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HammondCast 10 Jon’s Journal December 1 2012

December 1, 2012


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Original music from Jon Hammond Band and from an actual Live broadcast on AFN Network Europe Powerlite Show in Frankfurt Germany! Worldwide HammondCast

Pocket Funk Bernard Purdie and Friends NAMM
Pocket Funk by Jon Hammond © JH INTL ASCAP

Paris France — Grateful Dead front line, Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh – 1981 – Jon Hammond
The Hippodrome, Paris, (10/17/81)

Set List:
Shakedown Street
New Minglewood Blues
Me and My Uncle
Big River
Little Red Rooster
Brown Eyed Women
Looks Like Rain
Don’t Ease Me In

Bird Song
Good Time Blues
Estimated Prophet
Eyes of the World
Not Fade Away
Morning Dew
Around and Around
One More Saturday Night

U.S. Blues
— with Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir and Phil Lesh at Auteuil Hippodrome

Jon Hammond

Solo piano at French Embassy NYC on very special designer Pleyel Piano – Jon Hammond *photo – Joe Berger — at French Embassy

Hamburg Germany — Salvatore Martens aka PICO and Jon Hammond at Delphi Music Theater – musical show / ‘schauspiel’ about the life of Pico who was working at The Star Club with The Beatles, The Rattles, Jimi Hendrix, Little Richard, Lee Curtis and many more, it was a great show with original music by The Rattles – I played the after show with my band, many Star Club people would come to the show and for a while there was a Star Club stammtisch on Sundays

– *note: while pushing my organ to the gig one time, I got bit in the nuts by a German Shepard dog named ‘Annie’ – had to go to the hospital / krankenhaus – Uwe Petersen was on the gig that night and took me to the emergency room, thanks Uwe! – JH — with Jimi Hendrix, Chuck Berry, Ray Charles, The Everly Brothers, Little Richard and Screaming Lord Sutch

Berkeley California — In Store at Rasputin Records on Telegraph Avenue with Alan Hall drums, Alex Budman (back to the camera) tenor sax, Jon Hammond organ

*special thanks Jennifer for the fine refreshments, including my favorite focaccia (pizza style) from the Liguria Bakery in SF North Beach, the best! – JH — with Alex Budman and Alan Hall at Rasputin Music

Dick Contino Interview with Jon Hammond HammondCast

Dick Contino world-famous Accordionist and star of screen, stage and TV on Jon Hammond’s HammondCast Show for KYOURADIO Dick Contino was on The Ed Sullivan Show 48 times and toured USSR with Mr. Sullivan. He introduced “Lady of Spain” in 1947 winning the Horace Heidt Philip Morris talent contest. Starred in cult movie Daddy-O and other films and continues to perform as featured performer worldwide, based in Las Vegas… — with Dick Contino at Fairmont San Francisco

San Francisco California — Jon Hammond and Scott Rootenberg after a gig at Bruno’s Lounge on Mission Street

– somebody absconded with the 1940’s era Hammond CV organ I used to play there in photo – JH — with Scott Rootenberg at Bruno’s SF

New York NY — Jon Hammond hammer down at Le Bar Bat on West 57th Street

– release party gig for Hammond’s Bolero CD – on the band that night were Ray Grappone drums, Joe Berger and Alex Budman tenor sax
This is Jon Hammond’s inspired all-original trio album played with the intensity of a live performance. It features great saxophone work by Alex Budman and the sophisticated funky sound of Ronnie Smith, Jr. on drums. Accordion and guitar embellish several tracks, and the overall sound is very musical and unusual. Lots of powerful groove drives some really great Jon Hammond compositions such as “Soon I Will Be Free”, “Cannonball 99 (One More Time!), “Six Year Itch”, “Jennifer’s Song” and “9/11 Tribute.”
Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars — at Le Bar Bat

Jon Hammond flanked by Ken Cicerale and ASCAP’s Fran Richard

*Ken was in ASCAP at the time, working closely with Fran – NYC, NY — with Ken Cicerale and Frances Richard

Ken Cicerale To quote the Bob Dylan song, “…Aah but I was so much older then; I’m younger than that now”.
Yesterday at 7:20am ·

Sherisse Rogers · Friends with Joel Frahm and 15 others
I remember this….wasn’t this IAJE??…i think i was there with you guys or maybe this is when i met you guys for the first time…memories!!
Yesterday at 7:39am ·

Jon Hammond It was good to meet you there Sherisse! Thanks to Fran Richard, right on – hope to see you again in near future. Keep up the great work on the basso profundo and original arrangements, Jon
Yesterday at 7:41am ·

Sherisse Rogers · Friends with Joel Frahm and 15 others
Thank john. Likewise. Cheers
Yesterday at 7:44am ·

Eric Ross · Friends with Barry Melton and 11 others
nice photo, Fran best, E
Yesterday at 8:08am ·

Alexander Kouguell · Friends with Frances Richard
You look great! Would love to see you.All the best from us two.
Yesterday at 8:25am ·

Ken Cicerale Hi Sherisse,

Yeah, that was one of the IAJE conferences. I wish he’d just block out my face!

