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Soon I Will Be Free In Kentucky

November 19, 2017

#WATCHMOVIE HERE: Soon I Will Be Free In Kentucky

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Jon Hammond Organ Group Opening One Nighter Louisville Kentucky

September 13, 2016

#WATCHMOVIE HERE: Jon Hammond Organ Group Opening One Nighter Louisville Kentucky

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Jon Hammond Organ Group first time in Louisville Kentucky

at The Jazz Factory – 815 W Market St Louisville KY 40202 
with introduction by Ken Shapero
 – John Bishop guitar
, Ronnie Smith Jr. drums, 
Alex Budman tenor saxophone
, Jon Hammond organ

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See you at musikmesse and Prolight + Sound 2016!

Frankfurt am Main — See you at musikmesse and Prolight + Sound​ 2016!
Don’t forget your hat…and your Sennheiser​ headphones folks!
Be there…or be Square – my 30th musikmesse​ – Jon Hammond​

Thursday 7 April to Sunday 10 April 2016, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
open daily for Trade and Private visitors
More than 30.000 instruments shown in seven exhibition halls
Outdoor area with festival atmosphere: Stages, Foodtrucks and more

More than 1,000 events and concerts

Hall plan of Musikmesse 2016:
Hall 8.0 – Classic meets Acoustic

Hall 9.0 – Classic meets Keys

Hall 9.1 – Electro meets Recording

Hall 10.2 – Classic meets Jazz

Hall 11.0 – Rock meets Pop

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*Note: This year Jon’s annual musikmesse Warm Up Party in jazzkeller will be Tuesday night / Dienstag abend 5 April 2016
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29th Year! Jon Hammond’s musikmesse Warm Up Party jazzkeller – Big Special Thanks to my good friend Saray Pastanesi for absolute Masterpiece Birthday & 29th musikmesse Chocolate Chocolate cake!! It was delicious, every morsel was consumed and enjoyed!!! Jon Hammond / Jon Hammond Band
DIENSTAG, 14.4. ROCK | POP | JAZZ Journal Frankfurt im aktuellen
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1 JAZZ/BLUES/FOLK Jon Hammond & Band Wer zählt noch mit … Mal ernsthaft: der Mann, der so heißt wie sein Instrument, ist zum 29. Mal zur Musikmesse „Warm Up Party”. 21:00, Ffm: Jazzkeller, Kleine Bockenheimer Straße 18a Facebook Jon Hammond – organ Joe Berger – guitar Peter Klohmann – 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 – Jon Hammond Organ Group #CableAccess #HammondOrgan #Blues #Jazz #Musikmesse2015

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The Famous Stevie Wonder and Jon Hammond Photo Just In!

Stevie Wonder and Jon Hammond Photo Just In! Photo Credit and Many Thanks to Bernie Capicchiano of Bernies Music Land Australia, thanks a million Bernie!!! You can clearly see Stevie is shanking my hand – he shook it about 5 different ways while we were talking, his fingers are his eyes living in the world of Music that has blessed us all! This was at the Hammond Organ USA Suzuki Musical Instruments stand number 5100 Winter NAMM Show 2014, I got to speak with him last year also and met him the first time in 1972 – this is a precious photo from Bernie! – Jon Hammond – at The NAMM Show
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musician, singer-songwriter, record producer, and multi-instrumentalist. A child prodigy, he has become one of the most creative and loved musical performers of the late 20th century.[2] Wonder signed with Motown’s Tamla label at the age of eleven[2] and continues to perform and record for Motown as of the early 2010s. He has been blind since shortly after birth.[3]
Among Wonder’s works are singles such as “Superstition”, “Sir Duke”, “You Are the Sunshine of My Life” and “I Just Called to Say I Love You”; and albums such as Talking Book, Innervisions and Songs in the Key of Life.[2] He has recorded more than thirty U.S. top ten hits and received twenty-two Grammy Awards, the most ever awarded to a male solo artist, and has sold over 100 million albums and singles, making him one of the top 60 best-selling music artists.[4] Wonder is also noted for his work as an activist for political causes, including his 1980 campaign to make Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday a holiday in the United States.[5] In 2009, Wonder was named a United Nations Messenger of Peace.[6] In 2008, Billboard magazine released a list of the Hot 100 All-Time Top Artists to celebrate the US singles chart’s fiftieth anniversary, with Wonder at number five…cont. — with Stevie Wonder at NAMM Anaheim Convention Center

Dankeschön to my good friend Tino Pavlis for sending me this very precious photograph of me speaking with Stevie Wonder last month at The NAMM Show,

thanks a million Tino!

