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Remarkable Photos by Elmar Lemes at musikmesse Warm Up Party Jon Hammond Band

April 15, 2017

Remarkable Photos by Elmar Lemes at musikmesse Warm Up Party Jon Hammond Band

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Payphone Johnny musikmesse Warm Up Party in jazzkeller – Celebrating 31st consecutive year for Jon and Joe, and Jon’s 64th birthday

– original composition “Payphone Johnny” Peter Klohman t.s., Giovanni Totò Gulino d., Joe Berger g., Jon Hammond o.+b. – and Michael & Jenny with Leslie,

many friends in the house! #Leslie #HammondOrgan #jazzkeller #musikmesse

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Frankfurt to Nashville With Detour to Hollywood Musikmesse ASCAP Expo Summer NAMM Show

May 8, 2016

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Summer NAMM 2016 Jon Hammond Funk Unit

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Frankfurt — Lydia’s Tune Live in Yachtklub Frankfurt – Hans Romanov Presents

with Dedication to Lutz Büchner long-time member saxophonist of Jon Hammond Band

Lydia’s Tune Live in Yachtklub Frankfurt

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Hollywood CA — Interview Allison Iraheta and Matthew Hager aka Halo Circus with Jon Hammond at the 11th annual ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO for Jon Hammond Show – special thanks Kelly MacGaunn kelleemack pr, ‪#‎bobbimarcuspr‬ ‪#‎halocircus‬ ‪#‎ASCAPExpo‬ ‪#‎OurASCAP‬

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Allison’s wiki

Allison Iraheta (born April 27, 1992) is an American singer from Los Angeles, California, who was the fourth place finalist on the eighth season of American Idol.[2] Prior to Idol, Iraheta won the Telemundo competition Quinceañera: Mamá Quiero Ser Artista.[3] Following the conclusion of Idol, Iraheta was signed to a record deal with 19 Entertainment and Jive Records.[4] Her debut album Just Like You was released on December 1, 2009.[5] She is currently the lead singer in the band Halo Circus.
April 27, 1992 (age 24)
Glendale, California
Origin Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Genres Pop rock
Occupation(s) Singer
Vocals guitar
Iraheta was born in Glendale, California, to Salvadoran immigrants who moved to the United States before she was born.[3] She is the youngest in the family, with two older siblings, Jacki and Carlos Iraheta.[6] According to her family, she has been singing since she was a toddler.[7] In 2001, she began taking voice lessons with Raphael Enriquez at the Los Angeles Music and Art School, a non-profit community school of the arts in East Los Angeles.[8] Before rising to prominence, she was a frequent performer at the local Latin Electronics Store La Curaçao and the Los Angeles Music and Art School’s annual benefit concert, Stars for the Arts.[6] Iraheta attended Los Angeles’ Animo Ralph Bunche Charter High School.[9]

Quinceañera: Mamá Quiero Ser Artista (2006-09)[edit]
In 2007, Iraheta won the reality show, “Quinceañera: Mama Quiero Ser Artista” (Sweet Fifteen: Mom, I Want to be an Artist), a reality TV singing competition that was produced and broadcast in 2006-2007 on Telemundo, where she sang in both English and Spanish.[3]

On the show, a group of teenage girls such as Olivia Bonilla, Brissia Mayagoitia, and others of Hispanic and Latino American background competed in a singing competition for the main prize of $50,000 and a record deal.[10] Iraheta was the first (and only) winner of the competition and received the grand prize, but due to legal problems of the show the recording contract was never finalized and the production of the show was closed…

Matthew’s wiki

Matthew Hager is a multi platinum American record producer, musician and songwriter

Originally from Houston, Texas Hager now lives in Los Angeles. Before moving to Los Angeles, Hager studied at the prestigious Berklee College Of Music. Since then, he has written and produced several number one hit singles as well as several critically acclaimed albums and has worked with many major recording artists. He has achieved unusual success crossing many genres from hard rock to jazz to teen pop.

While working with the Backstreet Boys in the late ’90’s, he was introduced to Mandy Moore and soon became Moore’s musical director. He went on to write and produced her song “When I Talk To You” which is featured on Mandy Moore’s multi-platinum album “Mandy Moore” along with her song “Split Chick” that he also produced. In addition, he produced several acoustic versions of her chart topping hits including “Walk Me Home” and “I Wanna Be With You” and arranged all live versions of her biggest hits for her us and international television performances and touring for her albums “So Real”, “I Wanna Be With You”, “Mandy Moore”, and “A Walk To Remember”.

After his years with Mandy Moore, Hager became a sought after songwriter in Los Angeles and wrote and produced the #1 hit song “Lucy’s”, which was the longest running #1 single for any debut artist in history on the Contemporary Jazz R&R chart, as well as the #1 singles “True Blue” and “Bloom”. He also wrote and produced the Hot AC hit “Stars” for #1 Billboard artist Mindi Abair as well as her top 5 hits “Come As You Are”, “Flirt” and “Smile”. He also wrote and produced her song “Every Time” which was featured in the movie “License To Wed” and “I Can Remember” was featured in the popular Spelling Television series “Summerland”. He wrote and produced the holiday smash “I Can’t Wait For Christmas” with Mindi Abair that has sold nearly a million copies to date. Her chart topping and critically acclaimed albums “It Just Happens That Way”, “Come As You Are”, “Life Less Ordinary” and “Stars” Hager produced in their entirety.

Hager recorded “Cry Baby Cry” produced by Timbaland and “Falling Down” produced by Justin Timberlake for Duran Duran’s album Red Carpet Massacre. He wrote and produced the international hit “6000 Miles” with John Taylor from Duran Duran and produced and wrote a majority of his solo album “Techno For Two”. He produced the U.S. hit “Perfect Love” for Simply Red. He wrote and produced the top 20 hit “How Does It Feel” for Columbia recording artist Peter White and also performed his own song “Enough” under his name in the hit movie A Walk to Remember.

He wrote and produced the Radio Disney hit Make History by Alyson Stoner. Make History is also the opening song being performed on the Jonas Brothers, Demi Lovato, Camp Rock world tour. He also wrote and produced the single “Strange Life” for the rock band Tickle Me Pink.

According to John Taylor, Matthew is working on tracks for the February 2011 release “All You Need Is Now” from the band Duran Duran..

Jon Hammond: The NDR Sessions Projekt
The NDR Sessions Projekt
Jon Hammond’s “The NDR Sessions Projekt” brings the soulful jazz organist back to Hamburg to record a collection of standards and originals featuring Lutz Buchner on saxophones, Joe Gallardo on trombone and Heinz Lichius on drums. Recorded in one of Germany’s best studios, the quartet present rich, heartfelt perfomances and infuse the music with a fresh and vibrant sound.

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Jon Hammond Show Public Access Cable TV Show Preview 05/07

May 3, 2016

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Billboard Magazine Flashback – March 1984 article by Kim Freeman

Billboard Magazine Article about The Jon Hammond Show TV Show from March 17 1984, now The Jon Hammond Show
is in 34th year

Jon Hammond Show Public Access Cable TV Show Preview 05/07
First segment – opener Yachtklub Life James Wes Opener Jon Hammond Band – Hans Romanov Presents
Peter Klohmann tenor saxo
Joe Berger guitar
Giovanni Totò Gulino drums
Jon Hammond Sk1 Hammond organ & bass
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Audio Johannes Napp, Silvio Cappucci
On the Main River – Frankfurt am Main

2nd segment Hollywood CA — Interview Allison Iraheta and Matthew Hager aka Halo Circus with Jon Hammond at the 11th annual ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO for Jon Hammond Show – special thanks Kelly MacGaunn kelleemack pr, ‪#‎bobbimarcuspr‬

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3rd segment No X-Cess Baggage Blues musikmesse-Session Jazzkeller Hofheim – Jon Hammond Band 20th consecutive year in Jazzkeller Hofheim: Joe Berger guitar aka “The Berger-Meister”, Peter Klohmann tenor saxofonist, Giovanni Totò Gulino drums, Jon Hammond at the Sk1 Hammond Organ – thanks to Jeff Guilford / JJ Guitars for operating my camera

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Late Rent Theme Song Jon Hammond Show Featuring NDR Horns Auster Bar Hamburg Eimsbüttel

May 11, 2015

*WATCH THE FILM HERE: Late Rent Theme Song Jon Hammond Show Featuring NDR Horns Auster Bar Hamburg Eimsbüttel

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Topics Late Rent, Theme Song, Jon Hammond, Hamburg, NDR Horns, Cable TV Show, ASCAP Composer, Funky Jazz, Saxophones, Trumpet, Guitar, Hammond Organ, Eimsbüttel

Jon Hammond Band theme song LATE RENT featuring NDR Horns: Lutz Büchner tenor saxophone, Ernst-Friedrich Fiete Felsch alto saxophone, Michael Leuschner trumpet – Rhythm Section: Heinz Lichius drums, Joe Berger guitar, Jon Hammond organ + bass 30th year on Cable TV NYC Jon Hammond Show theme – special thanks Nicolai Ditsch for operating the camera, Auster Bar Team Frank Blume, Torsten Wendt – filmed in High Definition Hamburg Eimsbüttel

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#ASCAPEXPO Morello vs Masaru Mitsu interview aka The Duellists – Masaru Mitsu & Malcolm Cross with Jon Hammond at the 10th annual ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO” Masa and Malc met over the internet and communicated long-distance from Tokyo to UK, even during production of their album – this is a fascinating interview by 2 super talented musicians in collaboration over the oceans – here they are together in Hollywood California at ASCAP Expo! Special thanks Kelly MacGaunn kelleemack pr

camera credit: Leslly Navarro – Jon Hammond

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Hollywood CA — ‪#‎ASCAPEXPO‬ ‪#‎ASCAPPOP‬ Everybody loved how KISS’ Paul Stanley looked wearing his Jon Hammond jacket at ASCAP Pop Music Awards kicking off ASCAP ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO! Impeccable taste! – Looking good Jay Valle!
Stanley Bert Eisen (born January 20, 1952), better known by his stage name Paul Stanley, is an American hard rock guitarist, singer, and painter, best known for being the frontman of the rock band Kiss. He is the writer or co-writer of many of the band’s highest-charting hits. Stanley established the “Starchild” character for his Kiss persona.
Hit Parader ranked him 18th on their list of Top 100 Metal Vocalists of All Time. Readers Poll also named him 13th on their list of Top 25 Frontmen.
Also known as “The Starchild”
Born January 20, 1952 (age 63)
Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States
Origin Queens, New York, United States
Genres Hard rock, heavy metal
Occupation(s) Musician, singer-songwriter, record producer, painter, actor
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 1969–present
Labels New Door, Universal Music Group
Associated acts Kiss, Band Aid, Wicked Lester
Stanley Bert Eisen was born in a Jewish family in upper Manhattan near 211th Street and Broadway; the Inwood neighborhood near Inwood Hill Park. He was the second of two children, and born two years after his sister Julia. His mother came from a family that fled Nazi Germany to Amsterdam, Netherlands and then to New York City. His father’s parents were from Poland. Stanley was raised Jewish, although he did not consider his family very observant and he was not bar mitzvahed.[1] His parents listened to classical music and light opera; Stanley was greatly moved by Beethoven’s works. His right ear was misshapen from a birth defect called microtia; he was unable to hear on that side, thus he found it difficult to determine the direction of a sound, and he could not understand speech in a noisy environment.[2] Attending PS 98, he was taunted by other children for his deformed ear.

Despite his hearing problem, Stanley enjoyed listening to music, and he watched American Bandstand on television. His favorite musical artists included Eddie Cochran, Dion and the Belmonts, Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard. Stanley learned to sing harmony with his family, and he was given a child’s guitar at age seven.[3][4]

Stanley’s family relocated to the Kew Gardens neighborhood in Queens in 1960.[5] He listened to a lot of doo-wop music, but when The Beatles and The Rolling Stones played on U.S. television he was inspired by the performance aspect, which he thought was not out of his reach. Stanley received his first real guitar at age 13, an acoustic one that he would have preferred to be electric. He played tunes by Bob Dylan, The Byrds, The Lovin’ Spoonful and more.[3]

All through his childhood Stanley had been recognized for his talent at graphic arts, so he attended the High School of Music & Art in New York City and graduated in 1970.[6] Despite his skill as a graphic artist, he abandoned that as a career, and instead played in bands.

This is probably my best photo of Kevin Cronin of REO Speedwagon performing last Thurs. evening at ASCAP Expo – the lighting was very harsh and white, Kevin’s white hair tended to white him out – I nailed it here *Mike Reid looking on from the Roland keyboard ©JON HAMMOND

– Jon Hammond’s photos of “I Create Music” ‪#‎ASCAPEXPO‬ Center Stage showcase Ohm Nightclub (Hollywood & Highland Center – successful ASCAP members representing different genres and generations will be featured in an intimate, “in-the-round” setting, performing some of their best-loved and classic songs. There’s nothing like hearing a song you love from the person who wrote it.
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John Titta
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Jon Hammond Band live in Jazzkeller musikmesse Warm Up Party In stunning High Definition – Jon Hammond Band

Youtube as seen on MNN TV Manhattan Neighborhood Network Channel 1 – Jon Hammond Organ Group 32nd year TV Producers of Manhattan Neighborhood Network [MNN] ASCAP / Associated Musicians of Greater New York, Local 802 AFM ‪#‎Musikmesse2015‬ ‪#‎jazzkeller‬ – Frankfurt Germany – Late Rent StoryCorps Behind The Beat LINK:

#‎ImperialBall2015‬ – Joe Walsh (and that’s Abe Laboriel Jr. drums) with Johnny Depp and Friends got down at the Imperial Ball 2015 Charity Concert sponsored by the good folks at Sennheiser!

very special event during The NAMM Show Benefitting both – Caterina’s Club and Alice Cooper’s Solid Rock Teen Center, saving kids one guitar at a time from going in to gang life, and Sir Chef Bruno Serato who feeds 1200 hungry children daily delicious Pasta – Interesting guitar Joe Walsh is playing! – Jon Hammond — with Abe Laboriel, Jr. and 2 others at Anaheim Center for the Performing Arts At Servite.

Hollywood CA — #ASCAPEXPO ASCAP President and Chairman Paul Williams​ Welcomes ASCAP’s new Chief Executive Officer Beth Matthews – Jon Hammond​
“ASCAP Announces Elizabeth Matthews as New CEO”
“Board Appoints Current EVP & General Counsel Matthews as Successor to John LoFrumento

Elizabeth Matthews
Elizabeth Matthews, ASCAP CEO

New York, NY, January 13, 2015: Today, the American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) announced that Elizabeth Matthews has been named the new Chief Executive Officer of the organization, which represents more than 525,000 music creators. Matthews, who has served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel at ASCAP since 2013, was a unanimous choice among the Board’s 12 writer and 12 publisher members. Matthews replaces former ASCAP CEO John LoFrumento, who retired on December 31st after 33 years of service to ASCAP, including 17 years as CEO. Matthews begins her tenure at the helm of ASCAP immediately. – ASCAP ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO​

#‎ASCAPEXPO‬ – This is my area – Producers & Engineers Wing – Jon Hammond

– ASCAP ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO — at ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO.