KEN CICERALE – alto saxophone – home
Ken Cicerale solo alto saxophone
Yesterday at 9:45am ·

Jon Hammond Looking good Ken! Jon

Derek Sivers creator of CD Baby and Jon Hammond, in fact Derek is CD Baby!

Joe Berger
King at Self employed

Ludmila Stefanikova
Works at Musician

Henry Zambrano R
Genova, Italy

Narada Michael Walden
President at Tarpan Studios

Mike Barnett
Suny College at Old Westbury

Paul L. Wexler

Hans Torbijn
Sint Paulus Mulo Vlissingen

Derek Sivers (born September 22, 1969[1]) is best known for being the founder and former president of CD Baby, an online CD store for independent musicians.
A professional musician (and circus clown) since 1987, Derek started CD Baby by accident in 1998 when he was selling his own CD on his website, and friends asked if he could sell theirs, too. CD Baby went on to become the largest seller of independent music on the web, with over $100M in sales for over 150,000 musician clients.
After he won the 2003 World Technology Award, Esquire magazine’s annual “Best and Brightest” cover story said, “Derek Sivers is changing the way music is bought and sold . . . one of the last music-business folk heroes.”
In 2008, Derek sold CD Baby to focus on his new ventures to benefit musicians, including his new company, MuckWork, where teams of assistants help musicians do their “uncreative dirty work”. His current projects and writings are all at
Derek is married to Sajitha, and they reside in Singapore.
CD Baby

Main article: CD Baby
Derek Sivers bequeathed his company to a charitable trust for music education, and had them sell it to Disk Makers. This agreement allows him to receive the minimum allowed by law for such agreement of 5% per year of the company’s sale price (annually $1,100,000 pretax, based on a sale price of $22 million as reported by Sivers[2]) until death, while upon death the remainder if any will ultimately go into the trust. — with Derek Sivers and Derek Sivers

Dave Vumback from Goff Professional ‘Dr. Dave’ to the rescue – replacing my starter switch on my 1959 Hammond B3 organ – house call in Manhattan, thanks Dave! Jon Hammond

Goff Organ Service is proud to be a 3rd generation New England family business. We’ve been working on Hammond Organs and Leslie Speakers since 1940, and nobody knows the instruments better than we do.

Mike Myers “The Love Guru” – big release in NYC, I played Hammond organ on the sound track for Paramount Pictures backing up the great vocalist / actress Telma Hopkins

– check it out, incredible movie – Jon Hammond — with Mike Myers

San Francisco CA — Outdoor gig at Duboce Park – that’s Lori Rodriguez on alto sax (Joe Rodriguez trumpet not seen), James Preston from Sons of Champlin band on drums –

I’m playing my 1965 Hammond B3 organ – Jon Hammond — with James Preston at Duboce Park — San Francisco

San Francisco California — Outdoor gig at Duboce Park, James Preston from Sons of Champlin band on drums, I’m playing my 1965 Hammond B3 organ – Jon Hammond — with James Preston at Duboce Park — San Francisco

Milan Komnenic
Works at Radio Television of Serbia

Siegmar Grünberg
Dozent für Drums at Musikschule Schnelsen

Paul L. Wexler

Narada Michael Walden
President at Tarpan Studios

Pete Slauson
George Washington High School

Kei Hirata
Saga-shi, Saga, Japan

Hans Torbijn
Sint Paulus Mulo Vlissingen

Connie Bonner Mosley
Palo Alto High School

Paul L. Wexler I love the SOC.
Yesterday at 7:19am ·

Connie Bonner Mosley ·
Yes indeedy…
Yesterday at 8:27am ·

Kalena Preston ·
Good to hear this…so come to the SOC show on 12/7/12 at the Uptown Theater in Napa, CA. The best show of the holiday season
Yesterday at 3:34pm ·

Jon Hammond Hi Kalena, I’d like to make it but I’m going to be in Manhattan on 12/7 – have a great gig and big howdy to Jim! Jon

Skurrillum at Spielbudenplatz 24 on the Reeperbahn, I worked a late night gig there

– now it is the new location for Schmidts Tivoli / SCHMIDT THEATER. Spielbudenplatz 24-25 (Reeperbahn) – Jon Hammond — at Schmidt Theater

Rest In Peace Tenor Saxophone great Vince Wallace 1939 – 2012

– I ran in to Vince after many years, he was playing here at Trieste Caffe in Berkeley at the site of the old Longbranch Saloon. I played a New Years Eve gig years ago with Vince, in a trio with Terry Haggerty guitar, myself on organ and Vince burned it up on tenor with no drummer at The Cafe Claude over in San Francisco. Very sad to see Vince has passed – Jon Hammond
San Francisco and Oakland lost a jazz legend recently
Vince Wallace’s son does a great Youtube tribute to his dad
via email
A Memorial for tenor great Vince Wallace who died on October 2nd, will
be held next Saturday, November 10, 2012 at the Fruitvale Presbyterian
Church, located at 2735 MacArthur Blvd./corner of Coolidge Ave. in
Oakland. At 2 pm Vince’s son, Bryan, will conduct a Buddhist service
upstairs in the Sanctuary, followed by a performance of VW’s tunes with
Jennifer Clevinger and her Quintet; afterwards visiting musicians may
join a jam session. Dr. Kittams will provide drum set as well as bass.
Food and drink will also be available.

