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Dick Johnson Accepting NEA Jazz Master Award On Behalf Of Artie Shaw

December 17, 2014

*WATCH THE VIDEO HERE: Dick Johnson Accepting NEA Jazz Master Award On Behalf Of Artie Shaw

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Note from Jon Hammond: I filmed Dick Johnson (clarinetist) accepting Artie Shaw’s NEA Jazz Masters Award (handed to him by David Baker) some years ago. Artie personally chose Dick to lead his band, Dick Johnson was one of the greatest musicians of all times in his own right. I had the honor and pleasure of playing together with him on several occasions myself on Lou Colombo’s Band at the Wychmere Harbor Club in Cape Cod – he was just totally unbelievable, a force of Nature is the only way to describe his masterful playing – RIP Dick Johnson, sincerely, Jon Hammond organist from Local 802 Musicians Union — The late great Clarinetist / Saxophonist long-time Band Leader for Artie Shaw Band Dick Johnson accepting the NEA Jazz Master Award on behalf of Artie – film forthcoming of event folks, RIP Dick Johnson – Jon Hammond
*excerpt from Condolence (Guestbook): “Jon to Johnson Family: Sending my deepest condolences on the passing of Dick, I had the great pleasure and honor of playing with Dick & Lou Colombo at the Wychmere Harbor Club in Harwichport MA 1978-’80

(Hammond organ) with Jack Pena & Frank Shea. I last spoke with Dick in 2005 at the IAJE when he accepted the NEA Jazz Master Award for Artie posthumously from David Baker, I filmed it for my cable TV Show. So very sorry for your loss, Dick was one of the greatest musicians I ever played with and a really great guy! Sincerely, Jon Hammond *Member AFM Local 802″

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dick_Johnson_(clarinetist)
Dick Johnson (December 1, 1925 – January 10, 2010[1]) was an American big band clarinetist, best known for his work with the Artie Shaw Band.[1] From 1983 until his death he was the leader of the Artie Shaw Orchestra.
Born Richard Brown Johnson in Brockton, Massachusetts, he also played the alto saxophone and flute. Johnson worked with Frank Sinatra, the Swing Shift Orchestra, Dizzy Gillespie and Tony Bennett.[1]
Johnson died in Boston, Massachusetts after a short illness, aged 84.
1956: Music for Swinging Moderns (EmArcy Records)
1957: Most Likely (Riverside Records) with Dave McKenna, Wilbur Ware, Philly Joe Jones [3]
1957: At Newport (Verve) with Eddie Costa
1979: Dick Johnson Plays Alto Sax & Flute & Soprano Sax & Clarinet (Concord Records) with Dave McKenna, Bob Maize, Jake Hanna
1980: Spider’s Blues (Concord) with Dave McKenna
1981: Swing Shift (Concord)
2004: Artie’s Choice! And the Naturals
2006: Star Dust & Beyond: A Tribute to Artie Shaw
http://jazztimes.com/…/25619-jazz-clarinetist-dick-johnson-…
Jazz Clarinetist Dick Johnson Dies at 84
Boston-based player fronted Artie Shaw band for over 20 years
By Lee Mergner
Dick Johnson, perhaps best known for his long stint as frontman for the Artie Shaw Orchestra, died in the Boston area on Sunday, January 10. Johnson died at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston after a brief illness, according to the Conley Funeral Home. He was 84 years old.
Johnson was born December 1, 1925 and grew up in the Brockton, Mass area as part of a musical family. He got his professional start as a musician during a stint with the U.S. Navy in 1944-1946. Johnson served with the navy band on the USS Pasadena during WWII. He often credited his stint in the Navy for kicking off his career in jazz.
After the war, Johnson toured with the big bands of Charlie Spivak and Buddy Morrow. Eventually, after several years on the road, he settled in his hometown of Brockton, Mass. It was there in Brockton where he and close friend, Lou Colombo formed a jazz sextet. The group lasted 10 years, but the friendship and musical kinship lasted for the rest of his life. In addition, Johnson formed his septet—Swing Shift—which was a staple on the Boston music scene for many years. Like Herb Pomeroy, Johnson managed a double career as a perfomer and an educator, teaching jazz at nearby Berklee, where he mentored many younger jazz musicians.
According to the notes on Johnson’s album Artie’s Choice, in 1980, Artie Shaw sent a message to Dick Johnson’s manager, and said: “You wanted to hear what I think of Dick Johnson’s clarinet playing. Okay. At this time, he’s the best I’ve ever heard. Bar nobody. And you can quote me on that, anywhere, anytime!”
Shortly thereafter in 1983 he joined the Artie Shaw Orchestra as its frontman, with Shaw himself retired at least as a clarinetist. Shaw continued to appear with the group and let Johnson act as his surrogate for the next 20 years. Idiosyncratic until the end, Shaw permitted few recordings by the group, but Johnson’s reputation as a clarinetist grew from its live performances. The group disbanded in 2006 a few years shortly after Shaw’s death.
Over the years Johnson performed with Dave McKenna, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and Buddy Rich. He recorded as a both a leader and a sideman on the Mercury, Emarcy, Riverside, and Concord Jazz labels. His latest CD was Star Dust and Beyond: A Tribute to Artie Shaw for the Crazy Scott label in 2006.
Johnson was an important part of the local Boston jazz and music community. In 1999, Brockton declared May 1 to be “Dick Johnson Day.” Johnson spent the day meeting students and later performed with school band members at Brockton High.
Johnson is survived by family members including his wife of 59 years, Rose Johnson of Brockton, his son, Gary Johnson, and his daughter, Pamela Sargent, wife of noted jazz guitarist Gray Sargent.
Visiting hours will be held Wednesday from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Conley Funeral Home, 138 Belmont St., Brockton. A remembrance service will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. at the funeral home.
“I had the pleasure of seeing Dick many times over the past 38 years,
> including his appearances with Dave McKenna at the Columns in West Dennis on
> Cape Cod in 1971, and on several occasions with the little big band known as
> Dick Johnson’s Swing Shift. Dick co-led a great quintet with Herb Pomeroy
> that featured Alan Dawson at the Eden Gardens in Worcester in 1975. The
> last concert I saw him play was with Jack Senier’s All-Stars on a Sunday
> afternoon in June 2007 at the 1794 Meetinghouse in New Salem, Mass, a
> stone’s throw from the Quabbin Reservoir. Dick played alto for the better
> part of the afternoon, but most memorable was his performance on clarinet of
> “Memories of You.” He was 81 by then, but as charismatic as ever.
>
> On a winter’s night a year or two earlier, my wife Meg and I saw Dick with
> trumpeter Lou Colombo in the tiny cocktail lounge adjacent to the foyer of
> an inn in Chatham, Mass. There again he was playing alto, but I noticed his
> clarinet by his side and requested he play it. To an SRO crowd of about
> eight people, Dick treated us to “After You’ve Gone,” the tempo increasing
> on each successive chorus till one could almost hear Artie Shaw and BG and
> Bird stirring in approval. Truly unforgettable.
> Dick was at the 2005 IAJE convention in Long Beach to accept the NEA Jazz
> Masters Award in honor of Artie Shaw, who’d died a couple of weeks earlier.
> In his telltale Brockton accent, he spoke of Shaw’s inspiring and exacting
> musical standards. Dick later played a solo clarinet piece at Artie’s
> memorial service, and dropped me a note afterwards in which he wrote, “It
> was by far the biggest honor I’ve ever received to play solo clarinet for
> the man who’d been a hero of mine since I was 14 years old. I flew back
> home sad and jubilant at the same time.”
>
> Somehow it seems appropriate that the last time I saw Dick was at Dave
> McKenna’s memorial service in Woonsocket, R.I. thirteen months ago. Alas,
> Dick Johnson has passed on too. Dick leaves his son Gary, a fine drummer
> who shared the bandstand with his father for many years, and his son-in-law
> Gray Sargent, the guitarist who’s been touring with Tony Bennett for a
> decade and who recorded a beautiful duo concert with Dave McKenna at Maybeck
> Recital Hall for Concord Jazz in 1995.” — at National Endowment for the Arts.

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Jon Hammond’s composition “Get Back in The Groove” very special performance Jon Hammond Band in Jazzkeller Frankfurt Jon’s annual musikmesse Warm Up Party with many close friends in attendance – Tony Lakatos on tenor saxophone, Joe Berger guitar, Giovanni Totò Gulino drums, special guest Lee Oskar harmonica, Jon Hammond organ / bass

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Special thanks Pmauriat Albest PMauriat Saxophones, TecAmp TecAmp – Bass Player’s Gear — with Joe Berger, Tony Lakatos, Jon Hammond, Lee Oskar, Giovanni Totò Gulino, Pmauriat Albest, P.Mauriat Saxophones and Lee Oskar at Jazzkeller.

CNN iReport http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-1190341

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Jon Hammond visit with his piano teacher Tony Germain:
“So good to see my piano teacher main man Tony Germain 40 years later from the first day we met on Scheduling Day 1973, looking good Tony! Greatest piano and Hammond organ teacher folks!