P.Mauriat Players Session with Jon Hammond Day 1 NAMM 2014


(Higher Quality) A wonderful jazz session at P.Mauriat / Pmauriat Albest NAMM stand number 4514 on first day of NAMM 2014 together with Jon Hammond on the organ with tenor saxophonists Aldo Salvent, Alex Budman, Josh Quinlan, Terell Stafford trumpet, checking names, more coming – Jon Hammond – The NAMM Show — with Alex Budman, Aldo Salvent, Terrel Stafford, Josh Quinlan and more..

P Mauriat HQ / Pmauriat Albest action – Jon Hammond flanked by Eric Hsu and David Kornusov

– bringing down the volume with Jazz Ballads LINK Jon Hammond and Greg Osby
LINK: Jon Hammond and Arno Haas – The NAMM Show stand 4514

This is how we sound check at 9 o’clock in the morning in the bright California sun – thanks Fender for the big super bad Fender Super Bassman amp, it’s amazing how good 10 inch speakers can sound! Jon Hammond – The NAMM Show Center Patio Stage – LINK: Dom Famularo Feature on Jon Hammond Band NAMM Show

— with Jon Hammond at NAMM Anaheim Convention Center

Fender Super Bassman – 300 watts Tube Power, sounds good with my organ!

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Dick Boak of C.F. Martin & Company (Guitars)- thanks for bringing Eric Clapton’s Blue acoustic guitar to NAMM,

looking / sounding real good Dick! – Jon Hammond

Detlef Kinsler Journal Frankfurtl / Frankfurter Rundschau) and Jon Hammond here

at Jon’s last musikmesse Warm Up Party – next one: 11th March 21:00UHR – celebrating 28th year Frankfurt Musikmesse Action World’s Largest Musical Instruments Show and Prolight + Sound and Jon’s birthday with special guests and friends from Messe Frankfurt in the good old Jazzkeller with Jon Hammond Band Easier Download FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jon’s archive

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Jon’s Big Boxing Match first segment – Chicago IL — Jon’s Big Boxing Match – Behind The Beat soundtrack – special thanks Steven Rosenfeld – Jon Hammond

next up, 2PM Nissan Stage Kick Off – 2PM EST Jon Hammond Funk Unit kicking it off on the Nissan Stage at Summer NAMM Show Nashville Music City Center
Roland Barber – trombone, trumpet, sea shell
Cord Martin – tenor saxophone
Chuggy Carter – percussion
Louis Flip Winfield – drums
Lee Oskar – harmonica
Joe Berger – guitar
Jon Hammond – organ + bass
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Next: Jazz Funk Tribute to Cannonball Adderley and Lutz Büchner with NDR Horns Jon Hammond Band
Jazz Funk Tribute to Cannonball Adderley and Lutz Büchner​ NDR Horns Jon Hammond Band​ – Auster Jazz Series concert Hamburg Eimsbüttel. Funky Heinz Lichius​ drums, Michael Leuschner​ trumpet, Lutz Büchner tenor, Ernst-Friedrich Fiete Felsch​ alto, Joe Berger​ guitar, Jon Hammond​ organ bass – special thanks Nicolai Ditsch for operating the camera, this concert was filmed in High Definition – Frank Blume, Torsten Wendt – Knut Benzner NDR Redaktion – Musik Rotthoff​ support – Gideon Schier / Baltic Soul Weekender in Auster Bar​ #LutzBüchner#NDRJazz#MichaelLeuschner