Looking forward celebrating Vince’s life with his family and the Jazz

Vince Wallace Resident of Oakland, CA June 15, 1939 – Oct. 2, 2012 Jazz icon, tenor saxophonist/ composer For over five decades, Maestro Wallace has played a pivotal role on the Bay Area Jazz Scene. He leaves us with a rich musical legacy and will be long remembered for his soulful saxophone sound and his superb compositions which have become an integral part of the history of jazz. Mr. Wallace is deeply mourned by his sons Bryan and Cameron, daughter Mara and their families. He also will be sorely missed by his devoted companion, Heide Pilc, and his large extended family, the jazz community all over the globe. Memorial services are pending — with Vince Wallace at Caffe Trieste

The late great Dr. Billy Taylor and Jon Hammond
Billy wrote one of my favorite tunes in 1952 one year before I was born: “1952 “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free” – inspired me to write one of my biggest hits:
“Get Back In The Groove” RIP Billy Taylor

Billy Taylor (July 24, 1921 – December 28, 2010[1][2]) was an American jazz pianist, composer, broadcaster and educator. He 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: Uptown (Riverside)
1960: Warming Up! (Riverside)
1961: Interlude (Moodsville)
1961: Kwamina (Mercury)
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)

^ a b Peter Keepnews (December 29, 2010). “Billy Taylor, Jazz Pianist, Dies at 89”. The New York Times. Retrieved December 30, 2010.
^ a b c Matt Schudel (December 30, 2010). “Billy Taylor, revered musician, broadcaster and spokesman for jazz, dies at 89”. The Washington Post.
^ Allmusic biography
^ Colin Larkin: ‘Billy Taylor bio’, The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (Accessed [25, June 2011]),
^ “Interview with 74 year old Herb Storfer, Jazz Foundation of America President, whose Jazz Musicians Emergency Fund assists musicians in need of food, shelter and medical care.”. Retrieved 2009-10-13.
^ a b c “Billy Taylor”. CBS News Sunday Morning. February 11, 2009.
^ Jazz Mobile Inc.[verification needed]
^ Michael J. West (January 11, 2011). “A grand night for swinging: Billy Taylor memorial service”. Washington City Paper.
^ Grammy Award Database
^ Jazz Living Legend Award 2001
^ “2010 Inductees”. North Carolina Music Hall of Fame. Retrieved September 10, 2012.
^ ABC-Paramount LP ABC 134. — with Billy Taylor

Clark Terry with a few good serious jazz friends, including Ron Carter,

Roy Haynes, Chico Hamilton, James Moody, Frank Foster, Tony Bennett, Chick Corea, Freddie Hubbard, McCoy Tyner, Ray Barretto, Paquito D’Rivera, Bob Brookmeyer, Nat Hentoff – all NEA Jazz Master Award Recipients with Dana Gioia from NEA far left – Jon Hammond — with Nancy Wilson, Chick Corea, James Moody, “Ray Barretto”, Tony Bennett, Paquito D’Rivera, Roy Haynes, Freddie Hubbard, Slide Hampton – Music & Trombone Teacher in East Orange, NJ and Nat Hentoff at Sheraton New York Hotel

Joseph Timmons
Journalist/Editor at Xombiewoof Magazine

Steve Albini
V-Accordion Product Manager at Roland Corporation

Joe Berger
King at Self employed

Siegmar Grünberg
Dozent für Drums at Musikschule Schnelsen

Narada Michael Walden
President at Tarpan Studios

Jon Paris
New York, New York

Nancy Lippold-Ingram
Paisley, Renfrewshire

Jon Hammond with the great Clark Terry – Clark told me, Hammond…don’t believe what they tell you about ‘The Golden Years’ – The Golden Years Suck!
Clark Terry (born December 14, 1920)
is an American swing and bop trumpeter, a pioneer of the flugelhorn in jazz, educator, NEA Jazz Masters inductee, and recipient of the 2010 Grammy Lifetime Achieve Beyondment Award. Only four other trumpet players in history have ever received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award: Louis Armstrong (Clark’s old mentor), Miles Davis (whom Clark mentored), Dizzy Gillespie (who often described Clark as the greatest jazz trumpet player on earth) and Benny Carter. Clark Terry is one of the most prolific jazz musicians in history, having appeared on 905 known recording sessions, which makes him the most recorded trumpet player of all time. In comparison, Louis Armstrong performed on 620 sessions, Harry “Sweets” Edison on 563, and Dizzy Gillespie on 501.

