire in 2002, Norman Jay has had one hell of a ride so far - most of it taken on his fleet of beloved Chopper bikes.
The kaleidoscopic range of music he loves and plays has always set him out as an eclectic DJ, but the cornerstone of the groove always joins the dots. Whether he’s deftly spinning a rare soul joint into a deep house number, or moving through heavy reggae into head-nod hip-hop, Norman always keeps the crowd moving.
For proof, ask anyone who has got seriously down to his Good Times Sound System at The Notting Hill Carnival.
On Saturday 15th June 2002, Norman was officially cited in the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Birthday Honours List with the recommendation that he be appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire, an MBE no less, awarded on merit for "deejaying and services to music". On Tuesday 12th November 2002, Norman was officially invited to attend a royal investiture at Buckingham Palace, London where he was duly invested and presented with the highly coveted MBE medal by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II herself. It is indeed the highest civilian honour yet conferred on anyone from the relatively new field of post modern UK club culture and black music - a fitting tribute in recognition of his many outstanding musical achievements and invaluable contributions to the world of popular dance music in a career spanning well over two decades.
Latest tracks by NormanJayMBE