The Norman Sylvester Band feat: Lenanne Miller
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The Norman Sylvester Band feat: Lenanne Miller

Norman “Boogie Cat” Sylvester was born in the farmlands of Bonita, Louisiana in 1945, his earliest musical influence came from hearing his Father’s Gospel quartet on the radio, singing in church and hearing the blues on the back street of town. His family moved to Portland, Oregon in 1957 when he was in the 7th grade. Norman learned to play in church from high school friend, “King of Seattle Blues” Isaac Scott & had his first professional gig in 1963. While working in the Trucking Industry through the 60’s & 70’s he played in local Soul bands but his love for the Blues was always calling for him. He went to a concert of Buddy Guy and talked his way on stage. After his performance, Buddy encouraged him to devote himself to a career in music and then he was hooked! He continued in the 80’s as a Teamster working to support his growing family but also formed the Norman Sylvester Band with his Bass player of over 40 years, Rob Shoemaker. After they played the first Waterfront Blues Festival in 1987, BB King invited them to open for him twice. They have since shared billing with James Cotton, Mavis Staples, Little Ed and the Imperials, Tower of Power, the Five Blind Boys, Peter Frampton, Cold Blood and many others. Norman has been inducted into the Oregon Music Hall of Fame, awarded Cascade Blues Association’s Life Time Achievement Award. and the Norman Sylvester Band was named Hall of Fame best R&B band for their multiple honors. Norman has balanced a strong family of 7 children, 9 grandchildren & 1 great-grandchild, while the Norman Sylvester Band has become a popular NW blues staple playing clubs, artist in residence, festivals & special events. The band also works in local schools teaching Blues History & mentoring future artists. His Daughter, Lenanne Sylvester Miller rec’d her Master Degree at USC in Performing Arts. She adds her dynamic vocals, harmonies and dance move to the Band’s performances.
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