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

Over 250 awards, medals and honors, including:
The 2010 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, two Grammy certificates, three Grammy nominations
The National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master Award in 1991
Sixteen honorary doctorates
Keys to several cities
Jazz Ambassador for U.S. State Department tours in the Middle East and Africa
A knighthood in Germany
Charles E. Lutton Man of Music Award, presented by Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity in 1985. Terry was awareded honorary membership in the Fraternity by the Beta Zeta Chapter at the College of Emporia in 1968. He was also made an honorary member of the Iota Phi chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi, National Honorary Band Fraternity in 2011.
The French Order of Arts and Letters (2000)
A life-sized wax figure for the Black World History Museum in St. Louis
Inducted into the St. Louis Walk of Fame (1996)[6]
NARAS Present’s Merit Award (2005)
Trumpeter of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association (2005)

Clark Terry performs with the Great Lakes Navy Band Jazz Ensemble
As leader
Clark Terry (EmArcy, 1955) – also released as Introducing Clark Terry and Swahili
Serenade to a Bus Seat (Riverside, 1957)
Out on a Limb with Clark Terry (Argo, 1957)
Duke with a Difference (Riverside, 1957)
In Orbit (Riverside, 1958) – with Thelonious Monk
Top and Bottom Brass (Riverside, 1959) with Don Butterfield
Paris (Swing, 1960)
Color Changes (Candid, 1960)
Everything’s Mellow (Prestige, 1961)
Mellow Moods (Prestige, 1961)
All American (Prestige, 1962)
Plays the Jazz Version of “All American” (Moodsville, 1962)
The Night Life (Mood, 1962)
Clark Terry & Bob Brookmeyer (Verve, 1962)
3 in Jazz (RCA, 1963)
More (Cameo, 1963)
Tread Ye Lightly (Cameo, 1963)
What Makes Sammy Swing (20th Century, 1963)
The Happy Horns of Clark Terry (Impulse!, 1964)
The Power of Positive Swinging (Mainstream, 1964)
Live 1964 (Emerald, 1964)
Quintet (Mainstream, 1964)
Tonight (Mainstream, 1964)
Clark Terry Tonight (Mainstream, 1964)
Oscar Peterson Trio Plus One Clark Terry (Mercury, 1964)
The Trumpet Kings Meet Joe Turner (Pablo, 1974) with Big Joe Turner, Dizzy Gillespie, Harry “Sweets” Edison and Roy Eldridge
Spanish Rice (Impulse!, 1966)
Gingerbread Men (Mainstream, 1966)
Mumbles (Mainstream, 1966)
Angyumaluma Bongliddleany Nannyany Awhan Yi! (Mainstream, 1966)
It’s What’s Happening – The Varitone Sound of CT’ (Impulse!, 1967)
Music in the Garden (Jazz Heritage, 1968)
At the Montreux Jazz Festival (Polydor, 1969)
Live on 57th Street (Big Bear, 1969)
Big B-A-D Band In Concert, Live 1970… (EToile, 1970)
Live at the Wichita Jazz Festival (Vanguard, 1974)
Clark Terry and His Jolly Giants (Vanguard, 1975)
Live at the Wichita Jazz Festival (Vanguard, 1975)
Oscar Peterson and Clark Terry (Pablo, 1975)
Oscar Peterson and the Trumpet Kings – Jousts (Pablo, 1975)
Clark Terry’s Big B-A-D Band Live at Buddy’s… (Vanguard, 1976)
Live at the Jazz House (Pausa, 1976)
Wham (BASF, 1976)
Squeeze Me (Chiaroscuro, 1976)
The Globetrotter (Vanguard, 1977)
Out of Nowhere (Bingow, 1978)
Brahms Lullabye (Amplitude, 1978)
Funk Dumplin’s (Matrix, 1978)
Clark After Dark (MPS, 1978)
Mother______! Mother______! (Pablo, 1979)
Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Pablo, 1979)
Live in Chicago, Vol. 1 (Monad, 1979)
Live in Chicago, Vol. 2 (Monad, 1979)
The Trumpet Summit Meets the Oscar Peterson Big 4 (1980)
Memories of Duke (Pablo/OJC, 1980)
Yes, the Blues (Pablo/OJC, 1981)
Jazz at the Philharmonic – Yoyogi National Stadium, Tokyo 1983: Return to Happiness (1983)
To Duke and Basie (Rhino, 1986)
Jive at Five (Enja, 1986)
Metropole Orchestra (Mons, 1988)
Portraits (Chesky, 1988) – with Don Friedman (p), Victor Gaskin (b) Lewis Nash (d)
The Clark Terry Spacemen (Chiaroscuro, 1989)
Locksmith Blues (Concord Jazz, 1989)
Having Fun (Delos, 1990)
Live at the Village Gate (Chesky, 1990)
Live at the Village Gate: Second Set (Chesky, 1990)
What a Wonderful World: For Lou (Red Baron, 1993)
Shades of Blues (Challenge, 1994)
Remember the Time (Mons, 1994)
With Pee Wee Claybrook & Swing Fever (D’ Note, 1995)
Top and Bottom Brass'[‘ (Chiaroscuro, 1995)
Reunion (D’Note, 1995)
Express (Reference, 1995)
Good Things in Life (Mons, 1996)
Ow (E.J.s) 1996)
The Alternate Blues (Analogue, 1996)
Ritter der Ronneburg, 1998 (Mons, 1998)
One on One (Chesky, 2000)
A Jazz Symphony (Centaur, 2000)
Herr Ober: Live at Birdland Neuburg (Nagel-Heyer, 2001)
Live on QE2 (Chiaroscuro, 2001)
Jazz Matinee (Hanssler, 2001)
The Hymn (Candid, 2001)
Clark Terry and His Orchestra Featuring Paul Gonsalves [1959] (Storyville, 2002)
Live in Concert (Image, 2002)
Flutin’ and Fluglin (Past Perfect, 2002)
Friendship (Columbia, 2002)
Live! At Buddy’s Place (Universe, 2003)
Live at Montmarte June 1975 (Storyville, 2003)
George Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess (A440 Music Group, 2004)
Live at Marian’s with the Terry’s Young Titan’s of Jazz (Chiaroscuro, 2005)
[edit]As sideman