Tony taught so many players well and created the organ department (long story!) Chairing the PIano Department, (he has a nice chair in his office and superb Steinway Grand Piano) – if you are lucky enough to be a student at Berklee and get to study with Tony Germain, then you are living under the lucky star – Tony is the Man!! Thanks for everything you showed me Tony, straightened me out big time” – Jon Hammond
*Return of the Student –

Here I am with my Piano Teacher main man Tony Germain 40 years to the day later from the first time we sat down together folks – interview coming soon, many thanks Tony! Jon Hammond
http://www.berklee.edu/people/tony-germain
Position: Assistant Chair
Department: Piano

Tony’s Steinway Grand Piano

“I think I might have been one of Berklee’s first graduates with what today is called the performance major in piano. So as assistant chair, I have a vested interest in making sure we’re still preparing piano, keyboard, and organ students, without being in any way style prejudiced. I also took the position to have a little bit more involvement with the curriculum—to see what I could personally add or help create.”

“When I went to Berklee, Ted Pease, Phil Wilson, and Mike Rendish were my role models and my teachers. They set the standard for what I’d become and how I would teach. They were all very good to me, and I could see how much they loved it. Here at Berklee, I’m giving back to something that has given me everything. I often describe Berklee as a musical Fantasy Island. I just don’t know where else I’d be happy.”

“Prior to becoming assistant chair of the Piano Department, I taught pretty much everything across the board for 33 years: harmony, ear training, arranging, ensembles. I created the Harmonic Ear Training course and taught it from about 1978 until I became assistant chair. I’m equally in love with private and classroom teaching, and have done it all my adult life. I probably get more out of it than my students do. But hopefully I inspire students to further their interests in whichever style of performance they desire—it’s my job to prepare them for the long haul. I still teach Survey of Piano Styles: History of Jazz Piano. I didn’t want to give it up. And I didn’t want to not teach entirely, because you lose touch if you’re out of the classroom.”

Career Highlights
B.M., Berklee College of Music
Performances with Judy Garland, Herb Pomeroy, Joe Hunt, and Dick Johnson
Musical director, Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well, Charles Playhouse
Pianist and keyboardist with jazz and commercial groups
Recordings include Forces with Jerry Tachoir; Risa’s Waltz with Danny Harrington; Until Further Notice with Steve Rochinski; Sasha Sings Dinah, A Tribute to the Queen, Dinah Washington with Sasha Daltonn; Happy Talk with Christine Fawson; At Last with Kimberly Keating; Read Between the Lines with Jan Shapiro; Live at the Firehouse with Danny Harrington; The Berklee Great American Songbook series; and for Acuff-Rose, Nashville
Published articles in Keyboard and Berklee Today magazines
Professional performing and recording artist
Television and radio experience, including Community Auditions/ Dave Maynard Talent Showcase, WBZ, Channel 4, Boston; Jack Harris Show, Detroit; Nick Clooney Show, Cincinnati; Music America, WGBH Radio, Boston; and Grand Ole Opry, Nashville
Performer and clinician, Berklee on the Road programs in Umbria, Puerto Rico, and Los Angeles
Leadership
Stephany Tiernan
Chair
Tony Germain
Assistant Chair — at Berklee College of Music
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— at Berklee College of Music

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Eimsbüttel – Hamburg — Auster Blues and Jazz in Auster Bar, special evening Jon Hammond Band with NDR Horns swinging the house with spirited solos all around: Fiete Felsch alto saxophone, Michael Leuschner trumpet, Lutz Büchner tenor saxophone, Joe Berger guitar, Jon Hammond organ and Heinz Lichius the drummer – special thanks to Nicolai Ditsch for operating the camera (also a fine drummer) and all the Hamburg people who came to this party session, Auster Bar Team Frank Blume & Torsten Wendt – support from Musik Rotthoff, Joe Berger is playing Futhark Guitars, Jon Hammond the Sk1 Hammond manufactured by Suzuki Musical Instruments http://www.HammondCast.com

Youtube http://youtu.be/q4_lNnwzxrU

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CNN iReport http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-1167435

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Jon Hammond Band L to R: Joe Berger, Michael Leuschner, Heinz Lichius, Lutz Büchner, Jon Hammond, Fiete Felsch

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Jon Hammond Band + NDR Horns at Auster Bar Hamburg Eimsbüttel
Funky Jazz and Blues
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Youtubes of every song we played in Auster Bar Hamburg going backwards Jon Hammond Band
Youtubes of every song we played in Auster Bar Hamburg going backwards Jon Hammond Band http://youtu.be/BqtFWKBeC0c “Cooking at The Auster Bar” http://youtu.be/9P8yZiXgWfI “Tribute to Cannonball – Mercy Mercy Mercy” http://youtu.be/MdQi8mAslzE “Tribute to Bobby Timmons – Moanin’ / Blues” http://youtu.be/jtAaQLH_BYk “Late Rent – Them Song” http://youtu.be/orpLWd66-Hw “No X-Cess Baggage Blues” http://youtu.be/LFhxrDs6PbQ “Lydia’s Tune – Bossa Nova” http://youtu.be/MxpIJesOJXQ “Pocket Funk” http://youtu.be/q4_lNnwzxrU “Auster Blues and Jazz *WATCH THE VIDEO HERE: Cooking at The Auster Bar Jon Hammond Band With NDR Horns – Full High Definition
Funky Heinz Lichius drums, Michael Leuschner trumpet, Lutz Büchner tenor, Friedrich Fiete Felsch alto, Joe Berger guitar, Jon Hammond organ + bass — at Auster Bar.

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HammondCast Spotlight on Lou Colombo Jon’s Journal December 22 2012

December 22, 2012

*LISTEN TO THE AUDIO HERE: HammondCast Spotlight on Lou Colombo

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Jon Hammond on Lou Colombo Band at Wychmere Harbor Club Harwich Port MA Cape Cod
L to R
Frank Shea, Lou Colombo, Jack Pena, Jon Hammond at the B3 organ

Feb. 2012 Lou Colombo and Jon Hammond in Fort Myers Florida, R.I.P. Lou Colombo

From Capecodtoday
http://www.capecodtoday.com/blogs/index.php/2012/03/04/lou-colombo-killed?blog=125

Lou Colombo—Mr. Jazz on Cape Cod was killed Saturday night while exiting the parking lot at The Roadhouse Café on San Carlos Blvd. in Fort Myers, Florida.

The Musical Director at The Roadhouse Café, Richie Iannuzzi, said that Lou had just played a set before leaving to meet his wife, Noel. In addition to playing at The Roadhouse Café in Fort Myers, Lou also played at Pa Degennaro’s in Ft. Lauderdale.

The Roadhouse Café in Fort Myers is owned by Sherri Colombo and her husband Marc Neeley. It is a sister-club to the Roadhouse Café on South Street in Hyannis, Massachusetts, which is owned by David Colombo, Lou’s son, who is also the owner of Colombo’s on Main Street in Hyannis and The Black Cat Restaurant at Hyannis Harbor.

Reporting on Lou’s death saddens me greatly. Strangely enough, this very evening—Sunday—I was editing videotape of the last time I worked with Lou at Colombo’s. The video will be in an up-coming Dave Rojay Show on Channel 17, Saturday night at 9:30.

The only thing that can be said about Lou is that he was a great guy, a great friend, and a great trumpet player. He played holding his trumpet up with his right hand and blowing out of the right side of his mouth. As a trumpet player myself, I know how difficult this is; but Lou played with ease. He knew all the standards ever written and played them with great feeling and a beautiful tone and he had a tremendous rapport with his audience—a faithful long-running audience that loved him, truly.

I have so many memories of working with Lou going back many years in the past. He has appeared in several of my TV programs and he was often at Channel 17 recording for Ivy Sinclair, a producer of jazz television.

A couple of years ago, I played with Lou at the Roadhouse Café. Footage of this will also be in the up-coming Dave Rojay Show. Lou told me at the time that he was 82 years old and when I considered the strength and vitality of his playing, I was amazed.

As I type this, I am in a state of shock. A cremation for Lou is scheduled for Wednesday or Thursday in Florida with a Memorial Service to follow later on Cape Cod. My wife and I send our condolences to the entire Colombo family.

The last time I talked to Lou, we talked about a group picture of Cape Cod jazz artists scheduled for April. This photo shoot organized by jazz drummer, Bart Weisman, was to duplicate the famous photo from the past of renowned jazz artists on the steps of a brownstone in New York. No photo of the jazz artists of Cape Cod will be complete without Lou Colombo in the center.

David Rojay

*LISTEN TO THE AUDIO HERE: HammondCast with Payphone Johnny

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HammondCast 21, broadcasting from San Francisco California, organist/composer & bandleader JON HAMMOND playing fresh new tracks from recent record date in NDR Radio Hamburg “NDR SESSIONS” with new breakout original composition: “Pay Phone Johnny”, and classics: “Our Day Will Come”, “Blues in the Night” and Hammond’s long-time theme song as intro/outro: “Late Rent”. Special thanks to musicians: LUTZ BUCHNER (saxophones), JOE GALLARDO (trombone), HEINZ LICHIUS (drums) and Co-Producer: KNUT BENZNER, and NDR Radio Engineer: RUDY GROSSER. This record date was recorded in the famous Studio 1 of NDR Radio in Hamburg Germany. Hammond talks about meeting Robin Williams and flying to New York City to attend IAJE Jazz Educators event. As heard on KYOU 1550 AM and on the internet at http://www.kyouradio.org
*Jon Hammond is a member of Local 802/6 Musicians Union and ASCAP Composer/Publisher currently featured by ASCAP http://behindthebeat.com/2006/05/jon-hammond-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.

