From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Higgins, Norman

(born: 1941  -  died: 2007) 

Norman Higgins, born in Lexington, KY, was a graduate of old Dunbar High School. Employed at Southland Printing and Publishing, he ran the printing press there. He also raced cars and received many awards for his car racing.

Higgins was also well-known as an exceptional drummer. He played in many Kentucky locations as well as across the U.S. with greats such as Roland Kirk, Billy Preston, Sonny Stitt, and Kentucky native, Les McCann. Higgins was also part of the Lexington Jazz Project's original lineup; see a piicture of him performing with them (second picture down on the right side) at

For more see "Drummer Norman Higgins" at; J. Hewlett, "Norman Higgins jazz drummer dies," Lexington Herald-Leader, 1/05/2007, City/Region section, p. B4; and "Remembering Drummer Norman Higgins" at

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NKAA Entry: Paul Laurence Dunbar High School (Lexington, KY)
NKAA Entry: McCann, Leslie Coleman
NKAA Source: Lexington herald-leader (newspaper)

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