When everybody was listening to the Beatles and
the Beach Boys, Noel Webb was enthralled with Debussy and Tchaikovsky.
At fourteen years old, Noel was accepted into the Boston Symphony
Orchestra Organization. In the ninth chair, he toured Europe,
Canada, and America and was regarded as one of the highest new hopes in
the world of violinists, playing with Leopold Stokowski. Issac Stern,
Leonard Berstein, Walter Eisenberg, and Arthur Feidler. At college,
a fraternity brother slipped earphones on Noel to show off his favorite
band. It was Black Sabbath… and Noel was changed forever. He
immersed his violin in blues, hard rock, country, jazz, and folk.
His musical mentors became Ella Fitzgerald, The Allman Brothers, Miles
Davis, Led Zeppelin, and the Beatles.
Marion Brown, a member of John
Coltrane’s line-up and a friend of Noel, was very much aware of the
talent that lay at Noels’ fingertips. This jazz legend taught Noel
the tools to express blues and jazz from his soul, and immediately
well known popular bands began calling on Noel’s talents: John Hammond,
Asleep at the Wheel, and many others. Soon afterwards, he became noted as
the first “Rock Violinist” in the world, innovating the sound of the
violin in rock and mainstream pop music. He created a format for the
violin, full of amazing electricity and cutting edge, something that had
never been done before. Noel has played in the forefront with some
of the best bands and musicians in the world, most of which have called on
him specifically. He played with such configurations as REO
Speedwagon, The Tubes, Blood Sweat and Tears, John Hammond, Creedence
Clearwater Revival, members of John Coltrane’s band, The Rippingtons,
Larry Coreal, Chic Corea, Herbie Hancock’s Headhunter’s and with
artists such as Marc Isham, Grover Washington Jr., and Tony Bennett.
Even Bruce Springsteen called about Noel. His reputation grew.
In regards to his own music,
Noel has toured throughout the country. He played a 22 concert tour in
Florida where an estimated 44,000 people attended his performances. His
first released CD, “Storm Dance”, created a new union of jazz and
classical music. Noel’s sophomore CD, “Satin Sheets”(Labrador
Records 2000 -release May 2000), has inspired the Urban AC and
Smooth Jazz industry to quickly become aware of an incredible and
innovative style that will set the standard for the new millennium.
On “Satin Sheets”, Noel combines his sexy jazz violin with smooth,
urban, hip-hop beats and soulful accompaniment. Charting in the
Gavin Report after only 5 weeks on the radio, Noel is definitely designing
the mold for what is to come in contemporary jazz in the new millennium.
The year 2000 will see Noel performing with many other popular
contemporary jazz and urban Adult Contemporary artists around the country
as the industry embraces the rebirth of the violin.
Popular Recording Artists
(written, arranged, performed with)
Boston Symphony Orchestra (9th chair
prodigy violinist at age 14)
Jermaine Jackson II
River City Band
Blood Sweat and Tears
Tony Williams Lifetime
Marion Brown Band (John Coltrane's Saxaphonist)
Creedence Clearwater Revival
Herbie Hancock's Headhunters
The Allman Bros.
Grover Washington Jr.
- Principle actor on the television soap
opera "General Hospital"
- Recurring role on "Mad About You"
- Co-star on FBI, The Untold Stories
- Star of many films and Movies of the Week
including "The Alamo", "Shadows Behind Me",
- "Pentagon Wars" - HBO /
“Storm in the Afternoon” – Incom Films / “The Crow” trailer
– American Video Films / “Nine Minutes” – Devlin Files Prod.
- "Mad Leo" - Farmhouse Prod. /
“Silent Love” – Arie Prod. / “Shadows Behind Me” –
Ortner Films / “The Hidden Cage” – Pullman Artists
- “Russia” – Upper Productions / “The
Last Game” – Olive Ranch Prod. / "Catfish and Blackbean
- "Picket Fences" - NBC /
"Star Trek" - Paramount / "Live Shots" - UPN
- Commercials: “Sprint” – J. Walter
Thompson / “Chevy Geo” – Pearlman Group / “Great American
Foods” – Palomar/ “Power Lap Top” – Tasc Productions
- Narrated dozens of A&E Biographies, TNN
Biographies, trailers, industrials, and commercials