NDR Sessions
Jon Hammond says the NDR session was based on a sentimental idea.

Lick Wilmerding High School ALUMNI HOLIDAY PARTY –
Head of School Eric J. Temple and Jon Hammond ’71

at Mr. Smith’s Bar 34 Seventh Street at Stevenson Street – San Francisco California

A private school with public purpose, Lick-Wilmerding High School develops the head, heart and hands of highly motivated students from all walks of life, inspiring them to become life long learners who contribute to the world with confidence and compassion.
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Jam Of The Year Band led by Tommy Denander on Agora Stage Frankfurt Musikmesse – via Frank Poehl thanks Frank! – from Guitarpoint Magazine

– Jon Hammond — with Tommy Denander and 2 others at Musikmesse Frankfurt.

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Bernie Capicchiano (Bernies Music Land Australia), Shuji Suzuki, Shigeyuki Ohtaka, Suzuki Musical Instruments, Jon Hammond

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

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

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

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

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

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

Vintage Episode of The Jon Hammond Show Chicago Special John Entwistle and Jon’s Journal

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Youtube http://youtu.be/IJHHdPNoHow Now in 28th year on Cable Access TV – The Jon Hammond Show, this particular episode is known as the Chicago Special which includes one song from Tim Cain I played Hammond organ on called I Saw You with some vocal help by Bill Champlin recorded by rjm productions, then to Chicago Summer NAMM Show where I personally filmed the very first performance of the late great bassist John Entwistle with band Rat Race Choir which happened at The Vic Theatre June 29, 1987, (same night) followed by Leslie West with T.M. Stevens bass, watch Leslie’s face when smoke machine goes! Then a little bit of Bag End Party at Park West with Joe Berger, T.M. Stevens, Tal Bergman and Theodus Rogers. And of course JH Show Theme Song “Late Rent” – enjoy folks, this one is a classic! Jon Hammond

New York NY — Alexander Dovgopoly and Jon Hammond

Shopping in New York!

Chocolate Cake, Flowers and Late Rent theme Jon Hammond Band
Chocolate Cake, Flowers and Late Rent theme song – Jon Hammond Band 25 Year Celebration Jazzkeller Frankfurt
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Frankfurt Germany — Power Shot: L to R: Jon Hammond, Mr. M. Terada, Mr. Hiromitsu Ono – Frankfurt Musikmesse

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Lou Colombo and Jon Hammond in Fort Myers Florida just a few days before Lou was tragically killed in a fatal car accident driving home from a gig at his daughter’s restaurant – Roadhouse Cafe – Rest in Peace Lou:

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26th Year Musikmesse Warm Up Party
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Chocolate on Chocolate Cake at 2011 Musikmesse Warm Up Party in Jazzkeller Frankfurt with Jon Hammond Band and special guests for this special occasion celebrating 25 years in Musikmesse. Special acknowledgement of Wilhelm P. “Charly” Hosenseidl R.I.P. who was the Director of Musikmesse years 1989-2008 now Directed by Wolfgang Luecke, special thanks to Messe Frankfurt Projekt and Presse Team!

Jon Hammond Band:

Joe Berger guitar

Tony Lakatos tenor saxophone

Giovanni Gulino drums

Jon Hammond powered by TecAmp at Jazzkeller Frankfurt

New York NY — Power shot L to R: Bernard Purdie, Joe Berger, Jon Hammond at Local 802 Musicians Union

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The Roadhouse Family Is Mourning The Loss Of Their Patriarch Lou Colombo

March 7, 2012

The Roadhouse Family Is Mourning The Loss Of Their Patriarch Lou Colombo. Share Kind Memories And Stories On FaceBook.



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Something told me I better go down and see Lou last week R.I.P. Louis Colombo the Greatest from Jon Hammond
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Folks, something told me I had better get on down to see my main man Lou Colombo last week in Fort Myers FL, I played on Lou’s band for 2.5 years in Cape Cod at the Wychmere Harbor Club and Thompson’s Clam Bar in Harwich Port MA. It was an important time of my life and career and he was always very generous to me, kept me on my toes throwing tunes at me in all keys the music never stopped once we hit. I just saw Lou a few days ago in Fort Myers FL at the gig he was playing at his Daughter Sherri’s restaurant and hub Marc Neeley – Roadhouse Cafe, he was at the top of his game, playing great as ever and looking like a million dollars. I am deeply saddened to receive terrible tragic news this morning from Lou’s fine trombonist Nelson E. Foucht that Lou was tragically killed last night just 4 blocks from Roadhouse Cafe coming home from the gig. My deepest condolences to the Colombo Family, Lou’s Wife Noel, daughters Lori, Sherri, David all his 6 kids, extended Family of friends and musicians. I am totally blown away, thankful that I had the opportunity to know him and play with him nightly back in the 70’s and then to see and hear him again at the end of his life, thanks Lou! Here are some photos from just a few days taken by my long-time great girlfriend Jennifer and myself at his gig, R.I.P. Big Lou – Louis Colombo the greatest trumpet player bandleader baseball slugger and golfer ever! I used to go with Lou to the golf course where he had the snack concession in Yarmouth just to watch him drive balls in to outer space. I couldn’t believe how far and hard he could hit the ball. Lou would put on black executioner gloves and hit the ball and it would disappear, just keep on sailing in to the sky like Lou’s spirit must be now. His music and great memories will live on forever. Sincerely, Jon Hammond – Member AFM Local 802 and Local 6 Musicians Union *Note: Lou’s band the other night at Roadhouse Cafe were so great, I’m so sorry cats: Nelson Foucht on trombone, F.L. “Woody” Brubaker piano and keyboard bass, Richard Iannuzzi drums and Gil DiBenedetto tenor saxophone and clarinet. Jon Hammond and Lou Colombo

Folks, something told me I had better get on down to see my main man Lou Colombo last week

in Fort Myers FL, I played on Lou’s band for 2.5 years in Cape Cod at the Wychmere Harbor Club

and Thompson’s Clam Bar in Harwich Port MA. It was an important time of my life and career and

he was always very generous to me, kept me on my toes throwing tunes at me in all keys the music

never stopped once we hit.

I just saw Lou a few days ago in Fort Myers FL at the gig he was playing at his Daughter Sherri’s restaurant

and hub Marc Neeley – Roadhouse Cafe, he was at the top of his game, playing great as ever and looking like a

million dollars. I am deeply saddened to receive terrible tragic news this morning from Lou’s fine trombonist

Nelson E. Foucht that Lou was tragically killed last night just 4 blocks from Roadhouse Cafe coming home from the

gig. My deepest condolences to the Colombo Family, Lou’s Wife Noel, daughters Lori, Sherri, David all his 6 kids, extended

Family of friends and musicians. I am totally blown away, thankful that I had the opportunity to know him and play with

him nightly back in the 70’s and then to see and hear him again at the end of his life, thanks Lou!

Here are some photos from just a few days taken by my long-time great girlfriend Jennifer and myself at his gig,

R.I.P. Big Lou – Louis Colombo the greatest trumpet player bandleader baseball slugger and golfer ever!

I used to go with Lou to the golf course where he had the snack concession in Yarmouth just to watch him drive

balls in to outer space. I couldn’t believe how far and hard he could hit the ball. Lou would put on black

executioner gloves and hit the ball and it would disappear, just keep on sailing in to the sky like Lou’s spirit

must be now. His music and great memories will live on forever.

Sincerely,

Jon Hammond – Member AFM Local 802 and Local 6 Musicians Union

*Note: Lou’s band the other night at Roadhouse Cafe were so great, I’m so sorry cats:

Nelson Foucht on trombone, F.L. “Woody” Brubaker piano and keyboard bass, Richard Iannuzzi drums and Gil DiBenedetto tenor saxophone and clarinet.

Jon Hammond and Lou Colombo

**Note: Lou Colombo and my neighbor Leo Ball (R.I.P.) also a fine trumpet player member of Local 802 were born on the same day in Brockton MA

*Note: Lou called me on my cell phone when I was at the airport just about to fly out of Tampa TPA Airport, he told me he really dug

my album that I had given him “NDR SESSIONS Projekt” my first record of mostly standards, it was inspired much by him actually. Lou

was talking about the horn players on it, Lutz Buechner and Joe “Jo” Gallardo, he really dug them and he told me we were going to do

something back up in the Cape for sure. I was very touched by his call and he had called me on my previous birthday last year, I got

all choked up when he told me that. Thanks a million Lou!