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Doobie Brothers Honored: #ASCAPPOP The Doobies, current longtime members Tom Johnston, Patrick Simmons and John McFee, along with ex-singer/keyboardist Michael McDonald will be on hand to accept the Voice of Music Award, which is presented to an artist or composer who has created music that “gives voice to the spirit of a generation.” – *Note: ASCAP’s John Titta is playing guitar on the band – camera: Jon Hammond at ASCAP Pop Music Awards Hollywood California #ASCAPPOP #ASCAPEXPO Michael McDonald Doobie Brothers, Pop Music Awards Orianthi Richie Sambora All Star – congratulations Doobie Brothers Band! – Jon Hammond Member ASCAP New York

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*SEE PHOTOS HERE: 2012 ASCAP Expo Highlights Hamburg to Hollywood via Frankfurt by ASCAP Member Jon Hammond

7th Annual ASCAP I Create Music Expo, 6th consecutive year for Jon Hammond welcomes Tommy Denander from Sweden to his third ASCAP Expo
aka We Create Music Expo

Jon Hammond here with Dan DeSouza and Bobbi Sacks Marcus DeSouza at Hollywood Renaissance Hotel for 2012 ASCAP I Create Music Expo

Learn. Connect. Succeed.

The Premier Conference for Songwriters, Composers and Producers – open to all, not just ASCAP members.

The ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO puts you face-to-face with some of the world’s most successful songwriters, composers, producers and music business leaders, all who willingly share their knowledge and expertise and give you the know-how to take your music to the next level.

Writers Jam Hillary Lindsey, Jonny Lang, Lindy Robbins, Priscilla Renea

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Public Access: Preview Jon Hammond​ Show 05/02 MNN TV Channel 1

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Public Access: Preview Jon Hammond Show 05/02 MNN TV Channel 1: Intro by the late great Joe Franklin, then to Frankfurt Germany Jon Hammond’s annual musikmesse Warm Up Party in world famous Jazzkeller​. duo session Frankfurt musikmesse Michael Falkenstein​ and Jon Hammond at the Hammond organs in Hammond Suzuki stand 5.0 C24 – special thanks / dankeschön to Professor Klaus Maier Founder of Hammond Suzuki Deutschland, musikmessesession mit Jon Hammond Band — Back in Jazzkeller Hofheim​ for 19th year! Jon Hammond’s annual musikmessesession
with Peter Klohmann tenor sax, Joe Berger​ guitar, Giovanni Gulino drums, Jon Hammond at the organ

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Jonny Kaplan Interview With Jon Hammond At ASCAP Expo and Show Wrap Up

April 27, 2014

*WATCH THE VIDEO HERE: Jonny Kaplan Interview With Jon Hammond At ASCAP Expo

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Jonny Kaplan Interview with Jon Hammond at ASCAP I Create Music Expo in Hollywood California – special thanks Bobbi Marcus PR / Bobbi Sacks Marcus DeSouza – Jonny Kaplan (born Philadelphia) is an American singer songwriter. He resides in Los Angeles.

He records and tours with his band: Jonny Kaplan and the Lazy Stars.[1] They have released 3 albums internationally. 1997’s independently released “California Heart” was named by England’s esteemed Mojo Magazine, “alternative country album of the month”, successfully jump starting his career. Next came 2005’s “Ride Free” and 2009’s “Seasons”. His fourth album, “Sparkle and Shine”, is being released on Reckless Grace Music [2] in mid-to-late 2013.

Jonny is also the lead singer/guitarist for the all-star Rolling Stones cover band, Bitch. Bitch consists of a rotating group of well-known LA-based musicians, including Rami Jaffee on keyboards (Foo Fighters and Wallflowers), Christopher Thorn and Brad Smith on guitar and bass (Blind Melon), Jesse Green on strings (Foo Fighters, Pink), Adam McDougall on keyboards (Black Crowes) and Dave Krusen on drums (Pearl Jam).

Jonny’s music is regularly in demand for placement on major network TV shows. The album, “Ride Free”‘s title track was recently used on an episode of Fox TV’s House.[3] A track from “Sparkle and Shine” – “Sweet Magnolia Flower” was recently featured on the TV series Homeland. Jonny continues to record and tour, opening for the likes of Wilco, and The Black Crowes,[4] and Ryan Adams among others..

Jon Hammond & AstroAlmost Jake DeSouza

– Great way to wrap up the 2014 ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO seeing Jake at very end! By cosmic coincidence, 1st musician I saw when arrived at the show, we rode the elevator together a few days ago – and again at very end, always great vibes! See you next year if not before! – Jon Hammond

Big Happy Birthday to main man Denny Mack!

– saw Denny this morning looking real good and making great sound for all us ASCAP’ers here in Hollywood, thanks Denny! Jon Hammond / Jon Hammond Band – ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO Hollywood CA — with Denny Mack at ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO

Wrapping up last day of 2014 ASCAP Expo here in Hollywood CA right now folks, it was a great one…my 8th consecutive year!

Jon Hammond – ASCAP Member Publisher

Anaheim California — 4 very special friends of mine at VIP Reception for 80th Anniversary of Hammond Organs at The NAMM Show – L to R:
Mr. M. Terada / Suzuki Musical Instruments, Bernie Capicchiano / Bernies Music Land Australia, Mr. Shuji Suzuki President of Suzuki Musical Instruments Co. Ltd. and Mr. Yu Beniya Corporate Officer at Suzuki Musical Instruments – just before we went downstairs and did this very special show, LINK: – Jon Hammond

Movie of Jon’s Band Featuring Bernard Bernard “Pretty” Purdie, Alex Budman, Joe Berger, Koei Tanaka, Jon Hammond Organ Group — with Stephen Fortner, Scott May, Joe Berger rips it up! Koei Tanaka and Jon Hammond at NAMM Anaheim Convention Center Hilton Anaheim Lobby Special Program on 80th Anniversary of Hammond Organ USA

Big Big Congratulations and Kudos to my friend John Houlihan for his outstanding production “Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon” , last night I had the huge honor and pleasure to be present at a sneak preview of this amazing powerful movie – the directorial debut of Mike Myers, due for release in summer of this year. It is a real masterpiece folks, I was very moved by this very special biographical documentary piece! Wonderful film John!! – Jon Hammond at ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO
“In his directorial debut, Mike Myers documents the astounding career of Hollywood insider, the loveable Shep Gordon, who fell into music management by chance after moving to LA straight out of college, and befriending Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison and Jimi Hendrixi. Shep managed rock stars such as Pink Floyd, Luther Vandross, Teddy Pendergrass and Alice Cooper, and later went on to manage chefs such as Emeril Lagasse, ushering in the era of celebrity chefs on television. Stuffed with fantastic archive footage the film traces Shep’s transformation from the 1970’s hedonist to today’s practicing Buddhist yearning for a family of his own.”

— Jon Hammond with John Houlihan at ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO

Breaking News – Hollywood Reporter:

‘Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon’ Trailer Lists Music Manager’s Famous Friends (Video)

‘Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon’ Trailer Lists Music Manager’s Famous Friends (Video)
8:05 AM PDT 4/25/2014 by Ashley Lee

Mike Myers’ directorial debut includes anecdotes from Alice Cooper, Michael Douglas, Sylvester Stallone, Anne Murray, Willie Nelson, Emeril Lagasse and more.

The first trailer for Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon has been released, and it features a music manager’s to-do list and a slew of Shep Gordon’s famous friends.

The trailer for the documentary kicks off with Gordon’s Los Angeles arrival, where Janis Joplin introduced him to Jimi Hendrix and casually suggested he manage Alice Cooper. Gordon also humorously reveals “the three most important things a manager does: get the money, always remember to get the money, never forget to always remember to get the money.

But after he had “spent my life making people famous” and tackling “the most outrageous things as we could,” Gordon makes a string of revelations. “I was so over my head. There’s nothing about fame that I’m ever seen that’s healthy. The ones who rose to the top got hurt the worst. I felt the stress of L.A. — the culture of what you are, not who you are. I had spent my life living other people’s lives, and I wanted to see what my life was.”

Mike Myers’ directorial debut includes anecdotes from Alice Cooper, Michael Douglas, Sylvester Stallone, Anne Murray, Willie Nelson, Emeril Lagasse and more. “I have told Shep things I haven’t told anybody else — not even my wife,” whispers Douglas to the camera.

RADiUS-TWC acquired the North American rights to Supermensch, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and also screened at SXSW and will play at the Tribeca Film Festival.

8:05 AM PDT 4/25/2014 by Ashley Lee

Close up of Ray Parker Jr.’s custom art on his guitar he played at ASCAP Showcase – has a lot of Ray’s history, sounded great Ray! – Jon Hammond at ASCAP ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO

Ray Erskine Parker, Jr. (born May 1, 1954) is an American guitarist, songwriter, producer and recording artist. Parker is known for writing and performing the theme song to the motion picture Ghostbusters, for his solo hits, and performing with his band Raydio, and Barry White.
Ray Erskine Parker, Jr.
Born May 1, 1954 (age 59)
Origin Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Genres R&B, jazz-fusion, funk, soul
Occupations Guitarist, singer, songwriter, record producer, composer
Instruments Guitar, piano, vocals, drums
Years active 1973–present
Labels Arista, Geffen, MCA
Associated acts Raydio
Jerry Knight
Barry White
Parker was born in Detroit to Ray Parker, Sr., and Venolia Parker. He has two siblings: his brother Opelton and sister Barbara. His father died of cancer on March 12, 1992 at age 82; his mother died of Alzhemer’s on December 18, 1993 at age 83.

Parker is a 1971 graduate of Detroit’s Northwestern High School. He was raised in the Dexter-Davison neighborhood on its West Side.

Parker gained his reputation during the late 1960s as a member of the house band at the legendary 20 Grand nightclub. This Detroit hot-spot often featured Tamla/Motown acts, one of which, the (Detroit) Spinners, was so impressed with the young guitarist’s skills that they added him to their touring group. Parker was also employed as a studio musician as a teenager for the emergent Holland-Dozier-Holland’s Invictus/Hot Wax stable and his choppy style was particularly prevalent on “Want Ads”, a number one single for Honey Cone.

In 1972, Parker was a guest guitarist on Stevie Wonder’s funk song “Maybe Your Baby” from Wonder’s album Talking Book (1972).

In 1973, he was a sideman in Barry White’s The Love Unlimited Orchestra, before creating Raydio, an R&B group, in 1977, with Vincent Bohnam, Jerry Knight, and Arnell Carmichael. Parker appeared briefly in the 1974 film Uptown Saturday Night as a guitar player in the church picnic scene. Parker also wrote songs and did session work for The Carpenters, Rufus and Chaka Khan, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder (an association which prompted a permanent move to Los Angeles), Deniece Williams, Jean-Luc Ponty, Leon Haywood, Temptations, The Spinners, Boz Scaggs, David Foster, Rhythm Heritage, Gladys Knight and the Pips, The Honey Cone, Herbie Hancock, Tina Turner, and Diana Ross. According to TVOne’s UNSUNG documentary, Ray Parker, Jr. originally wrote the number one 70s dance single “You Make Me Feel Like Dancing” by British popular artist Leo Sayer. But, Ray was never given credit as promised.

His first bona fide hit as a writer was “You Got the Love”, co-written with Chaka Khan, recorded by Rufus. The single hit Number One R&B and #11 Pop in December, 1974.

According to a special mention, in 1976 he worked as rhythmic guitarist for Lucio Battisti’s album Io tu noi tutti, translated in “Me you and all of us”.
Ray endorses and plays Merida Guitars.

Raydio scored their first big hit, “Jack and Jill”, from their self-titled album in 1978 with Arista Records. The song reached #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, earning a million-selling Gold single in the process.

Their successful follow-up hit, “You Can’t Change That” was released in 1979, from the Rock On album. The song was another Top 10 hit, peaking at #9 on the Billboard chart during the summer and also selling a million copies.

In 1980, the group became known as Ray Parker Jr. and Raydio, and the group released two more albums: Two Places at the Same Time in 1980 and A Woman Needs Love in 1981.

In 1981, he produced on the then emerging hard funk sound on the single “Sweat (till you get wet)” by Brick.

During the 1980s, Ray Parker Jr. and Raydio had two Top 40 hits (“Two Places at the Same Time” – # 30 in 1980 and “That Old Song” – # 21 in 1981) and their last and biggest hit “A Woman Needs Love (Just Like You Do)”, released in 1981, went to # 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 Charts, and # 1 on the R&B Charts for two weeks in 1981.

Solo years[edit]
Raydio broke up in 1981, while Parker continued with his solo career, scoring six Top 40 hits, including the hit single “The Other Woman” (Pop # 4) in 1982 and “Ghostbusters” in 1984. Other hits from this period included “I Still Can’t Get Over Loving You” (Pop # 12) and “Jamie” (Pop # 14).

In 1984, Parker appeared in “Pryor’s Place”, a short-lived live-action comedy series hosted by Richard Pryor, presumably sharing his own childhood experiences with children and teens. Parker appeared in the opening title sequence of each show, singing the program’s theme song.

Parker was one of the first black artists to venture into the then-fledgling world of music videos. In 1978, Hollywood producer, Thom Eubank produced several music videos of songs from his first album entitled, Raydio on Arista Records. The hit single, “Jack & Jill” was the first released to air on Wolfman Jack’s Saturday night television show, The Midnight Special. The music videos were also transferred to film and projected in movie theaters all over Europe. He also made two different videos for his hit “The Other Woman”. The first was Halloween-themed and centered around a haunted castle with dancing corpses and vampires. The second was more performance-oriented, with Parker performing the song against an outer space background with backup singers. Parker made the performance-oriented video because MTV refused to play his Halloween-themed video due to its depiction of an interracial relationship[citation needed]. Parker’s “Ghostbusters” video, helmed by the film’s director Ivan Reitman, was one of the first movie-themed videos to find success on the then-young MTV, and paved the way for big movies and hit music videos working in tandem.

Parker at the Montreux Jazz Festival 2009, Montreux, Switzerland
Parker also wrote and produced hits for New Edition (“Mr. Telephone Man”), Randy Hall, Cheryl Lynn (“Shake It Up Tonight”), Deniece Williams (“I Found Love”) and Diana Ross. He also performed guitar on several songs on La Toya Jackson’s 1980 debut album. In 1989, he also wrote “Ghostbusters”, a rap performed by Run-D.M.C., for the movie Ghostbusters 2. 1989 also saw Parker Jr. work with actor Jack Wagner (General Hospital) on an album for MCA Records that was eventually shelved and never released. A single from the Jack Wagner sessions, “Wish You Were Mine”, featuring an intro rap by Parker, Jr. was released on an MCA 1990 Pop/Rock Promotional Sampler CD. With Jim Morgan and Tom Szczesniak he composed the theme tune to the 1991-3 adaptation of Herge’s Adventures of Tintin.

