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PROLOGUE at The New School Screening of Jon Hammond Film Honoring Cab Calloway

August 26, 2013

*WATCH THE VIDEO HERE: PROLOGUE at The New School Screening of Jon Hammond Film Honoring Cab Calloway

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Insider film of “Beacons In Jazz Presentation Honoring Cab Calloway” at The New School For Jazz and Contemporary Music New York City – 23 years in the making folks! Jon Hammond

Screening of ‘Beacons In Jazz Awards Concert Honoring Cab Calloway’ (1990): Charlie Parker Jazz Fest @ The New School
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music Performance Space, Arnhold Hall
55 West 13th Street
Beginning in 1986, The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music has annually recognized jazz musicians and others who have “significantly contributed to the evolution of American music culture” with the Beacons in Jazz award. Recipients include Milt Hinton, Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, Joe Williams, Benny Carter, Max Roach, Chico Hamilton, and George and Joyce Wein. These gala events were attended by many musical luminaries and special guests, and prominently featured memorable performances by jazz legends.

On May 7th, 1990, Cab Calloway was the recipient of the Beacons Award, and the evening’s festivities were filmed for posterity. Hosted by Bill Cosby and Phil Schaap. Donald Byrd, Little Jimmy Scott, Reggie Workman, Bernard Purdie, Junior Mance, Billy Harper, and Milt Hinton were also present and captured live in performance. Now, for the first time ever, the footage from this historic concert will finally be screened. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to view this fascinating piece of jazz history.

Filmed by Jon Hammond, member of Local 802 Musicians Union NYC also ASCAP Publisher incorporated in State of NY: JON HAMMOND International, Inc.

Presented by the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival in conjunction with the New School for Jazz.

Photos and Film by Jon Hammond
Free, First Come First Seated
— with Cab Calloway, Martin W. Mueller, Phil Schaap, Bill Cosby, Eddie Barefield, Milt Hinton and David “Panama” Francis at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music

The Judge – Milt Hinton R.I.P. playing as David “Panama” Francis looks on at the drums, here May 7, 1990 – Milt was the original Slap Bassist – unbelievable style and personality, and a damn great photographer also – Panama, Panama Francis the great – these two gentlemen of Jazz are greatly missed folks! – Jon Hammond

Milt’s Wiki
Milton John “Milt” Hinton (June 23, 1910 – December 19, 2000), “the dean of jazz bass players,” was an American jazz double bassist and photographer. He was nicknamed “The Judge”
Hinton was born in Vicksburg, Mississippi, where he resided until age eleven when he moved to Chicago, Illinois. He attended Wendell Phillips High School and Crane Junior College. While attending these schools, he learned first to play the violin, and later bass horn, tuba, cello and the double bass. As a young violinist out of school, he found gainful employment as a bassist. He later recounted in interviews, released in 1990 on Old Man Time, how this prompted him to switch to double bass.
In the late 1920s and early 1930s, he worked as a freelance musician in Chicago. During this time, he worked with famous jazz musicians such as Jabbo Smith, Eddie South, and Art Tatum. In 1936, he joined a band led by Cab Calloway. Members of this band included Chu Berry, Cozy Cole, Dizzy Gillespie, Illinois Jacquet, Jonah Jones, Ike Quebec, Ben Webster, and Danny Barker.
Hinton possessed a formidable technique and was equally adept at bowing, pizzicato, and “slapping,” a technique for which he became famous while playing with the big band of Cab Calloway from 1936 to 1951.[1] Unusually for a double bass player, Hinton was frequently given the spotlight by Calloway, taking virtuose bass solos in tunes like “Pluckin’ the Bass.”
Hinton played a rare Gofriller Double Bass during his latter career. The bass was in pieces in a cellar in Italy and a musical agent arranged the purchase from the family for Hinton. Hinton in his autobiography “Bass Line” described the tone as magnificent and said it was one of the reasons for his long success in the New York recording studios in the 1950s, and 1960s.
He later became a television staff musician, working regularly on shows by Jackie Gleason and later Dick Cavett.[1] His work can be heard on the Branford Marsalis album Trio Jeepy.
Hinton twice received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts for his work as a jazz educator: a music fellowship in 1977 and an NEA Jazz Master award in 1993.[2]
According to a search of The Jazz Discography, Hinton is the most-recorded jazz musician of all time, having appeared on 1,174 recording sessions.[3][4]
Also a fine photographer, Hinton documented many of the great jazz musicians via photographs he took over the course of his career.[5] Hinton was one of the best friends of jazz trumpeter Louis Armstrong.[citation needed]
Hinton died in Queens, New York City, New York at age 90.

Birth name Milton John Hilton
Born June 23, 1910
Vicksburg, Mississippi, United States
Died December 19, 2000 (aged 90)
Queens, New York, United States
Genres Traditional Jazz. Swing, Pop Music
Occupations Double bassist, Photographer
Instruments Double bass
Years active 80 years
Labels Various
Associated acts Jabbo Smith, Zutty Singleton, Art Tatum, Eddie South, Cab Calloway, Count Basie, Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, Benny Goodman, Clark Terry, Hank Jones, Branford Marsalis

