Fonds F022 - Norman Marshall Villeneuve fonds

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Norman Marshall Villeneuve fonds

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ca. 6.5 cm of textual records
68 photographs
9 posters
3 drawings

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(May 29, 1938 -)

Biographical history

Norman (Norm) Marshall Villeneuve was born in Montreal, Quebec, on May 29, 1938. His mother is Adeline Villeneuve. From age 7, he was raised by foster parents, Alonso and Josephine Griffith, in the Little Burgundy area of St. Henri in Montreal. He is married to Louise Artibello-Villeneuve.
Norman Marshall Villeneuve first learned tap dance from his foster brother Charles. He began his career as a tap dancer and singer at age 8. At the same time, he began to teach himself how to play drums, and received piano lessons from Daisy Peterson-Sweeney at the Negro Community Centre. By age 14 he was a professional drummer. He has had a successful career as a musician for more than six decades. In the 1960s and early 1970s, he worked at Montreal clubs, including Rockhead’s Paradise, Chez Paris, the Black Bottom and Café la Bohème. From 1965 to 1968, he toured as a drummer with his cousin Oliver Jones throughout North and South America. In 1974, Norman Marshall Villeneuve moved from Montreal to Toronto, where he played in several jazz clubs, including Bourbon Street, The Senator, The Pilot and The Rex. Under his banner “Norman Marshall Villeneuve’s Jazz Message”, Villeneuve has mentored many young jazz musicians and has provided emerging musicians with the opportunity to perform. He relocated to Montreal in 2013.

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The Norman Marshall Villeneuve fonds documents Norman Marshall Villeneuve’s career as a jazz musician. It also contains records relating to other Canadian as well as American jazz musicians. Materials in this fonds are dated between 1946 and 2016, with the majority of the documents dating from 1960s to the1980s. Most of the material was created in Toronto, Ontario, and Montreal, Quebec.

The fonds includes newspaper clippings, photographs, posters, programs, magazines, drawings and notes.

The fonds is organized into the following series:
F022/A Newspaper clippings and magazines
F022/B Photographs
F022/C Posters
F022/D Correspondence
F022/E Notes

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The documents were donated to Concordia University Library, Special Collections by Norman Marshall Villeneuve in 2017.


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Reproduction for research or private study is permitted in most cases.
Use of material in publications cannot be done without permission of the copyright holder.

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Documents were placed in acid-free file folders and archival quality boxes. Photographs and drawings have been placed in protective Mylar sleeves.

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Artibello-Villeneuve, Louise (2013). Norman Marshall Villeneuve. Retrieved from (consulted May 16, 2017)
Artibello-Villeneuve, Louise (2014). Brothers Norman Marshall Villeneuve & Charles Griffith - June 29 2012. Retrieved from (consulted May 16, 2017)
Gilmore, John (1989). Who’s Who of Jazz in Montreal: Ragtime to 1970. Montreal: Véhicule Press.

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