Terry performed at the White House with singer Nnenna Freelon in 2006
With Clifford Brown
Jam Session (EmArcy, 1954) – with Maynard Ferguson
With Gary Burton
Who is Gary Burton? (RCA, 1962)
With Charlie Byrd
Byrd at the Gate (Riverside, 1963)
With Tadd Dameron
The Magic Touch (1962)
With Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis
Afro-Jaws (Riverside, 1960)
Trane Whistle (Prestige, 1960)
With Duke Ellington
Such Sweet Thunder (Columbia, 1957)
Ellington at Newport (Columbia, 1958)
With Art Farmer
Listen to Art Farmer and the Orchestra (Mercury, 1962)
With Dizzy Gillespie
Gillespiana (Verve, 1960)
Carnegie Hall Concert (Verve, 1961)
The Trumpet Kings Meet Joe Turner (Pablo, 1974) with Big Joe Turner, Roy Eldridge and Harry “Sweets” Edison
The Trumpet Summit Meets the Oscar Peterson Big 4 (Pablo, 1980) – with Freddie Hubbard and Oscar Peterson
The Alternate Blues (Pablo, 1980) – with Freddie Hubbard and Oscar Peterson
With Paul Gonsalves
Cookin’ (Argo, 1957)
With Johnny Griffin
White Gardenia (Riverside, 1961)
With Dave Grusin
Homage to Duke (1993)
With Lionel Hampton
You Better Know It!!! (Impulse!, 1965)
With Chico Hamilton
The Further Adventures of El Chico (Impulse!, 1966)
With Jimmy Heath
Really Big! (Riverside, 1960)
With Milt Jackson
Big Bags (Riverside, 1962)
For Someone I Love (Riverside, 1963)
Ray Brown / Milt Jackson with Ray Brown (Verve, 1965)
With Elvin Jones
Summit Meeting (Vanguard, 1976) with James Moody, Bunky Green and Roland Prince
With Sam Jones
Down Home (Riverside, 1962)
With Yusef Lateef
The Centaur and the Phoenix (Riverside, 1960)
With Mundell Lowe
Themes from Mr. Lucky, the Untouchables and Other TV Action Jazz (RCA Camden, 1960)
Satan in High Heels (soundtrack) (Charlie Parker, 1961)
With Junior Mance
The Soul of Hollywood (Jazzland, 1962)
With Gary McFarland
Tijuana Jazz (Impulse!, 1965)
With Charles Mingus
The Complete Town Hall Concert (Blue Note, 1962 [1994])
With Blue Mitchell
Smooth as the Wind (1961)
A Sure Thing (1962)
With the Modern Jazz Quartet
Jazz Dialogue (Atlantic, 1965)
With Mark Murphy
That’s How I Love the Blues! (Riverside, 1962)
With Oliver Nelson
Oliver Nelson Plays Michelle (Impulse!, 1966)
Happenings with Hank Jones (Impulse!, 1966)
The Spirit of ’67 with Pee Wee Russell (Impulse!, 1967)
With Chico O’Farrill
Nine Flags (Impulse!, 1966)
With Sonny Rollins
Brass & Trio (1958)
With Lalo Schifrin
New Fantasy (Verve, 1964)
Once a Thief and Other Themes (Verve, 1965)
With Billy Taylor
Taylor Made Jazz (Argo, 1959)
Kwamina (Mercury, 1961)
With Cecil Taylor
New York City R&B (1961)
With Teri Thornton
Devil May Care (Riverside, 1961)
With Randy Weston
Uhuru Afrika (Roulette, 1960)
With Jimmy Woode
The Colorful Strings of Jimmy Woode (Argo, 1957)
With Various artists
The Greatest Jazz Concert in the World (1967)

Let’s Talk Trumpet: From Legit to Jazz
Interpretation of the Jazz Language
Clark Terry’s System of Circular Breathing for Woodwind and Brass Instruments
TerryTunes, anthology of 60 original compositions (1st ed., 1972; 2nd ed. w/doodle-tonguing chapter, 2009)
Ellington, Duke. “Clark Terry,” chapter in Music is My Mistress (Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1973): 229-230.
“Clark Terry – Jazz Ambassador: C.T.’s Diary” [cover portrait] Jazz Journal International 31 (May 6, 1978): 7-8.
Beach, Doug. “Clark Terry and the St. Louis Trumpet Sound,” Instrumentalist 45 (April 1991): 8-12.
Bernotas, Bob. “Clark Terry,” Jazz Player 1 (October–November 1994): 12-19.
LaBarbera, John. “Clark Terry: More Than ‘Mumbles’,” ITG Journal [International Trumpet Guild] 19, No. 2 (1994): 36-41.
Blumenthal, Bob. “Reflections on a Brilliant Career” [reprint of Jazz Times 25, No. 8], Jazz Educators Journal 29, No. 4 (1997): 30-33, 36-37.
Morgenstern, Dan. “Clark Terry” in Living With Jazz: A Reader (New York: Pantheon, 2004): 196-201. [Reprint of Down Beat 34 (June 1, 1967): 16-18.
Owens, Thomas. “Trumpeters: Clark Terry” in Bebop: The Music and the Players (New York: Oxford, 1995): 111-113.
“Jazz for the Record”[Clark Terry Archive at William Paterson University], New York Times (December 11, 2004).
“Clark: The Autobiography of Clark Terry” (University of California Press: 2011) — with Clark Terry.