Panama Francis Wiki
David “Panama” Francis (December 21, 1918, Miami, Florida – November 13, 2001, Orlando, Florida) was an American swing jazz drummer.
He began performing at the age of eight, and booked his first night club at the age of thirteen. His career took off after he moved to New York City in 1938. Early collaborations included Tab Smith, Billy Hick’s Sizzling Six, the Roy Eldridge Orchestra, and six years with Lucky Millinder’s Orchestra at Harlem’s Savoy Ballroom.
Panama Francis spent five years recording and touring with Cab Calloway. He also played with Duke Ellington, Tommy Dorsey, Ray Conniff, and Sy Oliver, becoming a highly successful studio drummer. He recorded with John Lee Hooker, Eubie Blake, Ella Fitzgerald, Illinois Jacquet, Ray Charles, Mahalia Jackson and Big Joe Turner. As rhythm and blues and rock and roll went mainstream Francis became even more sought after. He drummed on the Elvis Presley demos, and he is featured on hits by the Four Seasons (“Big Girls Don’t Cry” and “Walk Like a Man”), the Platters (“Only You”, “The Great Pretender”, “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes” and “My Prayer”), Bobby Darin (“Splish Splash”), Neil Sedaka (“Calendar Girl”), and Dion (“The Wanderer”).
He drummed on “Prisoner of Love” for James Brown, “What a Difference a Day Makes” for Dinah Washington, “Drown in My Own Tears” for Ray Charles, and “Jim Dandy” for LaVern Baker. Many music reference books indicate that he also played drums on Bill Haley & His Comets’ 1954 version of “Shake, Rattle and Roll”, but producer Milt Gabler denied this; Francis is also believed to have played drums for at least one other Haley recording session in the mid-1960s. In 1979, Panama Francis reestablished the Savoy Sultans touring, recording several Grammy-nominated albums, and keeping residence at New York’s prestigious Rainbow Room through the mid-1980s. He appeared in several films with Cab Calloway: Angel Heart, Lady Sings the Blues, The Learning Tree.
Francis received a Pioneer Award from the Rhythm and Blues Foundation in 1993 and was also inducted into the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. His drum sticks are on display at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
— with Milt Hinton and Panama Francis at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music

Earle Warren – alto saxophone, Earle Ronald Warren, playing on May 7, 1990 in honor of Cab Calloway “Beacons In Jazz” Awards Concert – Jon Hammond

Earle’s Wiki
Earle Warren (July 1, 1914 – June 4, 1994) was an alto saxophonist and occasional singer with Count Basie.
He was born in Springfield, Ohio.
Warren played 1st (Lead) Alto Saxophone in the Basie orchestra throughout its formative years and its heyday, from 1937 to the end of the 1940s. After the break-up of Basie’s 1940s band, in 1949, he worked with former Basie trumpeter, Buck Clayton.
Earle Warren also played some rock´n roll, working for Alan Freed in Alan Freed’s Christmas Jubilee, December 1959, which was the very last big Alan Freed show before the payola scandal put an end to the legendary Freed’s career. He also appeared in the 1970s jazz film of Count Basie and his band, Born to Swing.
In his later years, Warren performed often at the West End jazz club at 116th and Broadway in New York City, helming a band called The Countsmen, which also featured fellow former Basie-ite Dicky Wells on trombone and Peck Morrison on bass. He lived part of the time in Switzerland where he fathered a child in a May/September romance.
With Milt Jackson
Big Bags (Riverside, 1962)
With Teri Thornton
Devil May Care (Riverside, 1961)
With Milt Buckner
Send Me Softly (Capitol Records T938, 1957)
— with Earle Warren at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music.

The late great trumpet player Bobby Johnson from Erskine Hawkins and his Orchestra who played at the legendary Savoy Ballroom New York in the 40’s, playing as Bill Cosby looks on, May 7, 1990

– Beacons in Jazz Concert honoring Cab Calloway – Jon Hammond — with Bill Cosby, Bill Cosby and Bill Cosby at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music.

The great jazz musician personality Tumpet / Flugel Horn player Clark Terry playing on the 1990 Beacons in Jazz Awards Concert honoring the late great Cab Calloway – Clark has had some serious health challenges recently. The last time I saw him he told me, “Hammond, you know what they call ‘The Golden Years’…the Golden Years Suck!” one of my all-time favorite people in Jazz folks! Jon Hammond

