HammondCast 41 Jon’s Journal November 28 2012


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HammondCast 41
HammondCast by Jon Hammond (JonHammond) Today’s show a Saxophone Extravaganza with Bennett Friedman, Tony Lakatos, Igor Butman, Marc Baum on the Jon Hammond Band. Also Bernard Purdie and OAKLAND A’s REPORT with LAZY LARRY! Swingin’ Funky Jazz & Blues of Organist/Accordionist JON HAMMOND *Member Local 802 Local 6 Musicians Union ASCAP Composer & Publisher. All music on HammondCast is instrumental & original: “The FINGERS…are the SINGERS!” + Interviews. *Official Site: http://www.HammondCast.com

Rest In Peace MANDRE aka Michael Andre Lewis – Dec 7, 1948 – Jan 31, 2012 DTI Records Recording Artist, formerly on Motown Label and former band member / bass player with Johnny Guitar Watson folks – Jon Hammond
photo – Palo Alto California — Andre Lewis aka Mandre with Buddy Miles playing guitar – Jon Hammond

According to Amsterdam label Rush Hour’s Facebook page, RIP Michael Andre Lewis aka Mandre, The Vangelis of Motown, passed away on January 31st.

From the age of 15, Lewis demonstrated a preternatural musical gift with his bands Mike Lewis Quartet and Andre Lewis and the New Breed. After a highly successful career during the ‘70s as a session musician for the likes of The Who, Sly and the Family Stone and Jimi Hendrix, Lewis signed to Motown and developed “Mandre,” an artist from outer-space and a character that made him one of the first musicians to play with the idea of cyborg-as-performer. After three albums for Motown, and two hits in “Solar Flight (Opus I)” and “Freakin’s Fine,” Lewis released his final album as Mandre, Mandre 4, in 1982 on his own Futuregroove label.

It seems indolent to refer to Mandre as an electronic musician, because he pulled from so many different genres to create a sound that was unique enough to shun any label, yet so familiar that you could turn on ‘70s radio and hear his influences on almost every song. Disco, funk, soul, pop, and music that was yet to be created can be heard on each of his albums. And he didn’t just pioneer with the music he created, he also pioneered how music was created; He helped design the LinnDrum drum sequencer that helped define ‘80s pop, and was one of the first artists signed to major label to integrate one of hip-hop’s defining instruments, the Roland Tr-808, into his work.

He was an artist that could have been mentioned in the same breath as Kraftwerk and Herbie Hancock, had more people known about his work.

Obit – Lewis, Michael Andre`
Dec 7, 1948 – Jan 31, 2012

International recording artist, Michael Andre` Lewis, wrote and produced for Motown Records in the 1970’s. Andre` Lewis, also known as ‘Mandre’, toured with musical giants, such as Frank Zappa, Johnny Guitar Watson, Aretha Franklin, Buddy Miles, Sly and The Family Stone, Santana, and many, many more, as well as local musicians. Michael Andre` Lewis was preceded in death by his parents, Harry Jr. and Annabell Lewis; grandparents, Harry Lewis Sr. and Dell Moore (Frank); brother, Sherdale Lewis; sister, Roslyn McClain; and grandson, Jermaine Lewis. He is survived by ex-wives, Patricia Lewis of Omaha, NE, and Sabina Ritter of Munich Germany; six children: Robert Lewis, Joy Borsak (Thomas), Toni Lewis, Andrea Scott (Booker) all of Omaha, NE, Riva Lewis of Munich, Germany, and Shawn Dreason of California; nine grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, and special friends.
MEMORIAL SERVICE will be Monday, February 6th at Preston Love Arts and Jazz Center, 24th and Lake St., 2pm. Musical Tribute and Musicians Sit-in at Doc’s Place, 40th and Ames Ave., 7pm-Midnight.
Published in Omaha World-Herald on February 3, 2012

Fairfax CA — 19 Broadway Club Jon Hammond Band
Youtube http://youtu.be/b-7_DphmfV0