Jon

*WATCH THE VIDEO HERE: Lou Colombo Movie by Jon Hammond

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Lou Colombo and Jon Hammond – 02/23/2012

1978 Photo of Lou Colombo Band with Jon Hammond on B3 organ House Band at private club Wychmere Harbor Club in Harwich Port Cape Cod MA
L to R: Frank Shea drums, Lou Colombo trumpet, Jack Pena guitar, Jon Hammond B3 organ

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JkqBaFIAXn4

Jon Hammond here…I just came back from visiting my main man Lou Colombo the great trumpet player bandleader and former Pro Baseball player in Fort Myers Florida. I played on Lou’s band for 2.5 years in the late 70’s in house band at the Wychmere Harbor Club in Cape Cod. Lou is going strong happy to report, playing regularly at the restaurant of his daughter Sherri and son inlaw Marc Neeley – Roadhouse Cafe during winter months and in the summer he plays at his son David’s Roadhouse Cafe in Hyannis MA on Cape Cod. I schlepped my Hammond Sk1 organ all the way down there in hopes I could sit in with Lou for a couple of tunes but unfortunately that wasn’t possible, however I shot some video of Lou and his fine group, so enjoy the music and personality of Lou Colombo, one of the all-time greats on his instrument!
The musicians on Lou’s band here at Roadhouse Cafe are Nelson Foucht on trombone, F.L. “Woody” Brubaker piano and keyboard bass, Richard Iannuzzi drums and Gil DiBenedetto tenor saxophone and clarinet.
Plus a little bit of flashback audio from our gig in 1978 near the end some photos, old and new from just a few days ago. Enjoy folks! sincerely, Jon Hammond

*Note: Some Baseball Stats for Louis Colombo as a player – he played pro baseball until breaking ankle at age 24 –

Louis Colombo:
1953 Newport News Dodgers Statistics — Minor Leagues – Baseball …
www.baseball-reference.com › Minor Leagues › Teams
Affiliation: Brooklyn Dodgers-NL Manager: … 6, Louis Colombo*, 26, 123, 432, 134, 20, 1, 4 .310 .389, 168. 7,

1945 Brooklyn Dodgers Minor League Affiliations – Baseball …
www.baseball-reference.com › Minor Leagues › Affiliates
1945 Brooklyn Dodgers Minor League Affiliates. Other Years: 1944 ….. 49, Louis Colombo*, 18, NNW, B, 56, 213, 66, 12, 2, 3 .310 .427, 91. 50,

*Member Local 802 and Local 6 Musicans Union, a HammondCast http://www.HammondCast.com

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Lou Colombo Movie by Jon Hammond from Jon Hammond on Vimeo.
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This is my Hammond Sk1 Organ in GKPE-49-TSA Gator Flight Case after I finally got it back from Newark EWR Airport after flying with it to Fort Myers from San Francisco, then taking it to Lou’s gig at Roadhouse Cafe, flying to JFK but my organ went to Newark by mistake. It was supposed to be delivered but they never even left the airport with it, so I took a bus ride back out to New Jersey from Times Square and picked it up personally. You can see the big INSPECTED sticker that TSA plastered of my American Federation of Musicians Union sticker. 2 days later I flew with it to San Francisco for a gig and that’s where I am now with my Sk1 Hammond Organ.

Lou’s band in front of Roadhouse Cafe Fort Myers FL

L to R: F.L. “Woody” Brubaker piano and keyboard bass, Gil DiBenedetto tenor saxophone and clarinet, Lou Colombo trumpet vocals, Nelson Foucht trombone, Richard Iannuzzi drums – photo by Jon Hammond

Lou Colombo, Trumpet, Jazz, Roadhouse Cafe, Fort Myers FL, Brooklyn Dodgers, 1978, Wychmere Harbor Club, Local 802 Musicians Union

**Note: Lou Colombo and my neighbor Leo Ball (R.I.P.) also a fine trumpet player member of Local 802 were born on the same day in Brockton MA

*LISTEN TO AUDIO: HERE HammondCast 17 and Breaking News from Jon Hammond

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HammondCast 17, just back from Hamburg Germany where I recorded my new album, an official production of NDR Radio in Studio 1 with some of my all-time favorite musicians: Lutz Buchner (Sax), Joe Gallardo (Trombone), Heinz Lichius (Drums), myself-Jon Hammond (XK-3 Organ/Bass) and Engineer: Rudy Grosser in Studio 1 NDR Radio. I’ll be playing some selections rough mixes (not so rough actually!) as my Christmas gift to the listeners, and speaking of Christmas…from inside San Francisco County Jail #8 “Pod E”, a live recording of my trio’s annual Christmas Prison Show with the great tenor saxophonist Larry Schneider & Ronnie Smith Jr. on drums along with myself on keys playing the Christmas classic: “Have Yourself a Merry Christmas”. Every year I tell the ladies “And ya’ better be good!”
And from the Studio 1 NDR Sessions my original blues shuffle: No X-Cess Baggage Blues, some fine playing by Lutz on one of my favorite ballads: My One and Only Love and my theme song: “Late Rent”. Special thanks to Knut Benzner of NDR Radio for co-producing these recordings now heard on KYOU Radio, 1550 on the AM Dial.
Jon Hammond
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NDR SESSIONS Projekt

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Spotlight on Lou Colombo

*LISTEN TO AUDIO: HammondCast 202 Pt 2 Spotlight on Lou Colombo KYOU Radio

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HammondCast 202 KYOU Radio special edition with part 2 of recording from Wychmere Harbor Club when Jon played B3 organ on the Lou Colombo Band, the house band at Wychmere Harbor Club in Harwich Port Cape Cod MA. First backing up a feature dance duo with cha cha and then Emily waltz, Saturday Night Fever followed by the chaser ‘California Here I Come’, then Summertime, Hello Dolly medley, Bossa nova medley Watch What Happens in to Wave and then a cooking “In The Mood” taking it home with Jon’s “Lydia’s Tune” and some of Sidewinder © http://www.HammondCast.com

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*LISTEN TO AUDIO: HammondCast 201 KYOU Radio Spotlight on Lou Colombo Wychmere Harbor Club House Band

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HammondCast 201 KYOU Radio, today Jon Hammond puts the spotlight on LOU COLOMBO trumpet player band leader originally from Brockton MA, Jon played organ with Lou for 2.5 years on the house band at the exclusive Wychmere Harbor Club and Thompson’s Clam Bar in Harwich Port Cape Cod MA – a recently discovered recording from the bandstand with Lou Colombo, Jon Hammond on B3 organ, Frank Shea drums and 2 additional horns on a big Saturday night: “Meditation” medley with “Shadow of Your Smile”, “Honeysuckle Rose”, “Stars Fell On Alabama” medley with “Georgia”, “How Deep Is Your Love”, “Satin Doll” © http://www.jonhammondband.com 45 minutes

The articles reporting the sad and tragic death of Lou Louis Colombo that just appeared:

http://www.marcoislandflorida.com/article/20120304/NEWS0110/120304003/Massachusetts-man-killed-in-south-Fort-Myers-crash?odyssey=tab%7Cmostpopular%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE

Massachusetts man killed in south Fort Myers crash

An 84-year-old man from South Yarmouth, Massachusetts was killed late Saturday night in a vehicle crash at the intersection of McGregor Boulevard and Kapok Court in south Fort Myers.

Louis Colombo was killed when he turned west onto McGregor Boulevard, pulling out in front of a Jeep Wrangler heading north.

The Wrangler, driven by Hunter Blackburn, struck the left side of Colombo’s minivan and later hit a fire hydrant, cutting off water in the area for about three hours.

Blackburn, 52, was not injured.

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By Karen Jeffrey
kjeffrey@capecodonline.com
March 04, 2012
Lou Colombo, the heart beat of jazz on Cape Cod for more than half a century was killed late Saturday night in a car crash in Fort Myers, Fla.

According to the Fort Myers Press News, Colombo, 84, was killed when he turned onto McGregor Boulevard in Fort Myers, and was struck by a vehicle heading north.

Lou Colombo Movie on YouTube by Jon Hammond: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JkqBaFIAXn4

“Jon Hammond here…I just came back from visiting my main man Lou Colombo the great trumpet player bandleader and former Pro Baseball player in Fort Myers Florida. I played on Lou’s band for 2.5 years in the late 70’s in house band at the Wychmere Harbor Club in Cape Cod. Lou is going strong happy to report, playing regularly at the restaurant of his daughter Sherri and son inlaw Marc Neeley – Roadhouse Cafe during winter months and in the summer he plays at his son David’s Roadhouse Cafe in Hyannis MA on Cape Cod. I schlepped my Hammond Sk1 organ all the way down there in hopes I could sit in with Lou for a couple of tunes but unfortunately that wasn’t possible, however I shot some video of Lou and his fine group, so enjoy the music and personality of Lou Colombo, one of the all-time greats on his instrument!
The musicians on Lou’s band here at Roadhouse Cafe are Nelson Foucht on trombone, F.L. “Woody” Brubaker piano and keyboard bass, Richard Iannuzzi drums and Gil DiBenedetto tenor saxophone and clarinet.
Plus a little bit of flashback audio from our gig in 1978 near the end some photos, old and new from just a few days ago. Enjoy folks! sincerely, Jon Hammond
*Member Local 802 and Local 6 Musicans Union, a HammondCast”

On Blip TV: http://blip.tv/jon-hammond/lou-colombo-movie-by-jon-hammond-6000443

Friends say Colombo was returning to his winter home after a performance last night.