Clark Terry Wiki
Clark Terry (born December 14, 1920)[1] is an American swing and bop trumpeter, a pioneer of the flugelhorn in jazz, educator, NEA Jazz Masters inductee, and recipient of the 2010 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Only four other trumpet players in history have ever received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award: Louis Armstrong (Clark’s old mentor), Miles Davis (whom Clark mentored), Dizzy Gillespie (who often described Clark as the greatest jazz trumpet player on earth) and Benny Carter. Clark Terry is one of the most prolific jazz musicians in history, having appeared on 905 known recording sessions, which makes him the most recorded trumpet player of all time. In comparison, Louis Armstrong performed on 620 sessions, Harry “Sweets” Edison on 563, and Dizzy Gillespie on 501.
He has played with Charlie Barnet (1947), Count Basie (1948–1951),[1] Duke Ellington (1951–1959)[1] and Quincy Jones (1960), and has recorded regularly both as a leader and sideman. In all, his career in jazz spans more than seventy years.
Terry was born in St. Louis, Missouri. He attended Vashon High School and began his professional career in the early 1940s playing, in local clubs. He served as a bandsman in the United States Navy during World War II.
Terry’s years with Basie and Ellington in the late 1940s and 1950s established him as a world-class jazz artist. Blending the St. Louis tone with contemporary styles, Terry’s sound influenced a generation. During this period, he took part in many of Ellington’s suites and acquired a reputation for his wide range of styles (from swing to hard bop), technical proficiency, and good humor. Terry exerted a positive influence on musicians like Miles Davis and Quincy Jones, both of whom acknowledge Clark’s influence during the early stages of their careers. Terry had informally taught Davis while they were still in St Louis.
After leaving Ellington, Clark’s international recognition soared when he accepted an offer from the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) to become its first African-American staff musician. He appeared for ten years on The Tonight Show as a member of The Tonight Show Band, first led by Skitch Henderson and later by Doc Severinsen, where his unique “mumbling” scat singing became famous when he scored a hit with “Mumbles.” A persistent rumor is that Terry was a candidate to lead the band, but for racial skittishness on the part of NBC.
Terry continued to play with musicians such as J. J. Johnson and Oscar Peterson,[2] and led a group with Bob Brookmeyer that achieved popularity in the early 1960s. In the 1970s, Terry concentrated increasingly on the flugelhorn, which he plays with a full, ringing tone. In addition to his studio work and teaching at jazz workshops, Terry toured regularly in the 1980s with small groups (including Peterson’s) and performed as the leader of his Big B-A-D Band (formed about 1970). After financial difficulties forced him to break up the Big B-A-D Band, he performed bands such as the Unifour Jazz Ensemble. His humor and command of jazz trumpet styles are apparent in his “dialogues” with himself, on different instruments or on the same instrument, muted and unmuted. He has occasionally performed solos on a trumpet or flugelhorn mouthpiece.
From the 1970s through the 1990s, Clark performed at Carnegie Hall, Town Hall, and Lincoln Center, toured with the Newport Jazz All Stars and Jazz at the Philharmonic, and he was featured with Skitch Henderson’s New York Pops Orchestra. In 1998, Terry recorded George Gershwin’s “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off” for the Red Hot Organization’s compilation album Red Hot + Rhapsody, a tribute to George Gershwin, which raised money for various charities devoted to increasing AIDS awareness and fighting the disease. In 2001, he again recorded for the Red Hot Organization with artist Amel Larrieux for the compilation album Red Hot + Indigo, a tribute to Duke Ellington.
Prompted early in his career by Dr. Billy Taylor, Clark and Milt Hinton bought instruments for and gave instruction to young hopefuls which planted the seed that became Jazz Mobile in Harlem. This venture tugged at Clark’s greatest love: involving youth in the perpetuation of jazz. Between global performances, Clark continues to share wholeheartedly his jazz expertise and encourage students, including up-and-coming young jazz trumpeter, Josh Shpak. Since 2000, Clark has hosted Clark Terry Jazz Festivals on land and sea, held his own jazz camps, and appeared in more than fifty jazz festivals on six continents.
His career as both leader and sideman with more than three hundred recordings demonstrates that he is one of the most prolific luminaries in jazz. Clark composed more than two hundred jazz songs and performed for seven U.S. Presidents.
He also has several recordings with major groups including the London Symphony Orchestra, the Dutch Metropole Orchestra, the Duke Ellington Orchestra and the Chicago Jazz Orchestra, hundreds of high school and college ensembles, his own duos, trios, quartets, quintets, sextets, octets, and two big bands: Clark Terry’s Big Bad Band and Clark Terry’s Young Titans of Jazz, with the likes of Branford Marsalis, Conrad Herwig, Brad Leali, Stephen Guerra, Adam Schroeder, Frank Greene and Tony Lujan. The Clark Terry Archive at William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey, contains instruments, tour posters, awards, original copies of over 70 big band arrangements, recordings and other memorabilia.
Terry was a long-time resident of Bayside, Queens, and Corona, Queens, New York.[3] He and his wife, Gwen, later moved to Haworth, New Jersey.[4] They currently reside in Pine Bluff, Arkansas.[5]
Born December 14, 1920 (age 92)
St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Genres Jazz, swing, bebop, hard bop
Occupations Trumpeter, flugelhornist, composer
Instruments Trumpet, flugelhorn
Years active 1940s–present
Labels Prestige, Pablo, Candid, Mainstream, Impulse!
Associated acts Charlie Barnet, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Quincy Jones, Bob Brookmeyer, Oscar Peterson, Oliver Nelson, Milt Jackson, Dizzy Gillespie, Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis, Yusef Lateef, Clifford Brown, Blue Mitchell, Lalo Schifrin, Billy Taylor, Charles Mingus, J.J. Johnson

Red Richards Wiki
Charles Coleridge “Red” Richards (October 19, 1912, New York City – March 12, 1998, Scarsdale, New York) was an American jazz pianist.
Richards began playing classical piano at age ten, and concentrated on jazz from age 16 after hearing Fats Waller. His first major professional gig was with Tab Smith at New York’s Savoy Ballroom from 1945 to 1949. following this he played with Bob Wilber (1950-51) and Sidney Bechet (1951). He toured Italy and France in 1953 with Mezz Mezzrow’s band alongside Buck Clayton and Big Chief Moore, also accompanying Frank Sinatra during his time in Italy. He played with Muggsy Spanier on and off from 1953 through the end of the decade, and with Fletcher Henderson in 1957-58. In 1958 he did some time as a solo performer in Columbus, Ohio, then played with Wild Bill Davison in 1958-59 and again in 1962.
In 1960 he formed Saints & Sinners with Vic Dickenson, playing with this ensemble until 1970. He joined Jazz drummer Chuck Slate and his band in 1971 and stayed with him most of the year. He recorded an album with Chuck called “Bix ‘N All That Jazz” Following this he did work with Eddie Condon (1975-77), then played with his own trio in 1977-78. He played with Panama Francis’s group, the Savoy Sultans, worldwide from 1979 through the 1980s. He recorded with Bill Coleman in 1980. He continued to tour almost up until the time of his death.

