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Organ Meets Bigband Rostock Klostergarten

August 9, 2015

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Published August 8, 2015
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Topics LaJazzO MV, Organ Meets Bigband, Klostergarten, Rostock, Jazz Orchestra, Jimmy Smith, Steve Gray, Michael Leuschner, Landesjugendorchester Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, #HammondOrgan #Jazz #Blues

„Organ meets Bigband“ das LaJJazzO M-V LandesJugendJazzOrchester Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Am 01.08.2015 ist das Landesjugendjazzorchester Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (LaJazzO MV) mit seinem diesjährigen Solisten Jon Hammond wieder im Klostergarten Rostock zu Gast. Covering Jimmy Smith’s Back at The Chicken Shack and The Sermon – Nachdem sich in den vergangenen Jahren das LaJazzO MV mit den in der Big Band vorkommenden Instrumenten musikalisch auseinandersetzte, wird in 2015 die Jazzorgel musikalisch thematisiert werden. Unter dem Titel “Organ meets Big Band” wird dieses sehr traditionsreiche Instrument der Jazzgeschichte in den Mittelpunkt der Konzertreihe im folgenden Jahr gestellt. Als Jazzinstrument wurde es von Fats Waller in den 30er Jahren eingeführt und hatte seine Hochzeit in den 50er Jahren durch seine Vertreter wie Jimmy Smith. Der international renommierte New Yorker Jazzorganist Jon Hammond wird zusammen mit dem LaJazzO MV unter der Leitung von Michael Leuschner den besonderen Charme dieses Instrumentes wieder zum Leben erwecken. Im Programm sind unter anderem Titel von Jimmy Smith, arrangiert von Steve Gray – eine Leihgabe aus dem Archiv der NDR-Bigband.

Jon Hammond studierte in den siebziger Jahren am Berklee College of Music und am City College San Francisco. Konzertreisen führten ihn quer durch die Vereinigten Staaten und Kanada. In seiner eigenen ‘Jon Hammond Show’ spielte er mit Musikern wie Dizzy Gillespie, Paul Butterfield, Jaco Pastorius, John Entwistle, Sammy Davis Jr., Percy Sledge und vielen anderen. Auch in Europa fand und findet seine Musik unverändert viele Anhänger. Die Medien berichten wiederholt von einem unverwechselbaren und prägenden Sound. Jon Hammond hat u.a. auf der 20. Frankfurter Musikmesse mitgewirkt und tritt vornehmlich in Hamburg auf. “The Jon Hammond Show” is a funky, swinging Jazz instrumental revue, featuring notable international soloists and reflecting the influences of Miles Davis, The Crusaders and Jimmy Smith.
Programm: “Organ meets Bigband”
Leitung: Michael Leuschner
Samstag, d. 01.08.2015, 20:30 Klostergarten Rostock

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Published July 24, 2015
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The Tubes – Band Tonight in Bremen Germany ladies and gentlemen! – Coffee Time with The Tubes’ Rick Anderson and Prairie Prince – Jon Hammond
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The Tubes is a San Francisco-based rock band whose 1975 debut album included the hit single “White Punks on Dope”. During its first fifteen years or so, the band’s live performances combined quasi-pornography with wild satires of media, consumerism, and politics.[citation needed] They are perhaps best remembered for their 1983 single “She’s a Beauty”, a top 10 U.S. hit with a frequently-played music video in the early days of MTV; and in the 1980 film Xanadu singing the rock portion of the cross-genre song “Dancin'” opposite a big band.
Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Genres Rock, punk, hard rock
Years active 1972–present
Labels A&M, Capitol
Website Official website
Members Roger Steen
Prairie Prince
Rick Anderson
Fee Waybill
David Medd
Past members Vince Welnick†
Bill Spooner
Michael Cotten
Bob Mcintosh
Re Styles
Mingo Lewis
Jane Dornacker†
David Killingsworth
Gary Cambra
The Tubes started as a group of high school friends from Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona. Two Phoenix bands, the Beans and The Red, White and Blues Band, both relocated to San Francisco in 1969 and eventually merged. The new band’s core membership remained largely intact for more than a decade: Fee Waybill (real name John Waldo Waybill) (vocals), Bill “Sputnik” Spooner (guitar, vocals), Roger Steen (guitar), Prairie Prince (real name Charles L. Prince) (drums), Michael Cotten (synthesizer), Vince Welnick (piano), and Rick Anderson (bass). Singer Re Styles (born Shirley Marie MacLeod) (vocals) and ex-Santana percussionist Mingo Lewis were also fixtures for much of the band’s early history.[1]

Show business excess was a common theme of the band’s early work, with Waybill sometimes assuming the onstage persona of “Quay Lewd” (a pun on Quaalude), a drunk, drugged out, barely coherent lead singer, wearing flashing glasses and stilt-like tall platform shoes.

