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Head Phone Newessbar Hamburg Jon Hammond Band Jon’s Journal

November 12, 2015

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by Jon Hammond
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Topics Newessbar, Lutz Büchner, Heinz Lichius, Head Phone, Hamburg, Hammond, Funky, Joe Berger, Sk1, Organ

Jon Hammond Band in Hamburg at Newessbar performing funky original composition “Head Phone”
Lutz Büchner tenor sax
Heinz Lichius drums
Joe Berger guitar
Jon Hammond Sk1 Hammond organ and bass
Special thanks Roman Kumutat sound engineer, Olaf Gödecke, Knut Benzner NDR Radio, Jens Borgmann and Sabine Borgmann Route 66 Hamburg *see Jon’s T-Shirt

Run time 11 minutes 7 seconds
Producer Jon Hammond
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Jon Hammond framed by Alex Foster’s tenor saxophone on the gig at Mikell’s – 760 Columbus Avenue New York City

*Note: This is a Must See for Fans of Bernard Purdie and Fans of The Jon Hammond Show TV Show!
The original Jon Hammond and The Late Rent Session Men as seen on MCTV MNN TV The Jon Hammond Show now in 27th year:
This classic film Jazz Funk Movie from August 28, 1989 shot at the legendary Mikell’s in New York City at Columbus & W.97th St. of JON HAMMOND Band playing first time with the great studio drummer Bernard Purdie Fatback drums along with Alex Foster on sax, Chuggy Carter percussion, Barry Finnerty guitar and Jon Hammond at his mint 1959 Hammond B3 Organ (& bass). Playing Jon’s funky composition: “Pocket Funk” featuring this fine rhythm section. This film SMOKES! Musicians playing FOR the house was Hugh Masakela all night long. Mikell’s was the traditional Hang for NY Studio Musicians. Enjoy!
Camera: Joe Berger – Panasonic PV-430

This radio has kept me company on many a lonely night – the last Zenith Trans-Oceanic made in year 1981, 12 Band – Jon Hammond
The Trans-Oceanic (abbreviated T/O) was the name given to a series of portable radios produced from 1942 to 1981 by Zenith Radio. They were characterised by their heavy-duty, high-quality construction and their performance as shortwave receivers
Zenith’s founder, Commander Eugene F. McDonald, was a great admirer of advanced technological development and believed that his company’s products should include the latest, most practical advances in a well-built product that continued to enhance the company’s reputation. Of the many products of Zenith Radio, the ‘Trans-Oceanic’ series of portable radios were amongst the most famous.
McDonald was a keen yachtsman and outdoorsman and wished for a portable radio that would provide entertainment broadcasts as well as being able to tune into weather, marine and international shortwave stations too. He asked his company’s engineers to develop prototypes to meet his criteria and by 1940 they had concept sets that were ready for production.
The Zenith ‘T/O’ began life in 1942 as the Model 7G605 ‘Trans-ocean Clipper’. Priced at $75, it was released in January but ceased production in April as Zenith shifted their production to war-related equipment. During this short production run, some 35,000 units were produced and sales data showed that many were sold to customers in the ‘above average’ income group. However, many also found their way into various theatres of war and in to the hands of appreciative servicemen—demand for a resumption of production at war’s end was kept high.
The T/O was a dual-powered radio receiver; it could operate from electrical service AC or DC and via a pair of “A” and “B” dry cell batteries for portability. The batteries are obsolete but the early T/O models live on either due to the ability to use mains line power to operate or by enthusiasts who fabricate a battery supply from modern cells (six “D” cells for the filaments and either ten 9-volt or sixty “AA” cells for the plates). Also notable was the lack of a vacuum tube or valve as a rectifier. Zenith used a selenium rectifier in the T/O. Inserting the power plug into a socket on the chassis or the side of the radio (depending on model) switched the T/O to battery operation.
The first post-war T/O was the 8G005Y, designed by Robert Davol Budlong, an industrial design consultant responsible for many of the Zenith radio products. Priced at $125, it was in production from 1946 to 1949. This was replaced in December 1949 by the G500—a ‘changeover’ model that had updated electronics but the same appearance. The G500 held its price at less than $100 until it was withdrawn in mid-1951.
The H500 ‘Super Trans-Oceanic’ was introduced in May 1951 at an initial price of $99.95. It had a redesigned front face and incorporated many frequency coverage and electronic changes ordered by McDonald. There also was a small production run of “militarized” Trans-Oceanic’s, ordered by the U.S. government.
After 1953, there was competition to the Trans-Oceanic from both Hallicrafters, with their ‘Trans-World’ series sets, and RCA, with their ‘Strato-World’ models.
In the spring of 1954, the 600 series was introduced with its ‘slide-rule’ type dial and a mains supply cord which coils inside the set on a spring-loaded reel. This model stayed in production, with minor changes, until the end of the T/O tube era in 1962.
During the tube or valve T/O model run, this receiver did not include an 88-108 MHz FM radio band.
Eugene McDonald died in 1958, but he was personally involved in the design changes to ‘his’ radio to the very end. In November 1957, Zenith introduced the all-new, nine transistor solid state Trans-Oceanic. The older tube-based Trans-Oceanic was continued in production until 1962…

Bicycle Boy – circa 1982

– Jon Hammond New York NY – yes and for short time I was a bicycle messenger, until the dispatcher wanted to dispatch me to Brooklyn on the hottest day in history, then I quit – JH

We are in London England here with Gregg Parker and another cat — Jon Hammond and Joe Berger

at London/England

Vers. 1.1 Full HD – Jon Hammond Session Taipei Jazz Spot Swing

– Kenichi Toyoda – p – Jon Hammond o – Taipei Taiwan Jazz Spot Swing Club in Taipei

I agreed to hold the stupid sign

– 10 years I’ve been going to this show, I’ll be back in Hollywood CA April 28th – 30th, 2016 for ASCAP’s ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO – Jon Hammond — in West Hollywood, California

“Early Bird Gets the Worm…2nd Mouse Gets The Latté!”™ ©JON HAMMOND International

– Starbucks At Taipei Taoyaun International Airport , Taipei, Taiwan – Jon Hammond — at Starbucks At Taipei Taoyaun International Airport

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by Jon Hammond

Published October 22, 2015
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Topics Lydia’s Tune, Meetinghouse Jazz Orchestra, Todd Anderson Arrangement, Hammond Organist, Jon Hammond, Friends Seminary, 230 year old school, Manhattan, Paris France, Jon Hammond, #HammondOrgan

Organist Jon Hammond composed this song in Paris France after flying there aboard Air France Concorde​ in year 1981, played here now with Meeting House Jazz Orchestra – Arranged and Conducted by tenor saxophonist Todd Anderson​. Bob Rosen​ (tenor) presiding over the Music Program at Friends Seminary​ 230 year old school on Manhattan’s East Side – Greg Ruvolo​ takes the flugelhorn solo, Jim Piela saxophone, Pat Hall, Art Baron​, Alfredo Marques​ trombones, David Acker​ guitar, Mike Campenni drums, Charles Lee alto, more names coming! Thank you for playing my song and those listening and watching this Podcast folks! Jon Hammond​ ©JON HAMMOND International ASCAP
TV Producers of Manhattan Neighborhood Network [MNN]​ – Manhattan Neighborhood Network​ – Associated Musicians of Greater New York, Local 802 AFM​ AFM Local 6​ PROFILE

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*Photos courtesy of Elmar Lemes ©Elmar Lemes / Jon Hammond — with Jon Hammond at Friends Seminary.

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Congratulations to Pete Seeger and Cab Calloway – Jon Hammond Journal March 16 2013

March 16, 2013

Congratulations to Pete Seeger and Cab Calloway – Jon Hammond Journal March 16 2013

New York NY — Main Man Pete Seeger flanked by Bill Keith (banjo) and Steve Earle (guitar) speaking at our Local 802 Musicians Union 90th Anniversary Celebration at Roseland Ballroom – Jon Hammond
Congratulations Pete Seeger Honoree! – JH — with Bill Keith, Steve Earle, Pete Seeger at Roseland Ballroom

The late great Cab Calloway being presented with the Beacons in Jazz Award by Phil Schaap – very special evening presented by The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music on May 7th 1990 which was officially declared as “Cab Calloway Day” by then New York City Mayor David N. Dinkins

– seated in the band is Arnie Lawrence R.I.P. one of the founders of The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music program and a great alto saxophonist / educator / personality – great evening folks, Jon Hammond — with Cab Calloway, Phil Schaap and Arnie Lawrence at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music

Musikmesse 2013 Jon Hammond Celebrates 27 years Musikmesse Warm Up Party April 9 Dienstag Tuesday Night Jazzkeller Frankfurt and 60th

Special Thanks Dankeschön Saray Pastanesi Bäckerei & Konditorei makes Jon Hammond’s custom Chocolate Chocolate Cake
Happy 60th Birthday Jon Hammond in Jazzkeller Frankfurt Musikmesse Warm Up Party !

Di. 09.04.

“The FINGERS…are the SINGERS!”
Musikmesse “Warm Up Party”
Jon Hammond & Band

Jon Hammond (aus New York City) – organ
Joe Berger – guitar
Tony Lakatos – saxophone
Giovanni 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

More Jon Hammond, klick: http://behindthebeat

These great black and white photos of Jon Hammond Band were shot by the great photographer Joachim Hildebrand Musikmesse Warm Up Party – on the band: Tony Lakatos tenor sax,

Giovanni Gulino drums,

Joe Berger guitar,

Jon Hammond organ


Chocolate on Chocolate Cake 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

Special Thanks to Thomas Eich TecAmp Fine Sounding 2 x 12 Neodymium Rig Powering Hammond Organ:

Jon Hammond onstage at Jazzkeller Frankfurt

*WATCH THE VIDEO HERE: James Wes Blues Jazzkeller Party Jon Hammond Band with special guest Lee Oskar

Blip TV:

Jon Hammond’s annual Musikmesse Warm Up Party in Jazzkeller Frankfurt the night before Musikmesse kicks off

The Tradition Continues! 18th Year Musikmesse-Session – Wir Sehen Uns, ab 12 April Freitag Abend – Jon Hammond Band

– Jazzkeller-Hofheim –
Joe Berger guitar
Peter Klohmann tenor sax
Totó Giovanni Gulino schlagzeug
Jon Hammond orgel

WATCH THE VIDEO HERE: Jazzkeller Hofheim Jon Hammond Band Little Wing

Jon Hammond’s annual Musikmesse-Session in Jazzkeller Hofheim, here paying tribute to Jimi Hendrix covering Little Wing
with Joe Berger guitar, Giovanni Gulino drums, Peter Klohmann tenor sax, Jon Hammond on Sk1 Hammond organ
*Note: When Jon Hammond was younger playing electric accordion he was known as The Jimi Hendrix of The Accordion,
see image 1971 age 18

*WATCH THE VIDEO HERE: Jon Hammond unveiling Sk1

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Jon Hammond – Arriving for gig Jazzkeller Hofheim
Jon Hammond Band Unveling and First Road Test of Sk1 combo organ Pocket Funk 1,759
Jon Hammond Band playing original composition “POCKET FUNK”
Joe Berger – guitar
Peter Klohmann – tenor sax
Giovanni Gulino – drums
Jon Hammond – Sk1 Hammond Suzuki stage keyboard weighs only 15 lbs. as opposed to 425 lbs.= B3 Organ
— at Jazzkeller Hofheim

Jon Hammond: Waterproof Hammond Organ and Lucky Frog Umbrella

Glasgow Scotland Prestwick Airport PIK — R.I.P. The Highlander Highland Express Airlines

– Jon Hammond
Special thanks to First Officer and part owner Tony May and the Crew of this elegant bird the HIGHLANDER of HIGHLAND EXPRESS… — at Glasgow Prestwick Airport

Hamburg St. Pauli — I’m not sure exactly why the proprietors of the famous Feldkeller presented me with this framed photo right off their wall of my friend Pico from the old Star Club

– it hangs on my wall now, Jon Hammond — at Feldkeller Bei Kitty Und Heini

Pico and Jon Hammond in front of Star Club sign for the Pico Schauspiel Musical at Delphi Music Theater

– great show with live music from The Rattles and Jon Hammond Band after show music — with The Jimi Hendrix Experience Official Page, Gene Vincent, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, Ray Charles, The Everly Brothers, Little Richard and Bo Diddley

“One More Thing”

— Turn up the microphone! Jon Hammond

Jon Hammond with Tony the Door Man and Oscar Meyers

– Boom Boom Room

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

*WATCH THE VIDEO HERE: Vintage Episode of The Jon Hammond Show Chicago Special Blip TV

Youtube 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 — at Jazzkeller

Frankfurt Germany — Power Shot: L to R: Jon Hammond, Mr. M. Terada, Mr. Hiromitsu Ono – Frankfurt Musikmesse

R.I.P. James Moody – passed away just about exactly 2 years ago – Jon Hammond
James Moody (March 26, 1925 – December 9, 2010) was an American jazz saxophone and flute player. He was best known for his hit “Moody’s Mood for Love,” an improvisation based on “I’m in the Mood for Love”; in performance, he often sang Eddie Jefferson’s vocalese lyrics for the tune, which Eddie had fit to Moody’s famous solo.
March 26, 1925
Savannah, Georgia, United States
Died December 9, 2010 (aged 85)
San Diego, California, United States
Genres Jazz
Hard bop
Occupations Musician
Instruments Alto saxophone
Tenor saxophone
James Moody was born in Savannah, Georgia. Growing up in New Jersey, he was attracted to the saxophone after hearing George Holmes Tate, Don Byas, and various saxophonists who played with Count Basie, and later also took up the flute. He joined the US Army Air Corps in 1943 and played in the “negro band” on the segregated base.[1] Following his discharge from the military in 1946 he played bebop with Dizzy Gillespie[2] for two years. Moody later played with Gillespie in 1964, where his colleagues in the Gillespie group, pianist Kenny Barron and guitarist Les Spann, would be musical collaborators in the coming decades.
In 1948 he recorded his first session for Blue Note Records, the first in a long recording career playing both saxophone and flute. That same year he relocated to Europe, where he stayed for three years, saying he had been “scarred by racism” in the U.S.[1] His European work, including the first recording of “Moody’s Mood for Love”, which became a hit in 1952,[3] saw him add the alto saxophone to his repertoire and helped to establish him as recording artist in his own right, and formed part of the growth of European jazz. Then in 1952, he returned to the U.S. to a recording career with Prestige Records and others, playing flute and saxophone in bands that included musicians such as Pee Wee Moore and others. In the 1960s, he rejoined Dizzy Gillespie. He later worked also with Mike Longo.[4]
In a 1998 interview with Bob Bernotas, Moody stated that he believed jazz has definite spiritual resonance.

12/12/12 This Is Your lucky day!

Pt 4 Intelligent Relevant Television Talk Jon’s Journal

Lydia’s Tune, Jazzkeller, Jon Hammond, Jazz, Bossa Nova, Blues, Radio, TV, Organ, Frankfurt, Musikmesse, NAMM, Local 802, Musicians Union, Sk1, Meet the Incredible

Pete Seeger, Cab Calloway, Congratulations, Jon’s Journal, Jon Hammond, Jazzkeller, Musikmesse, Hofheim am Taunus, Sk1 organ, Local 802, Musicians Union

Jon’s Journal January 15 2013 and HammondCast 145

January 15, 2013


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

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

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

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

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

D’George Klivinyi
Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Graz

Keith Anderson
Saint Charles, Illinois

DjBillie Prest

Shane Alessandro Scarazzini
Lead Guitar Player at Jason Casterlin

Tim L Griffin
Holyoke, Massachusetts

Debbie Sprague
Spring Valley High School

David Davis
GM at AZ Music

Andrew Desogus

Charles F. Peregrin
Works at Amboy Aggregates

Jimi D’Andrea

Jonathan Moorehead

Allyn Robinson
Leader at Allyn Robinson Music

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mary Jo Papich
Bradley University

Joe Berger
King at Self employed

Cheryl Krebs
Medical , pistol team at New York Guard

Barb Grenig Goszka
Works at Medina High School

Janice Guilford

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Blues In The Moscow White Nights Jon’s Journal January 10 2013

January 11, 2013

*WATCH THE VIDEO HERE: Blues In The Moscow White Nights

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Picture taken from our hotel room on 10th floor of Hotel Rossiya – Red Square in the Moscow White Nights

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!




