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Summer of Love 50th People Gathered in Support of Boots Hughston Park Permit Hearing Which was Denied Flashback to 40th from Jon Hammond

February 17, 2017

San Francisco CA — Summer of Love 50th People Gathered in Support of Boots Hughston Park Permit Hearing Which was Denied Flashback to 40th from Jon Hammond

Photo credit Chris Smith – L to R
Jon Hammond, Donny Baldwin, David Freiberg (Jefferson Starship) earlier today at San Francisco City Hall

#WATCHMOVIE HERE: Summer of Love 50th People Gathered in Support of Boots Hughston Park Permit Hearing Which was Denied Flashback to 40th from Jon Hammond

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West Fest Celebration of 40th Anniversary of Woodstock free concert in Speedway Meadows Golden Gate Park Oct. 25, 2009 covered by Jon Hammond HammondCast KYOU Radio releasing of the doves, Jefferson Starship, Lester Chambers, El Chicano, Paul Lobster Wells, Bruce Lattimer shots by Mr. Hammond backstage and from crowd going to #29 bus ©JON HAMMOND Intl. – special thanks Boots Hughston, Terence Hallinan

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Wow…Rock Historic Photo from Chris Smith this morning folks!:

“Chris Smith Donny speaks! He actually had no idea they were going to ask him to speak. He totally improvised and hit it out of the park. Go Donny! Peace and love! ❤️ (Donny Baldwin)”

San Francisco City Hall​ — 50th Anniversary Summer of Love​ of Love Support for Boots Hughston​ permit hearing – Jefferson Starship​’s Donny Baldwin​, David Freiberg​ , Chris Smith​ keyboards for Starship – photo: Jon Hammond​

– if all goes smooth we’ll see ya’ June 4th in Golden Gate Park for the big gig folks!
“Summer of Love Event Permit Hearing Open to Public 10am February 16th in Room 416 San Francisco City Hall, show up! Jon Hammond c u there”

Photo by Lawrence Gay — Jon Hammond​

Tomorrow folks!
50th Anniversary Summer of Love​ Event Permit Hearing Open to Public 10am February 16th in Room 416 San Francisco City Hall, show up! Jon Hammond c u there
Summer of Love Event Permit Hearing Open to Public 10am February 16th in Room 416 San Francisco City Hall, show up! c u there, Jon Hammond

Breaking News By Sam Whiting folks / SFGATE

Park Commission says no to Summer of Love anniversary concert
By Sam Whiting, San Francisco ChronicleFebruary 16, 2017 Updated: February 16, 2017 7:02pm

Julius Karpen, who was the manager for Big Brother and the Holding Company, speaks at a rally by supporters of a proposed Summer of Love concert on the steps of City Hall in San Francisco, Calif. on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 before attending a meeting of the Recreation and Park Commission to appeal a decision to deny a 50th anniversary concert in Golden Gate Park. Photo: Paul Chinn, The Chronicle:

A City Hall rally followed by two hours of impassioned testimony that included a man on his knees begging and a sing-along to “Give Peace a Chance” failed to convince the San Francisco Recreation and Park Commission that it should allow a free 50th anniversary Summer of Love concert in Golden Gate Park.

By a unanimous vote Thursday, the commission upheld a staff decision to deny promoter Boots Hughston a permit for his planned June 4 event at the Polo Field in Golden Gate Park.

Because of concerns over public safety, traffic, lack of organization and a wildly fluctuating crowd-size estimate, Hughston was advised to find a partner with more concert promotion experience and submit a new application. This almost certainly means a free concert will not happen during the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love, he said.

“We’ve given them everything already, but I’m willing to do it again,” Hughston said after the vote. He promised to resubmit an application, “but I don’t see what difference that will make.”

Hughston said he has spent nine months on the event and planned to pay the $200,000 cost out of pocket. Because he had put on a 40th anniversary Summer of Love celebration in the park, he believed his permit probably would be granted and announced the concert a few weeks ago. Performers were to include Eric Burdon and War, and the original rhythm section of the Santana Blues Band.

