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Norman Sylvester

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Right to Healthcare with Norman Sylvester and Rob Nosse (Episode 38)

Rhythm Nation with Peter Marks

This November, Oregon voters get to vote on the Right to Healthcare Amendment to the state constitution, which establishes a state obligation to ensure every Oregon resident has access to cost-effective, clinically appropriate, and affordable health care. Norman Sylvester is a long-time health care activist, a member of Health Care for All Oregon as well as a legendary boogie musician who was inducted into the Oregon Music Hall of Fame in 2011. On the show, we talk about the experiences as a musician trying to afford and access healthcare. Later in the show, Daniel Molkte and I talk about the measure’s specifics with State Representative Rob Nosse, who was a champion of the measure in the legislature, and is currently chairing the House Health Care Committee.


10 Aug 2022

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Norman Sylvester - Boogie Cat

Black Beat

Growing up in the segregated south, Sylvester enjoyed a childhood filled with beauty and natural wonders that often seemed worlds apart from the gruesome reality on the other side of the property line. “I always tell my kids I was born in paradise because we would take off our shoes and run over that dirt with butterflies and hummingbirds and fruit,” he said with a smile. “Anything that you could've wanted is on that land. She farmed cotton and sugarcane and went to church every Sunday. My Mom and Dad met on that farm. He was a quartet singer and during that time was in an acapella group so I got to hear that gospel voice and the blending of the harmonies. When they added the guitar, that was my first introduction to what guitar sounded like with harmonizing voices. I was hooked on music then, just knowing it and feeling the emotion created by African-Americans when they put Blues and Gospel together during slavery. The whole thing was a survival communication thing.”


30 Jul 2021

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Norman Sylvester: He sings, talks about virtual Bravo Orchestra project CC#289

Oregon Music News

It sure is nice being back in the Artichoke Music Café and sitting across from our podcast guests again, believe me. Especially when you’re sitting across from The Boogie Cat, the always splendidly dressed, Portland icon Norman Sylvester who has been bringing us Blues and Soul music for generations.He’s working with the Bravo Youth Orchestras organization which has a virtual event on Sunday, April 18 called Crossing Borders at 6:30pm. Norman will tell us all about it.And Norman is going to sing a little right here on the podcast.How about that.Here’s the Boogie Cat.


15 Apr 2021

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Norman Sylvester Breathing Together

Filling the Air With Words

Robert Parish asks for advice from the "Northwest Boogie Cat," Norman Sylvester, about the best ways for professional musicians to cope with the dramatic life changes they're experiencing due to COVID-19. More from this interview in the coming weeks.


3 Apr 2020

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Norman Sylvester: CCMini #3 - His Phenomenal Concert

Oregon Music News

Hi there. Tom D’Antoni back with another OMN Coffeeshop Conversations Mini episode, something we started a few weeks ago. You can count on one full and one mini episode per week.And did you know we’re also on iTunes, SoundCloud and TuneIn? We are. Just search for Oregon Music News to find every past and present Coffeeshop Conversation.Of course, that coffeeshop is World Cup Coffee and Tea at NW 18th and Glisan.Today we’re bringing back the Boogie Cat, Norman Sylvester who is going to tell us all about a show he’s got coming up at Alberta Rose Theatre which he calls the “Phenomenal Concert,” “The Journey of American Music.” “From Africa to the Mississippi Delta to the 21st Century. Alright then, let’s find out about it.


24 May 2017

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Norman Sylvester: CC #66 - The Boogie Cat's method for living

Oregon Music News

May 18, 2016We;re in the coffeshop again. As always, it’s World Cup Coffee and Tea at NW 18th and Glisan for another OMN Coffeeshop Conversation.With me today is an Oregon Music Hall of Fame member…known to all as the Boogie Cat, the best dressed man in town…Norman Sylvester.An Oregonian since 1957, he’s been playing music for almost as long as he’s lived here. He’s a Blues and Soul guitarist, singer, composer and ambassador to the world for Northwest music.But how much do you know about him? He’s got a great life story, inspiring and worth spending the whole hour with us.I ran into him at last Sunday’s memorial for Sweet Baby James Benton, a friend of his. He played there and when I was talking to him, invited him to the coffeeshop today.And he said yes.


15 May 2017