Organist JON HAMMOND in concert with saxophonist IGOR BUTMAN, ALEXEI KUZNETZOV (gtr.), VLADIMIR DANILIN (accordion) & ED ZIZAK (drums) togehter for the first time in MOSCOW RUSSIA at LE CLUB in THEATRE TAGANKA *JENNIFER-Camera, *Special Thanks: FAINA COBHAM *Official Site:

Frankfurt Germany — 2012 Annual Musikmesse Warm Up Party hosted by Jon Hammond Band in Jazzkeller Frankfurt –

“LATE RENT” Jon Hammond Show Theme Song
as seen on MNN TV New York City Cable TV
with Tony Lakatos tenor sax, Joe Berger guitar, Giovanni Gulino drums,
Jon Hammond at the Hammond Sk1 organ,
special guest Lee Oskar harmonica.
This performance marks 26 years consecutive attending Musikmesse Frankfurt and
it was also on the birthday of Jon Hammond March 20th, 2012 with a big chocolate on chocolate cake baked by Saray Pastanesi Baeckerei & Konditorei bakery on Mainzer Landstrasse 131. 60327 Frankfurt am Main

SFO Airport Maintenance — This is the Ground Support Crew for America’s Pride The Blue Angels folks, they just finished pulling this United Boeing 737 with a thick rope, you can see it in bottom left corner of photo – Jon Hammond

Blue Angels 2012 Fleet Week Air Show at SFO with Music from Jon Hammond Band
Jon’s Journal January 9 2013 America’s Pride – Blue Angels – US Army Blues
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Remembering the late great Max Roach on his birthday today…I can’t say really Happy Birthday Max Roach because he is dead unfortunately, but I can say to his very talented daughter Maxine Roach (cellist, member Local 802), Happy Birthday Wishes to your Family Maxine!
I took this photo of Max Roach in 1981 when I returned from Paris France – he is playing here at Keystone Korner Jazz Club in San Francisco
Max Roach Photograph by Jon Hammond
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Max Roach died August 17 2007 in Manhattan. Photo by Organist Jon Hammond
Max Roach Wiki
Maxwell Lemuel “Max” Roach (January 10, 1924 – August 16, 2007) was an American jazz percussionist, drummer, and composer.
A pioneer of bebop, Roach went on to work in many other styles of music, and is generally considered alongside the most important drummers in history.[1][2] He worked with many famous jazz musicians, including Coleman Hawkins, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus, Billy Eckstine, Stan Getz, Sonny Rollins, Clifford Brown, Eric Dolphy and Booker Little.
Roach also led his own groups, and made numerous musical statements relating to the civil rights movement of African Americans.
Early life and career
Roach was born in the Township of Newland, Pasquotank County, North Carolina, which borders the southern edge of the Great Dismal Swamp, to Alphonse and Cressie Roach. Many confuse this with Newland Town in Avery County. Although Roach’s birth certificate lists his date of birth as January 10, 1924,[3] Roach has been quoted by Phil Schaap as having stated that his family believed he was born on January 8, 1925. Roach’s family moved to the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York when he was 4 years old. He grew up in a musical home, his mother being a gospel singer. He started to play bugle in parade orchestras at a young age. At the age of 10, he was already playing drums in some gospel bands. As an eighteen year-old fresh out of Boys High School in Brooklyn, (1942) he was called to fill in for Sonny Greer, and play with the Duke Ellington Orchestra performing at the Paramount Theater.
In 1942, Roach started to go out in the jazz clubs of the 52nd Street and at 78th Street & Broadway for Georgie Jay’s Taproom (playing with schoolmate Cecil Payne).[4]
Roach’s most significant innovations came in the 1940s, when he and jazz drummer Kenny Clarke devised a new concept of musical time. By playing the beat-by-beat pulse of standard 4/4 time on the “ride” cymbal instead of on the thudding bass drum, Roach and Clarke developed a flexible, flowing rhythmic pattern that allowed soloists to play freely. The new approach also left space for the drummer to insert dramatic accents on the snare drum, “crash” cymbal and other components of the trap set.
By matching his rhythmic attack with a tune’s melody, Roach brought a newfound subtlety of expression to his instrument. He often shifted the dynamic emphasis from one part of his drum kit to another within a single phrase, creating a sense of tonal color and rhythmic surprise.[1] The idea was to shatter musical conventions and take full advantage of the drummer’s unique position. “In no other society”, Roach once observed, “do they have one person play with all four limbs.”[5]
While that approach is common today, when Clarke and Roach introduced the new style in the 1940s it was a revolutionary musical advance. “When Max Roach’s first records with Charlie Parker were released by Savoy in 1945,” jazz historian Burt Korall wrote in the Oxford Companion to Jazz, “drummers experienced awe and puzzlement and even fear.” One of those awed drummers, Stan Levey, summed up Roach’s importance: “I came to realize that, because of him, drumming no longer was just time, it was music.”[1]
He was one of the first drummers (along with Kenny Clarke) to play in the bebop style, and performed in bands led by Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, Coleman Hawkins, Bud Powell, and Miles Davis. Roach played on many of Parker’s most important records, including the Savoy November 1945 session, a turning point in recorded jazz.

Max Roach, Three Deuces, NYC, ca. October 1947. Photography by William P. Gottlieb.
Roach studied classical percussion at the Manhattan School of Music from 1950–53, working toward a Bachelor of Music degree (the School was to award him an Honorary Doctorate in 1990).
In 1952, Roach co-founded Debut Records with bassist Charles Mingus. This label released a record of a May 15, 1953 concert, billed as ‘the greatest concert ever’, which came to be known as Jazz at Massey Hall, featuring Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell, Mingus and Roach. Also released on this label was the groundbreaking bass-and-drum free improvisation, Percussion Discussion.[6]
In 1954, he formed a quintet featuring trumpeter Clifford Brown, tenor saxophonist Harold Land, pianist Richie Powell (brother of Bud Powell), and bassist George Morrow, though Land left the following year and Sonny Rollins soon replaced him. The group was a prime example of the hard bop style also played by Art Blakey and Horace Silver. Tragically, this group was to be short-lived; Brown and Powell were killed in a car accident on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in June 1956. The first album Roach recorded after their deaths was Max Roach + 4. After Brown and Powell’s deaths, Roach continued leading a similarly configured group, with Kenny Dorham (and later the short-lived Booker Little) on trumpet, George Coleman on tenor and pianist Ray Bryant. Roach expanded the standard form of hard-bop using 3/4 waltz rhythms and modality in 1957 with his album Jazz in 3/4 time. During this period, Roach recorded a series of other albums for the EmArcy label featuring the brothers Stanley and Tommy Turrentine.[7]
In 1955, he was the drummer for vocalist Dinah Washington at several live appearances and recordings. Appearing at the Newport Jazz Festival with her in 1958 which was filmed and the 1954 live studio audience recording of Dinah Jams, considered to be one of the best and most overlooked vocal jazz albums of its genre.[8]
In 1960 he composed the We Insist! his Freedom Now Suite with lyrics by Oscar Brown Jr., after being invited to contribute to commemorations of the hundredth anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. In 1962, he recorded the album Money Jungle, a collaboration with Mingus and Duke Ellington. This is generally regarded as one of the very finest trio albums ever made.[9]
In 1966, with his album Drums Unlimited (which includes several tracks that are entirely drums solos) he demonstrated that drums can be a solo instrument able to play theme, variations, rhythmically cohesive phrases. He described his approach to music as “the creation of organized sound.”[10]
During the 1970s, Roach formed a musical organization—”M’Boom”—a percussion orchestra. Each member of this unit composed for it and performed on many percussion instruments. Personnel included Fred King, Joe Chambers, Warren Smith, Freddie Waits, Roy Brooks, Omar Clay, Ray Mantilla, Francisco Mora, and Eli Fountain.[10]

Keystone Korner, San Francisco, 1979
In the early 1980s, he began presenting entire concerts solo, proving that this multi-percussion instrument could fulfill the demands of solo performance and be entirely satisfying to an audience. He created memorable compositions in these solo concerts; a solo record was released by Baystate, a Japanese label. One of these solo concerts is available on video, which also includes a filming of a recording date for “Chattahoochee Red,” featuring his working quartet, Odean Pope, Cecil Bridgewater and Calvin Hill.
He embarked on a series of duet recordings. Departing from the style of presentation he was best known for, most of the music on these recordings is free improvisation, created with the avant-garde musicians Cecil Taylor, Anthony Braxton, Archie Shepp, and Abdullah Ibrahim. He created duets with other performers: a recorded duet with the oration by Martin Luther King, “I Have a Dream”; a duet with video artist Kit Fitzgerald, who improvised video imagery while Roach spontaneously created the music; a classic duet with his lifelong friend and associate Dizzy Gillespie; a duet concert recording with Mal Waldron.
He wrote music for theater, such as plays written by Sam Shepard, presented at La Mama E.T.C. in New York City.
He found new contexts for presentation, creating unique musical ensembles. One of these groups was “The Double Quartet.” It featured his regular performing quartet, with personnel as above, except Tyrone Brown replacing Hill; this quartet joined with “The Uptown String Quartet,” led by his daughter Maxine Roach, featuring Diane Monroe, Lesa Terry and Eileen Folson.
Another ensemble was the “So What Brass Quintet,” a group comprising five brass instrumentalists and Roach, no chordal instrument, no bass player. Much of the performance consisted of drums and horn duets. The ensemble consisted of two trumpets, trombone, French horn and tuba. Musicians included Cecil Bridgewater, Frank Gordon, Eddie Henderson, Rod McGaha, Steve Turre, Delfeayo Marsalis, Robert Stewart, Tony Underwood, Marshall Sealy, Mark Taylor and Dennis Jeter.
Roach presented his music with orchestras and gospel choruses. He performed a concerto with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He wrote for and performed with the Walter White gospel choir and the John Motley Singers. Roach performed with dancers: the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, the Dianne McIntyre Dance Company, the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company.
Roach surprised his fans by performing in a hip hop concert, featuring the artist-rapper Fab Five Freddy and the New York Break Dancers. He expressed the insight that there was a strong kinship between the outpouring of expression of these young black artists and the art he had pursued all his life.[11]
Not content to expand on the musical territory he had already become known for, Roach spent the decades of the 1980s and 1990s continually finding new forms of musical expression and presentation. Though he ventured into new territory during a lifetime of innovation, he kept his contact with his musical point of origin. He performed with the Beijing Trio, with pianist Jon Jang and erhu player Jeibing Chen. His last recording, Friendship, was with trumpet master Clark Terry, the two long-standing friends in duet and quartet. His last performance was at the 50th anniversary celebration of the original Massey Hall concert, in Toronto, where he performed solo on the hi-hat.[12]
In 1994, Roach also appeared on Rush drummer Neil Peart’s Burning For Buddy performing “The Drum Also Waltzes”, Part 1 and 2 on Volume 1 of the Volume 2 series during the 1994 All-Star recording sessions.[13]

The grave of Max Roach
Max Roach died in the early morning on August 16, 2007 in Manhattan.[14] He was survived by five children: sons Daryl and Raoul, and daughters Maxine, Ayo and Dara. Over 1,900 people attended his funeral at Riverside Church in Manhattan, New York City on August 24, 2007. Max Roach was interred at the Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, NY.
In a funeral tribute to Roach, then-Lieutenant Governor of New York David Paterson compared the musician’s courage to that of Paul Robeson, Harriet Tubman and Malcolm X, saying that “No one ever wrote a bad thing about Max Roach’s music or his aura until 1960, when he and Charlie Mingus protested the practices of the Newport Jazz Festival.”[15]
[edit]Personal life

Two children, son Daryl Keith and daughter Maxine, were born from his first marriage with Mildred Roach. In 1956 he met singer Barbara Jai (Johnson) and fathered another son, Raoul Jordu. He continued to play as a freelance while studying composition at the Manhattan School of Music. He graduated in 1952. During the period 1962–1970, Roach was married to the singer Abbey Lincoln, who had performed on several of Roach’s albums. Twin daughters, Ayodele Nieyela and Dara Rashida, were later born to Roach and his third wife, Janus Adams Roach. He has four grandchildren: Kyle Maxwell Roach, Kadar Elijah Roach, Maxe Samiko Hinds, and Skye Sophia Sheffield. Long involved in jazz education, in 1972 he joined the faculty of the University of Massachusetts Amherst in Amherst. In the early 2000s, Roach became less active from the onset of hydrocephalus-related complications.
From the 1970s through the mid-1990s Roach taught at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.[16]

He was given a MacArthur Foundation “genius” grant in 1988, cited as a Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters in France (1989),[17] twice awarded the French Grand Prix du Disque, elected to the International Percussive Art Society’s Hall of Fame and the Downbeat Magazine Hall of Fame, awarded Harvard Jazz Master, celebrated by Aaron Davis Hall, given eight honorary doctorate degrees, including degrees awarded by Medgar Evers College, CUNY, the University of Bologna, Italy and Columbia University.[18] While spending the later years of his life at the Mill Basin Sunrise assisted living home, in Brooklyn, Max was honored with a proclamation honoring his musical achievements by Brooklyn borough president Marty Markowitz.[19]
In 1986 the London borough of Lambeth named a park in Brixton after him.[20][21] – Roach was able to officially open it when he visited the UK that year.
Roach was inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame in 2009.
As leader
1953 : Max Roach Quartet (Fantasy)
1953 : Max Roach and his Sextet (Debut)
1953 : Max Roach Quartet featuring Hank Mobley (Debut)
1956 : Max Roach + 4 (EmArcy)
1957 : Jazz in ¾ Time (EmArcy)
1957 : The Max Roach 4 Plays Charlie Parker (EmArcy)
1958 : MAX (Argo)
1958 : Max Roach + 4 on the Chicago Scene (Mercury)
1958 : Max Roach/Art Blakey (with Art Blakey)
1958 : Max Roach + 4 at Newport (EmArcy)
1958 : Max Roach with the Boston Percussion Ensemble (EmArcy)
1958 : Deeds, Not Words (Riverside) – also released as Conversation
1958 : Award-Winning Drummer (Time) – also released as Max Roach
1958 : Max Roach/Bud Shank – Sessions (with Bud Shank)
1958 : The Defiant Ones – with Booker Little
1959 : The Many Sides of Max (Mercury)
1959 : Rich Versus Roach (Mercury) – with Buddy Rich
1959 : Quiet as It’s Kept (Mercury)
1959 : Moon Faced and Starry Eyed (Mercury) – with Abbey Lincoln
1960 : Long as You’re Living (Enja) – released 1984
1960 : Parisian Sketches (Mercury)
1960 : We Insist! (Candid)
1961 : Percussion Bitter Sweet (Impulse!) – with Mal Waldron
1962 : It’s Time (Impulse!) – with Mal Waldron
1962 : Speak, Brother, Speak! (Fantasy)
1964 : The Max Roach Trio featuring the Legendary Hasaan (Atlantic) – with Hasaan Ibn Ali
1966 : Drums Unlimited (Atlantic)
1968 : Members, Don’t Git Weary (Atlantic)
1971 : Lift Every Voice and Sing (Atlantic) – with the J.C. White Singers
1976 : Force: Sweet Mao-Suid Afrika ’76 (duo with Archie Shepp)
1976 : Nommo (Victor)
1977 : Max Roach Quartet Live in Tokyo (Denon)
1977 : The Loudstar (Horo)
1977 : Max Roach Quartet Live In Amsterdam – It’s Time (Baystate)
1977 : Solos (Baystate)
1977 : Streams of Consciousness – duo with Dollar Brand
1978 : Confirmation (Fluid Records)
1978 : Birth and Rebirth – duo with Anthony Braxton (Black Saint)
1979 : The Long March – duo with Archie Shepp (Hathut)
1979 : Historic Concerts – duo with Cecil Taylor (Black Saint)
1979 : One in Two – Two in One – duo with Anthony Braxton (Hathut)
1979 : Pictures in a Frame (Soul Note)
1980 : Chattahoochee Red (Columbia)
1982 : Swish – duo with Connie Crothers (New Artists)
1982 : In the Light (Soul Note)
1983 : Live at Vielharmonie (Soul Note)
1984 : Scott Free (Soul Note)
1984 : It’s Christmas Again (Soul Note)
1984 : Survivors (Soul Note)
1985 : Easy Winners (Soul Note)
1986 : Bright Moments (Soul Note)
1989 : Max + Dizzy: Paris 1989 – duo with Dizzy Gillespie (A&M)
1989 : Homage to Charlie Parker (A&M)
1991 : To the Max! (Enja)
1995 : Max Roach With The New Orchestra Of Boston And The So What Brass Quintet (Blue Note)
1999 : Beijing Trio (Asian Improv)
2002 : Friendship – (with Clark Terry) (Columbia)
With Clifford Brown
1954: Best Coast Jazz (Emarcy)
1954: Clifford Brown All Stars (Emarcy, [released 1956])
1954: Jam Session (EmArcy, 1954) – with Maynard Ferguson and Clark Terry
1954 : Brown and Roach Incorporated (EmArcy)
1954 : Daahoud (Mainstream) – released 1973
1955 : Clifford Brown with Strings (EmArcy)
1954-55 : Clifford Brown and Max Roach (EmArcy)
1955 : Study in Brown (EmArcy)
1954 : More Study in Brown
1956 : Clifford Brown and Max Roach at Basin Street (EmArcy)
1979 : Live at the Bee Hive (Columbia Records)
With M’Boom
1973 : Re: Percussion (Strata-East Records)
1979 : M’Boom (Columbia)
1984 : Collage (Soul Note)
1992 : Live at S.O.B.’s New York (Blue Moon Records)
[edit]As sideman
With Don Byas
Savoy Jam Party (1946)
With Sonny Clark
Sonny Clark Trio (Blue Note, 1957)
With Jimmy Cleveland
Introducing Jimmy Cleveland and His All Stars (EmArcy, 1955)
With Al Cohn
Cohn’s Tones (1953)
With Miles Davis
Birth of the Cool (Capitol, 1949)
Conception (Prestige, 1951)
With John Dennis
New Piano Expressions (1955)
With Kenny Dorham
Jazz Contrasts (Riverside, 1957)
With Billy Eckstine
The Metronome All Stars (1953)
With Duke Ellington
Paris Blues (United Artists, 1961)
Money Jungle (United Artists, 1962) – with Charles Mingus
With Maynard Ferguson
Jam Session featuring Maynard Ferguson (EmArcy, 1954)
With Dizzy Gillespie
Diz and Getz (Verve, 1953) – with Stan Getz
The Bop Session (Sonet, 1975) – with Sonny Stitt, John Lewis, Hank Jones and Percy Heath
With Stan Getz
Opus BeBop (1946)
With Benny Golson
The Modern Touch (Riverside, 1957)
With Johnny Griffin
Introducing Johnny Griffin (Blue Note, 1956)
With Slide Hampton
Drum Suite (1962)
With Coleman Hawkins
Rainbow Mist (1944)
Coleman Hawkins and His All Stars (1944)
The Hawk Flies (1946)
With Joe Holiday
Mambo Jazz (1953)
With J.J. Johnson
Mad Be Bop (1946)
First Place (1957)
With Thad Jones
The Magnificent Thad Jones (Blue Note, 1956)
With Abbey Lincoln
That’s Him! (Riverside, 1957)
Straight Ahead (Riverside, 1961)
With Booker Little
Out Front (Candid, 1961)
With Howard McGhee
The McGhee-Navarro Sextet (1950)
With Gil Melle
New Faces, New Sounds (Blue Note, 1952)
With Charles Mingus
The Charles Mingus Quintet & Max Roach (Debut, 1955)
With Thelonious Monk
The Complete Genius (Blue Note, 1952)
Brilliant Corners (Riverside, 1956)
With Herbie Nichols
Herbie Nichols Trio (Blue Note, 1955)
With Charlie Parker
Town Hall, New York, June 22, 1945 (1945) – with Dizzy Gillespie
The Complete Savoy Studio Recordings (1945-48)
Lullaby in Rhythm (1947)
Charlie Parker on Dial (Dial, 1947)
The Band that Never Was (1948)
Bird on 52nd Street (1948)
Bird at the Roost (1948)
Charlie Parker – Complete Sessions on Verve (Verve, 1949-53)
Charlie Parker in France (1949)
Live at Rockland Palace (1952)
Yardbird: DC-53 (1953)
With Bud Powell
The Bud Powell Trip (1947)
The Amazing Bud Powell (Blue Note, 1951)
With Sonny Rollins
Work Time (Prestige, 1955)
Sonny Rollins Plus 4 (Prestige, 1956)
Tour de Force (Prestige, 1956)
Rollins Plays for Bird (Prestige, 1956)
Saxophone Colossus (Prestige, 1956)
Freedom Suite (Riverside, 1958)
Stuttgart 1963 Concert (1963)
With Hazel Scott
Relaxed Piano Moods (1955)
With Sonny Stitt
Sonny Stitt/Bud Powell/J. J. Johnson (Prestige, 1949-50 [1956]) – with J. J. Johnson and Bud Powell
With Stanley Turrentine
Stan ‘The Man’ Turrentine (1960)
With Tommy Turrentine
Tommy Turrentine (1960)
With George Wallington
The George Wallington Trip and Septet (1951)
With Dinah Washington
Dinah Jams (EmArcy, 1954)
With Randy Weston
Uhuru Afrika (Roulette, 1960)
With Joe Wilder
The Music of George Gershwin: I Sing of Thee (1956)
With Various Artists
The Stars of Modern Jazz at Carnegie Hall'(1949)
Newport in New York ‘72 (1972) – Roach on 2 tracks only — with Odean Pope, Odean Pope and Max Roach at North Beach San Francisco

