HammondCast 22 KYOU Radio Dot Org Jon’s Journal

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This episode of HammondCast on KYOU 1550 AM Radio features some historic recordings of Jon Hammond with radio & tv legend AL “JAZZBEAUX” COLLINS, this will blow your socks off! Al does a complete recitation of his Hipster version of “Little Red Ridinghood” accompanied by Jon on the Hammond organ live. Also radio host CHRIS CORTEZ talking about how Jon and Jazzbeaux almost blew up the transmitter for the radio station by plugging the Hammond organ directly in as a late-night experiment on the Bay Area station…wooops! All worked out ok, but the Chief Engineer and Station Manager were a little bit upset the next day…

Chris Cortez and Jon Hammond in KCSM where they did the historic broadcast with Al Jazzbo Collins some years before

Al Jazzbeaux Collins aka Al Jazzbo Collins on the air at KCSM Jazz 91

Happy Birthday Jon Hammond’s Annual musikmesse Warm Up Party Chocolate Chocolate Cake in the famous jazzkeller Frankfurt

Full HD – *WATCH THE FILM HERE: #TheNAMMShow White Onions Jon Hammond Funk Unit NAMM Showcase Jon’s archive https://archive.org/details/TheNAMMShowWhiteOnionsJonHammondFunkUnitNAMMShowcase Usage Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0
http://jonhammondband.com/blog.html/jon_hammond_funk_unit_namm_showcase_namm_show_white_onions/
#TheNAMMShow “White Onions” Jon Hammond Funk Unit NAMM Showcase lunch set https://www.namm.org/thenammshow/2015/events/jon-hammond-funk-unit 23rd 2015 reprising 1989 Late Rent Sessions recording ©JON HAMMOND International ASCAP with special guest Bernard Purdie drums, Leslie J. Carter percussion Jon Hammond organ (original members on record) featuring Koei Tanaka chromatic harmonica from Tokyo Japan Suzuki world star, Joe Berger guitar JJ guitars, Alex Budman tenor saxophone Dom Famularo returning to the NAMM Stage – special thanks NAMM President CEO Joe Lamond, KHS Hercules folding stands – Location: NAMM Sheraton Park Hotel at the Anaheim Resort Acoustic Stage Jon Hammond Funk Unit Event Date: Thursday, January 21, 2016 – 9:00pm to 9:40pm Genre: Rock #CNNiReport

AFM Local 6 Member Profile JON HAMMOND: “WHERE’S THE GIG?” — by ALEX WALSH

https://afm6.org/member-profile/jon-hammond-wheres-the-gig/

Jon Hammond is a musician, composer, bandleader, publisher, journalist, TV show host, radio DJ, and multi-media entrepreneur. He currently travels the world, playing gigs and attending trade shows.

THE EARLY YEARS
Jon Hammond was born in Chicago in 1953. His father was a doctor and his mother was a housewife. They both played the piano. In 1957, his parents moved Jon and his four sisters to Berkeley, CA, where his father worked in a hospital as head of the emergency room. When he was nine, Jon started accordion lessons. “In those days, they had studios where parents would drop their kids off after school for tap dancing and accordion lessons. There were accordion bands and they would compete against each other.”

“Every time I see a musician walking down the street I say, ‘Hey, where’s the gig?’ Because it doesn’t matter what kind of music you play, if you’re carrying an instrument–going to a rehearsal, or coming back from a repair shop, whatever it is–we all need our gigs. And that’s what the union is all about. Hopefully, we can all keep working and be supportive of everybody’s gigs. There’s room for everybody.”

Jon played his first gig at a senior citizens luncheon when he was eleven. Not only did he get a free lunch but he was paid $25 –a lot of money in those days. Jon says his father was supportive, but did not want him to pursue a music career. “He told me that music was a great hobby. He got me a wonderful professional accordion for my Bar Mitzvah, directly from John Molinari, one of the greatest accordionists who ever lived. It was a Guilietti Professional Tone Chamber accordion. That’s the accordion I won Jr. Jazz Champion on in 1966.”