In 2006, Parker returned and released a new CD titled: I’m Free. Of his first single called Mismaloya Beach: “I think it was the longest running instrumental on Smooth Jazz radio”,[citation needed] says Parker. I’m Free showcases a newfound beginning for Parker and embraces a variety of musical styles including Urban, Pop, Rock, Jazz, Blues, and Reggae.

Ghostbusters theme song controversy[edit]
“Ghostbusters” was the title track of the Gold-selling soundtrack of the hit movie Ghostbusters, starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson. The single was at #1 for three weeks on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, and at #1 for two weeks on its Black Singles chart. The song was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1984 but lost to Stevie Wonder’s “I Just Called to Say I Love You” from The Woman in Red.

Parker was accused of plagiarizing the melody from the Huey Lewis and the News song “I Want a New Drug”, which had been released on their Sports album the previous year. Lewis sued Parker and Columbia Pictures, and the three settled out of court in 1985. Parker’s song secured him a 1984 Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance.[1]

In 2001, Parker filed a suit against Lewis for breaching part of the settlement which prohibited either side from speaking about it publicly. Lewis had implied in a VH1 Behind The Music special that Parker had paid a financial settlement as part of the original agreement. The case did not make it to court; no public statement has been made as to whether the parties agreed to settle this case out of court, or if Parker simply dropped the suit.

Parker also made acting appearances on the 1980s sitcom Gimme a Break starring Nell Carter, the CBS Saturday morning kids’ show Pryor’s Place (1984), Disorderlies (1987), Enemy Territory (1987), Charlie Barnett’s Terms of Enrollment (1986) (V) aka Terms of Enrollment (USA: short title), Berrenger’s (2 episodes, 1985): “Power Play” (1985) TV episode and “The Seduction” (1985) TV episode and Uptown Saturday Night (1974). He was also a production assistant for the film Fly by Night (1993). He made guest appearances on 21 Jump Street and Kids Incorporated.

In early 2009, Parker appeared in a television advertisement for 118 118, a British directory enquiries provider. This featured Parker singing a 118-specific version of the Ghostbusters theme song.[2] On 15 April 2009, Parker’s 118 theme song was available as a downloadable ringtone from the 118 118 mobile website.

Personal life[edit]
At age 40, in 1994, Ray married his wife, Elaine. They have four sons: Ray III (Little Ray), Redmen, Gibson and Jericho. In 2014, Parker is scheduled to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, for his contributions to music..

ASCAP Expo Session Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, one of the most successful record production teams in the history of the record business today – Jon Hammond
James Samuel “Jimmy Jam” Harris III (born June 6, 1959) and Terry Steven Lewis (born November 24, 1956) are an American R&B songwriting and record production team.[1] They have enjoyed great success since the 1980s with various artists, most notably Janet Jackson. By popular vote, the duo was inducted into The SoulMusic Hall of Fame at in December 2012.
Jimmy Jam is the son of Cornbread Harris, a Minneapolis blues and jazz musician. Jimmy Jam met Lewis while in high school in Minneapolis. They did not meet in class, however, but while attending a TRIO Upward Bound program on the University of Minnesota campus. They formed a band called Flyte Tyme, which evolved into the Time. In 1981, they were joined by Morris Day and toured with Prince as his opening act. As members of The Time, they recorded three of the group’s four albums (The Time, What Time Is It? and Pandemonium). The first two albums are said to have shaped early 1980s R&B music[attribution needed] (featuring “Cool,” “Get It Up,” “The Walk,” “777-9311,” and “Gigolos Get Lonely Too”).

In 1982, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis were introduced to the music executive Dina R. Andrews, who was then an employee of Dick Griffey’s Solar Records (The Whispers, Shalamar, Lakeside, Klymaxx, The Deele, Babyface). The pair asked Andrews to manage them, and through her relationships Andrews first introduced Jam and Lewis to Music Executive Clarence Avant. They produced their first masters for Avant for the SOS Band. Andrews set-up Jam and Lewis’s company Flyte Tyme Productions as a business entity, and continued shopping them to her other record executive colleagues. The producers went on to produce several other masters for Avant under Dina Andrews Management for the SOS Band, Cherrelle, Alexander O’Neal and Change. Additionally, Andrews shopped the duo to many of the executives and artists who used their services, such as Klymaxx, Cheryl Lynn (“Encore”), and executives such as John McClain (Janet Jackson), Clive Davis, Sylvia Rhone, and Warner Chappelle (Rachele Fields).

The pair was fired by Prince from a tour after a blizzard left them unable to rejoin during a short break to produce music for The SOS Band. However, one of the tracks they were producing, “Just Be Good to Me”, became a hit and sealed the duo’s reputation, as well as that of the SOS Band. The duo would rejoin The Time for two albums: 1990’s Pandemonium and the 2011 album Condensate under the name the Original 7ven.

The duo was noted for early use of the Roland TR-808 drum machine in English-language popular music, which was used in most of its productions. After working with other artists such as Cherrelle and Alexander O’Neal, Jam and Lewis were introduced to Janet Jackson and produced her breakthrough album Control in 1986, for which the duo won a Grammy Award. Their collaboration on her next album, 1989’s Rhythm Nation 1814, proved even more successful as the album became one of the top-selling albums in history with five No. 1 hits.

Since that time, they founded a record label, Perspective Records (an A&M/PolyGram Records-distributed label that has since shut its doors), and worked with artists including Herb Alpert, TLC, Sounds of Blackness, Yolanda Adams, Jordan Knight, Michael Jackson, Boyz II Men, Usher, Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Prince, Spice Girls, Vanessa Williams, George Michael, Melanie B, Rod Stewart, Kelly Price, Gwen Stefani, New Edition, Eric Benet, Pia Zadora, Solo, and The Human League. In 1999, they produced the hit “Open My Heart” by Yolanda Adams which helped her popularity. In 2000, the two were guest performers for J-pop singer and songwriter Hikaru Utada’s ‘Bohemian Summer’ concert tour in Japan.

Terry Lewis married R&B singer Karyn White, with whom he had a daughter, Ashley Nicole Lewis. The pair has since divorced. He later married Indira Singh and had two children, Talin and Tierra. Jimmy Jam served as Chairman of the Board of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. He is currently listed as Chairman Emeritus.

In 2005 Jam and Lewis opened their new recording studios in Santa Monica, California naming it Flyte Tyme West. In 2006, they won a Grammy for Yolanda Adams’ song “Be Blessed”, from her 2005 album Day By Day. In 2007, Jam and Lewis produced the two-time Grammy Award winning CD Funk This for Chaka Khan, which included the Award winning R&B duet “Disrespectful”, with Mary J. Blige.

The production duo recently reunited with The Time at The 50th Grammy Awards on February 10, 2008 in a medley that included the artist Rihanna, and featuring “Jungle Love”. In June and July 2008, all of the original members of The Time (Morris Day, Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis, Jesse Johnson, Jerome Benton, Jellybean Johnson, and Monte Moir) reunited once again for a series of shows at the Flamingo Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

Jam and Lewis worked on Ruben Studdard’s album, Love Is.

To date, Jam and Lewis have produced 16 #1 singles on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart:

Janet Jackson’s “When I Think Of You”; “Miss You Much”; “Escapade”; “Love Will Never Do (Without You)”; “That’s the Way Love Goes”; “Again”; “Together Again”; “Doesn’t Really Matter” & “All for You”
The Human League’s “Human”
George Michael’s “Monkey”
Karyn White’s “Romantic”
Boyz II Men’s “On Bended Knee” & “4 Seasons of Loneliness”
Mariah Carey’s “Thank God I Found You” featuring Joe & 98 Degrees
Usher’s “U Remind Me”
A documentary film called Flyte Tyme was made recently,[when?] which focused on their label and the duo.

Hollywood CA — Singer Songwriter Amy Grant last night ‘In-The-Round’ ASCAP Showcase – Jon Hammond
Amy Lee Grant (born November 25, 1960) is an American singer-songwriter, musician, author, media personality and actress, best known for performing Christian music. She has been referred to as “The Queen of Christian Pop”.[1][2] As of 2009, Grant remains the best-selling contemporary Christian music singer ever,[citation needed] having sold over 30 million units worldwide.[3]

Grant made her debut as a teenager, and gained fame in Christian music during the 1980s with such hits as “Father’s Eyes”, “El Shaddai”, and “Angels”. In 1986, she scored her first Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 song in a duet with Peter Cetera, “The Next Time I Fall”. During the 1980s and 1990s, she became one of the first CCM artists to cross over into mainstream pop on the heels of her successful albums Unguarded and Heart in Motion, the latter of which included the No. 1 single “Baby Baby”.

Grant has won six Grammy Awards, 25 Gospel Music Association Dove Awards, and had the first Christian album ever to go Platinum.[4] Heart in Motion is her highest-selling album, with over five million copies sold in the United States alone. She was honored with a star on Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2005 for her contributions to the entertainment industry.
In 1976, Grant wrote her first song (“Mountain Man”), performed in public for the first time at Harpeth Hall School, the all-girls school she attended, recorded a demo tape for her parents with church youth-leader Brown Bannister, then later when Bannister was dubbing a copy of the tape, Chris Christian, the owner of the recording studio, heard the demo and called Word Records. He played it over the phone, and she was offered a recording contract, five weeks before her 16th birthday. In 1977, she recorded her first album titled Amy Grant, produced by Brown Bannister, who would also produce her next 11 albums. It was released in early 1978, one month before her high-school graduation. Toward the end of 1978 she performed her first ticketed concert after beginning her first year at Furman University. In May 1979, while at the album-release party for her second album, My Father’s Eyes, Grant met Gary Chapman, who had written the title track and would become her first husband. Grant and Chapman toured together in mid-1979. In late 1980, she transferred to Vanderbilt University, where she was a member of the sorority Kappa Alpha Theta.[5] Grant then made a few more albums before dropping out of college to pursue a career in music—Never Alone, followed by a pair of live albums in 1981 (In Concert and In Concert Volume Two), both backed by an augmented edition of the DeGarmo & Key band. It was during these early shows that Grant also established one of her concert trademarks: performing barefoot. To date, Grant continues to take off her shoes midway through performances, as she has said “it is just more comfortable.”[6][7]

1982 saw the release of her breakthrough album Age to Age. The album contains the signature track, “El Shaddai” (written by Michael Card) and the Grant-Chapman penned song, “In a Little While”. “El Shaddai” was later awarded one of the “Songs of the Century” by the RIAA in 2001. Grant received her first Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Gospel Performance, as well as two GMA Dove Awards for Gospel Artist of the Year and Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year. Age to Age became the first Christian album by a solo artist to be certified gold (1983) and the first Christian album to be certified platinum (1985).[4]

In the mid-1980s, Grant began touring and recording with young up-and-coming songwriter Michael W. Smith. Grant and Smith continue to have a strong friendship and creative relationship, often writing songs for or contributing vocals to each other’s albums. During the 1980s, Grant was also a backup singer for Bill Gaither.[8]

Grant followed this album with the first of her Christmas albums—-albums that later would be the basis for her holiday shows. In 1984, she released another pop-oriented Christian hit, Straight Ahead, earning Grant her first appearance at the Grammy Awards show in 1985. The head of NBC took notice of Grant’s performance and called her manager to book her for her own Christmas special.[5]

Widening audience[edit]
Hardly had Grant established herself as the “Queen of Christian Pop” when she changed directions to widen her fan base (and hence her musical message). Her goal was to become the first Christian singer-songwriter who was also successful as a contemporary pop singer.[9] Unguarded (1985) surprised some fans for its very mainstream sound (and Grant’s leopard-print jacket, in four poses for four different covers). “Find a Way”, from Unguarded, became the first non-Christmas Christian song to hit Billboard Top 40 list, also reaching No. 7 on the Adult Contemporary chart. She also scored No. 18 on Billboard AC in 1986 with “Stay for Awhile”.[citation needed] Grant scored her first Billboard No. 1 song in 1986 with “The Next Time I Fall”, a duet with former Chicago singer/bassist Peter Cetera. That year, she also recorded a duet with singer Randy Stonehill for his Love Beyond Reason album, titled “I Could Never Say Goodbye”, and recorded The Animals’ Christmas with Art Garfunkel.

Lead Me On (1988) contained many songs that were about Christianity and love relationships, but some interpreted it as not being an obviously “Christian” record. Years later, Lead Me On would be chosen as the greatest Contemporary Christian album of all time by CCM Magazine. The mainstream song “Saved by Love” was a minor hit, receiving airplay on radio stations featuring the newly emerging Adult Contemporary format. The album’s title song received some pop radio airplay and crossed over to No. 96 on the Billboard Hot 100, and “1974 (We Were Young)” and “Saved By Love” also charted as Adult Contemporary songs. In 1989, she appeared in a Target ad campaign, performing songs off the album.[10]

In the mainstream[edit]

Grant during her Behind the Eyes tour in 1998
When Heart in Motion was released in 1991, many fans were surprised that the album was so clearly one of contemporary pop music. Grant’s desire to widen her audience was frowned upon by the confines of the popular definitions of ministry at the time.[11] The track “Baby Baby” (written for Grant’s newborn daughter Millie, whose “six-week-old face was my inspiration,”) became a pop hit (hitting No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100), and Grant was established as a name in the mainstream music world. “Baby Baby” received Grammy nominations for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, and Record and Song of the Year (although it failed to win in any of those categories). Four other hits from the album made the Pop top 20: “Every Heartbeat” (No. 2), “That’s What Love Is For” (No. 7), “Good for Me” (No. 8), and “I Will Remember You” (No. 20). On the Adult Contemporary chart, all five songs were top 10 hits, with two of the five (“Baby Baby” and “That’s What Love Is For”) reaching No. 1. Many Christian fans remained loyal, putting the album atop Billboard Contemporary Christian Chart for 32 weeks. Heart in Motion is Grant’s best-selling album, having sold over five million copies according to the RIAA.[12] Grant followed the album with her second Christmas album, Home For Christmas in 1992, which included the song “Breath of Heaven (Mary’s Song)”, written by Chris Eaton and Grant, and would later be covered by many artists, including Donna Summer, Jessica Simpson (who acknowledged Grant as one of her favorite artists), Vince Gill, Sara Groves, Point of Grace, and Broadway star Barbara Cook.

House of Love in 1994 continued in the same vein, boasting catchy pop songs mingled with spiritual lyrics. The album was a multi-platinum success and produced the pop hit “Lucky One” (No. 18 pop and No. 2 AC; No. 1 on Radio & Records) as well as the title track (a duet with country music star and future husband Vince Gill) (No. 37 pop) and a cover of Joni Mitchell’s frequently covered “Big Yellow Taxi” (No. 67 pop) (in which she changed the line “And they charged the people a dollar and a half just to see’em” to “And then they charged the people 25 bucks just to see’em”).