Little Jimmy Scott Wiki
Jimmy Scott (born July 17, 1925, also known as “Little” Jimmy Scott) is an American jazz vocalist famous for his unusually high contralto voice, which is due to Kallmann’s syndrome, a very rare genetic condition. The condition stunted his growth at four feet eleven inches until, at age 37, he grew another 8 inches to the height of five feet seven inches. The condition prevented him from reaching puberty, leaving him with a high, undeveloped voice, hence his nickname “Little” Jimmy Scott.
Scott was born in Cleveland, Ohio to Authur and Justine Stanard Scott, the third in a family of ten. As a child Jimmy got his first singing experience by his mother’s side at the family piano, and later, in church choir. At thirteen, he was orphaned when his mother was killed by a drunk driver.[2]
He first rose to national prominence as “Little Jimmy Scott” in the Lionel Hampton Band when he sang lead on the late 1940s hit “Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool”, recorded in December 1949, and which became a top ten R&B hit in 1950.[2] Credit on the label, however, went to “Lionel Hampton and vocalists”, so the singer’s name did not appear on any of the songs. This omission of credit was not only a slight to Scott’s talent but a big blow to his career. A similar professional insult occurred several years later when his vocal on “Embraceable You” with Charlie Parker, on the album One Night in Birdland, was credited to female vocalist Chubby Newsome.[3]
Lionel Hampton gave him the stage name of “Little Jimmy Scott” because he looked so young, and was short and of slight build. However, it was his extraordinary phrasing and romantic feeling that made him a favorite singer of fellow artists such as Billie Holiday, Ray Charles, Frankie Valli, Dinah Washington, and Nancy Wilson.[4]
In 1963, it looked as though Scott’s luck had changed for the good. He was signed to Ray Charles’ Tangerine Records label, under the supervision of Charles himself, creating what is considered by many to be one of the great jazz vocal albums of all time, Falling in Love is Wonderful.[5]
Owing to obligations on a contract that Scott had signed earlier with Herman Lubinsky, the record was yanked from the shelves in a matter of days, while Jimmy was honeymooning. Forty years later this cult album became available to the public again. Scott disputes the “lifetime” contract; Lubinsky loaned Jimmy out to Syd Nathan at King Records for 45 recordings in 1957–58. Another album, The Source (1969), was not released until 2001.[6]
Scott’s career faded by the late 1960s and he returned to his native Cleveland to work as a hospital orderly, shipping clerk and as an elevator operator in a hotel.
[edit]Comeback and later work

Scott eventually resurfaced in 1991 when he sang at the funeral of his long-time friend Doc Pomus, an event that single-handedly sparked his career renaissance.[7] Afterwards Lou Reed recruited him to sing back-up on the track “Power and Glory” from his 1992 album Magic and Loss, which was inspired, to an extent, by Pomus’s death. Scott was seen on the series finale of David Lynch’s television series Twin Peaks, singing “Sycamore Trees”, a song with lyrics by Lynch and music by Angelo Badalamenti. Scott was featured on the soundtrack of the follow-up film, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me.[8]
Also in attendance at Pomus’s funeral was Seymour Stein, founder and operator of Sire Records, who released Scott’s 1992 album All The Way, produced by Tommy Lipuma and featuring artists such as Kenny Barron, Ron Carter, and David “Fathead” Newman. Scott was nominated for a Grammy Award for this album.[9]
He followed this up with the album Dream in 1994, the jazz-gospel album Heaven in 1996 and an album of pop and rock interpretations entitled “Holding Back the Years” in 1998, notable for its version of Prince’s “Nothing Compares 2 U”.
In 1999, Scott’s early recordings on the Decca label were re-released on CD, as were all of his recordings with the Savoy Label between 1952 and 1975 in a three-disc box set. In 2000, Scott signed to the Milestone jazz label, and recorded four critically acclaimed albums, each produced by Todd Barkan, and featuring a variety of jazz artists, including Wynton Marsalis, Renee Rosnes, Bob Kindred, Eric Alexander, Lew Soloff, George Mraz, Lewis Nash, as well as Jimmy’s own touring and recording band “The Jazz Expressions”. He also released two live albums, both recorded in Japan, featuring the Jazz Expressions.
For some years a new album entitled I Remember You has been mentioned via various official channels, including Jimmy’s official website; however, any solid news on the album’s release date is yet to be revealed.

Scott’s career has spanned sixty-five years. He has performed with Charlie Parker, Sarah Vaughan, Lester Young, Lionel Hampton, Charles Mingus, Fats Navarro, Quincy Jones, Bud Powell, Ray Charles, Wynton Marsalis, and Peter Cincotti. He has also performed with a host of musicians from other genres of music, such as David Byrne, Lou Reed, Flea, Michael Stipe, and Antony & The Johnsons. Scott performed at President Dwight Eisenhower’s (1953) and President Bill Clinton’s (1993) inaugurations, where he sang the same song, “Why Was I Born?”. Most recently Scott has appeared in live performances with Pink Martini, and continues to perform internationally at music festivals and at his own concerts.
In 2007, Scott received the 2007 NEA Jazz Master Award. Scott also received the Kennedy Center’s “Jazz In Our Time” Living Legend Award, and N.A.B.O.B.’s Pioneer Award in 2007. In September 2008 he did a “two-day video interview” at his Vegas home with the “Smithsonian Institute for the National Archives”. Scott and his wife Jeanie have been living in Las Vegas, Nevada since 2007, after living in Euclid, Ohio, for 10 years.[citation needed]
Little Jimmy Scott’s “If I Ever Lost You” can be heard in the opening credits of the HBO movie Lackawanna Blues. He was also mentioned on The Cosby Show, when Clair and Cliff Huxtable bet on the year in which “An Evening In Paradise” was recorded

Duo Session last night with great Richard Clements piano Jon Hammond at Organ 802 bandstand