Ulrich Vormehr
Frankfurt, Germany

Hans Torbijn
Sint Paulus Mulo Vlissingen

Chris Grove
Works at Keyboards-Eddie Money

Narada Michael Walden
President at Tarpan Studios

Joseph Timmons
Journalist/Editor at Xombiewoof Magazine

Jon Paris
New York, New York

One of my favorite drummers and super cool cats

– Jackie Williams on the drums at Local 802 annual Holiday party with Junior Mance (not shown) and Hide Tanaka – Jon Hammond

Junior Mance throwin’ it down on the piano! at our annual Holiday Party Local 802 Musicians Union

– funny set up for the gig – Hide Tanaka (those are his feet) was up on the bandstand with Jackie Williams drums, Junior down below – Jon Hammond — with Junior Mance and Hide Tanaka at Associated Musicians of Greater New York, Local 802 AFM

Ben Koning from Apple when he came to do a presentation about his indie movie “Echo Of The Future” A Tale of Sunnyvale

– for our radio club, an audience of veteran radio engineers at California Historical Radio Society in Radio KRE
*Archive interview with Ben:
Special guest Ben Koning on HammondCast Show KYOU Radio speak…See More — with Ben Koning at California Historical Radio Society

There’s the famous big flowers Bert Padell sent over before I hit the gig with Bernard Purdie at Cave Canem

– my neighbor Michael Sergio probably remembers those flowers, Frank the Super let me put them in our lobby – they lasted a good 2 weeks. I had my 2-Leslie stack for that gig, we rocked that place – a lot of old friends came out of the woodwork for that hit including Don Friedman who was the ex-partner of mega concert promoter Ron Delsener – JH

Bernard Purdie at his then new Sonor Hi-Lite drum kit on my band Jon Hammond and The Late Rent Session Men gig we played at Cave Canem 24 First Ave Manhattan, NY
This was a very bizarre gig, I showed up and somebody from the club told me an admirer sent a huge flowers arrangement, it turned out to be from Bert Padell who I had personally invited to the gig – he sent a note with it with good luck wishes – I had the display in lobby of my building after the gig until it finally died – must have cost a fortune!

This is Bert’s client list, he used to be a Yankee Ball Boy (a long time ago!) among other things – rep for all these folks:
Aaron Carter
Africa Bambaataa
Alessandra Ambrosio
Alicia Keys
Alice Cooper
Alzbeta Syrovatkova
An Bar
Ana Beatrice Barros
Andre Betts
Andre Brown
Andrew W. K.
Angie Featherstone
Angie Stone
Angela Simmons
Ardon Altino
Arma Andon
Asha Miller
August Darnell
Barry Michael Cooper
Ben Vereen
Bernard Kerik
Big Daddy Kane
Biz Marke
Bounty Killer
Brad “Scarface” Jordan
Britney Spears
C. Smyth
Calvin Richardson
Carl Banks
Carl Redding
Chivon Dean
Chris Gotti
Clark Kent
Clayton Hunter
Craig Mack
Cyndi Lauper
Cynthia Calabretta
Dame Grease
Damon Elliott
Diggy Simmons
Darrin Whittington
Darwin Hobbs
Darryl Brown
David Hall
David Wolff
Debra Antney
De La Soul
Devante Swing
Dalvin Degrate
Doug E. Fresh
Drew Nieporent
Dr. Turnbull
Eagles of Deathmetal
Earl “The Pearl” Monroe
Earnest Byner
Easy Mo Bee
Eddie Timmons
El General
Eric B
Eric Sermon
Eugeny Platov
Everything But the Girl
Faith Evans
Flavie Lheritier
Fonzi Thorton
Foxy Brown
Frankie Presley
Freddie Jackson
Fun Loving Criminals
Gary Haas
Gary Kurfirst
Genard Parker
Gerald Isaacs
Grand Puba
Harlem Boys Choir
Hex Hector
Innate Forte
Inga Savits
Ira Schickman
Irina Bonarenko
Irv Gotti
Issa Thompson
Ja Rule
Jackie Mason
Jacob the Jeweler
Jenny Wong
Jerry Wonder
Jesia Chiminazzo
Jillian Nelson
Jimmy Cozier
Joan Jett
Joan Smalls
Joaquin Dean
JoJo Simmons
John Berendt
Jonathan Peters
Joseph Robinson
K-Ci and JoJo
Katerina Graham
Keisha Bolden
Kenza Fourti
Kevin Leong
KC Lam
Kimberly Scott
Kinga Rajzak
Kendell Holt
Kristina Malaityte
Kyle West
Laura Mercer
Leland Robinson
Leslie Dodson
Leslie LaRoche
Lisa Simone
Little Mo
Loan Chabanol
Lorraine Bracco
Lou Pinella
Loni Ayers
Lucia Dvorska
Luciano Ribiero
Madonna Louise Ciccone
Marcelo Boldrini
Marcus Cooper aka “Pleasure P”
Marco Parker
Margaret Whitton
Mary J Blige
Marvin Peart
Maria Giorgio
Mechalie Jamison
Melissa Auf Der Maur
Mia Hessner Sovinsky
Michael Jones
Michael Vann
Midnight Star
Mikhail Baryshnikov
Mos Def
Monica Payne
Monie Love
Monster Magnet
Natalia Semanova
Olga Otrokhova
Pat Dinizio
Paolo Della Puppa
Peter Max
Philip Pitts
Prakazrel Michel (Pras)
Prince Paul
Qddus (Benjamin Philippe)
Queens of the Stone Age
Raica Brito
Ralph Branca
Randy Myers
Razhel Brown
Reflection Eternal
Remy Martin
Renee Diggs
Rica Olivera Brito
Richard Adler
Richie Blackmore
Ricky St. Haillaire
RJ Rice
Robert DeNiro
Rusty Staub
Russell Simmons
Sanjaya Malaker
Scott Lobdell
Shawn White
Simone Muterthies
Sophie Patitz
Stephen Bray
Sugar Dice
Swizz Beatz
Talib Kweli
Talking Heads
Tatiana Nikiforova
Teddy Pendergrass
Teddy Riley
The Berman Brothers
The Kinks
The Love Scene
The Smithereens
The Stills
Thomas Young
Tichina Arnold
Toni Braxton
Tribeca Grill
Tyrone Fyffe
Vada Nobles
Valeria Maza
Valentia Zelyaeva
Vasal Benford