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

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

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Jon Hammond’s JEN 2016 Pictures And Video HammondCast Original Music Track

January 15, 2016

*WATCH THE MOVIE HERE: Jon Hammond’s JEN 2016 Pictures And Video HammondCast Original Music Track

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Jon Hammond’s JEN 2016 Pictures and Video With Original HammondCast Music track due to copyright restrictions – enjoy folks! – Jon Hammond – just back from Louisville, Kentucky JEN The Jazz Education Network conference *LINK: ALL Images and Video ©JON HAMMOND International ‪#‎JEN16‬‪#‎CNNiReport‬ ‪#‎HammondCast‬ @hammondcast

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Mike Vax Takes It Up An Octave! *FB Video

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Louisville, Kentucky — Mike Vax Trumpet Section Clinic – Mike takes it up an octave! – at JEN 2016 The Jazz Education Network conference – Jon Hammond ‪#‎JEN16‬ ‪#‎CNNiReport‬ ‪#‎hammondcast‬

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Mike Vax And those were truly the first high notes I tried after almost a month off after my pacemaker surgery. Guess the pacemaker is working OK!!
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Cruising With My Music by Jon Hammond HammondCast 102 on the radio ‪#‎HammondOrgan‬ ‪#‎CNNiReport‬
EVENT: NAMM Show Warm Up Party!
Thursday, January 21 at 9 PM – 11 PM
“Get Back in The Groove” “Late Rent” and more Jon Hammond hits
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Sheraton Park Hotel at the Anaheim Resort
1855 S Harbor Blvd, Anaheim, California 92802

Special guest!: Koei Tanaka Suzuki Chromatic Harmonica from Tokyo Japan
NAMM Show Warm Up Party, we will be hanging with our friends after the big NAMM Memorial Tribute outside we’ll be going there over to the Sheraton folks, “Early bird gets the worm…second mouse gets the cheese!” We’re going to have some fun this night celebrating 30 years at The NAMM Show – Suzuki Musical Instruments Associated Musicians of Greater New York, Local 802 AFM AFM Local 6 Jon Hammond Band Jon Hammond Organ Group

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Thanks to Phil from Yamaha for this photo with my friends from the United States Navy Band Commodores Ensemble from Washington, D.C. USA! at JEN 2016 The Jazz Education Network conference ‪#‎JEN16‬ ‪#‎CNNiReport‬

*note: Hammond copped the new style DownBeat Magazine hat, old one got beat up around the world – Jon Hammond

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MCTV Cable Access Jon Hammond Show Continuing on 33rd year on MNN TV Weekly Broadcast and Streaming Podcast Vlog

Celebrating 32 years on Cable Access MNN TV Jon Hammond Show – anniversary on February 2nd 2016 – 1:30AM in our original time slot – thanks to all our viewers over 32 years folks! – Jon Hammond – Funk Soul Blues and Soft News

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Manhattan Cable TV MCTV Jon Hammond Show Late Fri night Just Before Robin Byrd same time 33rd year Channel C Channel D Channel J

“Taking over control of your TV sets (and now computers) for this little 28 minute pack here.” The Jon Hammond Show one of the original late

night Manhattan Cable TV Shows on for years, now kicking off 33rd year on same time slot at 1:30 AM which is the original time slot Jon

Hammond began on then Channel C leading in to Robin Byrd’s show which came on at 2AM – the only other surviving MCTV Cable Access Producer

pioneer Harold Hudson Channer appears on this segment – Harold is perhaps the only public access TV host who has been on longer than Jon

Hammond continuously. MCTV has since morphed in to MNN TV / Manhattan Neighborhood Network. Jon Hammond Show continues broadcasting every

late Friday night / early Saturday morning at 1:30 AM on Channel 1 MNN TV – the show has traveled all over the world, known for the Video by

LORI video art synchronized with original music, funky jazz blues and rock – the talking foot footage originally was the only way you could

see television host and organist Jon Hammond. Later on Jon was picked by SONY Broadcast to take an original prototype Sony Betacam in to field

testing, early camcorder footage when still only available on the grey market – Jon Hammond Show also showed 80 times daily on the very first

large outdoor TV Screen in Times Square, the Mitsubishi Diamond Vision screen daily for 2 years including the psychedelic countdown to

new years seen all over the world with Video by LORI Art 1984 – 1985 – the weekly broadcasts on Channel C, Channel D MCTV Public Access

and paid access Channel J began on February 2nd 1984 – Theme song for Jon’s show is known all over the world “Late Rent” – now the show

streams worldwide in addition to broadcasting on all 3 cable networks in Manhattan and the Bronx. Stay tuned, kicking off year 33 folks!