But his permit application had not been approved, and on Feb. 7 Rec and Park sent Hughston a terse rejection letter.

Turns out the bands were no more agreeable than Rec and Park.

Michael Carabello, conga drummer with the original Santana band, read about the show in The Chronicle and called to say, “This is the first I’ve heard of it.”

On Facebook, Burdon’s wife and manager, Marianna Burdon, wrote: “This world is full of deluded characters spreading false information for their own opportunistic purposes. … Eric was never confirmed, as I declined the appearance immediately and the fact is, War was never even mentioned in our discussion.”

But Hughston had another Eric up his sleeve: Clapton. His name was bandied about, along with the Dalai Lama, at Thursday’s hearing.

The day had started with great promise. After the rain, about 100 flower children — yes, they still exist — carried placards to the steps of City Hall.

After a rally, they checked their placards at the door and proceeded to a fourth-floor hearing room. The capacity of 63 was soon met. When commission President Mark Buell asked how many planned to testify, 63 hands went up. So he set a two-minute maximum for each speaker.

“That should get us out of here by late tonight,” he said.

When advised of these rules, Brian Rohan, who described himself as a “hippie lawyer” starting with client Ken Kesey, said, “I understand what the rules are. I’ve been breaking every rule in this city for 40 years.”

But everyone calmed down and was nearly put to sleep by a long budget discussion that preceded the appeal. Many of the speakers, who overflowed into a secondary room, took their full two minutes just to give their Summer of Love credentials, though none could top Buell’s own.

Not only was he here, he said, but also his stepdaughter was born during the Summer of Love. Her name is Summer Tompkins.

One by one they lined up to vouch for the reputation of Hughston, 68, a real estate flipper living in Mill Valley who was a colleague of the late Family Dog promoter Chet Helms.

“The whole world is watching us. How can we not have a Summer of Love concert?” said Trina Robbins, 78. “The worst thing that might happen is that a bunch of senior citizens get stoned on pot.”

The thought of this reduced Ann Cohen, one of the founders of the San Francisco Oracle underground newspaper, to tears.

“We are all in our 60s and 70s,” she pleaded, “and we want to do it again one more time.”

But even tears could not stop Boots from getting the boot. Which is rare, because of the 55,000 Rec and Park permits sought each year, less than 1 percent are denied.

“The commission did not deliberate for one second,” said Kenneth Wine, attorney for Hughston. “This was a setup from the get-go.” Wine said he is advising Hughston to take the Summer of Love to Oakland.

“Whatever heart was beating in San Francisco got put to rest by the Park Commission today,” Wine said.

Sam Whiting is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: Instagram: @sfchronicle_art

See Boots Hughston pleads his case for a Summer of Love anniversary concert:

Mill Valley CA — Very powerful photo of my friends Nick Gravenites and Julius Karpen at Memorial for my old friend Ron Polte – 2 icons of Blues and Rock,
#NickGravenites @NickGravenites (The Electric Flag) #JuliusKarpen (Manager of Big Brother and The Holding Company)

transplanted to California from Chicago just as myself and Ron as well – great to see Nick & Julius! Jon Hammond​
“Breakfast with Ron, rest in peace Ron Polte manager of Quicksilver Messenger Service – Band​, Ace of Cups, Wild West Fest – Jon Hammond”
“– RIP my friend Ron Polte – manager of Quicksilver, Ace of Cups, Wild West Fest – Jon Hammond (my band opened for Copperhead on one of the very few live gigs they played in 1972 at The Longbranch Saloon) Tam Junction and Piatti Mill Valley Restaurant – Breakfast with Ron, rest in peace Ron Polte – Jon Hammond : *Note: We had a lot of fun in the old days at 759 Harrison Street San Francisco when we shared rehearsal space with The Quicksilver Messenger Service at Bruce Hatch’s San Francisco Radical Laboratories aka SF Rad Lab in years 1968 / 1969 (not to be confused with radiation lab folks! I am still in touch with QSM guitarist Gary Duncan, sending my condolences Gary! – JH”

Jon Hammond goes organic with the Osterizer model 442 Beehive classic blender….danger I’m back in the kitchen folks!
Osterizer is a brand which has been used by Oster Manufacturing for its line of blenders since 1946. It is claimed to be the first mainstream brand of blender,[1] though technically the Waring blender brand was introduced in 1937.

