Al Norris spent nearly his entire profession as a tempo guitarist with Jimmie Lunceford’s Orchestra. He began appropriately in 1927 being a banjoist in upstate NY. Five years afterwards he became a member of Lunceford, switching within a season from banjo to acoustic guitar (although he sometimes played violin). Apart from an interval in the armed service, Norris was with Lunceford from 1932-49, remaining two years following the leader’s loss of life as it managed as a battling ghost band. Following its separation, he gigged and documented with Eddie Wilcox (Lunceford’s pianist) inside a short-lived group and retired from music, doing work for the postoffice. Norris took periodic brief solos with Lunceford in the 1930s, although he by no means led his personal record date.