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America’s pride The Blue Angels here at SFO to perform fearlessly in honor of Fleet Week 2012 with support from United Airlines Team at United Family Day very special annual event, special thanks to all these fine folks it takes to make it happen. From the Firefighters, to the Mechanics, Air Controllers, Crew, Food Preparations even the Imperial Storm Troopers from Star Wars were on hand for this very special family day – with music here from The Jon Hammond Band with special guest Lee Oskar harmonica, recent performance in Frankfurt Germany at the famous Jazzkeller “Tribute to 9/11 – Get Back In The Groove” Tony Lakatos tenor sax, Giovanni Gulino drums, Joe Berger guitar, Jon Hammond at Sk1 organ, enjoy folks! Sincerely, Jon Hammond

Hamburg Germany — No more bungee jumping off of the Heinrich-Hertz-Turm folks! – Jon Hammond

“After the observation platform and restaurant were closed (due to asbestos decontamination), former stuntman Jochen Schweitzer had a bungee jumping base installed. The restaurant will not open again due to new fire escape regulations, the bungee platform was closed at the end of 2001.”
The Heinrich-Hertz-Turm (named after the German physicist and Hamburg-born Heinrich Hertz) is a radio telecommunication tower and a famous landmark of Hamburg, Germany.
Designed by architect Fritz Trautwein, in co-operation with civil engineers Jörg Schlaich, Rudolf Bergermann and Fritz Leonhardt, it was built 1965–1968 for former Deutsche Bundespost (German Federal Post and Telecommunications Agency, now Deutsche Telekom ‘s subsidiary Deutsche Funkturm GmbH) near Planten un Blomen (a city park). With an overall height of 279,2 m (916 ft) it is Hamburg’s tallest building

R.I.P. Bill Graham – January 8, 1931 – October 25, 1991
I took this shot backstage, you can see in the foreground Jack Casady, I think Bill is speaking with Paul Kantner. To Bill’s left is Wavy Gravy with the cowboy hat and American Flag suit. A huge loss to all the music community!
The last time I ran in to Bill, it was about 3.30AM in the morning at The Carnegie Deli in New York City – he was unshaven and looked tired, but he wanted his corned beef sandwich in the middle of the night. I was in Frankfurt Germany when I got the horrible news of his helicopter crash 10/25/1991, rest in peace Bill – Jon Hammond
*anybody recognize any other people in my photo of Bill? It looks to me like it might be Frank Biner to the left of Wavy, just under the Jartran truck sign – JH
Born Wolodia Grajonca
January 8, 1931
Berlin, Germany
Died October 25, 1991 (aged 60)
Vallejo, California, U.S.
Occupation Rock promoter
Years active 1960s–1991; his death
Graham was born Wolodia Grajonca in Berlin,[1] the son of Frieda (née Sass) and Yankel Grajonca, an engineer.[2] He was given the nickname Wolfgang by his family early in his life.[3] He was the youngest son of a lower-middle-class Jewish family that had emigrated from Russia prior to the rise of Nazism.[4][5] Graham’s father died two days after his son’s birth.[6] Graham’s mother placed her son and his younger sister in an orphanage in Berlin due to the increasing peril to Jews in Germany. The orphanage sent them to France in a pre–Holocaust exchange of Jewish children for Christian orphans. Graham’s older sisters stayed behind with his mother. After the fall of France, Graham was among a group of Jewish orphans spirited out of France, some of whom finally reached America. But a majority of the children—including Graham’s older sister Tolla—did not survive the difficult journey. Graham thus was one of the One Thousand Children, (OTC), those mainly Jewish children who managed to flee Hitler and Europe and then came directly to America, but whose parents were forced to stay behind. Nearly all these OTC parents were murdered “by Hitler”. Graham’s mother was murdered in Auschwitz. Graham had five sisters, Rita, Evelyn, Sonja, Ester and Tolla, only two of whom survived. Ester moved to the United States and was very close to Graham in his later life. His sister Rita escaped, first to Shanghai and then (after the war) to the United States.[citation needed]
Once in the United States, Graham stayed in a foster home in The Bronx in New York City. After being taunted as an immigrant and being called a Nazi because of his German accented English, Graham first worked on his accent, eventually being able to speak in a perfect New York accent, and also changed his name to be more “American.” (He found “Graham” in the phonebook, it was closest to his real surname “Grajonca.” According to Graham, both “Bill” and “Graham” were meaningless to him). Graham graduated from DeWitt Clinton High School and then obtained a business degree from City College.[7][8] He was later quoted as describing his training as that of an “efficiency expert[disambiguation needed]”.
Graham was drafted into the United States Army in 1951, and served in the Korean War, where he was awarded both the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. Upon his return to the States he worked as a waiter/maître d’ in Catskill Mountain resorts in upstate New York during their heyday. He was later quoted as saying his experience as a maître d’ and with the poker games he hosted behind the scenes was good training for his eventual career as a promoter. Tito Puente, who played some of these resorts, went on record once saying that Graham was avid to learn Spanish from him, but only cared about the curse words.[9] It was during the 1950s that Graham became a champion mambo dancer in the mambo clubs of New York City.

Graham in 1974
Graham moved from New York to San Francisco in the early 1960s to be closer to his sister, Rita. He was invited to attend a free concert in Golden Gate Park, where he made contact with the San Francisco Mime Troupe, a radical theater group. He gave up a promising business career to manage the troupe in 1965. After Mime Troupe leader Ronnie Davis was arrested on obscenity charges during an outdoor performance, Graham organized a benefit concert to cover the troupe’s legal fees. The concert was a success, and Graham saw a business opportunity.[11][12]
Graham began promoting more concerts to raise funds for the Mime Troupe and eventually left the troupe to promote concerts full-time. Charles Sullivan was a mid-20th century black entrepreneur and businessman in San Francisco who owned the master lease on the Fillmore Auditorium. Bill approached Charles to put on the Second Mime Troupe appeals concert at the Fillmore Auditorium on December 10, 1965 using Sullivan’s dance hall permit for the show. Graham later secured a contract from Sullivan for the open dates at the Fillmore Auditorium in 1966. Graham credits Sullivan with giving him his break in the music promotion business. Charles Sullivan was found murdered on August 2, 1966, south of Market Street in San Francisco. To this day the murder remains unsolved.
One of the first concerts Graham promoted was in partnership with Chet Helms of the Family Dog organization and featured the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. The concert was an overwhelming success and Graham saw an opportunity with the band.[14] Early the next morning, Graham called the band’s manager, Albert Grossman, and obtained exclusive rights to promote them. Shortly thereafter, Chet Helms arrived at Graham’s office, asking how Graham could have cut him out of the deal. Graham pointed out that Helms would not have known about it unless he had tried to do the same thing to Graham and advised him to “get up early” in the future.[citation needed]
A charismatic but often difficult personality, Graham produced shows attracting elements of America’s now legendary counterculture of the time such as Jefferson Airplane, Big Brother and the Holding Company, Country Joe and The Fish, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, The Committee, The Fugs, Allen Ginsberg, and, a particular favorite of Graham’s, The Grateful Dead. He was the manager of Jefferson Airplane during 1967 and 1968. His successes and popularity allowed him to become the top concert promoter in rock music. He operated the famous venues the Fillmore West and Winterland (both in San Francisco) and the Fillmore East (in New York City), where the best up-and-coming acts would come to play. Graham also owned a record label, Fillmore Records, which was in operation from 1969 to circa 1976. Some of the artists who signed with Graham were Rod Stewart, Elvin Bishop and Cold Blood,[15] although of these it seems only Bishop actually issued albums on the Fillmore label.
In New York City, he formed a booking agency called The Millard Agency which organized the booking of bands into various venues across the US. Because his music venue was the Fillmore, it seemed obvious to call the booking agency Millard. (Millard Fillmore was the thirteenth president of the United States.) In his music venues, he also opened certain weekday nights for unknown bands, like Santana, to get exposure. Graham promoted the West-Coast leg of the legendary The Rolling Stones American Tour 1972, also known as S.T.P. Tour (for Stones Touring Party), as well as parts of the Rolling Stones 1975 and 1978 tours. He would then promote the entire Rolling Stones American Tour 1981 and Rolling Stones European Tour 1982. When the Stones returned to touring in 1989 with the Steel Wheels tour, Mick Jagger accepted the offer of Michael Cohl’s The BCL Group (Ballard Cohl Labatt).[16] to buy the concert, sponsorship, merchandising, radio, television, and film rights. Steel Wheels became the most financially successful in history. Graham later discovered that Cohl had offered only slightly more money. Graham took Jagger’s repudiation as a personal defeat, writing with eloquence and grace, “Losing the Stones was like watching my favorite lover become a whore.”[17]
In 1971, he closed the Fillmores on both coasts, citing a need to “find [himself]”. The movie Fillmore: The Last Days documents the closing of the Fillmore West. Graham retreated to a Greek island, but found the quietude disconcerting and later admitted being disappointed that no one there knew of him. He returned to promoting, first organizing concerts at smaller venues, like the Berkeley Community Theatre on the campus of Berkeley High School. He then leased out the Winterland Arena in San Francisco and promoted shows at the Cow Palace Auditorium in Daly City.[citation needed] In 1973 he promoted the largest outdoor concert at that time at Watkins Glen, New York with Grateful Dead, The Allman Brothers Band and The Band. Over 600,000 paid were in attendance. He continued promoting stadium sized concerts at Kezar Stadium in San Francisco with Led Zeppelin in 1973 and started a series of stadium concerts at The Oakland Coliseum Stadium he called Day On The Green (DOG)in 1973 until 1992. Some of these concerts featured acts such as Grateful Dead and The Who in October of 1976, and Grateful Dead and Bob Dylan in 1987. His first large-scale outdoor benefit concert was for the San Francisco after-school programs, called the SNACK concert and starred Bob Dylan, with Neil Young, various members of the Grateful Dead and members of The Band.[11]
In the mid-1980s, in conjunction with the city of Mountain View, California, and Apple Inc. cofounder Steve Wozniak, he masterminded the creation of the Shoreline Amphitheatre, which became the premier venue for outdoor concerts in Silicon Valley. Throughout his career, Graham promoted benefit concerts.

*WATCH THE VIDEO HERE: US Army Blues Pershing’s Own Precious Lord Take My Hand at JEN 2013 Atlanta


Atlanta GA — A very special performance by US Army Blues Pershing’s Own Jazz Band at the JEN Jazz Education Network Conference 2013. A wonderful arrangement by SFC Graham Breedlove – Trumpet Chair of this fine ensemble. You can actually see and read down SFC Graham Breedlove’s trumpet part online – for PDF of his music:
Director Conductor: Chief Warrant Officer Four Gordon K. Kippola
video by Jon Hammond at evening concert Jazz Education Network Conference in the ballroom of Hyatt Regency Atlanta GA. Special thanks to these fine musicians and Mary Jo Papich
**Really great solos from SSG Victor Barranco trombone and SFC Graham Breedlove trumpet – JH
CW4 Gordon K. Kippola, Seabeck, WA, DIRECTOR
The U.S. Army Blues

SFC Antonio L. Orta, Guanica, PR
SFC Bill E. Linney, Buies Creek, NC
SFC Joseph D. Henson, Rock Hill, SC
MSG John W. DeSalme, Iowa City, IA *
MSG David T. Brown, Ballston Lake, NY
SFC Mark A. Wood, Gainesville, FL
SFC Kenneth W. McGee, Stafford, VA
SFC Graham E. Breedlove, Lafayette, LA ‡‡
SGM Craig C. Fraedrich, Menomonee Falls, WI ††
MSG Kenneth R. Rittenhouse, Fairmont, WV *
MSG Matthew F. Niess, Levittown, PA
MSG William L. Holmes, Philadelphia, PA *
SSG Victor Barranco, North Pole, AK
SFC Jeffrey J. Cortazzo, Palmerton, PA ‡‡
SGM Anthony W. Nalker, Lewisburg, WV †
SGM James F. Roberts, Washington, DC ‡
SSG Regan Brough, Orem, UT
MSG Steve Fidyk, Wilkes-Barre, PA

Victor Barranco
University of North Texas

Joe Cangelosi
Brooklyn, New York

Adrienne Warner Barranco
UNT Health Science Center

Barb Magendans
Phlebotomist/Reception/Manager at Now working for Immigration Express Chch

Grasso Arthur
University of Portland

Timothy Lutte
Royal Danish Conservatory of Music

Max Alexander Levowitz
James Madison High School

Harold C. Christie
Owner at The UPS Store #682/Buffalo, NY

Walt Boenig
Sam Houston State University

Chris Beatty
Palmdale, California

Hector Martinez
Musician – Horn Player at “LA SOMBRA DE TONY GUERRERO”

David Kauffman
City Councilman at City of Cumberland

Mark Channon
Thursday Morning Jazz Host at 91.3 FM WWUH Radio

Robert Skanse
Washington, District of Columbia

Jose C. Abiles
George Washington University

Aaron Cockson
Works at U.S Army

Hector Martinez
Musician – Horn Player at “LA SOMBRA DE TONY GUERRERO”

Andrew A. Lazaro
San Juan, Puerto Rico

Tim La Marca
Sierra Madre, California

Jennifer Snead Redmon

Melissa Gray Shown
Murray State KY

Kurt Shipe
Wisc Eau Claire

Patrick Fowler

Max Alexander Levowitz
James Madison High School

Adrienne Warner Barranco
UNT Health Science Center

Rob Ambrose I was there. The band killed it! I can’t say enough! Knocked me out, the whole set!
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Andy Badeaux Our army is the melllowest!
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Rob Ambrose The one with the burning alto and piano solo, just before or after that. Can you post that?? Please?
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Francis Carpino I was there, and the band was unbelievable. Great show as always Graham!!
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Tim La Marca Thanks for sharing this great performance with us Graham!
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Aaron Cockson Smokin.
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Jose C. Abiles Missed too many of the Blues performances. They sound great as ever.
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Jon Hammond My favorite music of the whole show Graham, thanks a million for coming to play for us! Beautiful arrangement and playing, and amazing Victor played so great with high fever, keep up the great work and safe travels, best band in the land! Jon
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Graham Breedlove Video courtesy of Jon Hammond. Thanks, Jon!
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Justin J. Smith Sounds great Graham. Great Arrangement.
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Jon Hammond Thanks a million Graham, big honor! I love your arrangement and performance was killin’ – amazing Victor could play like that with high fever – I really dug it on the CD as well, wonderful music, best band in the land! Stay safe & well, many thanks to you and all the cats and Band Master Kippola! Jon

Atlanta GA — CNN Center as seen from 60 floors up – Jon Hammond
The CNN Center is the world headquarters of the Cable News Network (CNN). The main newsrooms and studios for several of CNN’s news channels are located in the building. The facility’s commercial office space is occupied entirely by CNN and its parent company, Turner Broadcasting System, a division of Time Warner. The CNN Center is located in Downtown Atlanta, Georgia, adjacent to Centennial Olympic Park.
The CNN Center opened in 1976 as the Omni Hotel, which was a development by Cousins Properties Inc. as that was unsuccessful until CNN moved its headquarters there in 1987 from its Midtown Atlanta site (old home of the Progressive Club on 1050 Techwood Drive and home to Turner Broadcasting System).[1] The facility originally offered office space to various business tenants, as well as consulates over the years. The main floor featured an indoor ice skating rink, as well as a small number of restaurants and a Gold Mine video arcade. More famously, Sid and Marty Krofft built an indoor amusement park called The World of Sid and Marty Krofft, inspired by the creations of the popular children’s television producers. The park was the first indoor theme park and opened in 1976, it closed within six months. The complex also featured a multi-screen movie theater. For years, the theater offered showings of Gone with the Wind, Ted Turner’s favorite movie. The theater was replaced during renovations to put in a new newsroom for CNN’s website operations. The ice skating rink was filled in and a mosaic map of the world replaced it (featuring brass markers indicating the locations of CNN bureaus around the world). When CNN networks moved in in 1987, CNN Headline News (now known as HLN) was the first network to broadcast a show from it at 3.00 ET with its program # 96,115. Their sister channel started live programming at 6.00 ET of that day.

Debris from tornado in front of CNN Center
On March 14, 2008, a EF-2 [2] tornado passed through downtown Atlanta, damaging the CNN Center and leaving water and dust in the upper floors. The ceiling of the atrium was also damaged, causing water to pour in and partially flood the food court. CNN’s library was damaged, although it is unknown at the moment how much of its archives were damaged.[3] Numerous injuries and widespread damage were reported overall. The Omni Hotel, attached to the CNN Center, was evacuated as a precaution, and more than 400 rooms had to be emptied of occupancy for two weeks.