In 1946, Oster acquired the Stevens Electric Company, which had received a patent on the liquifying blender in 1922. Oster itself was bought by Sunbeam Corporation in 1960.

Osterizer blenders tended towards heavy construction and motors. While this raised cost, many early-model Osterizers still function today, and are more powerful than a majority of contemporary consumer blenders. Oster Platinum Face 60-Minute Timer celebrated the 80th Anniversary on December 2010. – Oster

Anaheim, California​ — Good to see my friend Achim Gleissner​ at Winter NAMM Show​!
Jon Hammond​
#Sennheiser #evolutionmicrophone
Sennheiser​ evolution microphone Jon Hammond Breakfast Interview

I am deeply saddened to lose my good friend and fellow musician Rudy Lawless folks

– Rudy Sheriff Lawless – Rudy was a shining light of inspiration and my go to man for council for many years – he played with more dynamics than any drummer I’ve ever played with and right up until the end he was taking his drums all around NYC on the same Kart-A-Bag wheels we all use – most generous and swinging cat…my heart goes out to Gloria and all those who loved Rudy – Rest In Peace Rudy! Sincerely, Jon Hammond

Session at Canopus Drums NAMM Show with Arno and Heinz – Photos by Lawrence Gay
NAMM Show Canopus Drums Session by Jon Hammond #WATCHMOVIE HERE: NAMM Show Canopus Drums Session by Jon Hammond Jon’s archive



NAMM Show 2017, Camera Credit: Jesse Gay, thanks Jesse! — Thanks to our good friends at Canopus Drums for the Organ Trio Session today with Heinz Lichius drums, Arno Haas tenor saxophone, Jon Hammond​ organ – powered by TecAmp USA neo bass cabinet – and beautiful Italian designer Keyboard Stand by Bespeco Professional, Alex Mingmann Hsieh / P. Mauriat 保爾‧莫莉亞 Taiwan

Terence Hallinan SF DA pic by Jon Hammond HammondCast Summer of Love 40 special guest Boots Hughston

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HammondCast 129 KYOU Radio, special guest BOOTS HUGHSTON organizer of Summer of Love 40th and West Fest – the Woodstock 40th anniversary celebration in San Francisco, LYDIA PENSE & COLD BLOOD “Face The Music”, “It Could Be YOU”, TERRY HAGGERTY & SONS OF CHAMPLIN “Things Are Getting Better”, JAMES BROWN “I’ll Lose My Mind” James at the organ, BILL DOGGETT “High Heels” JON HAMMOND “White Onions” ©

Anaheim, California​ — Sunday Blues and Jazz Session in Hammond Suzuki NAMM Stand 5104 with Jon Hammond​ at the Sk1 Hammond organ, Joe Berger​ guitar, Chuggy Carter​ percussion, Koei Tanaka​ master chromatic harmonica player from Tokyo aka Suzuki Santa – Photos by Lawrence Gay co-producer of West Coast Live Radio Show
NAMM Show​ – Hammond Organ USA​- Suzuki Musical Instruments​

Awesome photos by Lawrence Gay – Joe Berger playing in Hammond Organ USA Stand number 5104 at NAMM Show traditional Sunday Session, – we’ll all be playing Feb. 22nd Memorial bash in memory of Gregg Gronowski at Arcada Theatre – hope to see you there!

