Memorial Jam Honors Cleveland Sax Player Norm Tischler

Norm Tischler jams at Hessler Street Fair. Photo by Anastasia Pantsios

Sun 2/16 @ 4PM

Cleveland sax player Norm Tischler, who died a year ago, is impossible to forget. Arriving in Cleveland from his native Brooklyn in 1969, he immediately became embedded in the local music scene, joining Tiny Alice as the first of a long succession of ensembles he performed with. But in addition to bands of which he was formally a member, Norm was known for just showing up any place music was being played, toting his saxophone, taking a seat down front, and waiting for his moment to get up on stage and jam. He knew everyone in the music scene and at one time or another he played with everyone, and he was beloved for his kindness, his activism and goofy humor as well.

Last year, his friends from the music scene honored him with a jam session at the Music Box Supper Club, which was packed to overflowing with those who knew him. They’re doing it again with NormFest, to show that such a constant, strong presence is not quickly forgotten. Nitebridge pianist Moss Stanley and Friends host.

It’s free.


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