Like magic every time – Richard Clements and Jon Hammond last night

Rudy Lawless (drums) and Jon Hammond

Bob Cunningham bass and Rich on congas

*WATCH THE VIDEO HERE: 802 Early Birds Monday Night Jazz Session HD 1080p

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This video takes place in the Local 802 Musicians Union New York City with organist Jon Hammond and Richard Clements at the piano. Later joined on drums by Rudy Lawless. Traditional Monday night Jazz session, early birds warming up the bandstand in 802 Club Room. Early bird gets the worm…and the second mouse gets the cheese! — at Associated Musicians of Greater New York, Local 802 AFM

The New School, Beacons in Jazz, Bill Cosby, Cab Calloway, Clark Terry, Jon Hammond, Little Jimmy Scott, Martin Mueller, Milt Hinton, Arnie Lawrence, Local 802, Musicians Union

Jon’s Journal January 15 2013 and HammondCast 145

January 15, 2013


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“The Judge” Milt Hinton the late great Jazz bassist soloing while Bobby Johnson mics him up personally

– 2 Giants of Jazz sadly no longer with us. Bobby Johnson was a featured soloist in the amazing Erskine Hawkins Orchestra. This was May 7th 1990, declared Cab Calloway Day by then Mayor of New York City David N. Dinkins. Milt was a most amazing person, and just last night one of my very favorite bassists Bob Cunningham was telling me his story about when he first arrived in New York City, Milt invited Bob to his home and dug his playing so much that he recommended him to Dizzy Gillespie, and soon after Bob was off on the road with Dizzy for 2 1/2 years. R.I.P. Milt Hinton and Bobby Johnson – Jon Hammond — at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music

HammondCast 145 
HammondCast 145 KYOURADIO with spcl. guest Wendy Oxenhorn of Jazz Foundation of America interview with Jon and music of Jon Hammond NDR SESSIONS Projekt “Satin Doll”, “Blues In The Night”, “Payphone Johnny” News about “A Great Night In Harlem” 45 minutes

Tuxedoed Bernard Purdie showing off his boutonnière with red rose just before hit time

– May 7, 1990 concert and Beacons in Jazz Awards honoring Cab Calloway – Jon Hammond — with Bernard Purdie and Bernard Purdie at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music

D’George Klivinyi
Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Graz

Keith Anderson
Saint Charles, Illinois

DjBillie Prest

Shane Alessandro Scarazzini
Lead Guitar Player at Jason Casterlin

Tim L Griffin
Holyoke, Massachusetts

Debbie Sprague
Spring Valley High School

David Davis
GM at AZ Music

Andrew Desogus

Charles F. Peregrin
Works at Amboy Aggregates

Jimi D’Andrea

Jonathan Moorehead

Allyn Robinson
Leader at Allyn Robinson Music

Bob Snider
Works at Self employed percussion/piano teacher and freelance musician.

Jim Koeppel
Singer/Guitarist/Band Leader at Dust My Blues Band/Jim Koeppel

Inside 31 Chambers St. Surrogate’s Courthouse New York City – photo: Jon Hammond

Surrogate’s Courthouse Wiki’s_Courthouse
The Surrogate’s Courthouse, also known as the Hall of Records, is a Beaux Arts municipal building in lower Manhattan in New York City.
Opened in 1907, it is located on the northwest corner of Chambers and Centre Streets, across the street from City Hall Park and from the Municipal Building. It houses the city’s Municipal Archives, as well as providing courtrooms for the Surrogate’s Court for New York County on the fifth floor.
The well-proportioned seven-story, steel-framed building is faced with granite from Hallowell, Maine, and contains elaborate marble interiors. The three-part Chambers Street facade features a triple-arched main entrance centered along the two-story base, above which is centered a three-story Corinthian colonnade topped by a cornice, a sixth story, another cornice and a mansard roof.[3]
It was designed to be fireproof, in order to safely house the city’s paper records. The Beaux Arts exterior features fifty-four sculptures by prize-winning artists Philip Martiny and Henry Kirke Bush-Brown, representing both allegorical figures — such as New York in Its Infancy, New York in Revolutionary Times, Philosophy, Law, and the seasons — and eminent figures from the city’s past, including Peter Stuyvesant, DeWitt Clinton, David Pietersen De Vries, and mayors Caleb Heathcoate, Abram Stevens Hewitt, Philip Hone, Cadwallader David Colden, and James Duane.[4][5]
There is a three-story interior courtyard, supposedly inspired by the Paris Opera, featuring an imposing marble double staircase leading to colonnaded balconies on the upper stories. It’s considered one of the city’s finest Beaux Arts interiors.[3] Mosaic murals showing the zodiac were created by William DeLeftwich Dodge. The elaborate Surrogates’ courtrooms on the fifth floor are endowed with carved oak and mahogany paneling, and gilded plaster decoration.[4]
The building has been favorably compared to the somewhat smaller Chamber of Commerce building and the somewhat larger Customs House, both contemporaries of this building in lower Manhattan.

New York NY — Michael Guilford one of my favorite bassists – world traveler here with me Jon Hammond at the Monday night Jazz Session

– photo credit goes to our friend Gina Reder aka Gina Jazz, thanks Gina! *Note, I just found out tonight from Michael that he knew and played with André Lewis aka Mandré who sadly passed away recently…Michael played with André and Buddy Miles at The Fillmore San Francisco, incredible story Michael! thanks for telling me and R.I.P. André Lewis folks – JH — with Michael Guilford at Associated Musicians of Greater New York, Local 802 AFM

Mary Jo Papich
Bradley University

Joe Berger
King at Self employed

Cheryl Krebs
Medical , pistol team at New York Guard

Barb Grenig Goszka
Works at Medina High School

Janice Guilford

Tuxedoed Arnie Lawrence R.I.P. playing alto as Dr. Donald Byrd looks on in back, concert to honor Cab Calloway May 7, 1990 – Jon Hammond