L to R Jon Hammond – Donny Baldwin – David Freiberg

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NAMM Show Late Rent Jon Hammond Show Theme Song all star band including Donny Baldwin from Jefferson Starship

September 15, 2016

#WATCHMOVIE HERE: NAMM Show Late Rent Jon Hammond Show Theme Song all star band including Donny Baldwin from Jefferson Starship

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Very special performance on first ever Hammond night in Hilton Hotel Lobby at Winter NAMM 2013 presented by Hammond Suzuki USA “Sound Soul Summit”

Peter Nguyen CFO Hammond Suzuki USA and Jon Hammond

Joe Lamond President CEO of NAMM with Jon Hammond accepting Believe in Music Award plaque

L to R Jon Hammond, Chester Thompson, Scott May

Stevie Wonder and Jon Hammond – One More Time!

Jon Hammond plays the New B3 Portable Organ

“The Ultimate All-Star Jam” MC Scott May introduces Jon Hammond Band to play their theme song “Late Rent” after a very cool pre-show party Meet and Greet with a who’s who of Hammond organists.
Donny Baldwin drums (from Jefferson Starship & Lydia Pense & Cold Blood),
Alex Budman tenor saxophone
Joe Berger guitar
Jon Hammond New B-3 Portable organ
Sound mix by Denny Mack
Special thanks Hammond Suzuki USA and Suzuki Musical Instruments Team
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Absolutely cooking session in Hamburg Germany – Full High Definition Version: Jon Hammond Band with The NDR Horns until the last minute when music must stop 10PM / 22:00 Auster Bar is in residential quarter of Eimsbüttel HH,

The Musicians: Heinz Lichius drums, Joe Berger guitar, Lutz Büchner tenor saxophone, Ernst-Friedrich Fiete Felsch alto saxophone, Michael Leuschner musical director / trumpet, Jon Hammond organ + bass


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– special thanks Nicolai Ditsch for operating the camera – Auster Bar Team Frank Blume, Torsten Wendt, Musik Rotthoff support, Knut Benzner NDR Redaktion – as seen on MNN TV / TV Producers of Manhattan Neighborhood Network [MNN] The Jon Hammond Show

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L. to R.: Kerry Jacobson drums, Neil Wickham tenor sax, Jon Hammond B3 organ

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Jon Hammond Trio kicking off the AMAC Party in Gold Coast Australia,
funky blues and jazz “No X-Cess Baggage Blues” – Kerry Jacobson drums,
Neil Wickham tenor, Jon Hammond B3 organ Australian Music Association Convention special thanks to Rob Walker and the AMAC Crew ‪#‎AMAC14‬ Bernies Music Land – JH AMAC Convention Back In Gold Coast for 2014



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The Combined Gold Coast Schools Music “Count Us In Choir” – special presentation at Australian Music Association Convention AMAC with opening remarks by Chris Bowen CEO Music Council of Australia and Steve Ciobo, MP Parliamentary Secretary to The Treasurer Federal Member for Moncrieff – with closing remarks from Tony Burn President AMA Camera: Jon Hammond HammondCast — Big Thanks to all the students who came to perform for AMAC 2014 from the Combined Gold Coast Schools “Count Us In Choir”! Big Hit at Australian Music Association Convention – Waltzing Matilda brought the house down! #AMAC14 – Jon Hammond — at Jupiters Gold Coast