After she covered the 10cc song “The Things We Do for Love” for the Mr. Wrong soundtrack, Behind the Eyes was released in September 1997. The album struck a much darker note, leaning more towards downtempo, acoustic soft-rock songs, with more mature (yet still optimistic) lyrics. She called it her “razor blades and Prozac” album.[13] Although “Takes A Little Time” was a moderate hit single, the album failed to sell like the previous two albums, which had both gone multi-platinum. Behind The Eyes was eventually certified Gold by the RIAA. The video for “Takes A Little Time” was a new direction for Grant; with a blue light filter, acoustic guitar, the streets and characters of New York City, and a plot, Grant was re-cast as an adult light rocker. She followed up “Behind The Eyes” with A Christmas To Remember, her third Christmas album, in 1999. The album was certified Gold in 2000.

In 2001, Grant sang “God Bless America” in front of a sellout crowd at the Owen County Fair Grounds in Spencer, Indiana. She dedicated her performance to the victims of 9/11, and officially started the Demolition Derby. Following the 9/11 attacks, Grant’s “I Will Remember You” saw a resurgence in popularity as many radio DJs mixed a special tribute version of the song. That same year, Grant won $125,000 for charity on the “Rock Star Edition” of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?[14]

Return to gospel[edit]
Grant returned to her gospel music roots with the 2002 release of Legacy… Hymns and Faith. The album featured a Vince Gill-influenced mix of bluegrass and gospel and marked Grant’s 25th anniversary in the music industry. Grant followed this up with the pop release Simple Things in 2003. The album did not have the success of her previous pop or gospel efforts. However, soon after Simple Things, Grant and Interscope/A&M parted ways. The same year, Grant was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame by the Gospel Music Association, an industry trade organization of which she is a longstanding member, in her first year of eligibility. Grant released a sequel to her hymns collection in 2005 titled Rock of Ages… Hymns & Faith.

Looking ahead[edit]
Grant joined the reality television phenomenon by hosting Three Wishes, a show in which she and a team of helpers make wishes come true for small-town residents.[15] The show debuted on NBC in the fall of 2005 but was canceled at the end of its first season because of high production costs. After Three Wishes was canceled, Grant won her 6th Grammy Award for Rock of Ages… Hymns & Faith. In a February 2006 webchat, Grant stated she believes her “best music is still ahead”.

In April 2006, a live CD/DVD titled Time Again…Amy Grant Live was recorded in Fort Worth, Texas, at Bass Performance Hall. (Grant’s first paid public performance was at the Will Rogers Auditorium in Fort Worth.) The concert was released on September 26, 2006. In addition to receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, media appearances included write-ups in CCM Magazine, and a performance on The View.

In a February 2007 web chat on her web site, Grant discussed a book she was working on titled Mosaic: Pieces of My Life So Far, saying, “It’s not an autobiography, but more a collection of memories, song lyrics, poetry and a few pictures.” The book was released on October 16, 2007. In November, it debuted at No. 35 on the New York Times Best Seller list.[16] In the same web chat, Grant noted that she is “anxious to get back in the studio after the book is finished, and reinvent myself as an almost-50 performing woman”.

2007 was Grant’s 30th year in music. She left Word/Warner, and contracted with EMI CMG who re-released her regular studio albums as remastered versions on August 14, 2007. Marking the start of Grant’s new contract is a career-spanning greatest hits album, with all the songs digitally remastered. The album was released as both a single-disc CD edition, and a 2-Disc CD/DVD Special Edition, the DVD featuring music videos and interviews.[17]

Grant appeared with Gill on The Oprah Winfrey Show for a holiday special in December 2007.[18] Grant has plans to appear on CMT, a Food Network special, the Gospel Music Channel, and The Hour of Power.[19]

In February 2008, Grant joined the writing team from Compassionart as a guest vocalist at the Abbey Road studios, London, to record a song called “Highly Favoured”, which was included on the album CompassionArt.

Grant performing in October 2008
On June 24, 2008, Grant re-released her 1988 album, Lead Me On, in honor of its 20th anniversary. The two-disc release includes the original album and a second disc with new acoustic recordings, live performances from 1989, and interviews with Amy. Grant recreated the Lead Me On tour in the fall of 2008.

On June 27, 2008, Grant surprised everyone at the Creation Northeast Festival by being the special guest. She performed “Lead Me On” and a few other songs backed with the Hawk Nelson band. At the end of the concert, Grant returned to the stage and sang “Thy Word”. She appeared on the 2008 album Anne Murray Duets: Friends & Legends singing “Could I Have This Dance”.

In May 2009 for Mother’s Day, Grant released an EP on iTunes containing two new songs, “She Colors My Day,” and “Unafraid”, as well as the older songs “Baby Baby” and “Oh How The Years Go By”.

In 2010, Grant released Somewhere Down the Road, featuring the hit single “Better Than a Hallelujah”, which peaked at No. 8 on Billboard Top Christian Songs chart. When asked about the new album during an interview with, Grant says, “… my hope is just for those songs to provide companionship, remind myself and whoever else is listening what’s important. I feel like songs have the ability to connect us to ourselves and to each other, and to our faith, to the love of Jesus, in a way that conversation doesn’t do. Songs kind of slip in and move you before you realize it.”[20]

In September 2012, Grant took part in a campaign called “30 Songs / 30 Days” to support Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, a multi-platform media project inspired by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s book.[21]

Grant’s next album, titled How Mercy Looks from Here, was released on May 14, 2013. The album was produced by Marshall Altman.[22] The album reached No. 12 on the Billboard 200 chart, making it her highest charting album since 1997’s Behind the Eyes.[citation needed] Two singles were released from the album, “Don’t Try So Hard” and “If I Could See” with charting within the top 40 of US Billboard Christian Singles chart.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]
Born in Augusta, Georgia, Grant is the youngest of four sisters. Her family settled in Nashville, Tennessee, in 1967.[5]

Grant attended Furman University in 1979 and 1980. There she performed one of her earliest paid, professional concerts, opening for Gene Cotton at McCalister Auditorium on the Furman campus. She left Furman and returned to Nashville to be closer to the recording studios and her then-boyfriend, Gary Chapman.[citation needed]

Grant married fellow Christian musician Gary Chapman on June 19, 1982. Their marriage produced three children.[23] Citing “irreconcilable differences”, Grant filed for divorce from Chapman in March 1999, and the divorce was final in June 1999.[23]

On March 10, 2000, Grant married Vince Gill, who had been previously married to country singer Janis Oliver of Sweethearts of the Rodeo.[24] Grant and Gill have a daughter together, Corinna Grant Gill, born March 12, 2001.[25]

In the December 1999 Baptist Standard, Grant explained why she left Chapman and married Gill:

I didn’t get a divorce because I had a great marriage and then along came Vince Gill. Gary and I had a rocky road from day one. I think what was so hard—and this is (what) one of our counselors said—sometimes an innocent party can come into a situation, and they’re like a big spotlight. What they do is reveal, by comparison, the painful dynamics that are already in existence.[26]

Public views and perception[edit]
Among praise for her contributions to the Contemporary Christian genre, Grant has also generated controversy within the Christian community, from “complaints that she was too worldly and too sexy” to a “barrage of condemnation” following her divorce and remarriage.[27]

In an interview early in her career, Grant stated, “I have a healthy sense of right and wrong, but sometimes, for example, using foul, exclamation-point words among friends can be good for a laugh.”[28] The article which was based on that interview was constructed in such a manner so as to make it appear as though Grant condoned premarital sex. Later Grant reflected on how the article misrepresented her views, stating: “We probably talked for two hours about sexual purity, but when the interview finally came out he worded it in such a way that it sounded like I condoned premarital sex. So I picked up that article and thought, ‘You’ve made me say something I’ve never said, and you’ve totally disregarded two hours of Bible put in one flippant comment that I made about a moan.'”..

Richie Sambora guitarist of rock band Bon Jovi last night performed some new and older original compositions ‘In-The-Round’ at ASCAP Showcase – Jon Hammond
Richard Stephen “Richie” Sambora (born July 11, 1959) is an American rock guitarist, producer, musician, singer and songwriter who is the longtime lead guitarist of the rock band Bon Jovi. He and frontman Jon Bon Jovi form the primary songwriting unit of the band. He has also released three solo albums: Stranger in This Town in 1991, Undiscovered Soul in 1998, and his third, Aftermath of the Lowdown was released in September 2012.
“”One of my earliest memories was sitting cross-legged on the floor in the living room of the house I grew up in and looking up at the black-and-white TV set and watching the Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show. I was five years old and I remember thinking, ‘Wow! That’s what I want to do.’ I know it sounds absurd — most five-year-old boys say they want to be firemen or policemen or baseball players, or even the president. Not me. I wanted to be one of the Beatles.”

~Richie Sambora, on the impact of The Beatles”
Sambora was born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, the son of Joan (née Sienila), a secretary, and Adam C. Sambora, a factory foreman.[3] He is of Polish descent[4] and was raised Catholic.[5] He grew up in Woodbridge Township, New Jersey[6] and attended Woodbridge High School there, graduating in 1977.[7] He began playing the guitar at the age of 12 following the death of guitar legend Jimi Hendrix in 1970. From his early days Sambora was strongly influenced by blues and 60s rock and roll. His most important influences were The Beatles, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Johnny Winter, Jimmy Page, Joe Perry, George Harrison, and Joe Kmiecik.[8] He was also influenced by Spanish classical music and began a lifelong love of the Spanish guitar. Furthermore, he had stated that psychedelic soul singer Janis Joplin had a big influence on his musical style during her career in the late ’60s and early ’70s. Classical music directly inspired several of his songs, such as The Answer which was originally written on piano.[9] He has said that he is color blind to red and green.

He was a guitarist for the band Message, and with that band he gave out a record, which was re-released in 1995 under the name Message, and in 2000 under the name Lessons. Bon Jovi added Sambora to replace original lead guitarist Dave Sabo.[10] Sambora went to a show and, after being impressed by Bon Jovi, approached him and informed him that he thought they should work together. They immediately hit it off as friends, and Sambora was invited to a rehearsal. By the time Bon Jovi arrived, the band was sounding better than ever and Sambora was hired on the spot.[11]

Sambora has occasionally taken over as lead vocalist on some Bon Jovi songs, most notably “I’ll Be There for You” and “These Days”[citation needed] when played live on the Bounce, Have a Nice Day and Lost Highway tours, while on The Circle Tour he performed “Lay Your Hands on Me” and “Homebound Train”. He has also performed his solo hit, “Stranger in This Town” during live performances. One of the live performances of “Stranger In This Town”, recorded during the Keep the Faith Tour, was released on Bon Jovi’s CD single “Dry County” in 1994.[citation needed]

Recent ventures have seen him compose television theme songs for both Entertainment Tonight and The Insider. He (along with Jon Bon Jovi) is part of the Ownership Group of the Philadelphia Soul, an Arena Football League football team.[12][dated info]

Sambora made a cameo appearance in The Sims Superstar.

Sambora is featured on the track “Baby Rock Remix” from LL Cool J’s 2008 album Exit 13.[13]

His first solo outing was Stranger in This Town in 1991, a blues-influenced album that was received well by many critics although commercially a relative flop partially due to the more adult tone of the record that was not instantly appealing to Bon Jovi fans. Eric Clapton played the lead guitar track on the song Mr Bluesman, backed by Sambora on acoustic guitars. He did a short US tour in support of the album, featuring Tony Levin (bass), Dave Amato (guitar), Crystal Taliefero (percussion) and Bon Jovi bandmates Tico Torres (drums) and Dave Bryan (keyboards). “Ballad of Youth” was released in the UK in summer 1991 and despite plugs from The Friday Rock Show on BBC Radio 1 the song barely skimmed the top 75.

Undiscovered Soul was Sambora’s second solo album, released in 1998. The album was produced by Don Was. In support of Undiscovered Soul, Sambora toured Japan, Australia and Europe in the summer of 1998. The band featured Richie Supa (guitar), Ron Wikso (drums), Kasim Sulton (bass), Tommy Mandel (keyboards), Everett Bradley (percussion; Japan only), Gioia Bruno (percussion; Australia only) and Crystal Taliefero (percussion; Europe only).

He made a special guest appearance[14] on Bo Diddley’s 1996 album A Man Amongst Men, playing guitar on the tracks “Can I Walk You Home” and “Oops! Bo Diddley”.

In 1999, Sambora appeared as a guest vocalist on the Stuart Smith album Stuart Smith’s Heaven & Earth, performing a cover of the Deep Purple song “When a Blind Man Cries”. Also in 1999, Sambora played the guitar solo on the track “Why Don’t You Love Me” on the album Tuesday’s Child by Canadian singer Amanda Marshall.

Sambora also played on an album called Lessons from a band called Message. The album was recorded in the early 1980s.

Sambora sings “Long Way Around” (background audio) during the final scene in the 1997 Steven Seagal action film Fire Down Below and is featured on the film’s soundtrack.

Sambora also recorded the song “One Last Goodbye” on the soundtrack for the movie The Banger Sisters. He also covered Jimi Hendrix’s “The Wind Cries Mary” for the soundtrack of The Adventures of Ford Fairlane, released in 1990.

His guitar work is also featured on the track “Misery” on Pink’s 2001 album Missundaztood with Steven Tyler.

In 2004, Sanctuary Records released a self-titled album which had been recorded in 1978 by Shark Frenzy, documenting Sambora’s first recorded material. The mix tapes had been damaged in a flood and it had taken band member Bruce Foster to remaster them for them to be released so many years later.

Sambora co-wrote several tracks and played guitar on Australian rock/pop artist Shannon Noll’s third album, called Turn It Up. It was released in Australia September 15, 2007.

14 years after his previous solo album, Sambora announced via his Twitter page that recording had been completed and that he was hoping the album would be released in July 2012. Photographs were published of Sambora working in a recording studio. The new album was produced by Luke Ebbin, who produced Bon Jovi’s Crush and Bounce albums. Aftermath of the Lowdown was released in September 2012.

Sambora performed as the house band on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on CBS for one week (December 3–7, 2012).[15] Several guests sang along with the band over the week, including Craig Ferguson (singing Sugar Daddy),[16] Denis Leary, Eddie Izzard and even Larry King sang the Late Late Show theme song.[17]

Instruments and equipment[edit]
Sambora has been known to use a wide variety of equipment throughout his career. He has an extensive guitar collection, featuring more than 120 instruments.