Vanessa Simmons
Veruschka Von Lehndorf
Vic Thrill
Victor Cook
Vincent Herbert
Vladmira Cichova
Walking Concert
Wendy Williams
Whitey Ford
Whitney Thompson
Wyclef Jean
Zaz Zielinski — with Bernard Purdie and Bernard Purdie at Lucky Cheng’s

Paul G Love ·
was that a regular gig Jon? Can’t believe I missed that!
Wednesday at 10:19pm ·

Jon Hammond Paul, what is a ‘regular gig’? Jon
Wednesday at 10:20pm ·

Paul G Love · Friends with Joe Berger and 75 others
more than once
Wednesday at 10:21pm ·

Jon Hammond We played there a few times actually. Snooze ya’ lose, we won’t be there again most likely. In over 40 years I wouldn’t call any gigs regular – some were better than others and some more steady. The days of taking up residency in one club location have pretty much been over since early 70’s in my experience. Stay tuned for my upcoming book “Weird gigs I have played” by Jon Hammond
Wednesday at 10:24pm ·

Gregory Hodges I cant wait to read that, im sure i could at least fill up one page in that book. I think that is a great idea. I dont buy books but id buy that one
Wednesday at 11:45pm ·

Eric T. Everett ·
Hi Jon — Do you have any pics from the mid 90’s with Bernard playing his Slingerland kit?
Yesterday at 7:01am ·

Jon Hammond Eric: Bernard always played Sonor during that time on my gigs, with Sabian cymbals – his Salmon colored Sonor Signature kit with 18″ kick always, and starting from this gig he got the hi-lite set, much lighter in weight than the Sonor Signature cans, Jon Hammond
Yesterday at 7:04am ·

Eric T. Everett ·
Many thanks, John. I own his Slingerland kit — my reason for asking. Thanks for posting such great videos and pics over the years. I love “Late Rent”!
Yesterday at 7:17am ·

Jose Ramos ·
One of the nicest people you’d like to meet and talk to. Met him in Montreal and he visited me cuppla times at that place on mass ave.
Yesterday at 2:58pm

Jon Hammond in-studio with Jesse Chuy Varela KCSM 91.1 FM
Archive Audio:

HammondCast 15 for KYOU Radio, this show just before Jon blasts over to Hamburg Germany to record a new album at NDR Radio. Special guest recordings of Jon with radio legend Al Jazzbeaux Collins telling the story of Jon’s composition “Train Song” and with Chuy Varela talking about the meaning of Jon’s song “Get Back In The Groove” played 2 different ways: from “Hammond’s Bolero” CD 2003 release (instrumental) and a 1981 version from DTI Records label with Frank Biner on vocals and Jon covering all the instruments.. — at KCSM Jazz 91

Charles Bukowski Birthday Gig at Bar Centrale St. Pauli, Hamburg Paul-Rosen-Strasse 19, 22767 Hamburg
The lady owner of Bar Centrale was a big time Charles Bukowski freak, so I organized to have Knut Benzner from NDR Radio read from the Book of Bukowski writings in Deutsch by candle light in-between sets from my organ combo, fun gig!

Henry Charles Bukowski (born Heinrich Karl Bukowski; August 16, 1920 – March 9, 1994) was a German-born American poet, novelist and short story writer. His writing was influenced by the social, cultural and economic ambience of his home city of Los Angeles.[6] It is marked by an emphasis on the ordinary lives of poor Americans, the act of writing, alcohol, relationships with women and the drudgery of work. Bukowski wrote thousands of poems, hundreds of short stories and six novels, eventually publishing over sixty books.