Arnie’s Wiki
Arnold Lawrence Finkelstein, better known as Arnie Lawrence (July 10, 1938, Brooklyn – April 22, 2005, Jerusalem) was an American jazz saxophonist.
Lawrence studied clarinet in his youth before switching to saxophone. He played from age 12 in clubs in the Catskills, and by age 17 was performing at Birdland, at one point working a double bill with John Coltrane. He played with Charles Mingus, Thad Jones, Maynard Ferguson, Clark Terry Quintet and Duke Pearson, but did not make his first recordings until 1966, playing on Chico Hamilton’s The Dealer. He worked for several years with Hamilton, and concomitantly became a soloist on The Tonight Show from 1967 to 1972. His first records as a leader appeared in 1968.
In the early 1970s Lawrence played with Willie Bobo, then joined Blood, Sweat & Tears in 1974. He did a world tour with Liza Minnelli in 1978–79, and released a few more records under his own name before touring with Louie Bellson and Elvin Jones in the early 1980s. He composed a symphony entitled Red, White and Blues, which was premiered by an orchestra in Williamsburg, Virginia; Lawrence, Dizzy Gillespie, and Julius Hemphill all soloed in the performance.
Lawrence had taught from the middle of the 1970s, working as an artist in residence in Kentucky and Kansas. In 1986, he stopped recording and touring and founded the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City; among the program’s students were Roy Hargrove, Brad Mehldau, Larry Goldings, John Popper, Peter Bernstein,. He moved to Israel in 1997, where he founded the International Center for Creative Music, an education facility open to both Jewish and Arab students. He played regularly in Israel and owned his own nightclub called Arnie’s Jazz Underground. He suffered from lung and liver cancer late in life, and died in Jerusalem in 2005.
You’re Gonna Hear from Me (1968)
Look Toward a Dream with Larry Coryell (1969)
Inside an Hourglass (1970) Embryo Records
Might Just Turn Out To Be Sages with Children Of All Ages (1976)
Treasure Island (1979)
Renewal (1981) Palo Alto Records

*WATCH THE VIDEO HERE: Lydia’s Tune in Jazzkeller

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Lydia’s Tune by Jon Hammond in Jazzkeller Frankfurt annual Musikmesse Party hosted by Jon Hammond Band
Tony Lakatos tenor saxophone
Heinz Lichius drums
Joe Berger guitar
Jon Hammond at XB-2 Hammond organ
Lydia’s Tune is a bossa nova from Jon’s album LATE RENT on Ham-Berger-Friz Records © ASCAP

Hammond Action is about to happen inside those 2 beautiful wooden doors – Jon Hammond and Michael Falkenstein
Congratulations 30th year Hammond Organ Germany Studio Setzingen – Ulm
This is the same place where James Brown Godfather of Soul came to visit Michael

– Youtube
Congratulations 30th year Hammond Organ Germany Studio pictorial James Brown Visiting his God Son Michael Falkenstein – incredible must see and hear:
James Brown the Godfather of Soul and his God Son Michael Falkenstein at the Hammond organ with original music soundtrack from Jon Hammond radio program HammondCast – musical selections:
Time With You
Six Year Itch
Get Back In The Groove
Watermelon Man
Late Rent / HammondCast Outro
R.I.P. Godfather of Soul James Brown – here in Hammond Organ Germany Studios

Langenau – Ulm Germany — Michael Falkenstein and Jon Hammond with one of the very first pieces of Hammond Sk1 ultra-compact combo organ keyboard at HAMMOND DEUTSCHLAND Headquarters
Karlstrasse 38
D-89129 Langenau
Movie: “Meet The Incredible Sk1 Hammond with Michael Falkenstein and Jon Hammond”
Filmed in Hammond-Showroom Karlstrasse 38
D-89129 Langenau Germany on April 19th 2011

“Meet The Incredible Sk1 Hammond with Michael Falkenstein and Jon Hammond”
First look at this exciting new keyboard product weighing in at 7 kilos, just over 15 lbs., it sounds like a real Hammond B3 organ with Leslie, or a full size grand piano, any type of famous vintage electric piano or synthesizer. This keyboard does it all and with original Hammond drawbars and it’s feather light. Sk1 has a built in USB flash drive input, the keys are ‘bullet proof’ waterfall style keys that can hold up to extreme pressure of rockin’ rock musicians, swinging jazz musicians and can even sound like a huge pipe organ. This film will blow your mind.
Available June 2011, contact Michael Falkenstein Hammond Suzuki Deutschland Europe — at Karlstrasse 38 D-89129 Langenau Germany

Jon’s Journal, Surrogate’s Court, Michael Guilford, Local 802, Musicians Union, Jazz, Milt Hinton, The Judge, Arnie Lawrence, Dr. Donald Byrd, New School, Concert

Chico Hamilton 90th Birthday Nine Twenty 2011 Interview With Jon Hammond HammondCast

September 20, 2011

Chico Hamilton 90th Birthday Nine Twenty 2011 Interview With Jon Hammond HammondCast

*LISTEN TO AUDIO: Chico Hamilton Interview With Jon Hammond

Chico Hamilton center with Anita O’Day, Gerald Wilson, Dr. Billy Taylor, James Moody, Dave Brubeck at top in New York – photo by Jon Hammond

Drummer, Bandleader, NEA Jazz Master Award Recipient CHICO HAMILTON on HammondCast KYOU Radio, excerpted from interview by Jon Hammond, organist and host of HammondCast

Chico Hamilton (born Foreststorn Hamilton, September 20, 1921), is an American jazz drummer and bandleader.