In the 80s, Sambora mostly played Kramer, Jackson, Charvel and Hamer superstrats as well as modified and custom Les Paul models, such as his Rod Schoepfer model. In early-mid 1987, Kramer put out a Richie Sambora signature model with three humbuckers, pointy drooped headstock, gold hardware, star-shaped fingerboard inlays and a Floyd Rose Original locking tremolo, which quit production in 1989. Today it has been reissued by MusicYo, and is named “Jersey Star”, no longer carrying Sambora’s actual name. He had also used several other Kramer models, including a variety of custom ones (“one-offs”). His two most notable guitars from the Slippery When Wet album/tour were his Kramer Richie Sambora signature and a custom white Jackson with gold hardware and a Floyd Rose tremolo, HSS pickup configuration and a reversed Strat-like headstock and a star on the body and headstock. There is also another of his very famous guitars from Kramer, which is a Jersey Star signature double neck used on “Lay Your Hands On Me”.

During the following years Sambora played various guitars, most notably a custom black Jackson, which featured only a single humbucking pickup in the bridge position, Floyd Rose tremolo system and a maple neck and fretboard with a reversed Strat-like headstock, along with vintage Fenders and Gibsons.

Sambora with a Fender Stratocaster
In 1982 Richie Sambora auditioned for KISS as Ace Frehleys replacement.

In 1991, Fender issued a Richie Sambora signature Stratocaster model which featured an original Floyd Rose tremolo system and an HSS combination of DiMarzio PAF Pro humbucking and 2 Fender Texas Special single-coil pickups. This guitar came in two versions; American and later in 1996, Japanese. US-made Sambora model featured an alder body with ash veneers and was available in Cherry Sunburst and Olympic White, while the Japanese version had an alder body with black paisley graphics(ltd),Snow White or Cherry Red Sunburst finish available (per the 1996 and 1997 catalogs). Other features included a one-piece maple neck/fingerboard with 22 frets and star-shaped position markers, as well as a 25dB active mid-boost circuit (US version only) with TBX (US & Japanese Paisley) tone controls and an active/passive push-button switch.

In the 1995 video Live from London, Sambora uses a custom orange burst double neck Fender Stratocaster featuring a traditional maple neck with star inlays and a locking tremolo (on the lower neck). He uses this guitar on the song ‘Lay Your Hands On Me’ on the London DVD.

There was also a Mexican-made standard version of the instrument, featuring a DiMarzio PAF humbucking pickup in the bridge position and two standard single-coils in the neck and middle positions. The guitar also sported a rosewood fingerboard with 21 frets and white dot inlays, as well as a Floyd Rose II locking bridge. Both the US and Mexican-made Sambora models were discontinued in 2002, though now there is a Fender Standard Series Stratocaster HSS Locking Tremolo with about the same specs as Sambora’s own guitar, but its only available through Guitar Center.

Sambora has used Ovation acoustic-electric guitars from the early 1980s until today. He played a custom-made doubleneck designed by his longtime guitar technician Gary “Gaz” Douglas which is featured on many “unplugged” versions of Bon Jovi songs such as “Wanted Dead or Alive” and a variety of other Ovations, such as the Adamas hybrid wood/graphite model.


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Sambora with a twin-neck Fender Telecaster, 2008
In 2000, Taylor started the production of a Richie Sambora signature model, a 6-string acoustic made of koa wood, called the RSSM. Only 100 were made all in the year of 2000. All of his double neck acoustics feature a 6 string neck on top and a 12 string neck on bottom, opposite of the normal manufacturing standard.

Since Sambora has been known to use his favourite Martin acoustic, among others, on a lot of recordings, Martin guitars put out two of Sambora’s signature models in 2006, a 6-string and a 12-strings, based on his mentioned favourite 1930 Martin OM-45. He has also been seen using a Yamaha double neck acoustic at specific live shows.

He still plays a variety of Fenders, apparently over 40 Stratocasters (mostly vintage, American Deluxe and Custom Shop models), such as the Telecaster doubleneck used on “Have a Nice Day”. Sambora also has a ’59 ash-body Telecaster used for “These Days” and “Someday I’ll Be Saturday Night”. From 2003–2006, he played a wide variety guitars on stage, including custom “Sambora” guitars built by his guitar tech Chris “Lumpy” Hofschneider, Zemaitis Guitars, Floyd Rose guitars, Ovation, Taylor and Martin guitars, vintage and Custom Shop Gibson and Fender models, as well as guitars from his collection. One of the guitars built by his guitar tech features a fretboard made of both maple and rosewood, on an ash body with neck-through-body construction and a custom humbucking/single/single pickup layout. Currently, he mostly plays the custom black “Sambora” guitar (which is now a custom model called Sambora SA-2 for ESP), different models of Gibson Les Pauls and Fender Telecasters and Stratocasters (American Vintage, American Deluxe, Custom Shop and other models). On October 10, 2012, when he was about to play his second gig of the “Aftermath of the Lowdown” Tour in Amsterdam (NL), Richie got a custom Italian guitar hand crafted by Fabrizio Paoletti as a tribute to his music. Bon Jovi Club Italy organized the delivery. He loved so much the guitar that he played “Stranger in Town” with it, the same night. From that day, the Paoletti Wine Stratospheric has become a permanent instrument in his live guitar racks and was used on the “Because We Can Tour” as well.[18]

Sambora also used Gibson and Guild acoustics, particularly a Guild F-50 12-string, which he used on the song “Wanted Dead or Alive”. He acquired this guitar directly from the Guild factory due to it having a finish flaw.

For most of the 80s and early-mid ’90s, he used Marshall amplifiers, particularly the JCM800 models with 4×12″ speaker cabinets and a variety of rack and pedal units (including effects). During his Stranger in This Town tour, Sambora used 2 Marshall JCM800 2203 heads and a Fender amp head (model not specified), with 3 4×12″ Marshall cabinets. In 1995, Sambora started using Fender ToneMasters with Fender ToneMaster 4×12″ speaker cabinets, following the These Days Tour. On tour, he used up to 12 cabinets on stage. For the studio sessions of his second solo album, Undiscovered Soul, he also used a Fender Bassman 4×10″ combo and a Vox AC30. On the tour, he used Fender ToneMasters, a Marshall amp head, a Vox amp head and a VHT Pitbull in combination with Fender ToneMaster 4×12″ and 2×12″ speaker cabinets. In 2000, Sambora started using the Marshall JCM2000 DSL series (both on the tour and recording sessions of Crush). The song “It’s My Life” was also recorded with a Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier. He has also used the Marshall DSL series on the Bounce tour, as well as a Hughes & Kettner amp, occasionally. During their Have a Nice Day tour, Sambora used Diezel and Divided by 13 amplification and custom made 4×12″ speaker cabinets. During the studio recording sessions of the Lost Highway album, he used Matchless, Bogner Ecstasy and Diezel Herbert amps. In 2007, he started appearing on stage with 2 halfstacks, again featuring Marshall JCM2000 DSL amplifiers and custom made 4×12″ cabinets.

In late 2007, Sambora became an endorsee of The ESP Guitar Company, and a new Richie Sambora signature model, the LTD SA-2, was debuted at the 2008 Winter NAMM show.

According to Young Guitar (Japanese magazine), Richie Sambora used (during the Tokyo shows in 2008) an A/B box, Framptone Talkbox, Jimi Hendrix Dunlop Wah, Keeley Sd-1, Stock SD-1, Roger Mayer Octavia (butane paintjob), Boss CH-1, EHX Electric Mistress Deluxe. He also uses a MIDI rig.

Sambora is endorsed by D’Addario and uses D’Addario strings on all of his guitars. He uses a variety of sets for different tunings, including EXL110 (.010-.046), EXL115 (.011-.049), EPS540 (.010-.052), EXP15 (.010-.047 acoustic), and EXP38 (.010-047 acoustic 12-string set).

Now, from 2010/2011, Sambora is using a rack system. Some effects the rack includes are: Furman Power Conditioner, Lexicon and Eventide rack effects. Some of the pedals that Sambora is using on the Circle tour are: BOSS OD-1, Hermida Audio Zendrive, Tone Freak Effects Naked OD and Abunai 2, Klon Centaur, Analog Man Octron, EHX Micro POG, Tone Freak Effects MelloTremo, BBE Soul Vibe, Retro-Sonic Chorus, MXR EVH Flanger, MXR Phase 90, Maxon Auto Filter, EHX Deluxe Memory Man. These effects are all run by a MIDI Controller. The effects he has running from his guitar to his amp are: BOSS TU-2 Chromatic Tuner, Moollon Wah, and an Ernie Ball Volume Pedal.

Sambora professes that he still takes guitar lessons to improve his skills and is being taught how to play fingerstyle by Laurence Juber, after meeting him in a guitar store and thinking it was two guitarists playing from a distance. They later performed together and with Tommy Emmanuel, recording an acoustic version of “Livin’ on a Prayer”.[19]

Sambora is currently not on tour with Bon Jovi, having left due to personal issues, although he is on tour as a solo artist. There has been no confirmation on when or if he will return to the band.

Public service and recognition[edit]
Over the years, Sambora has been an ardent fundraiser for many charities,[20] such as Dream Street, the Steve Young Forever Young Foundation[citation needed] and Michael J. Fox’s Parkinson’s disease charity. He has donated money privately to various cancer charities since the death of his father, including both hospitals where his father was treated, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and M D Anderson.[21] Sambora’s fundraising with the charity Stand Up For a Cure allowed for three mobile full service hospital units to be brought to the streets of New York, two of which were named after his parents, respectively.[22]

In May 2004, Sambora was bestowed with an Honorary Doctorate of Letters by Kean University[23] where he attended the awards ceremony and gave a speech of acceptance. He attended Kean University as a freshman, but then dropped out to pursue a career as a professional guitarist and session musician.[citation needed]

Sambora and Jon Bon Jovi were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame on June 18, 2009.[24]

On November 24, 2009, Sambora launched the charitable effort You Can Go Home in his home town of Woodbridge Township, New Jersey, which unveiled a street renamed Richie Sambora Way. He also donated funds to renovate part of his alma mater Woodbridge High School, which opened a new weight room, the Adam Sambora Fitness Center, dedicated to Sambora’s father.[25]

On May 7, 2012, Sambora was recognised by the Midnight Mission charity for his work, dedication, and support to their cause, with the Golden Heart Award.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]
Sambora married actress Heather Locklear in Paris on December 17, 1994.[26] Daughter Ava Elizabeth Sambora was born in 1997.[27][28] Locklear filed for divorce in February 2006 citing irreconcilable differences.[29] The divorce was finalized on April 11, 2007.[30] Just nine days later, on April 20, Sambora’s father Adam died of lung cancer.[31] Sambora resides in Los Angeles and owns a beach house in Laguna Beach as well as other properties.

Substance problems[edit]
On June 7, 2007, it was announced that Sambora was entering an “undisclosed rehab facility in Los Angeles” for treatment related to alcoholism.[32][33] Following his release, he told an interviewer, “I was just drinking too much and I needed to get my life together. I’m still in therapy and stuff like that, but it’s good. I’m great. I feel fine.”[34] In the Bon Jovi documentary “When We Were Beautiful”, Sambora talks candidly about his addiction to painkillers following a slip in his bathroom. He credited his bandmates and mother with helping him through the difficult time.[35][36]

On April 28, 2011, it was announced that Sambora had made the decision to enter rehab again. Sambora was absent from the band for thirteen shows during the Bon Jovi Live tour, and Sambora’s guitar and vocal duties were handled by well-known session musician Phillip “Phil X” Xenidis during those shows.[37][38] This is Sambora’s second stint in rehab and was announced just a week after he finished probation for drunk driving charges.[39] Sambora returned to join the band in June 2011 in Zagreb, Croatia for the start of the European leg of the tour.

Jon Hammond and Professor Arthur Winer at ASCAP Expo – Professor Winer teaches Music Industry Studies at California State Polytechnic University in Pomona California

– ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO

Hollywood CA — Great to see my friend Melinda Newman after Melinda moderated the Master Session with John Beasley “Diversify or Die” at ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO

– “Melinda Newman –
Journalist | | Melinda Newman is a writer for The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Associated Press (both print and television), Variety, MSN, AOL,, M-Life, M and many others. She was formerly the West Coast Bureau Chief/Deputy Editor of Billboard Magazine.

Hollywood California — Wrapping up Day 1 of ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO with a great in-the-round evening with these fine ASCAP Song Writers – Jon Hammond:

Amy Grant
Songwriter, Artist – “The Next Time I Fall,” “Baby Baby,” “Angels”

Ray Parker, Jr.
Songwriter, Artist – “Ghostbusters,” “A Woman Needs Love (Just Like You Do),” “Jack and Jill,” “You Can’t Change That”

Glen Phillips
Songwriter – “All I Want,” “Walk on the Ocean, “Fall Down,” “Something’s Always Wrong”; Artist – Toad the Wet Sprocket

Richie Sambora
Songwriter, Guitarist – “Livin’ on a Prayer,” “You Give Love A Bad Name,” ”I’ll Be There for You,” “It’s My Life”

Jon Hammond and ASCAP’s Adrian Ross – we know each other from Berklee College of Music days –

ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO – Hollywood California

ASCAP Expo, Amy Grant, Ray Parker Jr., Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Hollywood CA, Jon Hammond, Richie Sambora, Denny Mack, Jonny Kaplan, John Houlihan, Mike Myers, Supermensch, Shep Gordon, Bobbi Marcus PR, The Love Guru

2013 ASCAP I Create Music Expo 1st Day kicking it off in Hollywood California Jon Hammond HammondCast Weblog

April 19, 2013

2013 ASCAP I Create Music Expo 1st Day kicking it off in Hollywood California Jon Hammond HammondCast Weblog

8th annual ASCAP Expo – Jon’s been to 7 out of 8, not bad!