In high school, Jon attended a private boys school in San Francisco. He was a class clown, and when it got to the point where he was going to be expelled, Jon took his accordion and ran away from home. He immersed himself in the San Francisco music scene and started playing organ in several bands. By 1971 he was in a four piece rock group called Hades which shared a rehearsal space with Quicksilver Messenger Service. “I was friends with their manager, Ron Polte, who also managed guitarist John Cipollina. We got to open for his band, Copperhead.”

Jon continued to play gigs in the Bay Area in different configurations, including a few gigs with a young Eddie Money. By this time Jon had become frustrated with the Bay Area scene. One night while playing a biker bar he got into a fight and his band didn’t come to his defense. “That was the last straw. I was angry and I said I wasn’t coming back.”

Jon in the early 70s

Jon moved to Boston in 1973 to attend the Berklee School of Music. He also got a gig playing in Boston’s Combat Zone backing up burlesque shows. When Jon saw one of his idols, pianist Keith Jarrett play in New York he told him he was going to Berklee and asked him for advice. “Keith looked me right in the eye and said ‘Berklee can be very dangerous for your music.’ It was like he popped this huge bubble. Years later I came to understand what he was talking about. You have to learn the fundamentals, but the music itself comes from a much deeper place. They can’t teach that, you have to find it yourself.”

When Jon’s teachers began sitting in on his gigs in Boston, he questioned why he was in school if the teachers were coming to play with him. He quit school, moved to Cape Cod and started playing with bandleader Lou Colombo. “He did all the private parties for Tip O’Neill. We played what they used to call the business man’s beat. On the gig it was forbidden to swing. It was like swing cut in half. So if you tried to go with the four, Lou would say, ‘Don’t swing it, don’t swing it.’ He pounded it into my head night after night.”

LATE RENT

In 1981 Jon took a trip to Paris where he broke through his writers block and wrote some of his best music. He returned to New York with his new tunes and started a production company with the idea of getting a record deal for a friend that had played on a #1 hit record. After months of pounding the pavement with no results, Jon realized he had better work on his own music before his money ran out. He took the last of his savings, including his upcoming rent money, and went into the studio to record what came to be known as “The Late Rent Sessions”.

The session had Todd Anderson on tenor sax, Barry Finnerty on guitar, Stephen Ferrone on drums, and Jon on B3. They recorded at Intergalactic, the last studio that John Lennon recorded in. Jon had no luck getting a record deal for his new project, but he did get gigs in New York with his band Jon Hammond and the Late Rent Session Men.

Jon Hammond Band Onstage at NAMM, 2014: Joe Berger, Dom Famularo, Alex Budman, Koei Tanaka, Jon Hammond

n 1982, Jon found out about public access television and the idea that anyone could produce a show and get it on TV. He started broadcasting on Manhattan’s public station in 1984. “I decided I was going to produce a radio show on TV. The first episodes showed just my tapping foot and my voice. It was a gimmick. We had graphics that were synchronized to go with the music. It worked out well. People dug it.” Within a few weeks, Jon was interviewed and featured in Billboard Magazine. The Jon Hammond Show was considered an alternative to the clips on Cable TV. “MTV was still in its infancy. We had a concept that was revolutionary. My phone started ringing and we were the hot kids on the block.”

LIVING ABROAD

Jon continued to play gigs in New York and produce his TV show. In 1987, he went to his first trade show (NAMM) where he was introduced to Mr. Julio Guilietti, the man who built his accordion. He then began traveling to trade shows and making contacts with musicians and companies around the world, including Hammond Suzuki. “They gave me the Hammond XB-2, the first really powerful portable Hammond organ. Glenn Derringer, one of my all-time heroes, presented it to me. I got one of the first. Paul Shaffer from the Letterman Show got the other. At the time there was only one EXP-100 expression pedal–we had to share the pedal. I used the pedal for my gigs and when Paul needed it I would bring it over to him at 30 Rockefeller Center on my bicycle.”

In the early 90s, when his New York gigs began drying up, Jon was encouraged to go to Germany. “It was a hard time. My father had just died and there were very few gigs. I got the XB-2 organ right when I needed it, so I decided to take a chance. I bought a roundtrip ticket to Frankfurt with an open return. I went with 50 bucks and stayed for a year. When I came back, I had 100 bucks.”