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Organ Meets Bigband in The Zeughaus Wismar – Camera: Heinz Lichius Am 30.07.2015 ist das Landesjugendjazzorchester Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (LaJazzO MV) mit seinem diesjährigen Solisten Jon Hammond in der Hansestadt Wismar zu Gast.
Nachdem sich in den vergangenen Jahren das LaJazzO MV mit den in der Big Band vorkommenden Instrumenten musikalisch auseinandersetzte, wird in 2015 die Jazzorgel musikalisch thematisiert werden. Unter dem Titel “Organ meets Big Band” wird dieses sehr traditionsreiche Instrument der Jazzgeschichte in den Mittelpunkt der Konzertreihe im folgenden Jahr gestellt. Als Jazzinstrument wurde es von Fats Waller in den 30er Jahren eingeführt und hatte seine Hochzeit in den 50er Jahren durch seine Vertreter wie Jimmy Smith. Der international renommierte New Yorker Jazzorganist Jon Hammond wird zusammen mit dem LaJazzO MV unter der Leitung von Michael Leuschner den besonderen Charme dieses Instrumentes wieder zum Leben erwecken. Im Programm sind unter anderem Titel von Jimmy Smith, arrangiert von Steve Grey – eine Leihgabe aus dem Archiv der NDR-Bigband.

Jon Hammond studierte in den siebziger Jahren am Berklee College of Music und am City College San Francisco. Konzertreisen führten ihn quer durch die Vereinigten Staaten und Kanada. In seiner eigenen ‘Jon Hammond Show’ spielte er mit Musikern wie Dizzy Gillespie, Paul Butterfield, Jaco Pastorius, John Entwistle, Sammy Davis Jr., Percy Sledge und vielen anderen. Auch in Europa fand und findet seine Musik unverändert viele Anhänger. Die Medien berichten wiederholt von einem unverwechselbaren und prägenden Sound. Jon Hammond hat u.a. auf der 20. Frankfurter Musikmesse mitgewirkt und tritt vornehmlich in Hamburg auf. “The Jon Hammond Show” is a funky, swinging Jazz instrumental revue, featuring notable international soloists and reflecting the influences of Miles Davis, The Crusaders and Jimmy Smith.

Programm: “Organ meets Bigband”
Leitung: Michael Leuschner
Donnerstag, d. 30.07.2015, 19:00 Zeughaus Wismar
with Elli Soosz, Jan Rolle, Daniel Be, Leon Saleh, Gabriel Rosenbach, Michael Leuschner, Heinz Lichius, Matthis Rasche, Hörni Thorun, Paul Gramkow, Marie Birkholz, Jan Boge, Ole Si, Elisabeth Guericke, Nane Schüßler, Henning Schiewer, Noah Jens, Oliver Herlitzka, Anne-Katrin Meyer and Al Tobias at Zeughaus Wismar

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jon in the early 70s

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jon has released four CDs

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JON HAMMOND Instruments: Organ, Accordion, Piano, Guitar Attended: Berklee College of Music 1974, City College San Francisco Languages: English, German Jon is closely identified with the two main products of his career, the Excelsior Accordion and the Hammond Organ. Musician: Jon Hammond is one of the premier B3 PLAYERS in the world. Jon has played professionally since age 12. Beginning as a solo accordionist, he later played Hammond B3 organ in a number of important San Francisco bands. His all original group HADES opened shows for Tower of Power, Quicksilver Messenger Service and Michael Bloomfield. Eddie Money and Barry Finnerty became musical associates. Moving East he attended Berklee College of Music and played venues as diverse as Boston’s “Combat Zone” in the striptease clubs during the ’70’s and the exclusive Wychmere Harbor Club in Cape Cod, where he was house organist with the late great trumpet player Lou Colombo and developed a lasting friendship with House Speaker Tip O’Neill. He also toured the Northeast and Canada with the successful show revue “Easy Living”, and continued his appearances at nightclubs in Boston and New York. Subsequently Hammond lived and traveled in Europe, where he has an enthusiastic following. TV/Video Producer: In 1981 Jon formed BackBeat Productions. Assisted by Lori Friedman (Video by LORI), the innovative TV show “The Jon Hammond Show” became a Manhattan Cable TV favorite. Jon’s “Live on the street” video style included news events, as well as live music/video clips of Dizzy Gillespie, Paul Butterfield, Jaco Pastorius, John Entwistle, Sammy Davis Jr., Percy Sledge and many others. The weekly show is now in it’s 30th year and has influenced the broadcasts of David Letterman and others. Billboard Magazine hailed Jon’s show as “The Alternative to MTV”. LINK Head Phone – Jon Hammond Band THE SOUND SOUL SUMMIT All-Star Jam Video Movie of Jon’s Band Featuring Bernard Bernard “Pretty” Purdie, Alex Budman, Joe Berger2, Koei Tanaka, Jon Hammond Organ Group