First event: ASCAP General Membership Meeting

Paul William President of ASCAP Tweeting at beginning of his speech – not bad for an old-timer Paul! Jon Hammond *Member ASCAP at General Membership Meeting Hollywood CA

— with Paul William Music at Loews Hollywood Hotel

Paul Williams ASCAP President – Composer/Musician/Actor

– 2013 General Membership Meeting opener – Jon Hammond Member ASCAP Kicking off 2013 ASCAP Expo Hollywood CA – 10 pictures, encouraging news from Paul Williams and the Youtube people – Hollywood California — with Paul William Music at 2013 ASCAP EXPO

*note: (Jon Hammond) just came back from Germany — Jeff Guilford of JJ Guitars in the haus/house – Marcel Wolf at Audio Board – Bürgermeisterin der Stadt Hofheim Gisela Stang in the audience with Christian Matz – dankeschön for joining us! 18th consecutive year – Jon

Photos taken by the great Rock photographer Andreas Meer – Jon Hammond Band’s annual Musikmesse-Session at Jazzkeller-Hofheim, dankeschön Andreas! Jon — with Jeff Guilford, Gisela Stang, Marcel Wolf and Christian Matz at Jazzkeller Hofheim

Thanks / Dankeschön for coming everybody! 18th consecutive year

Gisela Stang As you can see: we really enjoyed the music and we had fun !
20 hours ago

Jeff Guilford It was a great evening. Wonderful people and great music from my proud friends. Thanks, Jeff

— wir sehen uns next: 14 Mrz. 2014 – Jon
L to R: Joe Berger guitar, Peter Klohmann tenor sax, Totó Giovanni Gulino drums / schlagzeug, Jon Hammond organ/orgel
Photos taken by the great Rock photographer Andreas Meer – Jon Hammond Band’s annual Musikmesse-Session at Jazzkeller-Hofheim, dankeschön Andreas! Jon — with Joe Berger, Peter Klohmann, Jon Hammond Band, Totó Giovanni Gulino and Jon Hammond Organ Group at Jazzkeller Hofheim

ASCAP Board of Directors – PUBLISHERS — Jon Hammond Member ASCAP Kicking off 2013 ASCAP Expo Hollywood CA – 10 pictures, encouraging news from Paul Williams and the Youtube people – Hollywood California

— with American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers (ASCAP) at 2013 ASCAP EXPO

In Memory of ASCAP Composer Hal David — Jon Hammond Kicking off 2013 ASCAP Expo Hollywood CA – 10 pictures, encouraging news from Paul Williams and the Youtube people – Hollywood California

— Hal David at 2013 ASCAP EXPO

Copyright Act Reform — Jon Hammond Kicking off 2013 ASCAP Expo Hollywood CA – 10 pictures, encouraging news from Paul Williams and the Youtube people – Hollywood California

— Judy Chu for Congress and Howard Coble at 2013 ASCAP EXPO

Country Western Song Critique(s) — Jon Hammond Kicking off 2013 ASCAP Expo Hollywood CA – 10 pictures, encouraging news from Paul Williams and the Youtube people

– Hollywood California — with American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers (ASCAP)

Hollywood California — 2013 ASCAP I Create Music Day 1 – Opening Networking Reception – Musicians & Songwriters love an open bar…and hors d’oeuvres!

Jon Hammond — with Lauren Iossa at 2013 ASCAP EXPO

“Fam” at Opening Networking Reception

Watching Katy Perry right now who doesn’t allow photos – but Peter Frampton had no problem! (and I dig his music and him better anyhow to tell you the truth folks) – it was a great session Peter!

– Jon Hammond — with Peter Frampton at 2013 ASCAP EXPO

Randy Grimmett Exec. V.P. ASCAP Membership is speaking with Cameron Strang

– CEO/Chairman of Warner/Cappell Music Publishing at 2013 ASCAP Expo – Jon Hammond Hollywood California

*flashback to just a few nights ago: Jon Hammond at the organ

— Photos taken by the great Rock photographer Andreas Meer – Jon Hammond Band’s annual Musikmesse-Session at Jazzkeller-Hofheim, dankeschön Andreas! Jon — at Jazzkeller Hofheim

Hollywood California — Legendary Singer Songwriter Judy Collins closed out the 1st day of 2013 ASCAP I Create Music Expo – singing and signing (autographs)

– Jon Hammond
Judy’s Wiki
Judith Marjorie Collins
Born May 1, 1939 (age 73)
Origin Seattle, Washington,
United States
Genres Rock and roll, Pop, Folk
Occupations Singer, songwriter, musician, actress
Instruments Vocals, piano, guitar
Years active 1959–present
Labels Elektra Records
Geffen/MCA Records
Mesa Bluemoon/Rhino/Atlantic Records
Wildflower Records
Associated acts Leonard Cohen
Bob Dylan
Ian Tyson
Joni Mitchell
Joan Baez
Judith Marjorie “Judy” Collins (born May 1, 1939) is an American singer and songwriter known for her eclectic tastes in the material she records (which has included folk, show tunes, pop, rock and roll and standards) and for her social activism. She is an alumna of MacMurray College, Jacksonville, Illinois.
Musical career
Collins was born in Seattle, Washington, where she spent the first ten years of her life. Her father took a job in Denver in 1949, and the family moved to Colorado. Collins studied classical piano with Antonia Brico, making her public debut at age 13, performing Mozart’s Concerto for Two Pianos. Brico took a dim view, both then and later, of Collins’s developing interest in folk music, which led her to the difficult decision to discontinue her piano lessons. Years later, when Collins had become internationally known through her music, she invited Brico to one of her concerts in Denver. When they met after the performance, Brico took both of Collins’ hands in hers, looked wistfully at her fingers and said, “Little Judy—you really could have gone places.” Still later, Collins discovered that Brico herself had made a living when she was younger playing jazz and ragtime piano (Singing Lessons, pp. 71–72). She also had the fortune of meeting many musicians through her blind father, a Seattle radio program host.[1]
It was the music of Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger, and the traditional songs of the folk revival of the early 1960s, however, that piqued Collins’ interest and awoke in her a love of lyrics. Three years after her debut as a piano prodigy, she was playing guitar. Her music became popular at the University of Connecticut, where her husband taught. She performed at parties and for the campus radio station along with David Grisman and Tom Azarian.[2] She eventually made her way to Greenwich Village, New York City, where she busked and played in clubs until she signed with Elektra Records, a record label she was associated with for 35 years. In 1961, Collins released her first album, A Maid of Constant Sorrow, at the age of 22.[3]
At first she sang traditional folk songs or songs written by others — in particular the protest poets of the time, such as Tom Paxton, Phil Ochs, and Bob Dylan. She recorded her own versions of important songs from the period, such as Dylan’s “Mr. Tambourine Man” and Pete Seeger’s “Turn, Turn, Turn”. Collins was also instrumental in bringing little-known musicians to a wider public. For example, she recorded songs by Canadian poet Leonard Cohen, who became a close friend over the years. She also recorded songs by singer-songwriters such as Eric Andersen, Ian Tyson, Joni Mitchell, Randy Newman, Robin Williamson and Richard Fariña long before they gained national acclaim.[4] [5]
While Collins’ first few albums comprised straightforward guitar-based folk songs, with 1966’s In My Life, she began branching out and including work from such diverse sources as The Beatles, Leonard Cohen, Jacques Brel, and Kurt Weill.[5] Mark Abramson produced and Joshua Rifkin arranged the album, adding lush orchestration to many of the numbers. The album was regarded as a major departure for a folk artist and set the course for Collins’ subsequent work over the next decade.[6]
With her 1967 album Wildflowers, also produced by Mark Abramson and arranged by Rifkin, Collins began to record her own compositions, beginning with “Since You’ve Asked”. The album also provided Collins with a major hit, and a Grammy award, in Mitchell’s “Both Sides, Now”, which reached Number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100.[7]
Collins’ 1968 album, Who Knows Where the Time Goes, was produced by David Anderle and featured back-up guitar by Stephen Stills (of Crosby, Stills & Nash), with whom she was romantically involved at the time. (She was the inspiration for Stills’s CSN classic “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes”). Time Goes had a mellow country sound, and included Ian Tyson’s “Someday Soon” and the title track written by the UK singer-songwriter Sandy Denny. The album also featured Collins’ composition “My Father” and one of the first covers of Leonard Cohen’s “Bird on the Wire”.[8]
By the 1970s Collins had a solid reputation as an art song singer and folksinger and had begun to stand out for her own compositions. She was also known for her broad range of material: her songs from this period include the traditional Christian hymn “Amazing Grace”, the Stephen Sondheim Broadway ballad “Send in the Clowns” (both of which were top 20 hits as singles), a recording of Joan Baez’s “A Song for David”, and her own compositions, such as “Born to the Breed”.[9]
In the 1970s Collins guest starred on The Muppet Show,[10] where she sang “Leather-Winged Bat”, “I Know An Old Lady who Swallowed a Fly”, “Do Re Mi” and “Send in the Clowns”. She also appeared several times on Sesame Street, where she performed “Fishermen’s Song” with a chorus of Anything Muppet fishermen, sang a trio with Biff and Sully using the word “yes”, and even starred in a modern musical fairy tale skit called “The Sad Princess”.[11]
She sang the theme song of the Rankin-Bass TV movie The Wind in the Willows.[12]

Judy Collins at the Miami Book Fair International of 1987
In more recent years Collins has taken to writing, producing a memoir, Trust Your Heart, in 1987, and a novel, Shameless. A more recent memoir, Sanity and Grace, tells of her son Clark’s death in January 1992. With help from her manager Katherine DePaul she started Wildflower Records. Though her record sales are not what they once were, she still records and tours in the U.S., Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. She performed at President Bill Clinton’s first inauguration in 1993, singing “Amazing Grace” and “Chelsea Morning”. (The Clintons have stated that they named their daughter, Chelsea, after Collins’ recording of the song.) In 2006, she sang “This Little Light of Mine” in a commercial for Eliot Spitzer.[13]
In 2008 she oversaw an album featuring artists ranging from Dolly Parton and Joan Baez to Rufus Wainwright and Chrissie Hynde covering her compositions; she also released a collection of The Beatles covers, and she received an honorary doctorate from Pratt Institute on May 18 of that year. In 2010, Collins sang “The Weight of the World” at the Newport Folk Festival, a song by Amy Speace.[14]
Collins joined the 10th annual Independent Music Awards judging panel to assist independent musicians’ careers.[15][16] She was also a judge for the 7th and 9th Independent Music Awards.[17]
In July 2012, Collins appeared as a guest artist on the Australian SBS television show RocKwiz.[18]

Like many other folk singers of her generation, Collins was drawn to social activism. Her political idealism also led her to compose a ballad entitled “Che” in honor of the 1960s Marxist icon Che Guevara.[19]
Collins sympathized with the Yippie movement, and was friendly with its leaders, Abbie Hoffman and Jerry Rubin. On March 17, 1968, she attended Hoffman’s press conference at the Americana Hotel in New York to announce the party’s formation. In 1969, she testified in Chicago in support of the Chicago Seven; during her testimony, she began singing Pete Seeger’s “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?”, and was admonished by prosecutor Tom Foran and judge Julius Hoffman.[20]
She is currently a representative for UNICEF and campaigns on behalf of the abolition of landmines.[21][22]
[edit]Personal life

Collins contracted polio at the age of eleven and spent two months in hospital in isolation.[23]
Collins has been married twice. Her first marriage in 1958 to Peter Taylor produced her only child, Clark C. Taylor. The marriage ended in divorce in 1965.[24]
In 1962, shortly after her debut at Carnegie Hall, Collins was diagnosed with tuberculosis and spent six months recuperating in a sanatorium.[25]
Collins later admitted suffering from bulimia after she had quit smoking in the 1970s. “I went straight from the cigarettes into an eating disorder”, she told People magazine in 1992. “I started throwing up. I didn’t know anything about bulimia, certainly not that it is an addiction or that it would get worse. My feelings about myself, even though I had been able to give up smoking and lose 20 lbs., were of increasing despair.” She also talks at length, in Singing Lessons (pp. 172–190, 238–240), about her years of addiction to alcohol, the damage it did to her personal and musical life and how it contributed to her feelings of depression. She says that, although she tried other drugs in the 1960s, alcohol was always her primary drug of choice, just as it had been for her father. She entered a rehabilitation program in Pennsylvania in 1978, and she has maintained her sobriety ever since, even through such traumatic events as the suicide of her only child, Clark. In 1992, he committed suicide at age 33 after a long bout with clinical depression and substance abuse. Since his death, she has also become a strong advocate of suicide prevention.
In April 1996, she married designer and fellow activist Louis Nelson, whom she had been seeing since 1979. They live together in New York City.[26]
Her sister, Holly, was married to actor James Keach and they have a son, Kalen.[27]
[edit]Awards and recognition

Grammy Award, Best Folk Performance or Folk Recording, “Both Sides Now”, 1968
Stephen Sondheim won a Grammy Award for Song of the Year, “Send in the Clowns”, in 1975, it was believed, largely on the strength of Collins’ performance of the song on her album Judith[28]
Nominated with Jill Godmilow for an Academy Award for the documentary “Antonia: A Portrait of the Woman” (1975), about her classical piano instructor, conductor Antonia Brico.
Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts Degree from Pratt Institute, May 2009

Further information: Judy Collins discography
[edit]Charted singles

Year Song US Hot 100 US A.C. Album
1967 “Hard Lovin’ Loser” 97 – In My Life
1968 “Both Sides, Now” 8 3 Wildflowers
1969 “Someday Soon” 55 37 Who Knows Where the Time Goes
1969 “Chelsea Morning” 78 25 (single only)
1969 “Turn! Turn! Turn!/To Everything There Is A Season” 69 28 Recollections
1970 “Amazing Grace” 15 5 Whales & Nightingales
1971 “Open The Door (Song For Judith)” 90 23 Living
1973 “Cook With Honey” 32 10 True Stories and Other Dreams
1973 “Secret Gardens” 122 – True Stories and Other Dreams
1975 “Send In The Clowns” 36 8 Judith
1977 “Send In The Clowns” (re-release) 19 15 Judith
1979 “Hard Times For Lovers” 66 16 Hard Times for Lovers
1984 “Home Again” (duet with T. G. Sheppard) – 42 Home Again
1990 “Fires Of Eden” – 31 Fires Of Eden

Baby’s Bedtime (1992)
Baby’s Morningtime (1992)
Junior (1994), playing the operator of a spa for pregnant women opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger
Christmas at the Biltmore Estate (1998)
A Town Has Turned to Dust (1998), telefilm based on a Rod Serling science-fiction story
The Best of Judy Collins (1999)
Intimate Portrait: Judy Collins (2000)
Judy Collins Live at Wolf Trap (2003)
Wildflower Festival (2003) (DVD with guest artists Eric Andersen, Arlo Guthrie, and Tom Rush)
Girls (TV, 2013), series 2, episode 8: “It’s Back”

Trust Your Heart (1987)
Amazing Grace (1991)
Shameless (1995)
Singing Lessons (1998)
Sanity and Grace: A Journey of Suicide, Survival and Strength (2003)
The Seven T’s : Finding Hope and Healing in the Wake of Tragedy (2007)
Sweet Judy Blue Eyes : my life in music (2011) ISBN 0-307-71734-8 OCLC 699763852

**Just a few days before:

2013 Frankfurt Musikmesse Action World’s Largest Musical Instruments Show and ProLight + Sound 27th Year Jon Hammond on the scene

Jon Hammond Band last night – Musikmesse Warm Up Party

Chocolate Chocolate Cake baked by Saray Pastnesi Bakery on Mainzer Landstrasse FFM

– Musikmesse Warm Up Party 2013 very special friends in Jazzkeller Frankfurt – thank you so much everybody for joining us for celebrating 27 years Musikmesse and 60 year birthday boy cake action with Jon Hammond Band, Tony Lakatos tenor saxophone, Totó Giovanni Gulino drums, Joe Berger guitar and Jon at the Sk1 Hammond organ – we’re going to do it again next year in 2014!

