Norman Jay MBE (born Norman Bernard Joseph on 6 November 1957) is a British club, radio and sound system DJ. He first came to prominence playing unlicensed "warehouse" parties in the early 1980s, and through his involvement with the then-pirate radio station Kiss FM. He is commonly attributed as having coined the phrase "rare groove".
|Birth name||Norman Bernard Joseph|
|Born||6 November 1957|
Notting Hill, London, England
|Genres||Soul, Disco, Funk, Acid Jazz, Hip Hop, House|
|Occupation(s)||DJ, label owner, producer|
Jay was born in Notting Hill, London, to West Indian parents. He played his first gig aged eight at a 10th birthday party, influenced by his father's record collection of blue beat, ska and jazz. He soon "developed a love for anything soulful – particularly the sounds of black America".
In the early 1970s, Jay set-up a sound system with his brother Joey Jay, originally called "Great Tribulation". Following a trip to New York City in 1979, he decided to take this in a more serious direction. In 1980, it was renamed to "Good Times" after the Chic track, and made its Notting Hill Carnival debut. Good Times was seen as "pioneering" at this time for introducing soul and disco music into a Carnival set, despite some opposition in the early days. The sound system became a notable destination at Carnival for the next 30 years, with it located on the corner of West Row and Southern Row, Ladbroke Grove since 1991. Since the 1990s, the sound system has been hosted from its London Transport bus. In 2014, due to regeneration in the area, Good Times lost its original spot and has not appeared at Carnival since. Instead, Good Times has hosted its sound system at events and nights around the country.
Jay established himself through being a founding member of the London pirate radio station Kiss FM in October 1985, on which he presented shows alongside its founders Gordon Mac and George Power. As a pirate, it was his "The Original Rare Groove Show" that led to the coining of the phrase "rare groove". When Kiss 100 was launched legally in September 1990, Jay hosted the first of what would become his "Musiquarium" shows. He left the station in October 1993.
Warehouse parties and club nightsEdit
In addition to appearing on radio, Jay was involved in hosting the sound system at illegal warehouse parties in venues across London, under the name "Shake 'n' Fingerpop".
Record labels and productionsEdit
In 2000, he released the first of five compilation albums called "Good Times" in conjunction with the sound system. This led to a number of other 'spin-off' compilations.
- Message In A Dream (High On Hope Records, 1996) - affiliated to Resolution Records
- Azzido Da Bass Dooms Night (Club Tools, 2000)
- Los Jugaderos What You Doing To This Girl (Junior Boy's Own, 2003)
- The Shapeshifters Lola's Theme (Positiva Records, 2004)
- Journeys By DJ Desert Island Mix (with Gilles Peterson) (Journeys by DJ, 1997)
- Miss Moneypenny's Presents... Norman Jay (Miss Moneypenny's Music, 1999)
- BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix 1994/1999/2000 (BBC)
- "Norman Jay - Biography". Normanjaymbe.com.
- Robin Murray (13 November 2015). "Collections: Norman Jay". Clash Magazine.
- Bill Brewster (9 January 2018). "Norman Jay MBE: These Are The Good Times". Red Bull Music Academy Daily. Archived from the original on 4 April 2019.
- Sean O'Hagan (23 June 2002). "Interview with Norman Jay, the godfather of club culture". The Guardian.
- Josie Roberts (20 August 2018). "Don Letts traces the musical history of Notting Hill Carnival". Red Bull Music Academy. Archived from the original on 4 April 2019.
- Ian Burrell (28 August 2006). "Meet the king of the carnival". The Independent.
- David Ellis (25 August 2015). "DJ Norman Jay: Playing Notting Hill Carnival was more memorable than Obama's inauguration". Evening Standard.
- Pete Lawrence (10 April 2018). "Stormin' Norman Jay's Big Chill special revives memories". Campfireconvention.uk.
- "BBC - London - TV and Radio - Norman Jay". BBC News. 4 May 2005. Archived from the original on 23 June 2006.
- John Plunkett (18 February 2008). "DJ Norman Jay leaves BBC London". The Guardian.
- "BBC - Radio 2 - Shows - Norman Jay's Funk Factory". BBC Radio. 13 November 2007. Archived from the original on 15 December 2007.
- "Norman Jay MBE - Soho Radio London". Soho Radio London.
- Miguel Cullen (10 February 2011). "Norman Jay Interview - Features - Clash Magazine". Clash Magazine.
- Helen Nowicka (13 May 1994). "Dying note of a 10-year jam session: Hoxton became a mecca for jazz fans". The Independent.
- "'I'm not in search of the perfect beat': a conversation with DJ Norman Jay MBE". Bandonthewall.org. 12 May 2018.
- Mister Good Times, Dialogue Books, 2019