Hamilton was born in Los Angeles, California. He had a fast-track musical education in a band with Charles Mingus, Illinois Jacquet, Ernie Royal, Dexter Gordon, Buddy Collette and Jack Kelso. Engagements with Lionel Hampton, Slim & Slam, T-Bone Walker, Lester Young, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Charlie Barnet, Billy Eckstine, Nat King Cole, Sammy Davis Jr., Billie Holiday, Gerry Mulligan and six years with Lena Horne established him as a jazz drummer,[1] and he struck out on his own as a bandleader in 1955.
Hamilton appeared in the March Milastaire number in the film You’ll Never Get Rich (1941) as part of the backing group supporting Fred Astaire, and performed on the soundtrack of the Bing Crosby/Bob Hope film Road to Bali.
He recorded his first album as leader in 1955 with George Duvivier (double-bass) and Howard Roberts (jazz guitar) for Pacific Jazz. In same year Hamilton formed an unusual quintet in L.A. featuring cello, flute, guitar, bass and drums.[2] The quintet has been described as one of the last important West Coast Jazz bands.[1] The original personnel included flutist Buddy Collette, guitarist Jim Hall, cellist Fred Katz and bassist Jim Aton, who was later replaced by Carson Smith. Hamilton continued to tour using different personnel, from 1957 to 1960. The group including flutist Paul Horn and John Pisano was featured in the film Sweet Smell of Success in 1957. The same group, this time including Nate Gershman and Eric Dolphy appeared in the film Jazz on a Summer’s Day in 1960. He marked his first recordings with Eric Dolphy on With Strings Attached, Gongs East, The Three Faces of Chico, and That Hamilton Man.

In March 2011, with his 90th birthday six months off, Hamilton trekked out of his New York City penthouse apartment to helm a marathon recording session resulting in 28 new tracks with his Euphoria group. No one woodsheds like a jazz drummer, and coming off a health setback during the Summer of 2010, Hamilton and his Euphoria group began sheding at weekly rehearsals at Hamilton’s Penthouse A. These weekly rehearsals played an important part in Hamilton’s rehabilitation, facilitated Hamilton and his group becoming very tight with each other and exploring places musically they had not previously gone together, and brought together a wealth of new original material, offered up in three courses, each of which is a different viewpoint of Hamilton’s Revelation.

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HammondCast KYOU Radio Very Special Guest and Music of CHICO HAMILTON, NEA Jazz Master Award Recipient, Interview with JON HAMMOND & CHICO and Chico’s music: “I’m Still Thirsty” (Chico’s Accordion Dub” and from new album HAMILTONIA “Bones, No Meat”, “How’s Your Feelings”, “Spring Again”

Hessischer Rundfunk Kenny and Benny Meet Bing and Bong Jon Hammond Reporting From Frankfurt

Historic hr-Bigband Frankfurt Radio Bigband Concert and Broadcast News Brought To You By Jon Hammond in Frankfurt Germany

Kenny and Benny Meet Bing and Bong

Jon Hammond reporting from the Frankfurt Studios of Hessicher Rundfunk concert on a special night

broadcast of hr-Bigband with special guests guitarist Kenny Burrell and saxophonist composer

Benny Golson aka The Kenny and Benny Show, because at the time the hr-Bigband had Kurt Bong

and Herbert Bings, this was the historic night that as Jon Hammond says:

“The Kenny and Benny met Bing and Bong !”

Photo of broadcast:

photo by Jon Hammond

Jon Hammond and Kenny Burrell in Hannover Germany after NDR Interview Session with Knut Benzner:

Benny Golson and Jon Hammond

Jimmy Smith and Kenny Burrell photo by Jon Hammond


Jon Hammond Memorable Gigs, People and Places


Kenny and Benny, Bing and Bong, HR-Bigband, Jon Hammond, HammondCast, NDR Radio, KYOURADIO, HammondCast, Jazz, Frankfurt, Hamburg, ASCAP, Local 802 Musicians Union, Hannover, Knut Benzner

The Orchestra
Frankfurt Radio Bigband: Top-Class but not Elitist

Sk1 Now in USA Jon Hammond REPORT/海外からのお客様/ハモンド/鈴木楽器

Jon Hammond Trio with Jim Grantham tenor sax and Jack Dorsey drums

新着情報 REPORT/海外からのお客様/ハモンド/鈴木楽器 Jon Hammond and Koei Tanaka Concert for President Manji Suzuki and Company Hamamatsu Japan

■ 11月1日(月) 晴れ





Sk1 Get Back In The Groove by Jon Hammond – Dedication to Japan Recovery – on the new Hammond Sk1. World’s First Road Test of the ultra-portable Hammond Sk1 with Jon Hammond Band in Germany at Jon’s annual Musikmesse-Session in Jazzkeller Hofheim April 8, 2011 Special Thanks Suzuki Musical Instruments, Ken Atsumi, Waichiro ‘Tachi’ Tachikawa, Hiromitsu Ono, Yu Beniya, Shigeyuki Ohtaka, Shuji Suzuki, Bernie Capicchiano, Malc Deakin Hammond Suzuki UK Europe, Michael Falkenstein Hammond Suzuki Germany, camera: Jennifer
Joe Berger guitar, Giovanni Gulino drums, Peter Klohmann tenor sax, Jon Hammond Sk1 Hammond Stage Keyboard
Sk1 Sk2 Hammond Suzuki Musikmesse Blues Soul Organ Hofheim Hamamatsu Japan

Jon Hammond: “Fits In This Gig Bag 7 Kilos = 15.5 lbs. Hammond Sk1” !