L to R: Joe Lamond President CEO of NAMM, Jon Hammond, Joe Berger

Betty Heywood, NAMM director of International Affairs and Jon Hammond at Musikmesse Warm Up Party – Jazzkeller Frankfurt

Chocolate Chocolate cake action – Super Jenny cutting cake – many thanks Super Jenny!

– Musikmesse Warm Up Party 2013 very special friends in Jazzkeller Frankfurt – thank you so much everybody for joining us for celebrating 27 years Musikmesse and 60 year birthday boy cake action with Jon Hammond Band, Tony Lakatos tenor saxophone, Totó Giovanni Gulino drums, Joe Berger guitar and Jon at the Sk1 Hammond organ – we’re going to do it again next year in 2014!

The Best Baker in Frankfurt delivered personally my birthday / 27 year Musikmesse Warm Up Party chocolate chocolate cake last night to Jazzkeller Frankfurt, dankeschön! Jon Hammond – Day 1 Musikmesse kicking it off folks, JH

Musikmesse Warm Up Party 2013 very special friends in Jazzkeller Frankfurt – thank you so much everybody for joining us for celebrating 27 years Musikmesse and 60 year birthday boy cake action with Jon Hammond Band, Tony Lakatos tenor saxophone, Totó Giovanni Gulino drums, Joe Berger guitar and Jon at the Sk1 Hammond organ – we’re going to do it again next year in 2014! — at Jazzkeller

Tony Lakatos, Jon Hammond, Totó Giovanni Gulino, Joe Berger Musikmesse Warm Up Party 2013 very special friends in Jazzkeller Frankfurt

– thank you so much everybody for joining us for celebrating 27 years Musikmesse and 60 year birthday boy cake action with Jon Hammond Band, Tony Lakatos tenor saxophone, Totó Giovanni Gulino drums, Joe Berger guitar and Jon at the Sk1 Hammond organ – we’re going to do it again next year in 2014!

Jon Hammond zum 27. Mal auf der Musikmesse
Nomen est omen. Der Mann heißt Hammond und spielt eine Hammond. Der Organist aus New York freut sich auf Frankfurt und lädt zur Musikmesse Warm Up Party am 9.4. in den Jazzkeller ein.
JOURNAL FRANKFURT: Was war für Sie zuerst da – die Frankfurter Musikmesse oder Auftritte im Jazzkeller?
Jon Hammond: Die Musikmesse. Ich kam 1987 zum ersten Mal nach Frankfurt, zusammen mit Joe Berger, der auf der Messe für Engl Amplifiers spielte. Wir flogen mit der Lufthansa ein und teilten uns ein Zimmer im berühmten Prinz Otto Hotel am Hauptbahnhof. Schon in der ersten Nacht stellte mir Joe den großen John Entwistle, den Bassisten von The Who vor. Es wurde eine lange Nacht, in der wir Cognac tranken und Erdnüsse knabberten in eiern Suite des Marriott Hotels. Ich habe Joe bei einer Session mit John und Ringo Starrs Sohn Zak Starkey im Dorian Grey Club gefilmt bei einer Soundcheck Party. In den ersten paar Jahren spielte ich nicht oft live weil ich noch keine transportierbare Hammond Orgel hatte vor 1991 als ich den Prototyp einer XB-2 Hammond Orgel bekam mit der ich dann um die Welt reiste. Hauptsächliche dokumenierte ich aber die Messe für meine Cable TV Show in New York, die inzwischen im 29. Jahr als The Jon Hammond Show — Music, Travel and Soft News präsentiert. Die harten Nachrichten überlasse ich CNN und den großen Networks (lacht). Vom ersten Jahr an fühlten wir uns der Musikmesse eng verbunden, haben seitdem eine tolle Zeit hier, kommen jedes Jahr wieder bis wir kleine, alte Männer sind.

Das Jazzkeller-Konzert am Vorabend der Musikmesse ist zu einer netten Tradition geworden – wie kam es dazu, was bedeutet es Ihnen und wir werden Sie dieses Jahr diesen Abend im Jazzkeller zelebrieren?
Ab 1991 lernte ich mehr und mehr Musikmesse-Menschen kennen und die mich und auch einiges von meiner Musik. Einige von ihnen ermunterten mich, doch auch für Auftritte nach Deutschland zu kommen weil es hier doch ein Interesse an Hammond-Orgel-Groove-Music gab. Mit der schon erwähnten, kleinen, kompakten aber sehr kraftvollen Orgel war das alles möglich. Zudem machte ich in New York gerade eine schwere Zeit durch, mein Vater war gestorben und ich hatte das Gefühl, einige Veränderungen könnten meinem Leben gut tun. Also kam ich nach Frankfurt mit meiner XB-2, allerdings mit einem Rückflugticket falls etwas schief gehen würde. Ich rief viele Musiker an, ließ sie wissen, ich bin jetzt da, lasst uns zusammen spielen. Das war für mich der Anfang einer langen, sehr speziellen Beziehung, vor allem zum Frankfurter Publikum nach ersten kleinen erfolgen im Jazzkeller und einer kurzen Auftritt im Hessen Report im Fernsehen. Beatrix Rief verdanke ich dieses “lucky light on me”, eine tolle Erfahrung. Seitdem nenne ich Frankfurt “My Good Luck City” und im Jazzkeller begann auch alles für mich als Musiker. Deshalb liegt mir der Club auch so nah am Herzen, deshalb hatte ich auch die Idee, meine “Musikmesse Warm Up Party” dort zu realisieren, immer in der Nacht bevor die Messe startet was zu einer schönen Tradition wurde. Im ersten Jahr, in dem ich dann auch ein wenig Sponsoring von Philip Morris bekam, konnte ich damit einige Flugtickets für befreundete Musik bezahlen. Darüber war ich sehr glücklich. Dabei rauche ich selbst gar nicht.

Wie würden Sie Ihr persönliches Verhältnis zu Deutschland und Frankfurt beschrieben?
Lassen Sie es mich so sagen: ich liebe Frankfurt und die Frankfurter waren immer gut zu mir in all den Jahren. Ich könnte ein ganzes Buch über die Zeit schreiben, in der ich in Bornheim wohnte und Nacht für Nacht in der alten Jazzkneipe in der Berliner Straße auftrat. Das war der Treffpunkt, wo auch die Musiker der HR Bigband hinkamen und es gab eine generöse Chefin in der kleinen Kneipe. Auch Regine Dobberschütz und Eugen Hahn im Jazzkeller waren wahre Jazzengel für mich, die mir so vieles ermöglichten in der Zeit. Wir konnten auch in den Studios von AFN Radio spielen, waren die einzigen Musiker, die das – mit einer Sondergenehmigung des US Militärs – durften. Für ein wenig Promotion für die Musikmesse. Wir nannten das Programm für die AFN “Profile TV “-Show “Sound Police”. Wir hatten viel Spaß. Kein Wunder also, dass ich Frankfurt als my home away from home begreife und ich mich jedes Mal wieder freue zur Musikmesse zu reisen, in diesem Jahr übrigens zum 27. Mal in Folge. Und ich bin diesmal besonders aufgeregt, heim nach Frankfurt zu kommen weil ich gerade 60 Jahre alt geworden bin.

Wer wird in diesem Jahr zum Gelingen des Konzertes mit teils komponierter, teils improvisierter Musik, so nehme ich an, beitragen und was für einen Sound wird die Band präsentieren?
Ich habe etwa 90% der Kompositionen geschrieben, die wir spielen werden. Es ist die Musik, die man auch in meiner New Yorker TV-Show hören kann und die mich mehrmals um die Welt getragen hat. Meinen Stil nenne ich “Swinging Funky Jazz and Blues” und featurert die ganz wunderbaren Solisten in meine Band: Tony Lakatos, den großen ungarischen Tenorsaxophonisten, der auch Mitglied in der hr Bigband ist, dann meinen alten Freund Giovanni Gulino, diesen tollen Schlagzeuger, der schon für fast alle Großen der Szene getrommelt hat. Ich liebe diese Jungs. Als Gitarrist ist mein alten Freund und Kollege Joe Berger dabei, den man auch als The Berger-Meister kennt. Auf diese Formation bin ich wirklich stolz.

Werden Sie im Jazzkeller wieder eine Hammond Orgel spielen?
Ja, sicher, das neueste Modell, eine Sk1, die exakt so klingt wie die legendäre B3. Ich liebe sie. Und sie wiegt nur noch sieben Kilo (Anm. des Autors: Das Original, ein echtes Möbel mit viel Holz, mussten immer zwei Menschen mit viel Muskelkraft die Treppen rauf und runter hieven), ein deutliches Indiz, dass wir in der Zukunft angekommen sind. Da stecken viele Jahre Forschung und Entwicklung drin, auch Bühnenerprobungen. Ich ziehe den Hut vor den Ingenieuren von Suzuki, ein unverwüstliches Instrument erschaffen zu haben. Und das unterziehe ich jetzt einen echten Härttest (lacht).
27. März 2013 Interview: Detlef Kinsler

photo: Detlef Kinsler and Jon Hammond in Jazzkeller

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Power Shot – P.Mauriat FMS 2013 Team – Blues and Jazz Session with the great P.Mauriat Artists and Jon Hammond at Sk1 Hammond organ – big special thanks to main man Alex Mingmann Hsieh! – Jon Hammond — with Reiner Witzel, Klaus Wangorsch, André de Laat, Pmauriat Albest, Agnieszka Obrebska and PMauriat Saxophones at musikmesse

The next hot shot tenor player folks! At P.Mauriat stand H4.1 E71 Frankfurt Musikmesse 2013

– Jon Hammond — with P Mauriat HQ and Pmauriat Albest

Wolfgang Lücke Fearless Leader Direktor of Musikmesse and Prolight + Sound world’s biggest Music Trade Show and Jon Hammond on last day of the fair – it is a monster job, Wolfgang and his mighty team pulled it off to perfection like every year – and like his name says, brings Good Luck to me and all the family of Music Exhibitors, thanks a million / dankeschön Wolfgang and Team! We will meet again in Shanghai Messefrankfurt Music-China – totally rockin’ show once again! – Jon

— with Wolfgang Lücke at musikmesse

Name this great saxophonist Folks! P.Mauriat Blues and Jazz Session Day 3 in 2013 Musikmesse with Jon Hammond at the organ

– *It’s Mike Smith from Chicago folks! JH

Paul de Laat:

Morgen op de Musikmesse!!!! Play it bro!!! 😉 — with Arno Haas, Jon Hammond, André de Laat and Tony Lakatos
Róbert Murányi Tony Lakatos a plakát közepén… a magyar szaxis viszi a hátán a csapatot?

Thank you for posting the Plakat of P.Mauriat Blues & Jazz booth session Paul de Laat – your brother plays wonderfully and is a very nice cat!
all the best,
Jon Hammond

Power shot: Ludovic Beier the great Accordion and Accordina virtuoso Roland V-Accordion Artist, Jon Hammond and Suzuki Instruments Executives Shigeyuki Ohtaka and President Shuji Suzuki on last day of 2013 Frankfurt Musikmesse

– check out my interview with Ludovic and his performances on Youtube
LUDOVIC BEIER chromatic accordion virtuoso Jazz Musician from France is Jon’s guest here on HammondCast

Saxophone Mouthpiece builder Rafy Navarro with Jon Hammond and Tony Lakatos – Rafy also makes Bob Mintzer’s mouthpiece – Frankfurt Musikmesse 2013

— with Tony Lakatos at musikmesse

Pigini / Excelsior Accordion Friends at 2013 Musikmesse
L to R: Roberto Lucanero, Massimo Pigini, Jon Hammond, Federico Pigini *note: Excelsior in back of my head is similar to the one I play, magnificent hand-crafted instruments! *2nd image Heinz Aumüller Excelsior Deutschland and Jon Hammond –
Keys To Happiness Excelsior Accordions Hand Built in Castelfidardo Italy – USA Artist Jon Hammond — with

with Roberto Lucanero

Preview of some of the photographs of the great Rock Photographer Andreas Meer of Jon Hammond Band playing 18th consecutive year Musikmesse-Session in Jazzkeller-Hofheim – it was a great night, thank you to all the folks who joined us including Gisela Stang Bürgermeisterin der Stadt Hofheim, wonderful Team of Jazzkeller-Hofheim and these musicians: Peter Klohmann tenor saxophone, Totó Giovanni Gulino drums, Joe Berger aka The Berger-Meister guitar and Jon Hammond at the Sk1 Hammond organ – thank you so much for documenting our concert Andreas! Jon Hammond

Back at The Jazzkeller Hofheim for 18th consecutive year – and it’s starting to rain outside big time *second image with good friend long-time Jazzkeller Hofheimer Konrad Neupert so great to see Konrad again thanks/dankeschön Konrad! Jon Hammond

Just as I arrived at Jazzkeller-Hofheim it started raining cats and dogs!

Power Photo! L to R: Michael Falkenstein fearless Leader of Hammond Germany with is wonderful lady Super Jenny Jennifer Schiele, Joe Berger The Berger-Meister, Shuji Suzuki President of Suzuki Musical Instruments makers of my Hammond organ and myself Jon Hammond as we all meet in the busy hall of 2013 Frankfurt Musikmesse yesterday!

— with Michael Falkenstein, Jennifer Schiele and Joe Berger

Photo by Andreas Meer

Jazzkeller Hofheim – incredible great Jazz-night with Jon Hammond, Totó Giovanni Gulino drums, Peter Klohmann tenor saxophone, Joe Berger guitar at Sk1 Hammond orgel – Fr. 12.04. Musikmesse-Session mit Jon Hammond Band — with Joe Berger, Jon Hammond Organ Group, Totó Giovanni Gulino, Jon Hammond Band, Peter Klohmann and Jon Hammond

P Mauriat Blues and Jazz session with Jon Hammond and P.Mauriat artists Day 3 at 2013 Musikmesse, Going For The Sound!

P.Mauriat: “Thank you for visiting and see you in China”:

Hofheim am Taunus — Great night in history – Gisela Stang Bürgermeisterin der Stadt Hofheim meets Berger-Meister (Joe Berger) – Jon Hammond Band in Jazzkeller Hofheim

L to R: Joe Berger aka Berger-Meister, Gisela Stang, Totó Giovanni Gulino, Peter Kohmann, Joe Berger is happy about this…and we all are, go Gisela in the election, keep up the great work in Hofheim am Taunus! – Jon Hammond — with Joe Berger, Gisela Stang, Jon Hammond Band, Totó Giovanni Gulino and Peter Klohmann

The great Music Photographer Documentarian Andreas Meer and Jon Hammond on last day of Musikmesse 2013 – I am so happy and blessed that main man Andreas came directly from Paris to our concert last night in Jazzkeller Hofheim and shot incredible photos, documented the entire event, merci beaucoup…and thank you very much Andreas! Some photos will be coming soon, wow this is so super, Andreas Meer is one of the greatest Rock photographers in the world!
Thanks a million Andreas!
Jon Hammond and Band

— at musikmesse

Power Shot: with Ludovic Beier my favorite accordionist, accordina virtuoso and the Father of Roland V-Accordion and Jon Hammond on last day of Frankfurt Musikmesse 2013, bravo Ludovic! Jon

— with Ludovic Beier at musikmesse

Big big congratulations to my friend Chan Mei Leng on the Grand Opening of her wonderful new “Selera Malaysian Restaurant” located very close to the Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof on Muenchenerstr. 52, the food is fantastic – wishing you many successes long long time Leng and Selera Team!