Jon stayed at a friend’s house and played a borrowed accordion on the street until he could get a band together. “I played on the street until my fingers turned blue and would collect enough money to get some fish soup. After about two weeks I got a call—I had put a band together and had 3 gigs coming up. A TV show had heard my story and wanted to do a story on me. At the first gig 19 people came; the second only 15 people came. Then I got the little spot on TV. When I came to the third gig people were lined up down the street. When I walked up I thought they were having an art exhibit. When they said, ‘No, they’re waiting for you.’ I choked up, I couldn’t even talk. So I’ve been playing there every year since. The people in Germany really saved my musical career at a time when very few things were happening for me in New York or San Francisco. I have a really good following in Europe. I keep busy as a musician in the States, playing hospitals and assisted living places, but my band dates I pretty much play overseas.”

Jon’s Late Rent Sessions was eventually released on a German label and received modest airplay. During the 90s he travelled back and forth to Europe, spending a year playing gigs in Paris, and eventually settling in Hamburg. Since then he has released two more albums and has played gigs in Moscow, Shanghai, and Australia. With the help of the internet, Jon is able to produce his TV show anywhere.

PRESENT DAY

In the mid-2000s Jon produced Hammondcast, a radio program for CBS that aired in San Francisco at four in the morning and was rebroadcast before Oakland A’s games. “When the baseball games played in the afternoon, my show would play for about 20 minutes and then it was pre-empted. I had a lot of fun with that.” His guests included Danny Glover, Barry Melton from Country Joe & the Fish, and many local people. “It took me awhile to figure out that I had permission to broadcast anything I wanted. I could play the London Philharmonic or Stevie Wonder. My tag line was ‘Hello, Hello, Hello! Wake up or go back to sleep…’”

Today, Jon continues to visit tradeshows and is determined to keep doing everything he does as long as he can. “I made a pact with my longtime co-producer, guitarist Joe Berger, that we are going to go to these trade shows until we are little old men with canes.”

Jon has released four CDs

Jon Hammond Entertaining on Excelsior Accordion in Bernal Heights SF Neighborhood Center — photo by Cheryl Fippen Local 6

For more info visit www.jonhammondband.com

Jon’s archive https://archive.org/details/48MinuteDocumentaryJazzMovieBigBandWithOrganistJonHammond

by Jon Hammond

48 minute Documentary movie of Tuesday night session at Friends Seminary School in Manhattan, 5 original compositions!
“Head Phone” by Jon Hammond arranged by Todd Anderson
“Lydia’s Tune” by Jon Hammond arranged by Todd Anderson
“Late Rent” by Jon Hammond arranged by Todd Anderson
“Pocket Funk” by Jon Hammond arranged by Todd Anderson
“Have a Nice Day Blues” by Todd Anderson arranged by Todd Anderson
*Note: Tenor Saxophonist Arranger Todd Anderson was Jon Hammond’s teacher for Arranging and Compostion at Berklee College of Music in Boston MA in 1973. 10 years later they recorded this music for TV Show “The Jon Hammond Show” still on TV every week for 32 years, the recording session went down at Intergalactic Recording Studios where John Lennon did some of his last recording dates. The big band here is presided over by Professor Bob Rosen in charge of the music program at Friends Seminary School on Manhattan’s East Side, 230 year old school K – 12th grade. Top sight reading musicians gather weekly – more info: http://www.HammondCast.com ©JON HAMMOND International ASCAP / BMI

Photographs Courtesy of Elmar Lemes

Youtube https://youtu.be/2mcykc-OHTg

these are the names I know at this time – more coming: Mike Campenni drums, Charles Lee a.s., Jim Piela a.s., Bob Rosen t.s., David Zalud trpt., Greg Ruvolo trpt. Todd Anderson t.s., Jon Hammond Hammond Sk1 org., Art Baron trombone, Pat Hall trmb., Alfredo Marques trmb., – entire session documentary ©JON HAMMOND International / Todd Anderson ASCAP / BMI – additional info http://www.HammondCast.com as seen on Manhattan Neighborhood Network Channel 1 community channel and streaming worldwide, late Fri. nights / early Sat. morning at 1:30 AM Eastern Standard Time – Associated Musicians of Greater New York Local 802, Jon is also a dual member of AFM Local 6 Musicians Union San Francisco – the date of this session was October 20, 2015