Atlanta GA from 60 floors up – Atlanta is the official capital of Georgia and is a city of Skyscrapers – Jon Hammond from 60 floors above Atlanta

List of tallest buildings in Atlanta:
Atlanta, the capital and largest city of the U.S. state of Georgia, is home to 256 completed high-rises,[1] 37 of which stand taller than 400 feet (122 m). The majority of the city’s skyscrapers are clustered around Peachtree Street in the Downtown, Midtown, and Buckhead neighborhoods, with the suburban city of Sandy Springs also being the site of several skyscrapers. The tallest building in Atlanta is the 55-story Bank of America Plaza, which rises 1,023 feet (312 m) and was completed in 1992.[2] The Bank of America Plaza is also the tallest building in the United States outside of New York City and Chicago,[3] and the 9th-tallest building in the U.S. overall. The second-tallest building in Atlanta is SunTrust Plaza, which rises 871 feet (265 m).[4]
The history of skyscrapers in Atlanta began with the completion in 1892 of the Equitable Building.[5] The city later went through a major building boom that began in the 1980s and continued until the mid-1990s; the majority of the city’s skyscrapers, including its four tallest, have all been completed since 1985. Overall, Atlanta is the site of 15 completed buildings that are at least 492 feet (150 m) high. As of 2012, the skyline of Atlanta is ranked second in the Southeastern United States (behind Miami), seventh in the United States and 30th in the world with 56 buildings rising at least 330 feet (100 m) in height.[6] Of the 20 tallest buildings in Georgia, 18 are located in Atlanta;[7] the other two, Concourse Corporate Center V & VI are located in the neighboring city of Sandy Springs and stand as the tallest suburban buildings in the country.

NEA Jazz Master Dave Liebman burning it up with The University of Miami Frost Concert Jazz Band at 4th annual JEN Jazz Education Network Conference

– Atlanta GA – Jon Hammond

This is a priceless photo: Gary Campbell great tenor saxophonist, composer, bandleader, educator receiving a visit from his teacher – Dr. David N. Baker past president of IAJE, author, world renowned musician educator – at 4th annual JEN Jazz Education Network Conference Atlanta GA after Gary’s quartet concert which was superb! Jon Hammond — at Hyatt Regency Atlanta

Jon Hammond with Javon Jackson Donald Meade Jazz Historian, Joe Chambers, Martin W. Mueller Exec. Director New School Contemporary Jazz Program

– here at the 4th annual JEN Jazz Education Network Conference – Atlanta GA – wonderful stories at this table folks! JH — with Javon Jackson and Martin W. Mueller at Hyatt Regency Atlanta

Martin W. Mueller Executive Director of New School Contemporary Jazz Program with one of his outstanding Alums – saxophonist composer bandleader Alex Graham, now living in Nashville – Alex has done well for himself and has a beautiful family – smokin’ quartet performance today here in Atlanta GA at 4th annual JEN Jazz Education Network Conference – Alex is a Jupiter endorsee

– Jon Hammond — with Martin W. Mueller and Alex Graham at Hyatt Regency Atlanta

Benjamin Toman

Cynthia Cawthorne
Graceland University

Jessica McAuliffe Graham
Boston, Massachusetts

Dixie Thompson
Pensacola, Florida

Bob Hull
Attorney at Law at Lewitt Hackman

Andrew Nichols
Musician/Private Woodwinds Instructor at Myself

Kimberly Lotoszinski Turrell
East Lansing, Michigan

Valerie Porter
Homemaker at None 🙂

Bill Liebold

Monika Ryan

Steve Urick
Shizuoka-shi, Shizuoka, Japan

Leron Thomas
The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music

George D. Goodman
Eastern Michigan University

Steven Oberndorf
Counsel at McKay Hochman Company, Inc.

Paul Jobin
Financial Advisor at MassMutual

Gene Perry
Northern Michigan University

Jon Hammond with the great Wycliffe Gordon playing his famous soprano trombone – incredible and super-soulful musician & vocalist / composer arranger folks! *Feature performer with US Army Blues “Pershing’s Own” Jazz Orchestra at 4th annual JEN Jazz Education Network Conference – Atlanta GA , bravo Wycliffe!!

– JH — with Wycliffe Gordon at Hyatt Regency Atlanta

Blues Brothers from Different Mothers – Tom Bones Malone and Jon Hammond at 4th annual JEN Jazz Education Network Conference – Atlanta GA *video of Tom’s concert to come..
Tom interview with Jon backstage Ed Sullivan Theatre:
Tom Bones Malone of Paul Shaffer and the CBS Orchestra Late Show with David Letterman on HammondCast Show KYOURADIO interview with Jon Hammond and Tom, covering his entire career including 10 years with Saturday Night Live as Musician and Music Director. Long time association with Gil Evans, Doc Severensen, featured in movie “Blues Brothers” and tours. Arranger, multi-instrumentalist speaking with Jon just prior to daily taping of Late Show in the Ed Sullivan Theater dressing rooms.

— with Tom Bones Malone and Tom ‘Bones’ Malone at Hyatt Regency Atlanta

*WATCH THE VIDEO HERE: Bob Cranshaw Interview with Jon Hammond at JEN 2013


Bob Cranshaw the great Jazz bassist, recording artist, educator and Local 802 Jazz Consultant Executive Board Member here interviewed by Jon Hammond at the 2013 JEN Jazz Education Network Conference in Atlanta GA. Bob tells an incredible story about the recording date with Lee Morgan on the classic album The Sidewinder.
Bob Cranshaw Wiki
special thanks to Mary Jo Papich, Rick Condit – Jazz Education Network

Atlanta GA — Army Blues “Pershing’s Own” with Wycliffe Gordon – incredible smokin’ concert last night at 4th Annual JEN Jazz Education Network Conference 2013 – Jon Hammond

— with Wycliffe Gordon at Hyatt Regency Atlanta

2 of my favorite musician Bob’s: Bassist Bob Cranshaw and tenor saxophonist Bob Mintzer in Atlanta GA at the 4th annual JEN Jazz Education Network Conference

– Jon Hammond

Jon Hammond and Frank Alkyer at the very prestigious DownBeat Magazine Stand

at 4th annual JEN Jazz Education Network Conference – Atlanta GA
Frank Alkyer is the publisher of DownBeat, Music Inc. and UpBeat Daily magazines–all produced by Maher Publications, a family-owned company based in Elmhurst, Ill. He joined the company as editorial director in 1989 and he was named associate publisher in 1992 and publisher in 2003.

Alkyer began his career as a newspaper reporter. In the early 1980s, he served as statehouse reporter for the Youngstown Vindicator in Youngstown, Ohio.

Jon’s Journal, January 10 2013, Moscow White Nights, Frankfurt, Musikmesse, Jazz, Blues, NAMM Show, Organ, Accordion, Musicians Union, Local 802, Ambassador

Jon Hammond Suzuki Concert Jon’s Journal December 17 2012

December 17, 2012

*WATCH THE VIDEO HERE: Jon Hammond Suzuki Concert

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Suzuki Headquarters and Factory concert special for President Founder Manji Suzuki with introduction by Waichiro ‘Tachi’ Tachikawa, Jon Hammond at the new B3mk2 organ + Leslie model 3300W Speaker with Koei Tanaka chromatic harmonica Part 3 of 3 “Mercy Mercy” in Hamamatsu Japan.
Special Thanks Mr. Hiromitsu Ono, Mr. Matsuo Terada, Mr. Shigeyuki Ohtaka, Mr. Yu
Beniya, “Tachi” Waichiro Tachikawa, President Manji Suzuki and entire Suzuki Musical Instruments Team, camera: Jennifer © JH INTL

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

Jon Hammond Band on FaceBook

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 Waichiro ‘Tachi’ Tachikawa, Jon Hammond at the new B3mk2 organ with Koei Tanaka chromatic harmonica Part 2 of 3 “Days of Wine and Roses” in Hamamatsu Japan.
— in Hamamatsu-shi, Shizuoka

Here I am in my dressing room at The Fillmore. if you look closely you can see the schedule says:
Jon Hammond 9 – 9:45PM
Sons of Champlin 10:15 – 12:15AM

Jon Hammond and The Late Rent Session Men (Trio) special edition opening for Sons of Champlin at Fillmore Auditorium
San Francisco June 4, 1999 original composition(s) Late Rent – Introduction to Pocket Funk Jon Hammond organ and bass, Barry Finnerty guitar, James Preston of Sons of Champlin band drums special thanks Bob Barsotti
© — with Jon Hammond

This is one of the few times you’ll see Bernard Purdie playing Zildjian Cymbals – Jon Hammond Band gig at Cocodrie in North Beach San Francisco. The drum kit belongs to left-handed drummer Ronnie Smith Jr. who opened the show for us and turned the drums around for Bernard

October 9 1998 Jon Hammond brought legendary studio drummer Bernard Purdie ‘The Hit Maker’ back to San Francisco to play for the first time since the Live Aretha Franklin at Fillmore recordings in March of 1971. The concert went down in North Beach San Francisco at COCODRIE Club. Here they are playing a Jon Hammond Band original ‘Hip Hop Chitlins’ with an explosive and impromptu drum solo from Bernard that is pure Funk. On the band: Bennett Friedman tenor sax, Barry Finnerty guitar, Bernard Purdie drums, Jon Hammond organ & bass *Special thanks: Scott Rootenberg of Cocodrie. *More info: ©JH INTL

Steven DeLano Adamson
Los Angeles, California

Kenji Miyawaki Smurd
Havana, Cuba

Rob Taco
Wichita Technical Institute

Clyde Prox
Yucaipa, California

Jody Cortez
Los Angeles Valley College

Jay Okubo
Jazz Buyer (Sales/Promotion Dept.) at Tower Records

Richard Hunter

Abel Sanchez
Coral Gables, Florida

Chuck Crocker
Elk Grove Senior High School

Robbie Furlong
Holland Park High School

Michael Grammar
Houston, Texas

Daniel East

Cody Leppo
Drummer at School of Hard Knocks, University of Life

Yoshi Kagami
Works at Professional Musician

David Mover
Coral Gables, Florida

Charles Reckard
Woodstock School

Michael David

Jon Hammond Band

This photo was taken on the steps of AFN Headquarters – Bertramstrasse 6, just after a live broadcast we did heard worldwide on the Powerlite Show with host Margie Glad

– L to R: Soldier, Jon Hammond, Joe Berger, Barry Finnerty, James Preston
This remarkable film documents 3/17 1994 AFN POWERLITE Show live broadcast of JON HAMMOND Band playing and talking on-air with host MARGIE GLAD ‘The Voice of AFN
— with Jon Hammond, Joe Berger and James Preston at Hessischer Rundfunk

Christopher Hall I spent 13 years of my life working in that building as the Chief of TV Studio Operations. I only regret I had departed back to California in 1987 and did not have the opportunity to meet you in person, James. It would have been the thrill of my life. 2 minutes ago ·

Emeryville California — Jon Hammond Band with Bernard Purdie drums, Bennett Friedman tenor sax, Barry Finnerty guitar, Jon Hammond at B3 Hammond AUDIO:

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deep in to my archives and break out some choice recordings I did with studio drummer Bernard Purdie on radio station KALX and a live feature at Kimball’s East in Emeryville CA. Going back eve…See More — with Bernard Purdie and Jon Hammond

Swiss Chris
Book Author (Cherry Lane/ Hal Leonard) at PUBLISHED BOOK AUTHOR

Jon Paris
New York, New York

Michael D Hinton

Lucy Moss
Newport, Rhode Island

Steve Bryant
Chairperson at Detroit Medical Center Citizens District Council

Michael Grammar
Houston, Texas

Barry Reynolds
New York, New York

Steven DeLano Adamson
Los Angeles, California

Dex Horton
Wake Forest, North Carolina

Daniel Cordaro
LBCC Cypress

Michael David

Robyn Curleighhead

Alex Costas
University of Montevallo

Catherine Earnshaw
Works at Round the world

John Diss

Evan Kline
University of Miami

Jerry Bauer

Hideaki Shigeizumi
Fujisawa-shi, Kanagawa, Japan

Zach Hash
San Francisco State University

Yoshi Kagami
Works at Professional Musician

Jon Hammond Band

Jon Hammond and Bernard Purdie — enjoy all the videos since 1989 folks!

This outstanding 1989 film clip captures the excitement and up-close look at the very-first pairing up of organist JON HAMMOND’S combo www …
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RIP Cornell Dupree aka ‘Mr. 2500’ (records)! Jon Hammond at Mikell’s
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RECORDING Bernard Purdie Jon Hammond plus Brandon Tartikoff — with Jon Hammond, Bernard Purdie

Stephen Roth great photo…. you and pretty Purdie
10 hours ago ·

Michael Augeri Love the pic Bernard..I hope to see you and chat next time you are in Connecticut..All the best..
10 hours ago ·

Jeanne G Pocius Dorismond You’re still looking PRETTY, Bernard!
9 hours ago ·

Jeanne G Pocius Dorismond you look good, too, Jon!
9 hours ago ·

Robbie Furlong Good photo guys..
9 hours ago ·

Dean Pratt
University of North Texas

Stephen Roth

Kenji Miyawaki Smurd
Havana, Cuba

Rich Tortorigi

Gene Kelly
Co Owner at Kelly’s Gingernut Pub

Yoshi Kagami
Works at Professional Musician

Meike Hindemith
Perth, Western Australia

Tore Pettersen

Jimi D’Andrea

Steven DeLano Adamson
Los Angeles, California

Rich LePage

Hawk Lopez
Los Angeles, California

Ron Felton
Works at Self Employed Professional Musician

Sa Scha

David Hamrock

Michael David

Chris Remediani
Vocalist/Guitarist at The 70’s Project

Michael Augeri
Univ.kentucky/ EKSU

Brigitte Lautwein

Jerry Kant

Nicky Gebhard
Mönchengladbach, Germany

Durk Dunham
Director of Emergency Management at Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office

Rich Thiel
Section Manager at Information Technology Professional

Jon Hammond Band

Shelly Heidel
Salt Lake City, Utah

Larry Dent
University of Hal Blaine, Carly Barrett and Dick Harvey

Eliabe Acácio
Works at BRF Brasil Foods S/A ( Perdigão, Sadia, Batavo e Elegê )

Bo Pezzullo

Marcelo Paganini
Owner at Film and Music Production

Robert Elam
Engineering dept boiler opertator at Now work at eastern state hospital lex ky

Frank Coleman
New York, New York

Jeanne G Pocius Dorismond
Chef d’orchestre et fanfare, professeur du cuivres et du jazz at Ecole de Musique Sainte Trinité

Rainey Kato
Meguro-ku, Tokyo, Japan

Nick Copoulos
Farmingdale Senior High School

Eric MacDuff
Works at Basware Inc.

Robyn Curleighhead

Larry Blumenstein
Valley Stream, New York

Steve Bryant
Chairperson at Detroit Medical Center Citizens District Council

Gianluigi Conte

David Zinno
University of Rhode Island

Roland Rousseve

Anaheim California — My Soul Brother for many years “Tachi” Waichiro Tachikawa arriving all the way from beautiful Hamamatsu Japan,
Jon Hammond

2012 Winter NAMM Show International Music Action — with Jon Hammond at The NAMM Show

Hollywood CA — Cia Toscanini introducing panel with George Duke , Lee Ritenour , Andrew Papastephanou – ASCAP Expo 2012

– Jon Hammond — with Cia Toscanini, George Duke, George Duke, Lee Ritenour and Lee Ritenour at Renaissance Hotel in Hollywood, California

Massimo Casati

Timo Bergström
Gymnasiet svenska normallyceum

Yuji Andoh

Masami Chiba

Petya Mihova

Leonardo Favaretto

Works at 宮崎県教育委員会 串間市教育委員会学校政策課

Toshihiko Masaki

Takashi Asakawa
Kashiwa-shi, Chiba, Japan

Patrick Pat Patrick

Marcelo Basaure Obregón

Douglas Worley
Owner and Operator at Worley and Company Professional Audio Services

Hiro Nishikiori
Beverly Hills, California


Jun Hyoung Ream

Espen Langseth
Ekeberg, Oslo, Norway

Senshu University

Clifford Charles

András Homoki
Budapest University of Technology and Economics

Momoyama Gakuin University

Shinichi Marunaka
Works at パナソニックヘルスケア株式会社

Michael Keith Odom
Miami Dade College

Tom Severino

Silvio Sillani

Maurizio Díaz Morán
Works at Freelance Musician / Músico Freelance

Toru Ishida

Nancy Sims
Bachelor of Arts: Cultural Studies; Grad School: Law and Literature

Shin Fushimi
Works at 三越伊勢丹ホールディングス

Smoothjazzclub NeluSimandan
Works at Composer

Fernando Saxman

Jackson Park

Jon Hammond Band

Yayoi Ikeda
ヴォーカリスト、ボイストレーナー、ヴォーカル、ゴスペル講師 at HEART LAND Studio & Music School /

Ike Ueno
Works at Freelance

Ong David Seow Hsiung
Temasek Junior College

Giuseppe Comes

Brigitte Lautwein

Bower Wilkins

Darin Scott
Saginaw Valley State University

Mark Kimura
Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan

Hisae Yanagida
Works at 東京都庁

Laurent Schwitthal
Groupe ESC Dijon Bourgogne

New York NY — Happy Hour Cocktail Music at French Embassy NYC

— with Jon Hammond at French Embassy

Leslie Wilcox
Caregiver at State of California

Massimo Casati

Andreas Jacek Jarmusz
Works at

John Gagliardi
Works at Trumpet Player

Joseph Timmons
Journalist/Editor at Xombiewoof Magazine

Brigitte Lautwein

In Studio Radio Interview with Jon Hammond and Bernard Purdie at KALX with Anthony Bonet

51 Minutes In-Studio Radio Interview with organist Jon Hammond and studio drummer Bernard Purdie with host producer Anthony Bonet aka “Sex 14s”. This interview took place
on October 8th 1998 the day before Jon Hammond and The Late Rent Session Men performed 2 concerts at Cocodrie Club in North Beach San Francisco and at Kimball’s East Nightclub and Restaurant in Emeryville, both clubs are closed now. Hear Jon and
Bernard talk about their long musical careers and the music and musicians on the band the next day, saxophonist Bennett Friedman, guitarist Barry Finnerty, Bernard Purdie aka “Pretty Purdie” or “The Hit Maker” on drums and Jon Hammond at the B3 organ.
Very special thanks to host producer Anthony Bonet aka “Sex 14s” of KALX and Bottom of The Hill club for having us in and also to Scott Rootenberg of The Cocodrie Club,
Jon Hammond

Frankfurt Germany — “Go Green” forget the tour bus, push your gear to the gig and ride the rails – Jon Hammond

