Winstone was born in London and first attracted attention in the
late sixties when she shared the bill at Ronnie Scott's club with
Although she began her career singing jazz standards, she became involved in the avant garde movement, exploring the use of the voice in an experimental way and evolving her own wordless approach to improvisation.
In a long and extensive career she has collaborated with Mike Westbrook, Michael Garrick John Surman, Kenny Wheeler, Michael Gibbs and John Taylor, and worked extensively with many of the major European names and visiting Americans.
The collaboration on Trio Records with Stan Tracey and Bobby Wellins has been a long standing ambition of Norma Winstone.