Jon Hammond — with Chan Mei Leng at Selera Malaysian Restaurant Muenchenerstr. 52 Frankfurt am Main

Power Photo! L to R: Michael Falkenstein fearless Leader of Hammond Germany with is wonderful lady Super Jenny Jennifer Schiele, Joe Berger The Berger-Meister, Shuji Suzuki President of Suzuki Musical Instruments makers of my Hammond organ and myself Jon Hammond as we all meet in the busy hall of 2013 Frankfurt Musikmesse yesterday!

The Pointers! – Jon Hammond and Tony Lakatos saxophonist extraordinaire just about ready to hit at P.Mauriat Blues and Jazz Session 2013 Musikmesse

– Special thanks TecAmp/THC amplification!

Thomas Eich TecAmp / TCH Amplifiers and Jon Hammond

Thomas Eich, TecAmp, Bespeco, Musikmesse, P.Mauriat, Tony Lakatos, Chocolate Cake, Warm Up Party, Funky Jazz, Blues, Sk1 Organ, Jon Hammond

ASCAP Expo, Hollywood California, Judy Collins, Paul Williams, 8th annual, songwriters, musicians, open bar, hors d’oeuvres, Pop music, Jazz, Blues, Classical, Board of Directors, Lauren Iossa, Marketing Director

Ants At A Picnic by Civilian

April 26, 2012

*WATCH THE VIDEO HERE: Ants At A Picnic by Civilian


Introducing L.A. based alternative rock band CIVILIAN at 2012 ASCAP I Create Music Expo night showcase in Hollywood CA
“Ants At A Picnic”
Jake DeSouza drums
Eric Myers guitar vocals
Chris Warren guitar
Julian Mirijanian bass
Camera by Jon Hammond
Check them out on FaceBook

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L to R: Julian Mirijanian, Jake DeSouza, Eric Myers, Chris Warren

ASCAP Expo, Showcase, Renaissance Hotel, Civilian, Music, Hollywood CA, Alternative Rock, Ants, Picnic

*WATCH THE VIDEO HERE: Pocket Funk in Newessbar Hamburg Jon Hammond Band

Jon Hammond Band first time in Newessbar performing original funky composition
Pocket Funk
-Lutz Buechner tenor saxophone, Heinz Lichius drums, Joe Berger guitar, Jon Hammond Sk1 Hammond organ
special thanks Olaf Gödecke and Roman Kumutat

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Pocket Funk, Jon Hammond Band, Sk1 Organ, Lutz Buechner, Heinz Lichius, NDR Jazz, Hamburg, Newessbar, Joe Berger

*WATCH THE VIDEO HERE: Late Rent in Newessbar Hamburg Jon Hammond Band Theme Song

Jon Hammond Band first time in Newessbar performing original Theme Song composition LATE RENT – Lutz Buechner tenor saxophone, Heinz Lichius drums, Joe Berger guitar, Jon Hammond Sk1 Hammond organ
special thanks Route 66 Hamburg American Classic Cars by Jens Borgmann & Company

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Hollywood CA — 2012 ASCAP Expo Highlights Hamburg to Hollywood via Frankfurt by ASCAP Member Jon Hammond

*SEE PHOTOS HERE: 2012 ASCAP Expo Highlights Hamburg to Hollywood via Frankfurt by ASCAP Member Jon Hammond

7th Annual ASCAP I Create Music Expo, 6th consecutive year for Jon Hammond welcomes Tommy Denander from Sweden to his third ASCAP Expo
aka We Create Music Expo

Jon Hammond here with Dan DeSouza and Bobbi Sacks Marcus DeSouza at Hollywood Renaissance Hotel for 2012 ASCAP I Create Music Expo

Learn. Connect. Succeed.

The Premier Conference for Songwriters, Composers and Producers – open to all, not just ASCAP members.

The ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO puts you face-to-face with some of the world’s most successful songwriters, composers, producers and music business leaders, all who willingly share their knowledge and expertise and give you the know-how to take your music to the next level.

Writers Jam Hillary Lindsey, Jonny Lang, Lindy Robbins, Priscilla Renea

Priscilla Renea really dazzled the capacity audience in the Grand Ballroom – photo by Jon Hammond

*WATCH THE VIDEO HERE: ASCAP Member composer organist Jon Hammond just back from Midnight Show in Hamburg and 26th Frankfurt Musikmesse here at Newessbar
Original composition Lydia’s Tune

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Jon Hammond Band first time in Newessbar performing original composition Lydia’s Tune – Lutz Buechner tenor saxophone, Heinz Lichius drums, Joe Berger guitar, Jon Hammond Sk1 Hammond organ

The Smeezingtons Ari Levine, Bruno Mars, Philip Lawrence – Interviewed by Randy Grimmett EVP, Membership ASCAP

Just The Way They Are: Master Session With The Smeezingtons

Master Session With Peter Frampton

Dave Paich at the piano

“I Create Music” Center Stage The Highlands
Panelists: Don Felder (Formerly of the Eagles), Allen Shamblin, Charlotte Caffey (The Go-Go’s), Kathy Valentine (The Go-Go’s), Jane Wiedlin (The Go-Go’s), David Paich
Moderator: Brendan Okrent (ASCAP)

Don Felder tells the story and performs Hotel California by The Eagles

Launched in 2006, the ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO is the first and only national conference dedicated to songwriting and composing. Selling out in its inaugural year, the EXPO immediately provided a unique opportunity for songwriters, composers, publishers, producers – and those in the industry that support them – to come together in an unprecedented way to share their knowledge and expertise. In its short history, the innovative programming offered to attendees has grown to include celebrity Q&A’s, master classes, songwriting and composing workshops, publisher and business panels, One-on-One sessions, DIY career building workshops, showcases and performances, song feedback panels, state-of-the-art technology demos as well as leading music industry exhibitors.

Some of the biggest names in music, both on the creative and business side, have participated at ASCAP’s EXPOs. The EXPO’s headliner interviews have been with Lindsey Buckingham interviewed by Sara Bareilles, Quincy Jones interviewed by Ludacris, Justin Timberlake & Bill Withers, John Mayer, Ann & Nancy Wilson (Heart), Jeff Lynne, Jon Bon Jovi & Richie Sambora, Jackson Browne, Steve Miller, Randy Newman and Tom Petty. At each EXPO there are over 200 panelists and performers, including such people as:

Antonina Armato
Clarence Avant
Johnta Austin
Klaus Badelt
Glen Ballard
Martin Bandier
Sara Bareilles
Natasha Bedingfield
Richard Bellis
Marco Beltrami
Alan & Marilyn Bergman
Dan Bern
Jon Bon Jovi
Claudia Brant
Stephen Bray
Jonatha Brooke
Kerry “Krucial” Brothers
Bruce Broughton
Darrell Brown
Jackson Browne
Chris Brubeck
Bun B
Lindsey Buckingham
Kenny Burrell
Kandi Burruss
Mary Chapin Carpenter
Regina Carter
Paul Chihara
Jay L. Cooper, Esq.
Tom Chapin
Desmond Child
Alf Clausen
Barry Coburn
Ted Cohen
John Corigliano
Wes Craven
Marshall Crenshaw
Hal David
John Debney
Patrick Doyle
Dre & Vidal
Jermaine Dupri
Barry Eastmond
Mike Elizondo
Ron Fair
Roger Faxon
Rory Feek
Melanie Fiona
Dan Foliart
John Forté
Mitchell Froom
Toby Gad
Siedah Garrett
Inara George
Michael Giacchino
Ashley Gorley
Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald
Amaury Gutierrez
Jerry Harrison
Justin Hawkins
Keri Hilson
Rupert Hine
Daniel Ho
Jamie Houston
James Newton Howard
Mark Hudson
Ariel Hyatt
Mark Isham
Brett James
Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis
Wyclef Jean
Quincy Jones
Ron Jones
Just Blaze
Dean Kay
Lenny Kaye
Josh Kear
John King (Dust Brothers)
Steve Kipner
Chaka Khan
Larry Klein
Holly Knight
Greg Kurstin
Russ Landau
Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller
Tania León
Alejandro Lerner
Leeds Levy
Ari Levine
Jon Lind
LaToya Luckett
Kevin Lyman
Jeff Lynne
Seth MacFarlane
Kenny MacPherson
Johnny Mandel
Richard Marx
Andrea Martin
John Mayer
MC Lyte
Larry John McNally
Tracy McKnight
Ingrid Michaelson
Raul Midón
Marcus Miller
Rhett Miller
Steve Miller
Jason Mraz
Matt Nathanson
Randy Newman
Rick Nowels
Robert Ellis Orrall
Martin Page
David Paich
Van Dyke Parks
Don Passman, Esq.
Stephen Paulus
Rudy Perez
Linda Perry
Tom Petty
Kelly Price
Trevor Rabin
David Renzer
John Rich
Pete Rock
Kevin Rudolf
Rivers Rutherford
John Rzeznik
Richie Sambora
Matt Scannell
Stephen Schwartz
Darrell Scott
Jill Scott
Matt Serletic
Jeff Silbar
Tommy Sims
Marc Shaiman
Michelle Shocked
Ricky Skaggs
Jill Sobule
J.D. Souther
Alison Sudol (A Fine Frenzy)
Billy Steinberg
Christopher “Tricky” Stewart
Ryan Tedder
Justin Timberlake
Brian Tyler
Phil Vassar
Loudon Wainwright III
Rufus Wainwright
Narada Michael Walden
Butch Walker
Don Was
Jimmy Webb
Greg Wells
Wendy & Lisa
Paul Williams
Pharrell Williams
Ann & Nancy Wilson (Heart)
Dan Wilson
Craig Wiseman
Bill Withers
Doug Wood
Bernie Worrell
Dan Zanes
David Zippel
…and hundreds more!

Cia Toscanini (ASCAP) introduces Composer/producer/artist George Duke, composer/guitarist/producer Lee Ritenour and composer/tech and studio consultant Andrew Papastephanou

Jon Hammond and Adrian Ross (ASCAP)

via Frankfurt Musikmesse
*WATCH THE VIDEO HERE: Pocket Funk 2012 Jazzkeller Frankfurt Musikmesse Warm Up Party Jon Hammond Band

Pocket Funk! Voila!

Jon Hammond’s annual Musikmesse Warm Up Party in Jazzkeller Frankfurt featuring Tony Lakatos tenor saxophone, Giovanni Gulino drums, Joe Berger guitar, special guest:
Lee Oskar harmonica and Jon Hammond at the Hammond Sk1 organ powered by TecAmp 2 x 12 Neodymium rig special thanks to Thomas Eich TecAmp.
This evening marks 26 years continuous Musikmesse for Jon and also on his 59th birthday, special thanks to the Saray Pastanesi Baeckerei & Konditorei bakery for baking the beautiful Chocolate on Chocolate cake which you will see in this film, thank Martina for wonderful presentation, Eugen Hahn, Marc and all Jazzkeller Frankfurt Team, Messe Frankfurt, P.Mauriat Music Saxophones Alex Hsieh team, Suzuki Hammond, Tombo Lee Oskar team, camera by Jennifer see you next year!
Pocket Funk as heard on The Jon Hammond Show TV program on MNNTV and on Late Rent album – Behind The Beat by Steve Rosenfeld “Jon Hammond says “the fingers are the singers.'” The latest CD from this exceptional and soulful Hammond organist is the proof. “Late Rent” draws on decades of great recording sessions and top live performances to showcase his own playing and many top jazz and funk artists. It shows why the Hammond organ is one of the most enduring electric instruments and why Hammond is one of its best players.”


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Frankfurt Germany — Hammond Suzuki Sk1 Organ Stage Keyboard is awarded 2 top prizes MIPA Keyboard of The Year – Jon Hammond reporting

Michael Falkenstein *here with MIPA Award gave acceptance speech in English, nice job Michael!

Product Award Tastenwelt Keyboard of The Year Stageorgeln from Thilo M. Kramny and Karl Stechl of PPVMEDIEN GmbH
held high by Siem Lassche as Jennifer Schiele Michael Falkenstein (pointing) of Hammond Suzuki Europe Germany and Dirk Mertens of HS Europe look on

L to R: in Messe Frankfurt Congress Centrum: Michael Falkenstein, Dirk Mertens, Siem Lassche, Yu Beniya Suzuki Musical Instruments – photo by Jon Hammond

Malc Deakin Hammond Suzuki UK expertly plays the B3mk2 + 3300W high-power Leslie at Hammond Stand 2012 Musikmesse – photo by Jon Hammond

Jon Hammond with award winning Hammond Sk1

Jon Hammond played the Hammond Sk1 daily on Agora Stage with Tommy Denander all star “Legendary Jam Of The Year” Band
*Photos by Milena Broniowska

Jon Hammond backing vocalist Chuck Plaisance on Jimi Hendrix’ Little Wing

Jon Hammond and Tommy Denander

*WATCH THE VIDEO HERE: Tommy Denander Movie – Interview and Concert 2012 Musikmesse

Tommy Denander guitarist extraordinaire, producer and recording artist on more than 2000 hit records here in backstage interview with Jon Hammond organist and host of HammondCast and long-time NYC cable TV show The Jon Hammond Show, also Bobby Kimball of Toto! This interview happened at 2012 Frankfurt Musikmesse backstage at the big Agora Stage just seconds before going on the bandstand in concert with Tommy’s Allstar band, with footage from the concert of Hendrix tribute with musicians „The legendary Jam-of-the Year”-band with Bobby Kimball (TOTO), Tommy Denander (guitar player, e.g. for Michael Jackson), Bruce Gaitsch (guitar player, e.g. for Richard Marx), Chuck Plaisance vocals, Curt Bisquera (drummer, e.g. for Tina Turner) und Jekko S. Jon Hammond at the Sk1 Hammond organ, Jimmy Kresic keys, Pitti Hecht percussion Tommy explains his VGS signature guitars with special fret design with Evertune bridge and the True Temperament fretting system. Special thanks Wolfgang Luecke Frankfurt Messe, GEWA Music, Ralf J. Richter aka Jackson and Team for incredible stage support and Ralph Heinrich for the fantastic board mix, dankeschoen! sincerely, Jon Hammond

ASCAP, Hollywood CA, I Create Music Expo, Highlights, Composers, Publishers, Producers, The Premier Conference for Songwriters, Jon Hammond, Lauren Iossa, Brendan Okrent, George Duke, Lee Ritenour, Cia Toscanini