*Note: Excerpt from article in April 2008 ALLEGRO Magazine of Local 802 Musicians Union in honor of Earth Day April 22 and Environmentalism “Beat On The Street”: I am about to go over to Germany for my annu- al music tour with my Hammond organ so I’d like to tell you my way of doing a “green tour” that I have perfected. In the past, a Hammond B3 organ weighed 425 pounds (without the Leslie speaker) so it was not possible for me to take one to Europe. In 1991, I got the first really portable model. It was one of the first 10 prototypes of the Ham- mond-Suzuki XB-2, with multi-voltage for any- where in the world. I flew over to Germany with it on Pakistan Airlines. I found that by using a Kart-A-Bag Super 600 heavy-duty luggage cart with “stair slides” (like what UPS and FedEx uses), I could hoist it up on to any train or bus. I traveled all over Europe this way, and was pic- tured doing it eventually in a magazine ad for Kart- A-Bag for quite a while. They had a contest going for a long time where they would give away one “Ham- mond Super 600 Kart-A-Bag” every month from a drawing. I jokingly refer to it as my “tour bus.” I see a lot of bands touring with big tour buses and they look real nice and comfy but they also burn a lot of fuel. With my technique I ride on the high speed trains in Germany, the local trains, up and down in the Metro of Paris and in Prague on the street cars. Jon Hammond *Photo: Organist and Local 802 member Jon Hammond with his touring rig waiting for a train in Germany. One way to go green is to skip the tour bus altogether. — at Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof

Jon Hammond with Brian Rothschild Co-Founder, Executive Director at DASVentures Ltd/ The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus
at Zabar’s on the Upper West Side Manhattan
photo by “Amy” at Zabar’s

*About The John Lennon Bus:
“This is precisely the kind of project John Lennon would have loved.”
– Yoko Ono Lennon
The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus is a non-profit 501(c)(3) state-of-the-art mobile audio and HD video recording and production facility. In its fifteenth year, with the very newest technology and gear, the Bus continues to be dedicated to providing young people with tours of the studios and participation in free songwriting and multimedia production workshops. With the assistance of three on-board engineers, students learn how to write, perform, record, and produce original songs, produce and shoot music videos and documentaries and complete a broadcast quality music video – all in one day! — with Jon Hammond and Brian Rothschild at Zabar’s

Wolfgang Lücke

Massimo Casati

Ron Roelofsen
Works at Université du funk

Deborah Lupard
Warburg Realty Partnership

Jennifer Curran Peres
Talent Wrangler at Los Globos

Jon Hammond Band

Sandra Jordan

Brett Mirsky Hill
Works at Hearst Corporation

So Young Park

Steve Read
Professional Musician at Pyramid Band

Jib Peres
Brandon High School

Frankfurt Germany — 2012 Annual Musikmesse Warm Up Party hosted by Jon Hammond Band in Jazzkeller Frankfurt –

“LATE RENT” Jon Hammond Show Theme Song
as seen on MNN TV New York City Cable TV
with Tony Lakatos tenor sax, Joe Berger guitar, Giovanni Gulino drums,
Jon Hammond at the Hammond Sk1 organ,
special guest Lee Oskar harmonica.
This performance marks 26 years consecutive attending Musikmesse Frankfurt and
it was also on the birthday of Jon Hammond March 20th, 2012 with a big chocolate on chocolate cake baked by Saray Pastanesi Baeckerei & Konditorei bakery on Mainzer Landstrasse 131. 60327 Frankfurt am Main

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HAM-BERGER-HEINZ Song Jazzkeller Hofheim Jon’s Journal December 16 2012

December 16, 2012


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HAM-BERGER-HEINZ Song, 1st Play Soundcheck Jazzkeller Hofheim 3/31/2007

Jon Hammond (XK-1 Organ) wrote the tune in New York and brought it in first time play-down at soundcheck for 10th annual Jazzkeller Hofheim gig “After Musikmesse Party”. Add the driving Rock Drums of Heinz Lichius (from Hamburg) with Joe Berger on Guitar (from New York) and you have “Ham-Berger-Heinz Song” played by Trio: Jon HAMmond, Joe BERGER, Heinz Lichius…

Berkeley CA — Clarence Hairston my friend guitar player from EastBay Workshop at Holiday Party earlier this evening, we played a few tunes – Jon Hammond

Main Man Tambuzi Carroll Leader of EastBay Jazz Workshop making an announcement at Holiday Party this evening – Jon Hammond

Hamburg Concert Jazzclub Birdland White Onions
Posted on December 16, 2012
*WATCH THE VIDEO: Hamburg Concert Jazzclub Birdland White Onions

Jon Hammond Band in Hamburg Germany at Jazzclub Birdland performing original composition by Jon Hammond – WHITE ONIONS
Lutz Buechner tenor saxophone
Heinz Lichius drums
Joe Berger guitar
Jon Hammond organ
Jazz Workshop with Jon Hammond Band – NDR Info, MNNTV
funky soul jazz blues instrumental spirited performance, return engagement here at Jazzclub Birdland with many friends in the house. Special thanks Dieter Reichert, Ralph Reichert, NDR Radio

Jon Hammond Trio Opener at Bill Graham’s Fillmore Auditorium San Francisco


Radio France Inter Programme Le Trio de Jon Hammond avec Jean-Loup Longnon

Le Trio de Jon Hammond : avec Barry Finnerty, guitare – George Brown, batterie – et Jon Hammond, orgue Hammond

Jeudi 28 mars, 20h
Maison de Radio France,
studio Charles Trenet

Radio France – 116 avenue du Pdt-Kennedy 75016 Paris Renseignements : 42 30 15 16

Something told me I better go down and see Lou last week R.I.P. Louis Colombo the Greatest from Jon Hammond
Posted on December 15, 2012
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!

Francoise Pujol and Band special performance on 9/11 and Jon Hammond Journal

*WATCH THE VIDEO HERE: Francoise Pujol and Band special performance presented by Cobi Narita on 9/11 at ZEB’s NYC

Blip TV

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.

SIX YEAR ITCH by Jon Hammond in Louisville Kentucky

*WATCH THE VIDEO HERE: SIX YEAR ITCH by Jon Hammond in Louisville Kentucky


Jon Hammond original composition “Six Year Itch” from Jon’s album
“Hammond’s Bolero” – here in Louisville Kentucky at soundcheck
with Ronnie Smith Jr. drums
Alex Budman tenor saxophone
John Bishop guitar
Jon Hammond organ

Newessbar Hamburg Get Back In The Groove Tribute to 9/11
Posted on December 15, 2012
*WATCH THE VIDEO HERE: Newessbar Hamburg Get Back In The Groove Tribute to 9/11


Newessbar Hamburg Get Back In The Groove Tribute to 9/11 Jon Hammond Band
Lutz Buechner tenor sax
Heinz Lichius drums
Joe Berger guitar
Jon Hammond Sk1 Hammond organ
Original composition by Jon Hammond International ASCAP

Jon Hammond wishes everybody a very happy Holidays and New Years 2013, New Year is

almost here!

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HammondCast 3 Jon’s Journal November 27 2012

November 27, 2012


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Grooving out to my trusty Sony TFM-6060W FM/AM 2Band portable – goes a long time on a 9volt battery! – Jon Hammond

Jon Hammond in-studio with Chuy Varela who is the long-time Bay Area Music Director of stations KPFA & KCSM talking about the Bay Area music scene and travels in Europe. From there to Paris France for a live concert broadcast on Radio France Inter hosted by M. Andre Francis the legendary French Jazz Radio Producer. The concert/broadcast took place in March of 1996. From Paris to Frankfurt Germany to the AFN Europe Headquarters, Jon Hammond and the Late Rent Session Men live on AFN’s Powerlite Show, the trio was crowded around one big old Neumann tube microphone and broadcast world-wide live of first performance of Jon’s composition “New Funk/Hip-Hop Chitlins” with James Preston of the Sons of Champlin on drums, Barry Finnerty-guitar and Jon on Hammond XB-2 organ.
All songs are written by Jon Hammond and ASCAP Published JON HAMMOND International, Inc.

Couple of the Day on Fifth Avenue – Jon Hammond

Business is a little slow today for giant Elmo Muppet person! Hopefully it will pick up

– Jon Hammond — with Elmo at Times Square NYC

Congratulations Times Square Nuptials Couple!

– Jon Hammond — at Times Square NYC

Every piano has a story – this one is pretty much a goner, but it lives outside of

Soundwave Studios now, bio-degradable! – Jon Hammond

Jon Hammond’s Sk1 Hammond organ in live room at Coyote Hearing Studios for Kiyoshi Foster recording session

– Jon Hammond — at Coyote Hearing Studio – Jeremy Black at the controls – Kiyoshi’s record will be coming out soon! – JH — at Coyote Hearing Studio

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.


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!


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

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

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 … › 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 … › 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

Lou Colombo Movie by Jon Hammond from Jon Hammond on Vimeo.

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

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


Spotlight on Lou Colombo

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

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 ©

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

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”

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HammondCast Number 1 Jon’s Journal November 24 2012

November 25, 2012

*LISTEN TO THE AUDIO HERE: HammondCast Number 1

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Jon Hammond plays selections from his Ham-Berger-Friz Records album “Hammond’s Bolero” including “Soon I Will Be Free”, “Thing in C Minor”, “Tribute to Victims of 9/11-Get Back In the Groove” and the theme song of The Jon Hammond Show tv show “LATE RENT”. This was Jon’s first attempt at a Podcast on his new Powerbook G4 which is his first-ever computer. He held out until mid-July of 2005 by using WebTV:
until seeing a post on a discussion forum that said, “If you lived in a dark house would you wait until they came out with a better lightbulb before getting a light?” That was the closer, next day he went out and popped for the Powerbook! And here it is, all compositions are Jon Hammond originals.
Jon Hammond is an organ player/accordion player and ASCAP composer living in New York City *Member Local 802/Local 6 Musicians Union and ASCAP Composer/Publisher: JON HAMMOND International, Inc.

Shanghai Centre China — Jon Hammond at the organ with main man Danny Woody on the bandstand at the Portman Ritz-Carlton Hotel Jazz Bar on Mezzanine Level where Danny resided as Music Director / Drummer & vocalist for 10 years – 6 nights a week (often surrounded by cigar smoke from the cigar bar)

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Francoise Pujol, amazing pianist from Paris. (in NYC) Francoise brought
her whole band over from Paris and I was her special guest. When I lived in Paris we played together one time on Radio France Inter for the
grand producteur M. Andre’ Francis (he is retired now), it was an incredible experience.
Here is a recent photo in NYC when Francoise was here, I am wearing the hat:

Jon Lord has died this year sadly: Jon Power!

Jon Lord of Deep Purple Speaking about Hammond Sk1 and Sk2 with Jon Hammond in Frankfurt at Musikmesse

Rest In Peace Jon – Jon Hammond
Jonathan Douglas Lord, rock and classical musician and composer, born 9 June 1941; died 16 July 2012
He is survived by his wife, Vicky, and their daughter, Amy; and a daughter, Sara, by his first wife, Judith, from whom he was divorced.
Jon’s Obit from The Guardian
Jon Lord
“Organist who infused Deep Purple with classical influences, helping make them one of the world’s biggest rock bands”
‘We’re as valid as anything by Beethoven,” declared Jon Lord of his band, Deep Purple, in an interview with the New Musical Express in 1973. Lord, who has died aged 71 after suffering from pancreatic cancer, was not merely adopting a rebellious stance. An accomplished classical composer as well as rock musician, he believed with some justification that his group’s music was as profound in structure and as significant in cultural impact as any work from the symphonic canon. At the time, Deep Purple were among the world’s biggest rock bands, having built an enormous fanbase on the strength of their classically influenced songs, which lent further weight to Lord’s statement.

Born in Leicester, Lord studied classical piano from the age of five. In his teens, the then-new rock’n’roll and R&B movements made a deep impression on him, in particular the music recorded by blues pianists and organists such as Jimmy McGriff and Jerry Lee Lewis. The contemporary combination of Hammond B3 and C3 organs with Leslie speakers appealed to him, and this became an instrumental setup that remained integral to Lord’s signature keyboard style for the rest of his career.

In 1959, he moved to London to pursue acting, which he studied at the Central School of Speech and Drama. He played the piano and Hammond organ in clubs to pay the bills, initially with a jazz band called the Bill Ashton Combo and then with Red Bludd’s Bluesicians, featuring the vocalist Art Wood. While recording occasional sessions (he contributed keyboards to the Kinks’ 1964 hit You Really Got Me), Lord pursued pop success in the Art Wood Combo, who later renamed themselves the Artwoods and appeared on TV. I Take What I Want was the group’s only charting single.

Lord discovered his trademark sound when he formed Santa Barbara Machine Head, which also featured Wood’s brother and future Rolling Stone, Ronnie Wood. The key to this group’s success was its powerful, organ- and guitar-driven formula, which pointed at the future musical recipe of Deep Purple, and also the meeting of Lord and the bassist Nick Simper. The duo were the backbone of Deep Purple, who formed when the businessman and manager Tony Edwards invested in the new group and auditioned the cream of London’s young talent – the guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, the singer Rod Evans and the drummer Ian Paice among them. This quintet formed Purple’s first lineup in 1968.

Deep Purple spent the following eight years on a path that took them around the world on several occasions (in later years, they had a private jet), playing the world’s largest stadiums and issuing a series of classic LPs – In Rock (1970), Fireball (1971), Machine Head (1972) and Burn (1974) among them. Personnel came and went, but Lord and Paice remained constant members until the group’s dissolution amid a haze of drug addiction and exhaustion in 1976.

Of the great British rock bands of the 70s, only Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and the Stones were able to operate on as grand a scale: unlike any of those groups, Deep Purple took regular time out to indulge in classical projects initiated and directed by Lord. The most notable of these was the live Concerto for Group and Orchestra, recorded at the Royal Albert Hall in 1969.

It was this equal passion for rock bombast and classical finesse that made Lord such an unusual musician. During Deep Purple’s glory days, he often infused the songs with classical influences, as in the song April from the group’s eponymous album in 1969. His organ playing, which often counterpointed Blackmore’s virtuoso lead guitar, was unique and often copied.

After the split, Lord formed a group with the rock singer Tony Ashton and Deep Purple’s ex-drummer Paice entitled Paice, Ashton & Lord. They released one album, Malice in Wonderland, in 1977. He then joined Whitesnake, the band formed by Deep Purple’s last lead singer, David Coverdale. This group, not to be confused with the 1980s reincarnation that played stadium rock and met with huge success, was an earthy, blues-rock band in which Lord’s organ playing was an essential element. His stint in Whitesnake ended when he rejoined a reformed lineup of Deep Purple in 1984 alongside Blackmore, Paice, the singer Ian Gillan and the bassist Roger Glover.

Many solo projects and collaborations came during and between Lord’s membership of these bands, including Before I Forget (1982), which featured classical piano music; a commission to compose the soundtrack of Central Television’s 1984 series The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady; and guest spots on albums by rock luminaries such as Lord’s Oxfordshire neighbour George Harrison and Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour.

Eight more years of recording and tours followed before Lord felt he had had enough of life on the road. In a letter to his bandmates in 2002, he requested that Deep Purple take a year off. When this request was declined, he amicably left the group. Solo projects followed, including a collaboration in 2004 with sometime Abba singer Anni-Frid Lyngstad, and the formation of a blues band, Hoochie Coochie Men, three years later. In 2010, Lord was made an honorary fellow of Stevenson College, Edinburgh, and the following year he was awarded an honorary doctorate of music by the University of Leicester.


Bicycles are In these days, but make sure to wear a helmut folks! Jon Hammond
2 friends of mine seriously injured recently, one with helmut (busted femur) and the other one, busted collar bone

New York NY — The Russians are back in town!
Welcome back to USA cats!! Jon Hammond

Welcome back to USA cats!! Jon Hammond — with Alexander Dovgopoly, Anton Baronin, Vitaly Solomonov, Pavel Ovchinnikov and Ed Zizak

Jon Hammond in Leo’s Pro Audio trying out Bag End speakers with 1965 Fender Band-Master head and XK-1 Hammond organ – this organ and flight case are available to the right person by the way – JH — at Leo’s PRO Audio

San Francisco CA Golden Gate Park Speedway Meadows — Wavy Gravy hangin’ backstage at 40th Anniversary of Woodstock free concert – Jon Hammond
with appearances by
Sandi Freddie Herrera, Zero Nylin, Narada Michael Walden, Annie Sampson, Dr. Eugene L. Schoenfeld special thanks Boots Hughston, Terence Hallinan – JH – Speedway Meadows Golden Gate Par…See More — with Wavy Gravy at Golden Gate Park, Speedway Meadows.

New York NY — 4 serious Jazzers – Billy Kaye, Rudy Sheriff Lawless (yes that’s his real name including middle name) Jackie Williams, Stepko Gut – Jon Hammond on 42nd Street — at Duane Reade Doctor on Premises – 42nd Street & 8th Avenue.

Sea Cliff San Francisco California — The Art Gates of Robin Williams’ house – Jon Hammond

Times Square — Hey, where’d everybody go ? !

Jon Hammond — at Times Square NYC.

Wishing a Big Happy Healthy Birthday to Main Man Glenn Derringer! Glenn is one of my All-Time Super Heroes!!
Have a fantastic one Glenn and many more!!!
Jon Hammond — with Glenn Derringer

New York NY Town Hall 43rd Street — Alex Foster and Stephen Ferrone at Memorial for Michael Brecker R.I.P. *note, Joe Berger is also there but for some reason the camera barely registers him, go figure! Jon Hammond — at The Town Hall.

Frankfurt am Main — Yes I wear white socks and my pants are too short today folks! – Jon Hammond on the strassenbahn gleis — at Platz-der-Republik.

Frankfurt am Main — Main Man Totó Giovanni Gulino drums hanging with Main Man Joe Lamond – President of NAMM on the break at my annual Musikmesse Frankfurt Warm Up Party – the Chocolate on Chocolate Cake was GOOD! – Jon Hammond
Chocolate on Chocolate Cake at Musikmesse Warm Up Party in Jazzkeller Frankfurt with Jon Hammond Band and special guest…See More — at Jazzkeller.

Frankfurt am Main — Happy 25 years Musikmesse Frankfurt to me! – here on the buhne / bandstand of the legendary Jazzkeller Frankfurt – *now 26 years my custom-made chocolate on chocolate cake to share with all my friends in the good old Jazzkeller Frankfurt – Youtube
Chocolate on Chocolate Cake at 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 Musikmesse Frankfurt Projekt and Presse Team!
Jon Hammond Band:
Joe Berger guitar
Tony Lakatos tenor saxophone
Giovanni Gulino drums
Jon Hammond – XB-2 Hammond Organ – special thanks Hiromitsu Ono Chief Engineer Suzuki Musical Instruments designed my instrument which took me all around the world many times
“Late Rent” Jon Hammond theme song for Jon Hammond Show MNNTV and HammondCast Show KYOU Radio San Francisco CBS Radio Network
Thanks Joe Lamond President CEO NAMM, TecAmp Jürgen Kunze and Thomas Eich – Puma Combo bass amp powering Jon Hammond’s organ
Dankeschoen to Yücel Atiker, Tino Pavlis, Poehl, Bernie Capicchiano, Michael Falkenstein Hammond Suzuki Deutschland, Peggy Behling, Christine Vogel Messe Frankfurt,
Saray Pastanesi Baeckerei & Konditorei for Chocolate on Chocolate
25 Years Musikmesse Celebration Cake — at Jazzkeller.