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Tuesday, April 5 at 9 PM Musikmesse Warm Up Party celebrating 30 years

Best Party of The Year! Jon Hammond’s annual musikmesse Warm Up Party in jazzkeller Tuesday April 5th 2016 celebrating 30 years

Jon Hammond’s annual musikmesse Warm Up Party in jazzkeller Tuesday April 5th 2016 celebrating 30 years

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Peter Klohmann – saxophone

Giovanni Totò Gulino – drums

Mr. Hammond has toured worldwide since 1991 using the incredible Sk1 organ by Hammond Suzuki..™ “Classic Hammond Sound…In A Suitcase!” The Jon Hammond Show is a funky swinging instrumental revue, featuring top international soloists. The show has universal appeal. Big Hammond orgel sound – 100% organic

“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).”

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Savoy Lounge Revisited Jon’s Journal December 20 2012

December 20, 2012

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This film will crack you up…It was a good night for FSB (Funk Soul & Blues) on May 21 of 1998 in New York City. Jon Hammond brought his band in to the SAVOY LOUNGE on 41st St. across from Port Authority Bus Terminal and next to Carroll Music Instrument Rental & Studios where all the cats rehearsed: On tenor sax Todd Anderson, Joris Dudli on drums, Barry Finnerty guitar and Jon Hammond at the B3 organ playing some of Jon Hammond’s classic Funk Soul compositions ‘Head Phone’ and end of ‘Nu Funk (‘Hip Hop Chitlins’). Drummer Bernard Purdie had just walked in and the joint was jumping. RIP Savoy Lounge NYC!

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“Sound Cops” The Movie Rules! – Starring Terry Anderson and Joe Berger – Jon Hammond


Musician Jon Hammond on AFN Europe TV Show PROFILE, Musikmesse Special. Jon worked together with AFN’s SSgt Albert Viera and SSG Terry Anderson to create this special entitled “Sound Cops” with very entertaining cameo appearances by Joe Berger (guitar) Michael Maier Falkenstein (Hammond organ with Jon) and the 2 Sound Polizei ‘Noise Control’ guys “Lorenzo” and his partner, busted for Electric Guitar Rocking!

Midnight Cake with James Brown and Michael HammondCast 36:

*LISTEN TO THE AUDIO HERE: HammondCast 36 Downloaded 701 times HammondCast 36 Jon Hammond in New York City just back from Germany music tour and 20th year at Musikmesse Frankfurt trade show…digging deep in to the archives to present a special show put together by Jon in 1993 in Frankfurt Hausen-BROTFABRIK (the old Bread Factory) Jon Hammond presenting French Pianist FRANCOISE PUJOL first time in Germany along with RICHARD BONA on bass from Cameroon & Paris, now living in NY and FRANCIS LASSOUS – drums / batterie

MNN TV Jon Hammond Show Jon’s Journal December 18 2012

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Jon Hammond ‘Accordion Evolution – 1966 Jr. Jazz Champion – 1971 Topanga Canyon CA wedding of Al Fratti – playing custom Giulietti electric accordion model Classic 127

My custom built Excelsior AC/R accordion with Sennheiser pickups system factory installed – Jon Hammond

Main Men Pasquale Ficocecco and Carlo Greco at Alex Music on 48th Street Music Row NYC

– Jon Hammond — at Alex Musical Instruments

Carlo Greco NAMM Oral History

Carlo Greco
Interview Date: September 14, 2005
Job Title: Luthier
Company: Guild Guitars
acoustic guitars
Guild Guitar
instrument repairmen-technicians
Music Manufacturing
New York City NY

Carlo Greco is known throughout the world as one of the premier guitar luthiers. Yet, when you meet him, he is a very humble man who brushes off compliments with a smile. After a long association as chief designer for Guild Guitars, Carlo joined his dear friend, Alex Carozza, in New York’s top repair shop, Alex Music, on 48th Street. Carlo has created some of the world’s most-loved string instruments and has an equal reputation as a repairman of world-class guitars.