Born and raised in Brockton, Colombo began playing trumpet at age 12. He joined the military as a young man and had dreams of becoming a professional baseball player. He played for seven years, but a badly broken ankle forced his retirement from the Brooklyn Dodgers at the age of 24. Baseball’s loss became music’s gain.

Colombo played with some of the world’s great jazz musicians including Louis Armstrong and Dizzy Gillespie. He taught generations of musicians through his love of jazz, played performances in clubs, restaurants, schools and nursing homes on the Cape.

In a July 1988 interview with Eric Jackson on WGBH, Gillespie said of him, “Lou Colombo is what I would call a trumpet painter, he resolves. He starts playing and the notes keep going, but the chord keeps changing all the time. He’s a marvelous trumpet player.

“I went one night to hear him play. Boy, he asked me to play with him and I said ‘No- you got it Brother. I’m not going to jump into that hot water’. Lou’s pretty weird the way he plays because he plays with just one hand. He plays the valves with his right hand but doesn’t hold the horn with his left hand. This guy’s amazing. I’ve been preaching his name ever since that night I first heard him down on Cape Cod .”

Locally Colombo was renown as a teacher and generous performer who frequently asked young musicians to play with him, said Paul Nossiter, veteran jazz musician and long time friend of Colombo who makes his home on the Cape.

“He was a giant..an open-hearted, generous man and musician who loved his family, his friends, music and food,” Nossiter said. “This is a terrible loss for his family and friends, a real loss for Cape Cod.”

Read more in tomorrow’s Cape Cod Times

Tragic, greatest bandleader, Trumpet Player, Louis Colombo, Leo Ball, Fort Myers, South Yarmouth, Harwich Port, Tip O’neill, Jon Hammond, Musicians Union

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Lou Colombo killed *from Cape Cod Today Sea Street Blog

March 6, 2012

Lou Colombo killed *from Cape Cod Today Sea Street Blog

Original Article: http://www.capecodtoday.com/blogs/index.php?blog=125

Lou Colombo killed [Sea St.]

Dies in auto accident in Fort Myers
Lou Colombo on trumpet at the Wychmere Harbor Club. Photo used with the permission of Jon Hammond, organ on the right.Lou Colombo—Mr. Jazz on Cape Cod was killed Saturday night while exiting the parking lot at The Roadhouse Café on San Carlos Blvd. in Fort Myers, Florida.  
The Musical Director at The Roadhouse Café, Richie Iannuzzi, said that Lou had just played a set before leaving to meet his wife, Noel.  In addition to playing at The Roadhouse Café in Fort Myers, Lou also played at Pa Degennaro’s in Ft. Lauderdale. 
The Roadhouse Café in Fort Myers is owned by Sherri Colombo and her husband Marc Neeley.  It is a sister-club to the Roadhouse Café on South Street in Hyannis, Massachusetts, which is owned by David Colombo, Lou’s son, who is also the owner of Colombo’s on Main Street in Hyannis and The Black Cat Restaurant at Hyannis Harbor. 
Reporting on Lou’s death saddens me greatly.  Strangely enough, this very evening—Sunday—I was editing videotape of the last time I worked with Lou at Colombo’s.  The video will be in an up-coming Dave Rojay Show on Channel 17, Saturday night at 9:30. 
The only thing that can be said about Lou is that he was a great guy, a great friend, and a great trumpet player.  He played holding his trumpet up with his right hand and blowing out of the right side of his mouth.  As a trumpet player myself, I know how difficult this is; but Lou played with ease.  He knew all the standards ever written and played them with great feeling and a beautiful tone and he had a tremendous rapport with his audience—a faithful long-running audience that loved him, truly. 
I have so many memories of working with Lou going back many years in the past.  He has appeared in several of my TV programs and he was often at Channel 17 recording for Ivy Sinclair, a producer of jazz television. 
A couple of years ago, I played with Lou at the Roadhouse Café.  Footage of this will also be in the up-coming Dave Rojay Show.  Lou told me at the time that he was 82 years old and when I considered the strength and vitality of his playing, I was amazed. 
As I type this, I am in a state of shock.  A cremation for Lou is scheduled for Wednesday or Thursday in Florida with a Memorial Service to follow later on Cape Cod.  My wife and I send our condolences to the entire Colombo family. 
The last time I talked to Lou, we talked about a group picture of Cape Cod jazz artists scheduled for April.  This photo shoot organized by jazz drummer, Bart Weisman, was to duplicate the famous photo from the past of renowned jazz artists on the steps of a brownstone in New York.  No photo of the jazz artists of Cape Cod will be complete without Lou Colombo in the center. 
David Rojay
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HammondCast 202 The Jon Hammond Show audio from Jon’s radio show

January 3, 2012

*WATCH THE VIDEO HERE: HammondCast 202 The Jon Hammond Show audio from Jon’s radio show

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HammondCast 202 The Jon Hammond Show audio from Jon Hammond’s radio program special retrospective with audio from a recording he made while on the house band led by Lou Colombo at The Wychmere Harbor Club in Harwich Port Cape Cod MA in 1978. Jon made the recording with his Nakamichi 550 tape deck, it is a remarkable recording of the Lou Colombo Band which played nightly for luminaries such as Speaker of The House Tip O’Neill for all his private parties and the Kennedy Clan. Visuals from Jon Hammond Show long-running cable access TV program in New York City personally shot by Mr. Hammond with Video by LORI special graphics and FX. Kick back and enjoy! http://www.HammondCast.com
For full audio of HammondCast 202:
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HammondCast 202 KYOU Radio special edition with part 2 of recording from Wychmere Harbor Club when Jon played B3 organ on the Lou Colombo Band, the house band at Wychmere Harbor Club in Harwich Port Cape Cod MA. First backing up a feature dance duo with cha cha and then Emily waltz, Saturday Night Fever followed by the chaser ‘California Here I Come’, then Summertime, Hello Dolly medley, Bossa nova medley Watch What Happens in to Wave and then a cooking “In The Mood” taking it home with Jon’s “Lydia’s Tune” and some of Sidewinder – ©JH INTL

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*LISTEN TO AUDIO: HammondCast 202 Pt 2 Spotlight on Lou Colombo KYOU Radio

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HammondCast 202 KYOU Radio special edition with part 2 of recording from Wychmere Harbor Club when Jon played B3 organ on the Lou Colombo Band, the house band at Wychmere Harbor Club in Harwich Port Cape Cod MA. First backing up a feature dance duo with cha cha and then Emily waltz, Saturday Night Fever followed by the chaser ‘California Here I Come’, then Summertime, Hello Dolly medley, Bossa nova medley Watch What Happens in to Wave and then a cooking “In The Mood” taking it home with Jon’s “Lydia’s Tune” and some of Sidewinder © http://www.HammondCast.com

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Lou Colombo, Jon Hammond, Wychmere Harbor Club, Tip O’Neill, Harwich Port, Jazz, Cape Cod. Artie Shaw, B3 organ, Society Music, Kennedy Clan, Trumpet, Professional Baseball, Golf, KYOU Radio

*WATCH THE VIDEO HERE: James and Wess Bitter End Blues on Blip Dot TV FEED

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Ray Grappone, Joe Berger, Todd Anderson, Jon Hammond

Jon Hammond Band Late Set Showcase at The Bitter End Cafe kicking it off with James and Wes featuring Todd Anderson tenor saxophone, Joe Berger guitar, Ray Grappone drums, Jon Hammond at the new Hammond Sk1 organ as seen on Cable TV! The Jon Hammond Show is in it’s 28th year – original musicians from the recording sessions which happened in 1983 in Intergalactic Studios the same studio where John Lennon did his last recordings. Jon Hammond is now playing the incredible New Hammond Sk1 organ designed by Jon’s friends at Suzuki Musical Instruments in Hamamatsu Japan. Swinging Funky Jazz and Blues. All 4 members of The Jon Hammond Band are members of Local 802 Musicians Union American Federation of Musicians New York City, congratulations Local 802 on 90th Birthday! *Note: This performance was streamed live on the world wide web, special thanks to John Acer and Clifford Schwartz of NuMuBu in Montreal Canada for the broadcast report. http://www.jonhammondband.com/ Jon Hammond Band Local 802 Musicians Union Sk1 Organ Suzuki Musical Instruments Swinging Jazz Blues — with Jon Hammond Band, Jon Hammond Organ Group, Joe Berger and Todd Anderson at The Bitter End. Category: Music James Wes Jon Hammond Band Local 802 Musicians Union Sk1 Organ Suzuki Musical Instruments Blues Jazz Bitter End Cafe

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*WATCH THE VIDEO HERE: The Jon Hammond Show on MNN TV from Jon Hammond Archives

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JON HAMMOND Show MNN TV this classic clip includes Jon’s signature tune “Late Rent” with Video by LORI with Jon’s studio band Steve Ferrone drums, Barry Finnerty guitar, Todd Anderson sax and Jon Hammond at B3 organ. When I Fall In Love in Jazzkeller Frankfurt with Tony Lakatos tenor sax, Giovanni Gulino drums, Joe Berger guitar, Jon Hammond at XK-1 organ and Introduction Pocket Funk annual Musikmesse Warm Up Party © http://www.HammondCast.com as seen on MNN TV

*WATCH THE VIDEO HERE: Lydia’s Tune by Jon Hammond Band Live In The Bitter End Cafe