Frankfurt am Main — Happy 25 years Musikmesse Frankfurt to me! *now 26 my custom-made chocolate on chocolate cake to share with all my friends in the good old Jazzkeller Frankfurt – Youtube
Chocolate on Chocolate Cake at 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 – XB-2 Hammond Organ – special thanks Hiromitsu Ono Chief Engineer Suzuki Musical Instruments designed my instrument which took me all around the world many times
“Late Rent” Jon Hammond theme song for Jon Hammond Show MNNTV and HammondCast Show KYOU Radio San Francisco CBS Radio Network
Thanks Joe Lamond President CEO NAMM, TecAmp Jürgen Kunze and Thomas Eich – Puma Combo bass amp powering Jon Hammond’s organ
Dankeschoen to Yücel Atiker, Tino Pavlis, Poehl, Bernie Capicchiano, Michael Falkenstein Hammond Suzuki Deutschland, Peggy Behling, Christine Vogel Messe Frankfurt,
Saray Pastanesi Baeckerei & Konditorei for Chocolate on Chocolate
25 Years Musikmesse Celebration Cake — at Jazzkeller.

Frankfurt am Main — Hallo Erna Klobučar !
Jon Hammond

Frankfurt am Main — This is where I stayed at my very first Musikmesse Frankfurt in 1987 – Hotel Prinz Otto – rub-a-dub-dub…3 men in a tub! The only 2 star hotel in Frankfurt, but it did the job – 3 of us in one little room, Joe Berger, Bruno Engl and myself Jon Hammond right by the Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof, and it had a little bar kneipe. Many a traveler has stayed there folks! – JH
One happy camper “Die Zimmer waren schmutzig, die Handtücher und Bettwäsche war dünn und löchrig. Die Heizungskörper waren voller Staub und die Teppiche waren voller Flecken und fadendünn. In der Dusche lagen Haarbüschel und das Wasser war entweder heiß oder kalt, die Toilettenspülung hat nicht funktioniert, ebenso wenig der Fernseher und vom Frühstück konnte einem schlecht werden und so hat keiner von uns etwas gegessen. Die Fließen im Badezimmer waren voller Silikon-Abdichtungsmittel. Außerdem glaube ich nicht, dass es Feuerausgänge in den Zimmer gab. Unterster Standard. Ich wünschte mir nur, dass ich es mir vorher angesehen hätte.” — at Hotel Prinz Otto.

Frankfurt am Main — They know me well in this Deutsche Bundespost by the Frankfurt Bahnhof! – Jon Hammond
The Deutsche Bundespost (German federal post office) was created in 1947 as a successor to the Reichspost (German imperial post office). Between 1947 and 1950 the enterprise was called Deutsche Post (German post office). Until 1989 the Deutsche Bundespost was a state-owned company.
The Bundespost was developed according to a three-stage principle common in public administration in the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG). The upper stage consisted of the federal ministry for the post office and telecommunication system. The middle stage consisted of regional directorates and national post office management in West Berlin, with certain central bureaucracies (post office technical central office, telecommunication engineering central office, postal administration social office, and post offices) on an equal footing. Finally, the lower stage consisted of the actual post offices, postal giro (akin to a checking account)and savings bank offices, and telecommunication offices.
The legal basis for the administrative activity of the Bundespost was the postal administration law (Postverwaltungsgesetz, abbreviated PostVwG). A central goal of public administrative policy after 1924 was financial self-sufficiency. Political goals, however, often superseded this goal. According to the PostVwG, the federal postal system was to be administered “according to the principles of the policy of the FRG, in particular trade, economic, financial and social policies” and “the interests of the German national economy.”
The Deutsche Bundespost was the largest employer in the Federal Republic. In 1985 it employed 543,200 people.
In the first post office reform (July 1, 1989), the Bundespost was divided into three divisions (also called public enterprises):
Deutsche Bundespost Postdienst – postal service
Deutsche Bundespost Telekom – communications service
Deutsche Bundespost Postbank – postal bank
The central authorities remained as described above. The divisions were later privatized in the second post office reform (January 1, 1995), resulting in the creation of the following:
Deutsche Post AG from the postal service
Deutsche Telekom AG from the communications service
Deutsche Postbank AG from the postal bank
The federal ministry for post office and telecommunications (Bundesministerium für Post und Telekommunikation) retained oversight responsibility for postal services and telecommunications. After the dissolution of that ministry on 1 January 1998, those tasks were taken over by a new federal network regulatory agency (Bundesnetzagentur, formerly RegTP) under the federal ministry for economics and technology. Other functions (such as the issuance of postage stamps) were taken over by the federal ministry of finance. Some telecommunications functions (including BOS radio) were turned over to the federal ministry of the interior.
For certain official and legal purposes (including certain financial, medical and other services for former postal civil servants), a “federal institution for post and telecommunication” (Bundesanstalt für Post und Telekommunikation) was created. — at Deutsche Post FFM.

Hofheim am Taunus Germany — Congratulations 53 years Jazzkeller Hofheim and dankeschoen for putting me in the book on Page 68 – from show I did circa 1996 in Trio with Tony Lakatos tenor sax, Uwe Petersen on drums – myself at the XB-2 Hammond organ / bass – Jon Hammond — at Jazzkeller Hofheim.

Berkeley California — EastBay Jazz Workshop action, firing up at The Black Repertory Group Theater – Jon Hammond — at Black Repertory Group Inc.

Time to come back on solid land! Jon Hammond

Once in a Blue Moon folks! Jon Hammond

Berkeley California — Duo session piano / trumpet with my man Tom Carroll at EastBay Jazz Workshop private clubhouse – Jon Hammond

Emeryville California — Pixar Studios doesn’t mess around, right over my head with the Zeppelin UP ad, good idea Pixar’oids! Jon Hammond — at Pixar Inc.

Hollywood CA — Narada Michael Walden at the cans – ASCAP Expo – only drummer on the panel getting real funky. Next time keep that Ampeg amp warmed up and I’ll plug in my Hammond organ, play some organ drums serious fat-back funk grooves Narada! – Jon Hammond
Pocket Funk fat-back Bernard Purdie & David Fathead Newman R.I.P. — at Grand Ballroom Renaissance Hollywood Hotel.

If the car had a slightly bigger trunk it would be good!
Jon Hammond — at Radisson blu Hamburg Dammtor.

Jon Hammond : “Open House, Beware of The Dog, No Loitering, No Trespassing, Reserved Parking, No Smoking, House for Sale, Danger, For Rent, No Parking, Employees Only, No Soliciting, Shoplifters Will Be Prosecuted! etc., etc.! – JH and No Dumping!

New York NY — Jazz heavyweight FRANK OWENS at the piano – singers showcase with Cobi Tanaka – Local 802 Musicians Union – Jon Hammond *interesting story about Frank, his name was originally Owen, but so many people called “Frank Owens” that he eventually just added the s.
For seven years, Frank Owens was music director for NBC TV’s Showtime at the Apollo. He was also host of Portrait of the Arts. Mr. Owens performed in the Hartford CT Theatreworks production of Paul Robeson, playing the part of Lawrence Brown. Recently he accompanied Hal David in his tribute at the Friars Club and Freda Payne at the High Mount Jazz Festival, and is co-author and arranger of Shades of Harlem.

Mr. Owens has played and conducted abroad, including the conducting A Fourth of July Celebration of American Jazz, Pop and Broadway in Moscow. Frank Owens was resident pianist at Mortimer’s for over six years, and appeared several times a year at the Hotel Carlyle’s Bemelman’s Bar. He appeared at the Blue Note with Ruth Brown of Broadway’s Black and Blue, having arranged and conducted her album, Fine and Mellow.

Frank Owens was musical director/conductor/pianist for many performers including Johnny Mathis, Chubby Checker, John Denver, Melba Moore, Aretha Franklin, Connie Francis, and Lena Horne.

Frank was musical director for the first David Letterman Show in 1980. Other TV credits include the Jack Paar Show, Geraldo Rivera’s Goodnight America, and Eubie Blake’s, A Century of Music. He did dance arrangements for the film the Wiz, contributed to many records and albums in the top ten, and won the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences sponsored MVP Award for Acoustic Piano for several years. — at Associated Musicians of Greater New York, Local 802 AFM.

New York NY — Local 802 – 2 heavyweights in Jazz:
Cobi Narita of ‘Cobi’s Place’ and pianist Frank Owens conducting singers showcase in the Club Room of Local 802 Musicians Union Hall – Jon Hammond — at Associated Musicians of Greater New York, Local 802 AFM.

Hofheim am Taunus Germany — Jon Hammond Band Youtube Channel
17th consecutive year Jazzkeller-Hofheim Musikmesse-Session — at Jazzkeller Hofheim.

Long Beach CA — James Moody R.I.P. – Jon Hammond *I shot this photo Jan. 2005
James Moody (March 26, 1925 – December 9, 2010) was an American jazz saxophone and flute player. He was best known for his hit “Moody’s Mood for Love,” an improvisation based on “I’m in the Mood for Love”; in performance, he often sang Eddie Jefferson’s vocalese lyr…See More — at Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center.

New York NY — I caught this stunning art installation today while passing by on the bus, flipping airplane (real!) at the entrance to Central Park at 58th & Fifth Avenue across from the big 24 hour Apple Store Fifth Avenue and the Plaza Hotel, nice! Jon Hammond
The Plaza Hotel in New York City is a landmark 20-story luxury hotel with a height of 250 ft (76 m) and length of 400 ft (120 m) that occupies the west side of Grand Army Plaza, from which it derives its name, and extends along Central Park South in Manhattan. Fifth Avenue extends along the east side of Grand Army Plaza. It is owned by El-Ad Properties and managed and operated by Fairmont Hotels and Resorts. — at The Plaza Hotel.

New York NY — Guggenheim Museum on a nice summer day – Jon Hammond
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (often referred to as “The Guggenheim”) is a well-known art museum located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan in New York City. It is the permanent home of a renowned and continuously expanding collection of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, early Modern and contemporary art and also features special exhibitions throughout the year. The museum was established by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation in 1939 as the Museum of Non-Objective Painting, under the guidance of its first director, the artist Hilla von Rebay. It adopted its current name after the death of its founder, Solomon R. Guggenheim, in 1952.
Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the cylindrical museum building, wider at the top than the bottom, was conceived as a “temple of the spirit” and is one of the 20th century’s most important architectural landmarks. The building opened on October 21, 1959, replacing rented spaces used by the museum since its founding. Its unique ramp gallery extends from just under the skylight in the ceiling in a long, continuous spiral along the outer edges of the building until it reaches the ground level. The building underwent extensive expansion and renovations from 1992 to 1993 (when an adjoining tower was built) and from 2005 to 2008. The museum’s collection has grown organically, over eight decades, and is founded upon several important private collections, beginning with Solomon R. Guggenheim’s original collection. The collection is shared with the museum’s sister museums in Bilbao, Spain, and elsewhere.
Early years
Solomon Guggenheim, guided by his art adviser, German painter Hilla Rebay, began to collect works by nonobjective artists in 1929. Guggenheim first began to show his collection in his apartment, and as the collection grew, he established the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation in 1937. The foundation’s goal was the “promotion and encouragement and education in art and the enlightenment of the public.” It was endowed to operate one or more museums; Solomon Guggenheim was elected its first President and Rebay its Director.

Museum under construction in photo taken on Nov. 12, 1957
In 1939, the Guggenheim Foundation’s first museum, “The Museum of Non-Objective Painting”, opened in rented quarters at 24 East 54th Street in New York City and showcased art by early modernists such as Rudolf Bauer, Rebay, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee and Piet Mondrian. During the life of Guggenheim’s first museum, Guggenheim continued to add to his collection, acquiring paintings by Marc Chagall, Robert Delaunay, Fernand Léger, Amedeo Modigliani and Pablo Picasso. The collection quickly outgrew its original space, and so in 1943, Rebay and Guggenheim wrote a letter to Frank Lloyd Wright asking him to design a permanent structure for the collection. It took Wright 15 years, 700 sketches, and six sets of working drawings to create the museum. From 1943 to early 1944, Wright produced four different sketches for the initial design. One of the plans (scheme C) was a hexagonal shape as opposed to the other three circular sketches. It was the only design of the four to have level floors for the galleries without the use of one ramp continuing around the building. At the same time, Rebay was searching for sites for the museum. She selected the museum’s site at the corner of 89th Street and Fifth Avenue, overlooking Central Park.

A 1966 U.S. postage stamp honoring Frank Lloyd Wright, with the Guggenheim visible in the background.
In 1953, the foundation’s collecting criteria expanded under its new director, James Johnson Sweeney. Sweeney rejected Rebay’s dismissal of “objective” painting and sculpture, and he soon acquired Constantin Brâncuşi’s Adam and Eve (1921), followed by works of other modernist sculptors, including Jean Arp, Alexander Calder, Alberto Giacometti and David Smith.[2] Sweeney reached beyond the 20th century to acquire Paul Cézanne’s Man with Crossed Arms (c. 1899).[2] In that year, the foundation also received a gift of 28 important works from the Estate of Katherine S. Dreier, a founder of America’s first collection to be called a modern art museum, the Société Anonyme. Dreier had been a colleague of Rebay’s. The works included Little French Girl (1914–18) by Brâncuşi, an untitled still life (1916) by Juan Gris, a bronze sculpture (1919) by Alexander Archipenko and three collages (1919–21) by German Hanoverian Dadaist Schwitters. It also included works by Calder, Marcel Duchamp, El Lissitzky and Mondrian.[3] Among others, Sweeney also acquired the works of Alberto Giacometti, David Hayes, Willem de Kooning and Jackson Pollock.[4]
Sweeney oversaw the last half dozen years of the construction of the museum building, during which time he had an antagonistic relationship with Frank Lloyd Wright, especially regarding the building’s lighting issues.[5][6] The distinctive cylindrical building, turned out to be Wright’s last major work, as the architect died six months before its opening. From the street, the building looks like a white ribbon curled into a cylindrical stack, wider at the top than the bottom, displaying nearly all curved surfaces. Its appearance is in sharp contrast to the typically rectangular Manhattan buildings that surround it, a fact relished by Wright, who claimed that his museum would make the nearby Metropolitan Museum of Art “look like a Protestant barn.” Internally, the viewing gallery forms a helical spiral ramp climbing gently from ground level to the skylight at the top.
On October 21, 1959, ten years after the death of Solomon Guggenheim and six months after the death of Frank Lloyd Wright, the Museum first opened its doors to large crowds. The building instantly polarized architecture critics, though today it is widely praised. Some of the criticism focused on the idea that the building overshadows the artworks displayed inside, and that it is difficult to properly hang paintings in the shallow, windowless, concave exhibition niches that surround the central spiral. Prior to its opening, twenty-one artists signed a letter protesting the display of their work in such a space.
Thomas M. Messer succeeded Sweeney as director of the museum (but not the foundation) in 1961 and stayed for 27 years, the longest tenure of any of the city’s major arts institutions’ directors. When Messer took over, the museum’s ability to present art at all was still in doubt due to the challenges presented by continuous spiral ramp gallery that is both tilted and has non-vertical curved walls. It is difficult to properly hang paintings in the shallow, windowless exhibition niches that surround the central spiral. Canvasses must be mounted raised from the wall’s surface. Paintings hung slanted back would appear “as on the artist’s easel”. There is limited space within the niches for sculpture.

The skylight in the center of the museum
Almost immediately, in 1962, Messer took a risk putting on a large exhibition that combined the Guggenheim’s paintings with sculptures on loan from the Hirshhorn Museum.Three dimensional sculpture, in particular, raised “the problem of installing such a show in a museum bearing so close a resemblance to the circular geography of hell”, where any vertical object appears tilted in a “drunken lurch” because the slope of the floor and the curvature of the walls could combine to produce vexing optical illusions. It turned out that the combination could work well in the Guggenheim’s space, but, Messer recalled that at the time, “I was scared. I half felt that this would be my last exhibition.” Messer had the foresight to prepare by staging a smaller sculpture exhibition the previous year, in which he discovered how to compensate for the space’s weird geometry by constructing special plinths at a particular angle, so the pieces were not at a true vertical yet appeared to be so. In the earlier sculpture show, this trick proved impossible for one piece, an Alexander Calder mobile whose wire inevitably hung at a true plumb vertical, “suggesting hallucination” in the disorienting context of the tilted floor.
The next year, Messer acquired a private collection from art dealer Justin K. Thannhauser for the museum’s permanent collection. These 73 works include Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and French modern masterpieces, including important works by Paul Gauguin, Edouard Manet, Camille Pissarro, Vincent van Gogh and 32 works by Pablo Picasso.
In 1992, the building was supplemented by an adjoining rectangular tower, taller than the original spiral, designed by the architectural firm of Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects.[18] By that point, the building had become iconic enough that this augmentation of Wright’s original design was itself controversial.
In October 2005, Lisa Dennison, a longtime Guggenheim curator, was appointed director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. Dennison resigned in July 2007 to work at the auction house Sotheby’s.
From October 2005 to February 2008, Thomas Krens remained director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, having won a decisive victory over billionaire philanthropist and board member Peter Lewis. A significant contributor to the Guggenheim Foundation, Lewis resigned in 2005 in a dispute with the board over the direction and leadership of the Foundation. Despite this, Krens and Lewis nevertheless continue to agree in describing the building itself as “the most important piece of art in the collection.”
In February 2008, Krens stepped down as the Director of the Guggenheim Foundation, but remains an advisor to the Guggenheim’s international expansion projects. The search for a new Director, who will head both the New York museum and the Foundation was recently completed with the Board’s appointment of Richard Armstrong—formerly director of Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Museum of Art—as its fifth director.
Exterior restoration

Guggenheim Museum exterior after the 3-year renovation
Between September 2005 and July 2008, the Guggenheim Museum underwent a significant exterior restoration.
In the first phase of this project, a team of restoration architects, structural engineers, and architectural conservators worked together to create a comprehensive assessment of the building’s current condition that determined the structure to be fundamentally sound. This initial condition assessment included:
the removal of 11 coats of paint from the original surface, revealing hundreds of cracks caused over the years, primarily from seasonal temperature fluctuations
detailed monitoring of the movement of selected cracks over 17 months
impact-echo technology, in which sound waves are sent into the concrete and the rebound is measured in order to locate voids within the walls
extensive laser surveys of the exterior and interior surfaces, believed to be the largest laser model ever compiled
core drilling to gather samples of the original concrete and other construction materials
testing of potential repair materials.
Much of the interior of the building was restored during the 1992 renovation and addition by Gwathmey Siegel and Associates Architects. The 2005–2008 restoration primarily addresses the exterior of the original building and the infrastructure. This includes the skylights, windows, doors, concrete and gunite facades and exterior sidewalk, as well as the climate-control. The goal will be to preserve as much significant historical fabric of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum as possible, while accomplishing necessary repairs and attaining a suitable environment for the building’s continuing use as a museum.[24]On September 22, 2008, friends and supporters of the Guggenheim gathered in New York to mark the completion of the 3-year renovation of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Museum. New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg officiated at the celebration that culminated, just after sunset, with the premiere of artist Jenny Holzer’s tribute For the Guggenheim, a work commissioned in honor of Peter B. Lewis, who was a major benefactor in the Museum restoration project. Other supporters of the $29 million dollar restoration included the Board of Trustees of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, and the Department of Cultural Affairs of the City of New York. Additional support was provided by the State of New York and MAPEI Corporation.The museum was registered as a National Historic Landmark on October 6, 2008.
Significance in popular culture

The Guggenheim interior
The building has become a cultural icon and can be seen widely throughout popular culture. It is featured in Matthew Barney’s The Cremaster Cycle, Bye Bye Birdie, Men in Black, When in Rome, Downtown 81, Ugly Betty and prominently in The International, where a major shootout occurs in the museum. (In fact, a life-size replica of the museum was built for this scene.. The film, Mr. Popper’s Penguins has a sequence where the penguins cause a disturbance entering the museum, wander to the top of the gallery structure and slide down the entire spiral structure to the ground floor. The New Yorker has included the museum multiple times on its cover and cartoons.
The Marvel Comics Guide to New York City (2007) by Peter Sanderson points out that the Guggenheim museum played a part in Daredevil (Marvel Comics), vol. 1, #61 (1970), What If (comics) (featuring Conan the Barbarian), vol. 1, #13 (1979), and Thor (Marvel Comics) #447-48 (1992).
[edit]Works and Process

Works and Process is a series of performances at the Guggenheim begun in 1984 The first season consisted of Philip Glass with Christopher Keene on Akhnaten and Steve Reich and Michael Tilson Thomas on The Desert Music. — at Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.