*Note: I will be appearing daily at Winter NAMM 2013 and performing on Friday night January 24th in the Hilton Lobby

8:00 pm
Hammond Organ Performance
8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Hilton Stage East

Featuring the following artists:
Dr. Lonnie Smith – Hammond jazz and funk legend
Larry Goldings – keyboard/organist for James Taylor, among others
Jim Beard – of Steely Dan
Terry Lawless – of U2 & Pink
Chester Thompson – of Santana, Tower of Power
Marty Grebb – played with Bonnie Raitt, Eric Clapton, Chicago
C.J. Vanston – LA studio legend
Freddie Ravel – of Santana
Jon Hammond – Jazz artist

Anaheim Convention Center
800 West Katella Avenue
Anaheim, CA 92802

Thursday, Jan 24 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Friday, Jan 25 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Saturday, Jan 26 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sunday, Jan 27 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
*Hall E opens at 9:30 a.m.

2 Heavyweights good friends of mine: Joe Franklin ‘King of Radio & TV’ with Alex Carozza aka Alex Accordions

NAMM Oral History:
Alex Carozza has designed his own reed system for the accordion. The idea came to Alex after years of performing on the instruments and repairing them in his shop, Alex Music, on 48th St. in New York. He opened the shop in the early 1970s after working across the street at Sam Ash. If you ever visit the shop, you may be amazed at the level of craftsmanship. Legendary luthier Carlo Greco works at the bench right next to Alex.
Alex Carozza
Interview Date: September 14, 2005
Job Title: Founder
Company: Alex Musical Instruments

Oakland CA — Jon Hammond at the B3 organ

– Yoshi’s Jazz Club and Restaurant — at Yoshi’s Jazz Club

Mr. Manji Suzuki President of Suzuki Musical Instruments and Jon Hammond sitting at Hammond B3mk2 Organ in
Suzuki World Headquarters and Factory in Hamamatsu Japan

Suzuki Headquarters and factory concert special for President Founder Manji Suzuki with introduction by
‘Tachi’ Waichiro Tachikawa, Jon Hammond at the new B3mk2 organ with Koei Tanaka chromatic harmonica Part 2 of 3 “Days of Wine and Roses” in Hamamatsu Japan.
Special Thanks Mr. Hiromitsu Ono, Mr. M. Terada, Mr. S. Ohtaka, Mr. Yu Beniya, Tachi Tachikawa, President M. Suzuki and entire Suzuki Musical Instruments Team… — with Jon Hammond Band in Hamamatsu-shi, Shizuoka

Jon Hammond NAMM Oral History

Long Version

Jon Hammond
Interview Date: January 13, 2011
Job Title: President and Founder
Company: Jon Hammond & Associates
electric organs
Hammond B-3
Hammond Organs
Jon Hammond
Music Manufacturing

Jon Hammond has successfully created a career based on his musical talents and his passion for the music industry! As a musician Jon has performed with many legendary players and as a clinician and product artist he has introduced many innovative products to music stores and their customers over the last 30 plus years. Jon is closely identified with the two main products of his career, the Excelsior Accordion and the Digital B3 Organ.

L to R:

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

Hammond organ, B3mk2, Sk1, NAMM Show, Musikmesse, Friday January 24, Jazz, Blues, Anaheim, Local 802, Musicians Union, Joe Berger, Alex Budman, Donny Baldwin, Funky