Norman Jay has been named one of the world's most influential club culture figures of the decade by The FACE magazine, been included in Mixmag's Top 100 DJs in the world list, and been nominated for a man of the year award by GQ. But press aside Jay is known for his phenomenal contribution to the UK music scene. Over there in Blighty he's featured regularly on various television, radio and magazine programs about black music or dance culture. Jay has an almost unmatchable knowledge of black music from soul to funk to garage.
Jay is considered by many in the UK to be "The Peoples DJ" because of the width and breadth of his DJ style and his world-famous ground-shaking sets at the annual Notting Hill Carnival in London. But he's also a doyen of "stars" and has often been called upon to DJ for the likes of Michael Caine, Mick Jagger, Vivienne Westwood, Gaultier and Lenny Henry. Paul Weller is often quoted as saying Jay is his favorite DJ.
Jay is also known for past activities like launching the brilliant Talkin' Loud label with Gilles Peterson ; bringing artists like Coldcut and Soul II Soul to London radio; His own long running radio shows; a number of mix CD's including two recent double CD compilations - Norman Jay Presents Philadelphia - The Underground Anthems 1973 -1981 and a Mix CD for Miss Moneypenny's; his sets at the Miami Winter Music conference; his mad immense collection of chopper bicycles and his distinct taste in hats.