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Jon Hammond Band YouTube Channel: Lydia’s Tune by Jon Hammond Band Live In The Bitter End Cafe

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Jon Hammond Band playing Jon’s composition Lydia’s Tune as seen on his long-running cable TV show The Jon Hammond Show live at The Bitter End cafe in Greenwich Village New York. Special late show with some of the original musicians from the recording which happened in 1983 in Intergalactic Studios the same studio where John Lennon did his last recordings. On tenor saxophone Todd Anderson who was Jon’s Arranging and Composition teacher in 1973 at Berklee College of Music, Ray Grappone drums who played on the Sidewinder track from Late Rent album first release as heard on WNEW AM 1130 Al Jazzbo Collins radio program, Joe Berger guitar, long-time co-producer engineer guitarist and Jon Hammond playing the incredible New Hammond Sk1 organ designed by Jon’s friends at Suzuki Musical Instruments in Hamamatsu Japan. Swinging Funky Jazz and Blues. All 4 members of The Jon Hammond Band are members of Local 802 Musicians Union American Federation of Musicians New York City, congratulations 802 on 90th Birthday! *Note: This performance was streamed live on the world wide web, special thanks to John Acer and Clifford Schwartz of NuMuBu in Montreal Canada for the broadcast report. http://www.jonhammondband.com

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LIVE in The Bitter End http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Bitter_End

The Bitter End is a nightclub in New York City’s Greenwich Village. It opened its doors in 1961 at 147 Bleecker Street under the auspices of owner Fred Weintraub. The club changed its name to The Other End during the 1970s. However eventually after a few years the owners changed the club’s name back to the more recognizable Bitter End.

History

An earlier club, “The Cock and Bull” operated on the same premises with the same format, in the late 1950s. The poet/comedian Hugh Romney (who later became known as Wavy Gravy) read there.
During the early 1960s the club hosted Folk music “hootenanies” every Tuesday night, featuring many performers who have since become legendary. During its heyday the Bitter End showcased a wide range of talented and legendary musicians, comedians, and theatrical performers.[1]
In 1968 Paul Colby, who began his career as a song plugger for Benny Goodman’s publishing company, and went on to work for Frank Sinatra, Duke Ellington, and Guy Lombardo, became the manager and booking agent at The Bitter End, and in 1974 he purchased it.[2][3]
In the mid 1970s, the club became known as the birthplace of Bob Dylans Rolling Thunder Revue, which featured such names as Joni Mitchell, Roger McGuinn, Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, Joan Baez, T-Bone Burnett, Ronee Blakely, Mick Ronson, and many other guest stars.
The City of New York bestowed landmark status to the night club on July 23, 1992.

Pete Fogel Le Bar Bat The Bitter End Steely Dan, John Entwistle, Zak Starkey, Doran Gray, Frankfurt Musikmesse, NAMM, Music China, Moscow Jazz, Late Rent, Pocket Funk,
Ronnie Smith Jr., Stephen Ferrone, Bernard Purdie The Hit Maker

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1. Late Rent Listen
2. Original Announcement from Jon Hammond Show Listen
3. Pocket Funk Listen
4. Lydia’s Tune Listen
5. The Sidewinder Listen
6. Announcement by al “Jazzbeaux” Collins Listen
7. Head Phone Listen
8. White Onions Listen
9. Party Is Forbidden Here Listen
10. Get Back in the Groove Listen
11. White Onions [Live] Listen
12. Head Phone [Live] Listen
13. Afn Announcement #1 Listen
14. Nu Funk (Hip Hot Chitlins) [Live] Listen
15. Afn Announcement #2

This is a re-issue of Jon’s 1995 European release “Late Rent.” Never before available in the U.S., it contains a collection of recordings featuring Bernard Purdie and Steve Ferrone on drums, as well as Todd Anderson and Alex Foster on sax, Barry Finnerty and Graham Hawthorne, Ray Grappone, Jim Preston and Chuggy Carter. The record is a swinging and funky compilation of original tracks written by Jon Hammond, as well as some anecdotal asides and a guest appearance by Jazzbeaux Collins. Lots of great solos and organ sounds as well as melodies and groove.

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Hammond’s Bolero
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1
Payphone Johnny
Ndr Sessions Projekt
7:02

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The More I See You
Ndr Sessions Projekt
5:00

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Our Day Will Come
Ndr Sessions Projekt
5:19

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4
No X-Cess Baggage Blues
Ndr Sessions Projekt
5:14

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5
Easy Living
Ndr Sessions Projekt
6:33

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6
Besame Mucho
Ndr Sessions Projekt
6:02

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7
Polka Dots and Moonbeams
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Blues in the Night
Ndr Sessions Projekt
5:54
9
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10
Theme from Black Orpheus
Ndr Sessions Projekt
7:36

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11
Satin Doll
Ndr Sessions Projekt
6:15

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12
My One and Only Love
Ndr Sessions Projekt
6:19

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13
Late Rent – Live
LATE RENT
9:02

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Nu Funk (Hip Hop Chitlins) – Live
LATE RENT
4:57

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15
AFN Announcement 1
LATE RENT
0:47

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16
Head Phone – Live
LATE RENT
3:08

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17
Get Back In the Groove
LATE RENT
2:06

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18
Party Is Forbidden Here
LATE RENT
5:27

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19
White Onions
LATE RENT
5:23

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20
Head Phone
LATE RENT
7:40

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21
Announcement By Al Jazzbeaux Collins
LATE RENT
1:03

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22
The Sidewinder
LATE RENT
7:22

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23
Lydia’s Tune
LATE RENT
4:29

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24
Pocket Funk
LATE RENT
6:00

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25
Original Announcement from Jon Hammond Show
LATE RENT
0:46

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Spotlight On Lou Colombo Band Special HammondCast Streaming KYOU Radio CBS Network

February 25, 2011

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HammondCast 202
HammondCast 202 KYOU Radio special edition with part 2 of recording from Wychmere Harbor Club when Jon played B3 organ on the Lou Colombo Band, the house band at Wychmere Harbor Club in Harwich Port Cape Cod MA. First backing up a feature dance duo with cha cha and then Emily waltz, Saturday Night Fever followed by the chaser ‘California Here I Come’, then Summertime, Hello Dolly medley, Bossa nova medley Watch What Happens in to Wave and then a cooking “In The Mood” taking it home with Jon’s “Lydia’s Tune” and some of Sidewinder � http://www.HammondCast.com 45 minutes
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HammondCast 179 KYOU Radio broadcasting today from Emeryville CA by Pixar Studios. Music from a 1999 concert in Kuumbwa Jazz Center to a full house, it was broadcasted on Pete Fallico’s show on KUSP-Santa Cruz CA. JON HAMMOND Trio playing “James and Wess” and “Have YOU Met Miss Jones”. From NDR SESSIONS: “I Remember YOU”. From Fillmore Concert June 4, 1999 on the bill with Sons of Champlin, Jon’s trio doing “Hip Hop Chitlins” (it only took me 35 years to get this gig!). Al Jazzbeaux Collins as “Sonny Cool” interviewed by Steve Allen from Jon’s Archives. ©Details and past shows available at:
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Sep 17, ’09, 3:51 PM
HammondCast 178 with live show from previous night at NYC’s Cutting Room, Saxophonist Todd Anderson re-joining Jon’s band along with Uwe Petersen-drms. & Joe Berger-gtr. 2 tracks from Sourdough Slim’s new album “Vaudeville Cowboy” on Roundup Records http://www.sourdoughslim.com Also 2 tracks from Jon Paris’ album “Blue Planet” ex-Johnny Winter alum gets down on HammondCast © http://www.HammondCast.com 45 minutes

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Aug 31, ’09, 8:56 AM
HammondCast 177 KYOU Radio special guest JUNIOR MANCE interview with Jon Hammond at Cafe’ Loup NYC “For Dancers Only” from Junior Mance Trio album “Live at Cafe’ Loup” © http://www.HammondCast.com 45 minutes

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Aug 10, ’09, 12:44 PM
HammondCast 176 KYOU Radio in studio with Chris Cortez and Al Jazzbeaux Collins and special guest Ben Koning “Echo of The Future” A Tale of Sunnyvale © http://www.HammondCast.com 45 minutes

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Jul 10, ’09, 11:40 AM
HammondCast 175 KYOU Radio special guest JOE FRANKLIN interview with Jon Hammond speaking about TONY CURTIS, MICKEY ROONEY “Blackout Over Broadway”, ANITA O”DAY “Fly Me To The Moon” & “Honeysuckle Rose”, JON HAMMOND Band “Satin Doll” ©Details and past shows available at:
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Jun 22, ’09, 4:06 AM
HammondCast 174 KYOURADIO with special guest TOOD BRYANT WEEKS, Jazz Rep at Local 802 Musicians Union and Author, HOT LIPS PAGE “When the Saints Go Marching In” “St. Louis Blues” “How Come You Do Me Like You Do” AL JAZZBEAUX COLLINS and JON HAMMOND “Little Red Riding Hood”Details and past shows available at:
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Jun 8, ’09, 8:11 AM
HammondCast 173 KYOURADIO music from RODNEY STEPP “N’ Da Mornin'”, TONI HILL “”Vibe Out”, Live EDDIE MONEY “You Don’t Know Me” and interview, ZAKIYA HOOKER “”Cold Cold Feeling”, JACK TEMPCHIN “Couch Rider”, JON HAMMOND “Pocket Funk” © http://www.HammondCast.com 45 minutesDetails and past shows available at:
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May 14, ’09, 11:22 AM
HammondCast 172 KYOURADIO ASCAP “I Create Music Expo” spcl. #2 with PAUL WILLIAMS “Rainy Days & Mondays”, “You and Me Against The World”, “Evergreen”, “Love Boat”, SEIDAH GARRETT “Man In The Mirror”, ALEJANDRO LERNER, CRAIG WISEMAN more info:Details and past shows available at:
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SIDEWINDER-JON HAMMOND Band w/BERNARD PURDIE drums 1989

