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Norman Simmons

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Norman Simmons (Chicago, Ill, October 6, 1929) is an American arranger, composer, educator, and most prominently a pianist who has worked extensively with Helen Humes, Carmen McRae, Sarah Vaughan, Anita O’Day, Johnny Griffin, Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis and Joe Williams among others.

In 1966 his arrangement for Ramsey Lewis’ hit of “Wade in the Water.” became a large commercial success. He was a member of the Ellington Legacy Band beginning in 2002.

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