Teruo Goto
Works at Dirty old Musician.

Joseph Timmons
Journalist/Editor at Xombiewoof Magazine

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

Volker Kleinophorst

Antje von Rein
Hamburg, Germany

Siegmar Grünberg
Dozent für Drums at Musikschule Schnelsen

Ulrich Vormehr
Frankfurt, Germany

Hans Torbijn
Sint Paulus Mulo Vlissingen

“We Move The World On A Kart-A-Bag™ Super 600”
Jon Hammond on the gig at the Baustelle Party for
Schlachthof Hamburg when there was still dirt on the floor.

Gideon Schier and his partner Ramen started Schlachthof as a concert and art venue.
On the band that night I had Uwe Petersen drums, Bernard Fichtner guitar and Tobias Schmidt-Relenberg saxophone. The Kart-A-Bag poster is the ad that ran for a long time showing me on tour with my Hammond XB-2 organ:
“We Move The World On A Kart-A-Bag™ Super 600” ! JH — at Schlachthof Hamburg

Yashko Golembiovsky, Ethan Khan

Bernard Purdie, Funky, Swinging, Jazz, Blues, Organ, Hamburg, NDR, Kart-A-Bag, Clark Terry, NEA Jazz, Jon Hammond, Radio, TV, Local 802, Musicians Union

Part 7 Jon Hammond Memorable Gigs, People and Places

September 13, 2010

Part 7 Jon Hammond Memorable Gigs, People and Places

Jon Hammond and The Late Rent Session Men onstage at Shoreline Amphitheatre for Bill Graham Presents with Barry Finnerty guitar, James Preston drums, Larry Schneider tenor sax, Jon Hammond at his 1965 Hammond B3 organ and trusty XB-2 organ

Jon Hammond with his organ on the wheels in Frankfurt Germany and the post man from Deutsche Post with his wheels at Hotel Apollo on the Muenchenerstr.

On the James Brown Bus with James Brown Soul Generals and ‘Generalettes’ photo by Jon Hammond

Jon Hammond with Todd Anderson tenor saxophonist and Jon’s neighbor. Todd was Jon’s composition and arranging teacher at Berklee College of Music in 1973-’74 and played tenor on Jon’s first album Late Rent

The Honorable San Francisco District Attorney Terence Hallinan friend of Jon Hammond getting in his cop car taking care of business for the people of San Francisco photo by Jon Hammond

Dr. Sergei Khrushchev son of Nikita Khrushchev, author Khrushchev on Khrushchev – An Inside Account of the Man and His Era, by His Son, Sergei Khrushchev, edited and translated by William Taubman, photo by Jon Hammond aboard m.v. Olympic Voyager inauguration Port Canaveral FL

Captain George T. Apistolas on the Bridge of the World’s Fastest Cruise Ship photo by Jon Hammond
Jon Hammond on assignment for Escape! magazine

Jon’s friend Somo with Jon’s equipment, Jon Hammond was on his way to a gig with all his gear and stopped by to visit with Somo at his electronics shop in SF’s Tenderloin District. Somo comes from Yugoslavia

Dennis Finnegan jazz guitarist with Jon Hammond in North Beach San Francisco

Top Secret Swearing In Ceremony of Board of Directors Local 6 Musicians Union San Francisco CA photo by Jon Hammond

Top Secret Swearing In Ceremony of Board of Directors Local 6 Musicians Union San Francisco CA photo by Jon Hammond

Jon Hammond on his way to a gig with Excelsior Accordion and all his gear on Jon’s famous Kart-A-Bag Super 600 wagon SF CA

Damon Wood guitarist and Hollie Farris long-time James Brown Band at James Brown bus in SF CA photo by Jon Hammond

Jon Hammond’s good friend Knut Benzner radio moderator journalist NDR Radio (middle) with Dr. Carlo May on right from Deutschlandfunk Radio Berlin, Manne Kraski of The Rattles on left (Knut’s right) photo by Jon Hammond in Hamburg St. Pauli

Bert Gerecht record collection and priceless collection of antique Hofner violin Beatle Basses in Meisenheim Germany photo by Jon Hammond

Chuggy Carter aka Leslie J. Carter percussion, Barry Finnerty guita, Graham Hawthorne drums and Jon Hammond on Jon Hammond and The Late Rent Session Men band gig at the famous 5 Spot Club in Hotel Wolcott where Buddy Holly stayed and recorded

Dieter Schnapka on left looking on as Jon Hammond Band plays with Barry Finnerty guitar, Allen Wittig tenor sax, Jon is off camera to the right in Schirn Cafe chirn Kunsthalle Museum in Frankfurt Germany

Joe Berger guitar and Bill Cobham drums at Gibson USA party in Frankfurt Marriott Hotel Musikmesse photo by Jon Hammond

Billy Cobham, B3 organ, Jon Hammond, Terence Hallinan, James Brown, Local 6 Musicians Union, Excelsior Accordion, Kart-A-Bag, Sergei Khrushchev, Schirn Kunsthalle, Musikmesse Frankfurt

How to do a GREEN Music Tour by Jon Hammond

September 19, 2009

*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
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

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.

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