No X-Cess Baggage Sk1 Blues – Sk1 Theme Song – World’s First Road Test of ultra-portable Hammond Sk1 with Jon Hammond Band in Germany at Jon’s annual Musikmesse-Session in Jazzkeller Hofheim April 8, 2011 Special Thanks Suzuki Musical Instruments, Bernie Capicchiano, Malc Deakin Hammond Suzuki UK Europe, Michael Falkenstein Hammond Suzuki Germany, camera: Jennifer
Joe Berger guitar, Giovanni Gulino drums, Peter Klohmann tenor sax, Jon Hammond Sk1 Hammond Stage Keyboard
Sk1 Sk2 Hammond Suzuki Musikmesse Blues Organ Hofheim Hamamatsu Japan

Suzuki Concert Part 3 of 3:

JonHammondBand | November 02, 2010
Suzuki Headquarters and factory concert special for President Founder Manji Suzuki with introduction by Waichiro ‘Tachi’ Tachikawa, Jon Hammond at the new B3mk2 organ with Koei Tanaka chromatic harmonica Part 3 of 3 “Mercy Mercy” in Hamamatsu Japan.
Special Thanks Mr. H. Ono, Mr. M. Terada, Mr. S. Ohtaka, Mr. Y. Beniya, Tachi Tachikawa, President M. Suzuki and entire Suzuki Musical Instruments Team, camera: Jennifer © JH INTL

Suzuki Musical Instruments, B3mk2 Organ, Tachi Tachikawa, Hamamatsu, Headquarters, Jon Hammond, Local 802 Musicians Union

Jon Hammond is introduced to Founder President of Suzuki Instruments Manji Suzuki by Master of Ceremonies Waichiro ‘Tachi’ Tachikawa at special concert for President Suzuki and Suzuki Team at Suzuki World Headquarters Suzuki Hall in Hamamatsu Japan. Jon played the incredible New B3mk2 Organ solo and together in duo with Suzuki Harmonica Artist Keio Tanaka *see corresponding videos Wine and Roses
and Mercy Mercy Suzuki builds Hammond Organs and the famous high quality Harmonicas

Concert Jon Hammond Pt 2 of 3

Suzuki Headquarters and factory concert special for President Founder Manji Suzuki with introduction by Waichiro ‘Tachi’ Tachikawa, Jon Hammond at the new B3mk2 organ with Koei Tanaka chromatic harmonica Part 2 of 3 “Days of Wine and Roses” in Hamamatsu Japan.
Special Thanks Mr. H. Ono, Mr. M. Terada, Mr. S. Ohtaka, Mr. Y. Beniya, Tachi Tachikawa, President M. Suzuki and entire Suzuki Musical Instruments Team, camera: Jennifer © JH INTL

Suzuki Harmonicas Artist Koei Tanaka and Jon Hammond

Suzuki World Headquarters In House Concert Jon Hammond Pt 1 of 3

Suzuki Headquarters and factory concert special for President Founder Manji Suzuki with introduction by Waichiro ‘Tachi’ Tachikawa, Jon Hammond at the new B3mk2 organ with Koei Tanaka chromatic harmonica Part 2 of 3 “Days of Wine and Roses” in Hamamatsu Japan.
Special Thanks Mr. H. Ono, Mr. M. Terada, Mr. S. Ohtaka, Mr. Y. Beniya, Tachi Tachikawa, President M. Suzuki and entire Suzuki Musical Instruments Team, camera: Jennifer © JH INTL 


Suzuki Musical Instruments, B3mk2 Organ, Tachi Tachikawa, Hamamatsu, Headquarters, Jon Hammond, Local 802 Musicians Union, Sk1, Sk2, Now in USA, Jazz, Blues, Gig Bag

Chico Hamilton, Foreststorn, New School, Martin Mueller, Beacons In Jazz, Arnie Lawrence, Jon Hammond, Meat No Bones, Fred Katz, Alex Foster, Barry Finnerty, Montreux Switzerland, Festival, Guitar, B3, Sk1, Sk2, Local 802, Musicians Union, Radio

HammondCast 177 Junior Mance special guest interview with Jon Hammond KYOU Radio

September 2, 2009

*LISTEN TO HammondCast 177 with guest Junior Mance HERE:

On Demand KYOURADIO</a>

HammondCast 177 KYOU Radio special guest JUNIOR MANCE interview with Jon Hammond at Cafe’ Loup NYC “For Dancers Only” from Junior Mance Trio album “Live at Cafe’ Loup”
45 minutes


Bob Cunningham, Bass, Bernard Purdie, Jon Hammond, Local 802, Musicians Union, NDR Jazz, Late Rent, Mikell’s, Jazz Foundation of America, Elmar Lemes, ASCAP Network, B3 organ, XK-3c, Blues, Funky, Rhonda Hamilton, WBGO

ASCAP Network Behind The Beat with Jon Hammond “LATE RENT”

Elmar Lemes photo of Jon Hammond playing XK-3 organ at Local 802 Monday Night Jazz Session sponsored by Jazz Foundation of America

Jon Hammond MySpace


ASCAP Network Behind The Beat “NDR SESSIONS Projekt”

Jon Hammond is an endorsed artist of Hammond Suzuki USA

New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, Junior Mance, Steinway piano, KYOU Radio, Jon Hammond, B3 organ, XK-3c, Pianist, Martin Mueller, Arnie Lawrence, HammondCast, Local 802 Musicians Union, J4JA, Blues

Martin Mueller Executive Director of New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music with Jon Hammond of HammondCast 20 year meeting

January 7, 2009

Martin Mueller Executive Director of New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music with Jon Hammond of HammondCast 20 year meeting

Martin Mueller Executive Director of New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music with Jon Hammond of HammondCast 20 year meeting
20 year meeting of Martin Mueller Executive Director of Parsons New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music with Jon Hammond (organist accordionist) of HammondCast KYOURADIO at campus of The New School 55 W. 13th St. New York NY 10011 January 6 2009