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MNNTV The Jon Hammond Show as seen on Jon Hammond’s long running cable access TV show now on MNNTV Manhattan Neighborhood Network in New York City 27th year. This episode is a classic with Jon Hammond and band in Moscow Russia playing jazz ballad Easy Living with Igor Butman sax and Eduard Zizak drums, Jon Hammond at the organ. Tim Cain “Shadow Walk” with visuals by Eduardo Gutekunst. Jon Hammond with his studio band of Steve Ferrone, Todd Anderson, Barry Finnerty “Lydia’s Tune” by Jon Hammond at the B3 organ. Jon Hammond in Frankfurt Germany with Tony Lakatos tenor sax, Giovanni Guilino drum, Joe Berger guitar “Melody Without Name” Jon Hammond’ theme song is entitled LATE RENT with Video By LORI © JOn Hammond Intl.

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Jon Hammond Show on Manhattan Neighborhood Network Ch. 1 late Friday nights / early Sat. 1:30 AM Eastern Standard time 28 minutes – with Val Hal Jazz Pub historic audio recording when I played on Count Basie’s original model A Hammond organ when subbing for Don Patterson – also Jones for Johnson classic Jon Hammond Show recording – Late Rent theme song outro

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The Water Boys! L to R Jon Hammond, Alex Budman, Michael Falkenstein, Brian Auger, Karma Auger, Donny Baldwin – The NAMM Show

Jon Hammond Band with Donny Baldwin on the band just after we played a NAMM Showcase

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This episode of HammondCast on KYOU 1550 AM Radio features some historic recordings of Jon Hammond with radio & tv legend AL “JAZZBEAUX” COLLINS, this will blow your socks off! Al does a complete recitation of his Hipster version of “Little Red Ridinghood” accompanied by Jon on the Hammond organ live. Also radio host CHRIS CORTEZ talking about how Jon and Jazzbeaux almost blew up the transmitter for the radio station by plugging the Hammond organ directly in as a late-night experiment on the Bay Area station…wooops! All worked out ok, but the Chief Engineer and Station Manager were a little bit upset the next day…

Chris Cortez and Jon Hammond in KCSM where they did the historic broadcast with Al Jazzbo Collins some years before

Al Jazzbeaux Collins aka Al Jazzbo Collins on the air at KCSM Jazz 91

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#TheNAMMShow “White Onions” Jon Hammond Funk Unit NAMM Showcase lunch set 23rd 2015 reprising 1989 Late Rent Sessions recording ©JON HAMMOND International ASCAP with special guest Bernard Purdie drums, Leslie J. Carter percussion Jon Hammond organ (original members on record) featuring Koei Tanaka chromatic harmonica from Tokyo Japan Suzuki world star, Joe Berger guitar JJ guitars, Alex Budman tenor saxophone Dom Famularo returning to the NAMM Stage – special thanks NAMM President CEO Joe Lamond, KHS Hercules folding stands – Location: NAMM Sheraton Park Hotel at the Anaheim Resort Acoustic Stage Jon Hammond Funk Unit Event Date: Thursday, January 21, 2016 – 9:00pm to 9:40pm Genre: Rock #CNNiReport

AFM Local 6 Member Profile JON HAMMOND: “WHERE’S THE GIG?” — by ALEX WALSH

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jon in the early 70s

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

Jon has released four CDs

Jon Hammond Entertaining on Excelsior Accordion in Bernal Heights SF Neighborhood Center — photo by Cheryl Fippen Local 6

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