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This outstanding 1989 film clip captures the excitement and up-close look at the very-first pairing up of organist JON HAMMOND’S combo http://www.jonhammondband.com/news.html with studio drummer BERNARD PURDIE playing the Lee Morgan classic “SIDEWINDER” including solo by Bernard. Bernard’s 2 children were in the house that night along with musicians including HUGH MASAKELA at MIKELL’S on Columbus & W.97th St. which was the traditional “musicians hang” in those days. Jon broke out his mint 1959 Hammond B3 for the occasion, enjoy! *More Info: http://www.HammondCast.com Musicians: JON HAMMOND-B3 organ, ALEX FOSTER-sax, BARRY FINNERTY-gtr., CHUGGY CARTER-perc., BERNARD PURDIE-drums camera: JOE BERGER

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HammondCast 201 KYOU Radio Spotlight on Lou Colombo Wychmere Harbor Club House Band

February 15, 2011

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HammondCast 201 KYOU Radio, today Jon Hammond puts the spotlight on LOU COLOMBO trumpet player band leader originally from Brockton MA, Jon played organ with Lou for 2.5 years on the house band at the exclusive Wychmere Harbor Club and Thompson’s Clam Bar in Harwich Port Cape Cod MA – a recently discovered recording from the bandstand with Lou Colombo, Jon Hammond on B3 organ, Frank Shea drums and 2 additional horns on a big Saturday night: “Meditation” medley with “Shadow of Your Smile”, “Honeysuckle Rose”, “Stars Fell On Alabama” medley with “Georgia”, “How Deep Is Your Love”, “Satin Doll” © http://www.jonhammondband.com 45 minutes

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JAZZ MAN

August 14, 2010

JAZZ MAN

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*cover article from Manhattan Plaza News June 2003

by Maria Ciaccia
photos by Teddy Fung
JON HAMMOND Jazz Man

Jon Hammond’s story is one of survival. Survival as a jazz musician, survival as a Manhattanite. The organist-accordionist has survived because of perseverance, love of his art, tremendous humor, and gratitude. His new independently produced and marketed CD, HAMMOND’S BOLERO, which contains only music written by Hammond, is both a statement and a tribute. As his CD notes begin, “This record marks a new beginning for me, and I would like to dedicate it to all those who, like myself, are striking out on their own and going it alone. Don’t be afraid to follow your dreams. I did and now this record is for you!” Following his dream at times has not been easy.

Take his living situation. Hammond is fairly new to Manhattan Plaza—a resident for just two years—and like everything else involving this multitalented man, there’s an interesting story attached. “I’m living under a lucky star after years of putting up with all kinds of adverse conditions. Manhattan Plaza has been a great, great help for me.” Living in the Clinton area, Hammond survived six ceiling collapses in his apartment and was finally driven out by sick building syndrome, i.e. poisonous mold in the walls. He realized it only after watching an epsode of 60 MINUTES. Did he sue? “No,” he says. “Put it this way—the title song for my TV show is called ‘Late Rent.’ I used to pay my landlord partial payments, etc. so I never sued.”

As a further testament to his Manhattan survival, Hammond is a nineteen-year-veteran of cable access with his own television show, aptly titled THE JON HAMMOND SHOW. Manhattan Plaza residents Todd Anderson (tenor sax) and Bill Warfield (trumpet) have been featured as part of the band. the show airs on Monday at 9:30 p.m. on channels 56 and 108 and various times on other channels. For more information, viewers can check Hammond’s website, http://community.webtv.net/laterent/JONHAMMOND

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But before the glamour of Manhattan, CD’s, opening for Bonnie Raitt, and some other high-class gigs, Hammond paid his dues. Attending the Berklee college of Music in Boston in 1973, he earned money on the wild side. “I used to play in these Mafia striptease clubs seven nights a week. Boy, that was the end of an era. I was working for the Venus brothers, notorious gangsters, and I was the house organist at the infamous 2 O’Clock Lounge, the Mousetrap Lounge, The Hungry I—all these clubs that were in what was known as the Combat Zone in Boston.”

And how did he get to New York? “Well, I knew a stripper named Didi Bangbang, a really nice girl. She knew I had a van. When you have a van, you get some interesting calls. She had a show at this burlesque club in New York so she said, ‘Drive me and I’ll introduce you to New York.’ This was in 1975. She had wild props, like a plexiglass round platform with disco lights inside of it. We loaded everything in this army green van and drove to New York.”

From New York, Hammond went on the road with a show band called Easy Living “It was one of the top show bands—this was before disco—and you’d get on the different circuits. We were in the $10,000-a-week bracket.”

Just one problem. “I get the call for a really great gig, but it’s always at the end. When you see me show up, it’s a doomsday situation. The band toured for six months. We were in Toronto working at the Four Seasons Inn on the Park, one of the nicest hotels I’ve ever been in in my life. I was living like a king. I thought I’d died and gone to heaven. Well, they had installed a DJ booth—the first place we ever played with one installed. He played on our breaks. They would cross-fade, meaning we would re-enter playing the music he had been playing. But I could see the handwriting on the wall. The disco thing had not really come in and taken over yet—the very first tune that was a big disco hit was “The Hustle.” “We had to do it with the band. That tune was like the death knell. Disco came in and the bands went out.”

A musician’s life involves a lot of travel, and that Hammond has done—back and forth throughout North America, from New York, Boston, Los Angeles, Cape Cod, and Toronto. “Around 1977, I ended up in Boston again. There I heard through the grapevine that Lou Colombo, the trumpet player, was looking for an organist for a private harbor club in Harwichport, Massachussets. Another great job. One of the members was Tip O’Neil, who became Speaker of the House, and I played all of his private parties. He was always very nice. That lasted for two years and then they reduced the nights.”

In September 1981, Hammond fulfilled his dream of a lifetime—traveling to Paris on the Concorde. “I lived it out exactly as I saw it in my dream.” Hammond recalls. “I had a haircut. I bought a dark blue suit. I bought a case that I still travel with today. Every man was wearing the same suit I was. As soon as the plane took off, I realized I was leaving the continent for the first time and I got very emotional.”

Hammond stayed in Paris “as long as I could. I wrote music there. It was more than I hoped it would be. I swore I’d come back to live. I ended up in Europe for six years, actually in Frankfurt, going back and forth to the States, from 1991 to 1997.” For being a consultant on the design, Suzuki gave him an XB-2 Hammond organ, which was a big help to him.

A career change occurred when he and his band were hired to play at the Jazzkeller in Frankfurt. “I went on a TV show to promote it,” he recalls, “Later on, I took a cab to the club and there was a huge commotion outside. I thought it was due to a group playing an earlier set. I said to the cab driver, ‘Gee, I hope they finish soon.’ the driver said, “They’re waiting for you.;” Though Hammond did very well in Europe, including a concert on Radio France, a trade war soon found american jazz musicians being cut out of European work. “I came home on Pakistan Airlines” the former Concorde passenger remembers. Hammond is used to the roller coaster ride of the musician—one day on tour with Percy Sledge, the next day coming home from France with $50.

Hammond recently returned from successful concerts in Germany at the International Trade show “Musikmesse” for the seventeenth consecutive year with his co-producer Joe Berger, of Ham-Berger-Friz Records, the producer of the CD. You got it. Hamburger/fries. Hammond’s CD is currently getting radio play in Germany and National Public Radio stations in the U.S. Several manhattan Plaza residents are involved in the CD. On April 28, he had a launch party at Le Bar Bat.

Though only occasionally veering outside of the music world, Hammond did something unusual in 2001. “My mother called me and said, ‘Jon, they’re hiring at United Airlines.’ I thought, what can it hurt to please my mother, I”ll apply. I did get an offer but I was unable to take it because it involved transporting luggage, and I couldn’t do it because of my bad back. However, they then found out that I speak German. I was offered a better job in International. Now guess when I was supposed to start training? October 2001. Well, you know what happened to the airlines after 9/11, and you know what I said about getting a gig at the death knell. So this told me one thing, I’m supposed to be a musician.” He’s right.

*Update: Hammond in Moscow! *story: with pictures: http://community.webtv.net/GoldenPenMan/BLUESINTHEMOSCOW

BLUES IN THE MOSCOW WHITE NIGHTS by organist Jon Hammond (USA)

Tenor saxophonist IGOR BUTMAN & organist JON HAMMOND

Backstage at Le Club jazz club in Moscow with Igor and Jon beaming after first successful concerts in Russia together!