John Bishop (guitar) feature on Hammond’s Moanin’ Blues, Jon Hammond Band at 19 Broadway Niteclub in Fairfax CA. Nobody in the Bay Area can lay down a shuffle like Ronnie Smith Jr. (drums), Alex Budman (tenor) and leader Jon Hammond at his well-traveled Hammond XB-2 organ just back from Germany tour here playing through 1965 Fender Twin Reverb amp once owned by John McFee (Clover, Doobie Brothers). http://www.jonhammondband.com/ — with John Bishop, Alex Budman, Ronnie Smith and Jon Hammond Band at 19 Broadway Bar & Night Club

Paris France — Palais des Sports 1981 – Carlos Santana,

Richard Baker keyboardist looking on – Jon Hammond — with Carlos Santana at Palais des Sports

Gretel und Alfons by night – Große Freiheit 29, 22767 Hamburg

– Jon Hammond http://www.gretelundalfons.de/
This is the same kneipe where The Beatles used to hang out night after night drinking beer during the time when they were playing in The Star Club nearby on Gr. Freiheit. The story that Horst Jankowiak (R.I.P.) told me was that Paul McCartney racked up a pretty big bar tab that was left unpaid for some years, and then he came in to pay up the bill with a pretty good tip back in the 80’s. Paul never forgot Gretel und Alfons! Horst was a great guy, I had the pleasure of meeting him a few times. He had Joe Berger and I sign the famous guest book on the next page over from the Jimi Hendrix inscription. Jimi signed the book when he played at The Star Club a few doors down from Gretel und Alfons on the Grosse Freiheit in the Reeperbahn district of St. Pauli Hamburg — at Gretel & Alfons

L to R: Joe Berger, Horst Jankowiak R.I.P. owner manager of Gretel und Alfons and Jon Hammond

Horst had Joe and Jon sign the famous guest book on the next page over from the Jimi Hendrix inscription, Jimi signed the book when he played at The Star Club a few doors down from Gretel und Alfons on the Grosse Freiheit in the Reeperbahn district of St. Pauli Hamburg http://www.HammondCast.com/ — with Joe Berger

Scott May Macht Schau!!

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Great story Jon!

Jon Hammond Yep, Mach Schau! was the battle cry from Horst Fascher the big boss at The Star Club, he would shout it at The Beatles and they really got their show together there during their Reeperbahn Days. Horst is still around and connected to my FaceBook – also…See More

Part 3 Jon Hammond Memorable Gigs, People and Places

Photo by Dr. Nader Shabahangi – Jon Hammond Trio

– Jim Grantham saxophone, Jack Dorsey drums
Jon Hammond at the new Hammond Sk1 organ – Swingin’ Funky Jazz and Blues
at Bayside Park | A Caring Elder Community
http://hammondcast.blogspot.com/2011/07/jazz-festival-at-agesong-bayside-park.html — at Agesong At Bayside Park

51 Minute In-Studio Radio Interview with Jon Hammond and Bernard Purdie at Radio KALX with Anthony Bonet Youtube http://youtu.be/GYg4v91bg1A

New York NY — 9 West 57th Street, the famous Solow Building –

in 1985 this is where I was called to a meeting with then Sony President John O’Donnell in the Sony Corporate offices on the 43rd Floor where he offered me a 7 year contract for my cable TV show “The Jon Hammond Show” to be exclusive on Sony on the new Software Division. At the time the only acts signed to this division on Sony Label were Tina Turner, David Bowie and an experimental project called “Private Dances” – Jon Hammond — at Solow Bldg Corp

Late Rent Jon Hammond Band with David Fathead Newman and Bernard Purdie
Youtube http://youtu.be/M_a6T5wW6Vg

Tenor Saxophonist David Fathead Newman on Jon Hammond Band theme song LATE RENT in Zanzibar and Grill NYC
Bernard Purdie drums, Jon Hammond at B3 organ with his long time theme song of The Jon Hammond Show TV Show
in 26th year on MNNTV Time Warner and RCN Cable New York City special thanks and R.I.P. Eric Fuchsman and David Fathead Newman

HammondCast 3 Jon’s Journal November 27 2012

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RIP MANDRE aka Michael Andre Lewis, Buddy Miles, Motown, DTI Records, jazz organ, funky blues, 9 West 57th Street, Sony, Dr. Nader Shabahangi, AgeSong Bayside Park, Local 802, Musicians Union

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