Jon’s Journal – Logic Pro X – Apple Logic Recording / Playing workshop at The Beacon School conducted by Mark Via w/spcl. guests Joe Berger and yours’ truly Jon Hammond (behind camera & organ:

Put up a little tent that says “Free Cell Phones” and the people will come flocking! Maybe it’s a good name for a band these days – Jon Hammond

Real nice old car just blew my doors off on the 280 Freeway! He had the hammer down, looking real sharp, Jon Hammond

Hamburg Germany — Route 66 Hamburg Street P.R. Team – Mr. Berger and Mr. Hammond, thanks for the super cool T-Shirts Jens! They’ve been seen on TV and all over the place.

‘Return of The Student’ – 40 years later! Jon Hammond sits down with his piano teacher Tony Germain at Berklee College of Music in Boston MA exactly 40 years to the day that they first sat down at the piano together at 1140 Boylston Street in the Beantown – excellent interview! As seen on The Jon Hammond Show – MNN TV – Manhattan Neighborhood Network Channel 1 – TV Producers of Manhattan Neighborhood Network [MNN]

*LINK: https://www.facebook.com/hammondcast/videos/10153098437422102/

High Definition Video inside Tony’s Office at 1140 Boylston Street Boston – the old Berklee College of Music building

Classic episode of Jon Hammond Show known as Val Hal Jazz Pub Special – for my friends in Brooklyn by Brooklyn Academy of Music / BAM and Junior’s Restaurant & Cheesecake deli where the notorious Val Hal Jazz Pub used to me – actual audio from Val Hal gig – Jon Hammond

*LINK: https://www.facebook.com/hammondcast/videos/10153098404357102/

Lazy Larry in the house…one of this century’s most important writers since James Joyce! *as seen on MNN TV Jon Hammond Show
Jon Hammond

Flashback — as seen on The Jon Hammond Show: THE NEGATIVES
Featuring Crazy Barry (everything) and Lazy Larry (nothing)!
MNN Ch. 1 Manhattan Neighborhood Network
https://youtu.be/oMEMSbTl2Lo

Oh wow folks, this really saddens me and took my breath away to read that we lost Steve Campos​ today! I can’t believe it, a nicer cat there never was and beautiful player – I was very fortunate to have Steve play on my band with me at Pete Escovedo​’s club Mr. E’s when I came back from living in Europe along with Bennett Friedman in the horn section – and he did a beautiful job when we played in concert on the lawn right in front of SF City Hall with Harvey Wainapel tenor, James Preston​ (also deceased sadly), Barry Finnerty​ gtr. and myself on Hammond B3 organ *Video of the hit: https://www.facebook.com/jonhammondorgangroup/videos/10151128877882102/ RIP Steve Campos – missing man formation, greatly missed! – Jon Hammond​ / Jon Hammond Band​ – San Francisco City Hall​

RIP Steve Campos – I found this photo: “Jon Hammond Band gig in Pete Escovedo’s club Mr E’s when I came back from living in Europe for a few years – 1998, front line Steve Campos, Bennett Friedman tenor, Jon Hammond organ”

Jon Hammond says: “Attention all Accordion People – Alex Carozza aka ‘Alex Accordions’ is now open for business at swanky new address 250 West 54th Street right above the old legendary Studio 54 – expert repairs, custom modification and sales – best in the business” Good to see my old friends Alex and Juan today! – Alex Musical Instruments
Musical Instrument Store – NEW ADDRESS:
250 West 54th Street
(Saturdays entrance at 244 West 54th Street) – Jon Hammond

Lydia’s Tune Vers. 1.0 Meetinghouse Jazz Orchestra
https://vimeo.com/143952229
Real nice guitar solo from David Acker on Lydia’s Tune with Meetinghouse Jazz Orchestra folks! – Jon Hammond at the Friends Seminary school

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DUCKDUCKGO JON HAMMOND HAMMONDCAST FUNK SOUL BLUES & SOFT NEWS
http://hammondcast.twoday.net/stories/happy-birthday-duckduckgo-jon-hammond-hammondcast-funk-soul-blues-soft/ – Jon Hammond​

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