Hofheim am Taunus Germany — Jon Hammond 17th consecutive year Musikmesse-Session Jazzkeller Hofheim
Jon Hammond Band Youtube Channel — at Jazzkeller Hofheim.

Hofheim am Taunus — Totó Giovanni Gulino drums on Jon Hammond Band in Jazzkeller-Hofheim
Jon Hammond’s annual Musikmesse-Session in Jazzkeller Hofheim, here featuring funky Giovanni Gulino breaking it down on Jon Hammond original funk composition “Head Phone” – Jon Hammond Band – Peter Klohmann tenor sax,
Giovanni Gulino drums, Joe Berger guitar, Jon Hammond Sk1 Hammond organ
*Note: Congratulations to Jazzkeller Hofheim 53 plus years of history, check out the book, I am honored to be on page 68. Keep the tradition going in Hofheim am Taunus, dankeschoen Jazzkeller Hofheim Team! sincerely, Jon Hammond

Tilden Park Berkeley California — Happy 60th Anniversary to my friends at Redwood Valley Railway! (Real Steam Trains!) – A 5 inch scale, 15 inch gauge steam railway based on narrow gauge railroads of the late 1800s located in Berkeley, California. – Jon Hammond
The Redwood Valley Railway is a ridable miniature railroad in Tilden Regional Park near Berkeley, California. It was established in 1952 by Erich Thomsen, and has expanded to 1.25 miles of track and over 160,000 passengers a year.
The railroad uses 5″ scale model live steam locomotives on a 15 in (381 mm) narrow gauge track.
The Number 2- An 0-4-0 Gasoline-Hydraulic locomotive “Juniper”
The Number 4- A 2-4-2 Columbia “Laurel”
The Number 5- A 4-4-0 American “Fern”
The Number 7- A 2-6-2 Prairie “Oak”
The Number 11- A 4-6-0 Ten-Wheeler “Sequoia”
Rolling stock
The Redwood Valley Railway maintains a dozen or so wooden gondolas, built similar to those found on 36″ narrow-gauge lines in the American West. The gondolas, equipped with seating for up to eight adults, are the mainstay passenger rolling stock for this operation. The RVRY also owns three stock cars which have been specifically built to carry passengers as well. These are often favorites with small children, although a full-sized adult can comfortably fit inside.
Other equipment includes a boxcar, extra convertible gondolas, which can either haul passengers or satisfy M.O.W. needs.
The RVRy. owns numerous four-wheel maintenance-of-way cars known as “jimmies”, which have specialized uses such as welding, tie replacement, or carrying ballast.
The RVRy. also rosters a single flatcar, built as a high school shop project by one of the crew in the 1970s. This rugged flatcar has seen thousands of uses, and is one of the most versatile cars on the railroad.
Unique among the roster of cars is a coal gondola, once used to carry extra coal for the #4. Coal was used up until the mid-1970s when the #4 was converted to fuel oil. The coal gondola, with its higher sides, is infrequently used. It currently carries a few dozen metal folding chairs for the annual meet.
A favorite with both young and old is the caboose. Based on a D&RGW 36″ gauge prototype, this “short” center cupola caboose has graced the end of most revenue trains for over 30 years.
[edit]Future Projects

Parts for a 2-4-4 Forney and a 2-6-0 exist, but currently remain unassembled. Plans for a second caboose and a lavish, scale (down to the furniture, wallpaper, and bar with tiny glasses) business car are in the works.
As of mid-2010 the boiler for the #13, the aforementioned 2-6-0 has been manufactured. Not to be confused with a visiting GSP&P #13 from the Glenwood Southpark and Pacific.
The #9, a brand-new diesel-hydraulic switching locomotive is in the planning and development stages and should look somewhat similar to the temperamental but faithful #2. The #9 will have a diesel engine instead of a gasoline engine, and will be built as a heavier and more powerful two-axle diesel locomotive, similar to <25ton American industrial locomotives like those found on narrow gauge operations around the country.

Former Locomotives and Rolling Stock

The Number 1 "Cricket" a 12" gauge steam locomotive along with a few 12" gauge cars were sold to the Folsom Valley Ry. in Folsom Ca. — at Redwood Valley Railroad Steam Trains In Tilden Park.

Hollywood California — Jon Hammond and Tommy Denander at ASCAP Expo – — at Ascap “I Create Music” EXPO.

It’s going on 8.38 in the morning Wolfman Jack! – Jon Hammond — at California Historical Radio Society.

Sea Cliff San Francisco — Nice view from this house! – Jon Hammond — at Sea Cliff San Francisco.

New York NY — Sam Ash Music Store W.48th Street window,
there’s my Hammond XK-3 Organ on display with factory heavy-duty flight case, for a good deal go see John in the Keyboards Dept. – Jon Hammond *same organ on my album NDR SESSIONS Projekt – Behind The Beat Story:
Jon Hammond’s “The NDR Sessions Projekt” brings the soulful…See More — at Sam Ash Music Store.

New York NY — The Harlem Blues & Jazz Band playing at special evening Local 802 Musicians Union Birthday Party for Reynold “Zeke” Mullins – with Zeke Mullins piano, Joey Morant trumpet / Karate Expert Instructor, Fred Staton living legend tenor saxophonist, Art Baron trombone, Jackie Williams drums, Michael Max Fleming bass – Special Thanks Dr. Albert Vollmer and Gina Reder – Jon Hammond — at Associated Musicians of Greater New York, Local 802 AFM.

New York NY — Local 802 Musicians Union Birthday Party for Reynold “Zeke” Mullins great jazz pianist – here on Left is Zeke with drummer Buddy Henry on Right, also Buddy’s birthday either on same or one day different – cake lighting happy birthday! – Jon Hammond — at Associated Musicians of Greater New York, Local 802 AFM.

New York NY — Local 802 Musicians Union Birthday Party for Reynold “Zeke” Mullins – Jon Hammond’s organ on the bandstand just finished playing – Greg Bandy drums / MC for this special evening here at the cans – JH — at Associated Musicians of Greater New York, Local 802 AFM.

New York NY — Local 802 Musicians Union Birthday Party for Reynold “Zeke” Mullins – 2 of my all-time favorite musicians / people – jazz pianist extraordinaire Roy Meriwether with main man Bernard Purdie aka Pretty Purdie also-aka The Hit Maker – Jon Hammond — with Bernard Purdie and Bernard Purdie at Associated Musicians of Greater New York, Local 802 AFM.

New York NY — Local 802 Musicians Union Birthday Party for Reynold “Zeke” Mullins – here we have the great tenor saxophonist Fred Staton and trombonist Art Baron looking on from The Harlem Blues & Jazz Band – spcl. thanks Dr. Al Vollmer & Gina Reder – Jon Hammond — with Art Baron at Associated Musicians of Greater New York, Local 802 AFM.

Hamamatsu Japan — Suzuki Hall in Suzuki World Headquarters and Factory – Tanaka Koei the great harmonica player and inspirational Suzuki Santa, incredible guy folks! Here with Jon Hammond at the B3mk2 – Mercy Mercy Mercy!
Mercy Mercy played by Suzuki Artists Koei Tanaka and Jon Hammond for President Founder Manji Suzuki and Company in Suzuki Hall at Suzuki World Headquarters in Hamamatsu Japan. 2 camera shoot by S. Ohtaka and Jennifer
Master of Ceremonies Waichiro ‘Tachi’ Tachikawa, Jon Hammond at the new B3mk2 organ and wooden model 3300 high power Leslie Speaker, Koei Tanaka Suzuki harmonica Part 3 of 3 Parts “Mercy Mercy” Funky Blues Style, dynamic duo performance. Special Thanks Mr. H. Ono, Mr. M. Terada, Mr. S. Ohtaka, Mr. Yu Beniya, Tachi Waichiro Tachikawa President M. Suzuki and entire Suzuki Musical Instruments Team, © JH INTL — in Hamamatsu-shi, Shizuoka.

Monday Night Local 802 Jazz Session pics from Jon Hammond 07/16

New York NY — Local 802 Monday Night Jazz Session
Serious Jazz’ers seen here either before or after playing with Jon Hammond’s organ in foreground (already played) – 07/16/2012
*seated far end in chair – Buddy Henry (drums), standing white pants – Gabriel Romance (vocals & flute)
standing in yellow shirt – Rudy Sheriff Lawless (drums) *one of my trusted spiritual gudes – JH
Bill (drums)
…See More — with Joe Cangelosi Sr. and Arlington Houston at Associated Musicians of Greater New York, Local 802 AFM.

Summer Concert Jazzkeller Frankfurt Soon I Will Be Free Jon Hammond Band

*WATCH THE VIDEO HERE: Jon Hammond Band Summer Concert Jazzkeller Frankfurt SOON I WILL BE FREE

Frankfurt Germany — Jon Hammond getting picked up for the gig – Blip TV — at Victoria Hotel Frankfurt

Ulrich Vormehr

Yashko Golembiovsky
Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts de Bruxelles (ACA)

Marco Wriedt

Paul Rachman
Director/Producer at Film DIrector – AMERICAN HARDCORE

Harry Petersen
U. of Colorado

Hamburg Germany — Head Phone
Jon Hammond Band Blip TV

Jon Hammond Band in concert in Newessbar Hamischa – L to R: Lutz Buechner tenor sax, Joe Berger guitar, Heinz Lichius drums, Jon Hammond at Sk1 Hammond organ

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HammondCast 21 Jon’s Journal November 19 2012

November 19, 2012


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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

Action shot last night – Dorado Schmitt and Django All-Stars – Jon Hammond
Dorado Schmitt guitar, violin, vocals
Franco Mehrstein guitar
Pierre Blanchard violin
Ludovic Beier accordion, accordina
Xavier Nikq bass

Pioneering Gypsy jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt lamented that he might be neglected by history, but today the ebulliently swinging “jazz manouche” sound he created with French violinist Stéphane Grappelli is more pervasive than ever. And no one has done more to ignite interest in the idiom than dazzling French guitarist and violinist Dorado Schmitt. Born to Gypsy parents near the German border in Lorraine, Schmitt was weaned on traditional Roma music and Gypsy jazz, but rebelled as a teenager by taking up electric guitar and emulating Jimi Hendrix and Carlos Santana. After a decade of leading his own trio, he was nearly killed in a car crash, and spent years in physical therapy to regain his unrivaled guitar prowess. By the mid-90s he was a leading figure on the international Gypsy jazz scene, where he continues to represent the art form at its highest level. He’s joined by a cast of fiercely swinging compatriots, including the brilliant jazz accordionist Ludovic Beier and violinist Pierre Blanchard, who was tapped by Grappelli himself as a worthy successor. SFJAZZ has presented Schmitt many times over the years and his performances are always among our most popular. — at Herbst Theatre

25 Year Musikmesse Warm Up Party – Jon Hammond Band
Composition by the great Czechoslovakian composer – Saul Salskovitch! 25 Year Musikmesse Warm Up Party – Jon Hammond Band

Jon Hammond’s annual Musikmesse Warm Up Party 25 Year Celebration Czechoslovakian Salsa Song in Jazzkeller Frankfurt with Jon Hammond Band and many special guests for this special special occasion on the night before Musikmesse begins. 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 – XB-2 Hammond Organ – special thanks Hiromitsu Ono Chief Engineer Suzuki Musical Instruments designed my instrument which took me all around the world many times — at Jazzkeller

San Francisco CA — Ludovic Beier the great Accordionist after a brilliant performance,

here onstage at the Herbst Theatre – played beautifully last night in concert with Dorado Schmitt & the Django All-Stars *a favorite of Leonardo DiCaprio and Leonardo’s father George DiCaprio who attended the concert at the Herbst on a rainy night, the 5 touring French
master musicians really delivered the goods and pleased everyone with a wonderful encore! Jon Jon Hammond
Dorado Schmitt guitar, violin, vocals
Pierre Blanchard violin
Franco Mehrstein guitar
Ludovic Beier accordion, accordina
Xavier Nikq bass
*Youtube interview with Ludovic and Jon a few years ago

LUDOVIC BEIER chromatic accordion virtuoso Jazz Musician from France is Jon’s guest here on HammondCast KYOURADIO. Interview
recorded in New York City while Ludovic was in town to play the annual “Django Birdland Festival” produced by Pat Phillips.

San Francisco CA — Ludovic Beier the great Accordionist after a brilliant performance, here onstage at the Herbst Theatre showing his very special instrument “Accordina”

played beautifully last night in concert with Dorado Schmitt & the Django All-Stars

*a favorite of Leonardo DiCaprio and Leonardo’s father George DiCaprio who attended the concert

*George DiCaprio holding Ludovic’s new cd

George Paul DiCaprio (born in 1943) is an American comic book writer, editor, and major west coast underground comic book distributor.
DiCaprio was born in 1943 to an Italian American father, George Leon DiCaprio, and a German-born mother, Olga Anne Jacobs.[1][2] He met Irmelin Indenbirken, a German immigrant, in college; the two later married and moved to Los Angeles.[1] The couple had one son, American actor Leonardo DiCaprio, and divorced shortly after.
As a comic book author, DiCaprio is frequently associated with fellow underground comics artists Dori Seda, Robert Crumb, Rick Griffin, Gilbert Shelton, Victor Moscoso, Paul Mavrides and Harvey Pekar, and author Hubert Selby Jr.[3] He also helped publish the underground comic Yama Yama/Ugly Head by Robert Williams and S. Clay Wilson in 1981.

San Francisco City Hall — Jon Hammond Band special lunch time concert

– Organist Jon Hammond leading this date at his 1965 Hammond B3 organ with Harvey Wainapel tenor sax, Barry Finnerty guitar, Steve Campos flugelhorn, James Preston drums, Jon Hammond – B3 organ
Presented by City Hall San Francisco & Local 6: JON HAMMOND Band on front lawn of the beautiful SF City Hall during lunch hour free concert. JON HAMMOND at the B3 Organ along with Harvey Wainapel tenor, Steve Campos flugel horn, Barry Finnerty gtr. & James Preston drms. of Sons of Champlin band playing JH Band original “Nu Funk” (Hip Hop Chitlins). *Note: Jon’s organ bench fell out of the truck on Polk St. (was recovered) One of Jon’s famous sayings: “It’s easier to find an Organ with no Bench than a Bench without an Organ”!

The Copy Center loves me because I gave them a lot of dough-re-me…and they make me nice high quality digital copies,

you could print money there on the big Canon color copiers it looks so good – yes we love each other, printing boy Jon Hammond

Ringwood Victoria Australia — Main Man Bernie Capicchiano (left) just introduced Jon Hammond (with mic on right)

at a special keynote presentation and live recording session at Bernies Music Land “Classic Hammond Sound…in a Suitcase!”™

Ringwood Victoria Australia — Live at Bernies with Michael Jordan drums and Jon Hammond at the organ

Wonderful live recording of Hammond Organ with drums.This classic organ club format was at its zenith in the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. Live at Bernies captures this unique feel and sound, with the internationally recognized hands of Jon Hammond and Michael Jordan providing expert renditions of many classic favorites. This crystal clear live recording sounds like you have an Organ Lounge in your living room! The performances are excellent and Jon displays his great experience and demonstrates the capabilities of the Digital New B3. The natural live feel is very refreshing.

