Norman Hedman

Norman Hedman


If you explore multiple music genres, you'll love Norman Hedman's Tropique. Hedman weaves catchy polyrhythmic melodies, and hints of R&B that cross breezy island grooves with Latin jazz sensibilities. His accessible music is characterized as Latin Jazz, World, and Latin Soul.


One Line Bio: Percussionist, Producer, Composer, Solo Artist

One man's trash is another man's treasure. Nothing could be truer for Norman Hedman and the discovery of his first hand drum, a conga, he rescued from a Brooklyn garbage can. A native of the West Indies, Hedman instinctively knew how to repair the conga at age 12 and has been playing music ever since.


Today, the music of this first call percussionist, solo artist, producer, and composer, gathers multi-genre music connoisseurs around the globe. Attracted to Hedmans number one hits with broad appeal, audiences discover his passion for accessible music. "I think music heals, and Tropiques music falls into that category; whether youre a teen or 80 years old," says Hedman. From Latin Jazz to R&B and Pop, Hedmans commercial recognition is widespread. His extensive product pedigree includes a variety of hit projects:

Music Accomplishments

Number One Hit Performances
1. Songs in A Minor, Alicia Keys (5 GRAMMY ® Awards)
2. Fear of Flying, Mya (Platinum Album)
3. I Ain't Movin, Des¡'ree (Multi-Platinum Album)
4. Brass Construction, Brass Construction (Gold)
5. Walkin - the Line, Brass Construction (Gold)

Movie Soundtracks
1. Ali: "Fight"
2. Shaft: "Rock wit You"
3. Dr. Doolittle 2: "Rearview Mirror"

GRAMMY ® Nomination List - Best Latin Jazz Album
1. Taken By Surprise (Tropique)
2. One Step Closer (Tropique)

Norman Hedman's Tropique

After accumulating much of his own material, Norman Hedman founded Tropique in 1995. His percussion instruments continue to lend themselves to Latin jazz and island flavors. This dance-based genre makes use of percussion instruments such as timbales, cowbells and congas. Even though several band members play horns, the focus is on percussion.

Hedman and his accomplices captured the attention of the Recording Academy in recent years on two albums. "Taken By Surprise" and "Healing Hands" were both on the nomination list for a GRAMMY ® Award.

Hedman Defies Boundaries of Musical Categories

Chances are if you migrate to more than just one musical genre, then you will love Norman Hedman. A world-class conguero since the early 1980s, the rhythms of studio extraordinaire, Norman Hedman, cross breezy island grooves infused with Latin jazz traditions. Often times, Hedmans music is also characterized as world or alternative music. "That's what Tropique is all about - a lot of different styles rolled into one," Hedman says with excitement. New and inventive concepts, clean, tight lines and original compositions are now his irresistible hallmark of success.

Its difficult to put Hedmans music into just one category, yet he has not abandoned his heritage. Hedman maintains the rhythmic value of Latin music. "I'm a player first. I like rhythms and melodies," he remarked. There is no doubt Norman sets the pace for Latin induced rhythms.

Traditional Instruments Used in Non-Traditional Ways

Although Tropiques rhythmic structure is considered typical Latin, Hedman presents his music with R&B at the core. The percussive parts continue to carry a traditional approach to tropical music with Latin sensibilities. This unconventional fusion of multi-cultural rhythmic structures earns Norman Hedman even broader appreciation. As a result of his association with great jazz artists, and through his own use of the rhythmic and harmonic influences from Africa, Hedman brings his use of Afro-Latin idioms together with a fresh twist. Clearly, this Latin jazz band sets the standard in exciting performances and ground breaking recordings.


Norman Hedmans music makes you feel good. Imagine blue skies, and a music that enables you to forget your troubles and release stress. Not only did Hedman identify a multi-genre music void with tropical influences, but he continually delivers quality music for the masses. Through focus, determination, and teamwork, Hedman found his passion and built a business around it.

Before forming Tropique in 1995, Hedman found work as a studio musician after leaving the military service. For two years while in the service, Hedman played with the Third U.S. Army Soldier Show in South Carolina. And just one year prior to entering the military, Hedman graduated from Brooklyn College with a business major in marketing.

Guilty By Association

Over the past 25 years, Norman Hedman has worked with many world-class artists in the multiple genres listed below:

Arturo Sandoval; Nancy Wilson; Bobby Watson; Grady Tate; Pat Martino; Chico & Vaughn Freeman; Arthur Blythe; George Cables; John Hicks; Gary Bartz; Ahmad Alladeen; Giovannie Hidalgo; Hilton Ruiz; Arthur Blythe, Horacee Arnold; Airto Moreira; Grady Tate; Monguito Santamaria; Delmar Brown; Lew Soloff and Marcus Miller.

R&B / Pop
Alicia Keys; Main Ingredient; The Jacksons; New Kids on the Block; Daryl Hall; Luther Vandross; The Spinners; Des¡ree; Mya; Sister Sledge; J


Garden of Forbidden Fruit - Release Date: 2006, PowerLight Media

Taken By Surprise - Release Date: 2000, Palmetto Records

One Step Closer - Release Date: 1999, Arabesque Records

Healing Hands - Release Date: 1996, Monad Records

Flight of the Spirit - Release Date: 1994, Monad Records

Set List

Rundadar Dance, Rudy's Mambo, One for Ahmad, Michelline, Flight of the Spirit, Garden of Forbidden Fruit, Feeling My Way, Closer, Walk in the Moonlight