When Chris Norton takes the stage, his natural charisma is immediately apparent to the audience. Even before putting his lips to the horn or stepping up to the microphone to sing, he already knows how to win over a crowd, and he does it every time.
Norton has been playing the trumpet for 27 years, and has been a professional performer for 17. For most of his life, he has meticulously honed his craft, performing with some of the best entertainers in the industry. He has performed at over 700 corporate and private events, cocktail parties, weddings and countless shows at nightclubs and dance halls. He has performed at many great venues in the New York City area, including the Ritz Carlton, the Pierre, the W, Per Se, St. Regis, Waldorf Astoria, The Standard.
His repertoire draws from the greatest musical achievements of the twentieth century. His diverse influences include Louis Armstrong, Louis Prima, Nat king Cole Miles Davis, Nat King Cole, Otis Redding, Frank Sinatra, Benny Goodman, Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye, Van Morrison, James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Bill Withers, James Taylor, the Beatles, the Temptations, Lynyrd Skynyrd, KC and the Sunshine Band, Billy Joel, Wild Cherry, Sam and Dave, Tom Petty, and many, many more.
Chris Norton – crooner, balladeer, and rock maniac – can whisper the softest jazz ballad, unobtrusively from a nearby dinner table, and moments later, he can deliver wildly energetic performances certain to make the crowd dance the night away.