Melbourne Australia — Award Winning Team Bernies Musicland / Musico at AMA Australian Music Association Gala

L to R: Craig Douglas, Josh Wayman, Lester Cheung, Michelle Capicchiano, Main Man Bernie Capicchiano, Jhonfil Roxas, (bottom L to R) Franz Wankadia, Tim Neal, Jon Hammond — with Josh Wayman, Lester Cheung, Tim Neal and Jhonfil Roxas at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

Business trip very powerful private jet — SFO Executive Terminal – Jon Hammond

London England — Power Shot: Tony Rossell (back to camera) of Heart Guitars/ASS/Turbosound Speakers,

Joe Berger and the late great bassist of The Who John Entwistle at British Music Fair 1987 – Jon Hammond — with Joe Berger and John Entwistle

The Late Great concert promoter impresario Bill Graham hanging out with various hipsters

– Jack Casady, Wavy Gravy – Jon Hammond — with Wavy Gravy, Bill Graham and Jack Casady

Jon’s Journal, Ludovic Beier, Dorado Schmitt, SF Jazz, Bill Graham, San Francisco City Hall, Jon Hammond, B3 organ, Local 6, Musicians Union, Jazz, Funky Blues

HammondCast Radio Program Jon’s Journal November 1 2012

November 1, 2012

*LISTEN TO AUDIO HERE: HammondCast Radio Program

HammondCast 33
HammondCast 33 for KYOU/KYCY 1550 AM “Jon Hammond’s Afternoon Slide” (San Francisco) from Jon Hammond in Hamburg Germany..still snow on the ground here. Live radio show from Jazzhaus Radio concert with Hamburg musicians SANDRA HEMPEL-guitar, FRANK DELLE-t.sax, HEINZ LICHIUS-drms., also news about Minsk Belarus and dedication of Jon’s song “Soon I Will Be Free”, live “Lydia’s Tune”, Oakland A’s announcement of partnership with KYCY/KYOU 1550 AM and story of SAUL SALSAKOVITCH and “Czechoslovakian Salsa Song” live in MUSIC CLUB LIVE-Hamburg Germany. Jon Hammond is a member of Musicians Union Local 802/Local 6 & ASCAP Composer/Publisher

Happy Halloween from Jon Hammond Trick or Treat!

Bassist Bob Cranshaw looking up to Dr. Billy Taylor (R.I.P.)
July 24, 1921 – December 28, 2010
at Local 802 Musicians Union – Jon Hammond
Billy Taylor was an American jazz pianist, composer, broadcaster and educator.

Billy was the Robert L. Jones Distinguished Professor of Music at East Carolina University in Greenville, and since 1994, he was the artistic director for jazz at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.[3][4]
Taylor was a jazz activist. He sat on the Honorary Founders Board of The Jazz Foundation of America. In 1989, Billy Taylor, Ann Ruckert, Herb Storfer and Phoebe Jacobs started The Jazz Foundation to save the homes and the lives of America’s elderly jazz and blues musicians, later including musicians that survived Hurricane Katrina.[5]
Billy Taylor was also one of the foremost jazz educators. He lectured in colleges, served on panels and travelled worldwide as a jazz ambassador. Critic Leonard Feather once said, “It is almost indisputable that Dr. Billy Taylor is the world’s foremost spokesman for jazz
Taylor was born in Greenville, North Carolina but moved to Washington, D.C. when he was five. He grew up in a musical family and learned to play different instruments as a child, including guitar, drums and saxophone. But he was most successful at the piano and took classical piano lessons with Henry Grant, the same teacher that had educated Duke Ellington a generation earlier. He made his first professional appearance playing keyboard at the age of 13 and the compensation was one dollar.[6] Taylor attended Dunbar High School, America’s first high school for African American students. He went to Virginia State College and majored in sociology. Pianist Dr. Undine Smith Moore noticed young Taylor’s talent in piano and he changed his major to music, graduating with a degree in music in 1942.[6]
Taylor set out to New York City after graduation and started playing piano professionally from 1944, first with Ben Webster’s Quartet on New York’s 52nd Street. The same night he joined Webster’s Quartet, he met Art Tatum, who became his mentor. Among other musicians he worked with, he played with Machito’s mambo band, when he developed a love for Latin music. After an eight-month tour with the Don Redman Orchestra in Europe, Taylor stayed there with his wife Theodora and worked in Paris and Holland. Taylor returned to New York later that year and cooperated with Bob Wyatt and Sylvia Syms at the Royal Roost jazz club and Billie Holiday in a successful show called Holiday on Broadway. A year later, he became the house pianist at Birdland and performed with many of the greatest jazz talents in history, including Charlie Parker, J.J. Johnson, Stan Getz, Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis.[6] He played at Birdland longer than any other pianist in the history of the club. In 1949, Taylor published his first book, a textbook about bebop piano styles.
He composed one of the his most famous tunes in 1952 “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free”, and subsequently achieving more popularity with Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s. Nina Simone covered the song in her 1967 album Silk and Soul. It is widely known in the UK as a piano instrumental version, used for BBC Television’s Film programme. Solomon Burke, Derek Trucks, The Lighthouse Family, Levon Helm and Jools Holland & his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra have also recorded versions.
He continued dozens of the recordings in the 1950s and 1960s, notably the album he made with the Cuban percussionist Candido Camero titled Billy Taylor Trio with Candido, My Fair Lady Loves Jazz, Cross Section and Taylor Made Jazz.
His broadcast career also thrived. In 1961, Taylor founded New York’s Jazzmobile, which provides arts education program of the highest quality via workshops, master classes, lecture demonstrations, arts enrichment programs, outdoor summer mobile concerts, special indoor concerts and special projects.[7] In 1958, he became the Musical Director of NBC’s The Subject is Jazz, the first ever television series focusing on jazz. The 13-part series was produced by the new National Educational Television Network (NET) and hosted guests including Duke Elington, Aaron Copland, Bill Evans, Cannonball Adderley, Jimmy Rushing and Langston Hughes. He also worked as a DJ and program director on radio station WNEW in New York in the 1960s. During the 1960s, the Billy Taylor Trio was a regular feature of the Hickory House on West 55th street in Manhattan. From 1969 to 1972, Taylor served as the music director forThe David Frost Show and was the first African American to lead a talk show band. Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Benny Goodman and Buddy Rich were just a few of the jazz musicians who played on the show. In 1981, Jazzmobile produced a Jazz special for the National Public Radio, and for which the program received the Peabody Award for Excellence in Broadcasting Programs. Jazzmobile’s 1990 Tribute Concert to Dr. Taylor at Avery Fisher Hall, part of the JVC Jazz Festival, featured Nancy Wilson, Ahmad Jamal Trio and Terence Blanchard Quintet.
[edit]Later career
In 1981, after being profiled by CBS News Sunday Morning, he was hired as an on-air correspondent and then conducted more than 250 interviews with musicians. He received an Emmy Award for his segment on the multi-talented Quincy Jones.
In 1989, Taylor formed his own “Taylor Made” record label to document his own music. You Tempt Me (1996) is a strong outing by his 1985 trio (with Victor Gaskin and drummer Curtis Boyd) that includes a rendition of Duke Ellington’s “Take the “A” Train”. White Nights (1991) has Taylor, Gaskin, and drummer Bobby Thomas performing live from Leningrad in the Soviet Union, then came Solo (1992), and Jazzmobile Allstars (1992). In 1997, he received New York state governor’s art award.
Taylor suffered from a 2002 stroke, which affected his right hand, but he continued to perform almost until his death. He died after a heart attack on December 28, 2010 in Manhattan, at age of 89. His legacy was honored in a Harlem memorial service on Jan.11, 2011, featuring performances by Taylor’s final working trio, bassist Chip Jackson and drummer Winard Harper, along with longtime Taylor associates Jimmy Owens, Frank Wess, Geri Allen, Christian Sands and vocalist Cassandra Wilson. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Theodora Castion Taylor; a daughter, Kim Taylor-Thompson; and a granddaughter. His son, artist Duane Taylor, died in 1988.[8]

Taylor appeared on hundreds of albums and composed more than 300 songs during his career spanned over six decades. His 1963 song, “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free” dealt with civil rights issues and became the unofficial anthem of the civil rights movement in the 1960s. It was selected as “one of the greatest songs of the sixties” by the New York Times and was the theme music of the 1996 film “Ghosts of Mississippi”. His 1967 instrumental recording of the tune is widely known in the United Kingdom as the opening theme music for the long-running TV series The Film Programme, for many years hosted by Barry Norman.
Engaging and educating more audience and young people had been a central part of Taylor’s career. He holds the Wilbur D. Barrett Chair of Music at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, is a Duke Ellington Fellow at Yale, and holds 23 honorary degrees. Besides publishing instructional books on jazz, he taught jazz course at Howard University, Long Island University, The Manhattan School of Music, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he earned his Masters and Ph.D in 1975.
His extensive appearance in television series and jazz educational programs brought the music he loves to the masses at the grass roots level as well as more formal arenas. He’s sometimes more known as a television personality than a pianist. He was quoted saying in a 2007 article in the Post Magazine: “there’s no question that being an advocate eclipsed my reputation as a musician. It was my doing. I wanted to prove to people that jazz has an audience. I had to do that for me.” [2]
[edit]Awards and honors

With over twenty-three honorary doctoral degrees, Taylor was also the recipient of two Peabody Awards for Jazzmobile, NEA Jazz Masters Award (1998) an Emmy Award (1983) for carrying out over 250 interviews for “CBS News Sunday Morning”, a Grammy Award (2004)[9] and a host of prestigious and highly coveted prizes, such as the Down Beat magazine’s Lifetime Achievement award (1984), National Medal of Arts (1992), and the Tiffany Award (1991). He was also honored in 2001 with the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) Jazz Living Legend Award,[10] and election to the Hall of Fame for the International Association for Jazz Education. He served as the artistic director for jazz at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, where he developed many critically acclaimed concert series including the Louis Armstrong Legacy series, and the annual Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival. In addition, he performed at the White House seven times and was one of only three jazz musicians to be appointed to the National Council of the Arts.
Taylor was inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame in 2010.
As leader
1945: Billy Taylor Piano (Savoy)
1953: Billy Taylor Trio (Prestige)
1953-54: Cross Section (Prestige) – released 1956 (includes all tracks from Billy Taylor Plays for DJs)
1954: The Billy Taylor Trio with Candido (Prestige)
1954: Billy Taylor Trio at Town Hall (Prestige)
1955: A Touch of Taylor (Prestige)
1956: Evergreens (ABC-Paramout)
1956: Billy Taylor at the London House (ABC-Paramount)[12]
1957: Introduces Ira Sullivan (ABC-Paramount)
1957: My Fair Lady Loves Jazz (Impulse!)
1957: The Billy Taylor Touch (Atlantic)
1959: The New Billy Taylor Trio (Argo)
1959: Custom Taylored (SeSac)
1959: One For Fun (Atlantic)
1959: Billy Taylor with Four Flutes (Riverside) – with Frank Wess, Herbie Mann and Jerome Richardson
1959: Taylor Made Jazz (Argo)
1960: Billy Taylor Uptown (Riverside)
1960: Warming Up (Riverside)
1961: Interlude (Moodsville)
1962: Impromptu (Mercury)
1963: Right Here, Right Now (Capitol)
1965: Midnight Piano (Capitol)
1966: Easy Life (Surrey)
1968: I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free (Tower)
1969: A Sleeping Bee (Pausa MPS)
1970: Ok Billy (Bell)
1977: Jazz Live (Monmouth Evergreen)
1977: Live at Storyville (West 54 Records)
1981: With Joe Kennedy Where’ve You Been (Concord Jazz)
1985: You Tempt Me (Taylor-Made, 1989)
1988: White Nights And Jazz In Leningrad (Taylor-Made)
1989: Solo (Taylor-Made)
1989: Billy Taylor And The Jazzmobile All Stars (Taylor-Made)
1991: White Nights and Jazz in Leningrad (Taylor-Made)
1992: Dr. T with Gerry Mulligan (GRP)
1993: Live at MCG with Gerry Mulligan, Carl Allen, Chip Jackson
1993: It’s a Matter of Pride (GRP)
1995: Homage (GRP)
1997: The Music Keeps Us Young (Arkadia Jazz)
1999: Ten Fingers – One Voice Arkadia Jazz
1999: Taylor Made at the Kennedy Center with Dee Dee Bridgewater Kennedy Center Jazz
2001: Urban Griot (Soundspot)
2002: Live at AJE New York (Soundspot)
[edit]As sideman
With Arkadia Jazz All Stars
Thank You, Duke!
With Sal Salvador
Juicy Lucy (Bee Hive Records, 1978)
With Johnny Hartman
Once In Every Life (Bee Hive, 1980)
With Mundell Lowe
A Grand Night for Swinging (Riverside, 1957)
With Various Artists
Charlie Parker 10th Memorial Concert (Limelight Records, 1965)

Wynton Marsalis joking with George Avakian at French Embassy just after Wynton received the Legion of Honor medal from French Ambassador Pierre Vimont *Video: by Jon Hammond

George Avakian (Armenian: Ջորջ Ավագյան; Russian: Геворк Авакян; born Armavir, Russian SFSR, March 15, 1919) is an American record producer and executive known particularly for his work with Columbia Records, and his production of albums by Miles Davis and other notable jazz musicians.

Avakian was born in Armavir, Russia, to Armenian parents. His younger brother was the photographer and filmmaker Aram Avakian (1926–1987). The elder Avakian attended Yale University, and became an avid collector and fan of jazz music. While still at Yale he was responsible for the first reissues Columbia put out around 1940, discovering some unissued Louis Armstrong masters from his Hot Five and Hot Seven period in the process. He later produced some of Armstrong’s most important albums of the traditional jazz revival era, including Louis Armstrong Plays W. C. Handy. His annotations were noted for the education they provided to their listeners. To expand on this concept, in 1946, Avakian started a course in jazz history at Columbia University.

His long tenure at Columbia Records culminated in his becoming responsible for the Popular Music and International divisions. During that time, Avakian introduced the LP record format created by Columbia engineers and produced the industry’s first 100 long-playing discs of popular music and jazz. He also produced the first live LP—Benny Goodman’s 1938 Carnegie Hall concert.

While at Columbia, Avakian signed and produced Dave Brubeck, Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong, Johnny Mathis, Rita Reys, and Erroll Garner to the label, among others. In 1959 he was hired as one of the founding A&R managers for the newly-established Warner Bros. Records and also worked as a producer for RCA Victor. In 1960-61 he produced recordings by Bill Haley & His Comets for Warner Bros. Records. Additionally, he signed Bob Newhart, producing the first comedy album to win a Best Album Grammy Award. In 1962 he was responsible for organizing Benny Goodman’s successful tour of the USSR.

From about 1970 to 1974, he was the manager of Keith Jarrett; before this, he managed the Charles Lloyd Quartet of which Jarrett was a member. After this, he largely retired from the record business and bred racehorses. Avakian bred champion pacer Presidential Ball.
He is a founding officer of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (presenters of the Grammy Awards). His awards over the past years include:

2011 – Added to the ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame as a Living Legend Giant of Jazz
2010 – National Endowments for the Arts AB Spellman Jazz Advocacy Award. The nations highest honor in Jazz for his work as a Producer, Manager, Critic, Jazz Historian and Educator.
2009 – The Trustees Lifetime Achievement Award (Grammy) from the National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences for contributions to the music industry worldwide.
2008 – France awarded the rank of Commandeur des Arts et Lettres in recognition of his significant contributions to the arts
2006 – Europe’s prestigious jazz award, the Django d’Or
2000 – A Lifetime Achievement award from Down Beat Magazine
1990 – The former Soviet Union’s highest decoration, the Order of Lenin
1984 – Knighthood from the Knights of Malta

Upon seeing the original cover of his album Miles Ahead, which featured a photo of a young white woman aboard a sailboat, Miles Davis is reported to have said: “Why’d you put that white bitch on there?” “Miles Davis Wikiquote Page”. The cover, which had been chosen by Avakian while he was working at Columbia, was subsequently changed.

Avakian is married to violinist Anahid Ajemian, and the two, together with Ajemian’s pianist sister Maro Ajemian, were crucial in helping classical composer Alan Hovhaness achieve his international breakthrough in the 1950s, through concert performances and through Avakian securing numerous LP recordings. The Avakians have three children: Maro, Anahid and Gregory.

with Wynton Marsalis and George Avakian at FACE (French American Cultural Exchange) – 972 Fifth Avenue New York City

HammondCast Jimdo – with Audio Video and Breaking HammondCast News: Jon’s Journal

Mountain View California — Main Man Mick Brigden – Bill Graham Presents to the rescue!
Mick is directing the union stagehands at Shoreline Amphitheatre to put a protective canopy over my band in a private side party for Hewlett Packard, one of our sponsors for 14-year-annual event code named NOBB = New Orleans by The Bay Food and Music Festival.

Thanks Mick!

Jon Hammond – Boom Boom Room with Tony The Door Man
San Francisco California

with Jon Hammond and Tony the Door Man at John Lee’s Boom Boom Room San Francisco Fillmore and Geary Blvd.

Showmans Lounge — Jon Hammond – B3 organ, Cindy Blackman (now Blackman-Santana) drums, Gary Bartz – soprano sax, Charley Epps – guitar, Wallace Roney trumpet

HammondCast 8 will take you from Moscow Russia to Harlem New York, beginning in Le Club in Moscow with Igor Butman, Eduard Zizak and Jon Hammond playing a favorite ballad-“Easy Living”, then to Showmans Lounge in Harlem with Cindy Blackman (drums), Wallace Roney (trumpet), Gary Bartz (sax). Also “Head Phone” with Marc Baum on tenor sax and guitarist Joe Berger’s solo from “Canonball ’99” from “Hammond’s Bolero” album introduced by Corey James of Red Jazz show for KYOU Radio 1550 AM on the dial in San Francisco and on the web. Next stop-Shanghai China! — with Cindy Blackman, Jon Hammond, Gary Bartz and Wallace Roney at Showmans Jazz

Jon Hammond Trio gig for EFA Medien Christmas Party in Hamburg – L to R: Kevin Mauder – tenor sax, Uwe Petersen – drums, Jon Hammond – organ

L to R: Kevin Mauder aka Kevin Saxophone, Uwe Petersen drums, Jon Hammond organ

Hey, where’d everybody go?

Jon Hammond – Times Square Walgreen’s

Steam train sighted near border of Czech Republic driving back to Germany from Prague

– Jon Hammond — at Cheb

Concert in front of San Francisco City Hall “Late Rent”
Jon Hammond and The Late Rent Session Men performing in front of San Francisco City Hall original composition “Late Rent” – Theme Song of The Jon Hammond Show, with Jon Hammond at his 1965 B3 organ along
with Barry Finnerty guitar, James Preston (of Sons of Champlin Band) drums,
Harvey Wainapel tenor sax, Steve Campos trumpet / flugelhorn


As seen on The Jon Hammond Show cable TV program

Radio Program, Jazz, Funk, Blues, Hammond Organ, Cheb Czech Republic, Jon’s Journal,
San Francisco City Hall, Lunch Time Concert, Local 6 Musicians Union