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Jazz Quad article: “Blues In The Moscow White Nights”

The story of my first concerts in Russia with Igor Butman (sax), Eduard Zizak (drums) by organist Jon Hammond (USA) for Jazz Quad

Coming to Russia to play in concert together with Igor Butman and Eduard Zizak recently, was one of the greatest experiences in my life/career! I was highly anticipating this journey for many reasons. First of all since my family originally came from Russia and Latvia many years ago, I had heard so many stories as a young child about the land and people I was about to visit. My grandparents were never able to return to Russia but when I arrived it felt like I was coming home.

From the beginning of my preparations I could see that this was not going to be any ordinary music tour! From obtaining visas it was apparent that the procedure was slightly different. I traveled with my girlfriend Jennifer on British Airways departing JFK to London and then from there we changed planes to Moscow. Upon arriving at Moscow SVO airport we quickly found ourselves among 20 persons who arrived with no baggage. There was nobody there to speak in English with from BA, so we had an interesting conversation and procedure with the official Lost and Found desk there and filled out the Baggage Irregularity Report papers. Leaving the customs area without our baggage we were very happy when we stepped out and saw a nice man holding a big Jon Hammond poster. We knew this was our man!
Luckily we came 2 days before the concerts and our bags were finally found and delivered to our hotel the next day.
Marat Garipov, the gentleman who came to pick us up, is one of Igor Butman’s managers. Very nice guy and we had a great time speaking with him on the drive in to Moscow about his daughters and many shared interests. The traffic was very heavy coming in and it took about 1 1/2 hours to come in to Moscow, but we got a great first look at beautiful Moscow! What an incredible city…to me it looks like the Magic Kingdom that Walt Disney tried to recreate, only many of the buildings were built hundreds of years ago! Fantastic architecture.
When we checked in to the hotel, first we had to surrender our passports for some sort of official process. When we came up to our room on the 10th floor we found that we had a spectacular view of Red Square right outside our windows! The view was absolutely magnificent. Because it was the 3rd week of June, the days are the longest of the year and known as the White Nights. 10 at night looked like bright daylight! My first night I spent making many calls to trace our baggage and see about getting our passports back while my girlfriend slept. Finally back in posesssion of my instruments and our passports I was then very relieved and could really start enjoying the fact that I was really in Moscow!

The night before my first concert at Le Club, we were guests to attend the concert of bassist Alex Rostotsky and his fine group. We had a very enjoyable time dining and listening to Alex’s music and got to meet him and his musicians later in the evening. We also had the pleasure of meeting Faina Antonova who is Igor’s manager and also managing Le Club. She is very nice and took great care in arranging every detail of our stay in Moscow. I knew right away that we were in care of special angels. After a wonderful dinner/show and cappucinos at Le Club, Faina personally drove us back to our hotel, the famous Rossiya by Red Square. I was very tired by this point so I slept like a rock.

The next day was the big Friday of our first show. Most of the day I stayed in the room practicing my instrument and looking out at Red Square. Jennifer and I wanted to get to the club early so that we could get a sound check and settle in. Faina picked us up and we stuffed my organ and all our equipment in her compact car and off we went to Le Club in the Taganka Theatre Building.
When we arrived the big friendly doormen picked up my heavy cases like they were toothpicks and brought them up the stairs for me! Vladimir the sound engineer for the club was very smooth and professional, and a very nice guy. We got a good sound on the organ and then came Eduard Zizak the great drummer! I had already met Eduard in New York the week before when he was there performing with Igor’s quartet at Birdland. Eduard is an incredible drummer and also a very nice guy. We made a little soundcheck and right away I could tell that he had listened to my music and we would lock up with some very tight grooves…no problem!
But where was Igor? I was hoping for a little mini-rehearsel with Igor but when I saw the public coming in to have dinner I knew it was too late for that! Igor arrived with his entourage and it was great to see him…he told me not to worry and apologised for not coming earlier. Igor is in big demand with a very busy schedule, so I am very lucky and honored that he could take the time to perform with me together even as his new cd album “Prophecy” was just released on the Universal Label.
We had time only for a 5 minute soundcheck and I showed Igor my book. This was going to be a very spontaneous performance, no doubt about it!
We decided to record it, and Vladimir did a fantastic job on the recording on their new digital recording console that they had just brought back from New York.
From the first notes I knew that this would be one of those magic nights I would never forget. The response from the audience was wonderful. I could only say in Russsian, “Ya LuBlu Vas”…which means, I love you all. And when I said the words to the people I got a great feeling back from them. First set was just fine and then on the break I was introduced to many press people and some fantastic local musicians. I was very honored that they all came to greet me. And then Igor proudly introduced me to 2 of the legendary jazz musicians of Moscow-accordionist Vladimir Danilin and guitarist Alexei Kuznezov. They said they had their instruments in the car and so yes we decided right away to make a live session together.
It was incredible from the first song on the 2nd set, playing together with these fantastic Moscow musicians! It felt like we had been playing together for 20 years. These musicians are some of the greatest I have ever heard and played together with. The audience was loving every bit of it, just as much as I! I was so happy that Vladimir was getting it all on tape and Jennifer was also running the video machine and taking pictures also. By the end of the night I was very satisfied with how everything went. Igor personally drove Jennifer and I back to the hotel in his nice car with fantastic sound system.
Great night!

The next day we got a nice tour from our friends Eva Steiner and her nice husband Leo from the Austrian Embassy. We ended the afternoon by having lunch in the Rossiya and I got to have my first excellent bowl of Borscht!
I excused myself afterwards to take a nap as I was quite tired and knew it would be another big night at Le Club. I had a refreshing sleep and then I must say that the shower at the Rossiya is the best shower I have ever had in my life! The shower head resembles a little Sputnick! The water comes out full force…no water saving there at the Rossiya. Wonderful.
This time when Faina picked us up we didn’t have the organ with us. For the first time I left my instrument in the club because I could see the security there is excellent, 24 hours.
Already there were journalists at the club to meet. I was very happy to meet Cyril Moshkow. We had many e mails before coming and he is a very nice guy also and very serious jazz journalist. He is the president of the Russian Jazz Journalist organization. We had a nice conversation and Cyril took some pictures of the concert for his website. Also we met Igor Moskvichev from Russian “Hit Parade” magazine and Mr. Kumalo from the South African Embassy.

Jon Hammond with South African Minister-Counsellor Mpendulo Kumalo

foto by Jennifer Frizzell 

Igor Butman, Eduard Zizak, Jon Hammond

Igor, Eduard and Jon in concert at Le Club jazz club, Moscow June 22, 2003
foto courtesy of Igor Moskvichev 

The Journey Home to USA from Moscow

After the 2nd successful night playing in trio with Igor and Eduard, we sadly said our goodbyes. But we are very excited about Igor coming to New York with his entire 18 piece bigband to perform in concert with Wynton Marsalis and Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra in September!
Igor sent us back to the hotel in care of one of his professional security men. We were very happy and relaxed with no fears in the Moscow night as we sped through the streets in a taxicab back to the Rossiya.
The following day we had a chance to do a little more shopping for souveniers and pack all the bags for our trip back to New York JFK.
Checking out from the hotel the reception people were very friendly and asked me to autograph my new cd “Hammond’s Bolero” for them *link: www.cdbaby.com/hammond they called me Jazz Man. We enjoyed our stay there very much!

It was a wonderful experience from beginning to end. I am happy that we have professional recordings of the concerts with Igor, Eduard and our special guest musicians Vladimir Danilin and Alexei Kuznezov. We are talking about creating a live cd release from the concerts at Le Club.
As they say, we came to “Celebrate the diplomatic power of jazz” with ™ “Blues In The Moscow White Nights”!

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*special thanks to Igor Butman and Faina Antonova and Le Club team Moscow.

Jon Hammond tries on a Russian hat at GUM

We went shopping in the famous GUM department store complex. Here I tried on a typical Russian fur hat. It is very warm in the summer! But good for winter I am sure. 

Jon Hammond standing at the Le Club marquis

We were very happy to find Le Club by Metro on our first full day in Moscow, and there I am standing by the poster for my concerts there with Igor and Eduard! 

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Moscow White Nights…view outside our hotel window

This stunning view of Red Square from our hotel room window gave me the inspiration for the title “Blues In The Moscow White Nights” (like Blues in the Night) we played the song live on the Le Club sessions! 

Igor Butman & Gary Walker at WBGO

Very early on morning of Fri. March 5th, 2004 Igor and I met at Port Authority Bus Station and took the bus out to WBGO radio in Newark NJ. I was assigned to the task by Gary to bring Igor in time for a broadcast interview that morning. Gary was my initial connection to Igor so they are old buddies as you can see in this photo I shot outside of WBGO at 54 Park Place in Newark. I’ll be returning to Moscow to play with Igor again this coming July. 

Jon Hammond and Igor Butman on Russian TV

Igor translates for Jon on Russian television as he speaks about how it is to be in Russia performing with Igor Butman. The power of the universal language of music has brought it all together, and Jon is explaining his wish to dedicate original composition “Soon I Will Be Free” to the peoples of Russia and the former USSR. 

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