Debut album[edit]
The Tubes’ first self-titled album, The Tubes (1975), was produced by Al Kooper. The track “White Punks on Dope” was an “absurd anthem of wretched excess” and a tribute to their rich, white teenage fan base in San Francisco.[citation needed] Since then the song has been covered by Mötley Crüe, and the German rock musician Nina Hagen took the tune and set new lyrics to it (not a translation of the original lyrics), titled her work TV-Glotzer (“Couch Potato”), and used this song as the opening track of her own debut album Nina Hagen Band, released 1978 on CBS/Germany Records. The album track “What Do You Want from Life?”, which became another of the Tubes’ signature songs, satirizes consumerism and celebrity culture and climaxes in a “hard-sell” monologue by Waybill, which name-checks celebrities such as Bob Dylan, Paul Williams and Randolph Mantooth, as well as well-known products of the period, including the Dynagym exercise machine and a host of American vehicles such as the Winnebago and the Mercury Montclair.

Second album[edit]
The Tubes’ second album, Young and Rich (1976) on A&M Records, was produced by Ken Scott. It featured “Don’t Touch Me There”, a suggestive duet between Waybill and Re Styles, which was arranged in classic “Wall of Sound” style by Jack Nitzsche. The song was co-written by Ron Nagle and Tubes dancer/vocalist Jane Dornacker, who died in a helicopter crash in 1986.

Third album, a live album, fourth album[edit]
The Tubes’ third album gave way to thematic experimentation with Now (1977) and after their live record What Do You Want from Live (1978), recorded during their record breaking run at the Hammersmith Odeon, London, England, the fourth album for A&M, Remote Control (1979) was a concept album produced by Todd Rundgren about a television-addicted idiot-savant. The cover of Remote Control (1979) shows a baby watching American panel game show Hollywood Squares in a specially made “Vidi-Trainer”.

Music videos[edit]
John Tobler opined that with their media savvy and theatrical skills, The Tubes were born to create rock video, but arrived several years too early.[2] However, the band did produce at least one collection of music videos, which were issued on the 1982 Pioneer Artists laserdisc “The Tubes Video” (this videodisc contained versions of twelve of the band’s hits, including “White Punks on Dope”, “Mondo Bondage”, “Talk to Ya Later”, and several others from yet-to-be-completed “The Completion Backwards Principle” album, in slickly produced music videos based on the group’s stage shows).

Live shows[edit]
The Tubes put their creativity and art skills mainly into their live performances, in which songs could be full-fledged production numbers, from a beach movie parody for “Sushi Girl”, to leather clad S&M hijinks in “Mondo Bondage”, to the game show antics of “What Do You Want from Life?” At their peak, their live act featured dozens of other performers, including tap dancers and acrobats. The Tubes’ stage productions were choreographed by Kenny Ortega and featured cast members Jane Dornacker, LeRoy Jones, Michael Holman, Michael Springer, Cindi Osborn, Heline Gouax, and Mary Niland from 1975-1977. From 1978-1979, the cast included Sharon Collins, Caty Bevan, and Loryanna Catalano. The Completion Backward tour featured Shelly Pang, Cheryl Hangland, Joey Richards, and Cynthia Rhodes. From 1983-1985, Michelle Gray (who later married Todd Rundgren) and Cheryl Hangland were principal dancers. Several crew members — including Tour Manager Steve “Chopper” Borges, Lee Collins, and Gail Lowe — made frequent appearances on stage in various roles as well.[citation needed]

The Tubes’ live shows in the late 1970s and early 1980s were rife with allusions to mainstream film [Dr. Strangelove (1964), Rollerball (1975), Saturday Night Fever (1977), Grease (1978)] then-forgotten B-movies [Wild Women of Wongo (1958), Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (1958)], music (Tom Jones, punk rock, a medley of Nelson Riddle television themes), contemporary pop culture (Patty Hearst, the Viking program), television (Let’s Make a Deal, Fernwood 2Nite, the anime Raideen), and literature (Nelson Algren’s A Walk on the Wild Side), presaging the subcultural reverence and over-the-top theatricality of later groups like The World/Inferno Friendship Society.[citation needed]

These shows were expensive to produce, however, and while they earned the band a reputation for being one of the most entertaining live acts of the time, by the early 1980s, they found themselves short of money.

Departure from A&M Records and tenure with Capitol Records[edit]
Their fifth studio album, the self-produced Suffer for Sound, was meant to complete the group’s contract with A&M. As its style marked a radical new direction for the band, A&M opted for a more conservative outtakes / B-sides / oddities selection titled T.R.A.S.H. (Tubes Rarities and Smash Hits) (1981).[3] The band was signed to Capitol Records by Bruce Garfield and Bobby Colomby, scaling back the live shows to cut costs and redesigning itself as a leaner ensemble with a view to release more accessible hits.

Fifth and sixth albums[edit]
Suffer For Sound was not released, so their fifth album release was The Completion Backward Principle (1981), another concept album, featuring the classic rock staple “Talk to Ya Later”. The album presented itself as a motivational business document, complete with shocking pictures of the band members cleaned up and wearing suits.[citation needed] The band also had their first Top 40 hit in the United States in 1981, “Don’t Want to Wait Anymore” (recorded almost entirely by Spooner, without Waybill’s participation). The sixth studio album, Outside Inside (1983), followed a few years later and yielded a few hits, including the number 10 (USA) hit “She’s a Beauty”.

Seventh album and departure from Capitol Records[edit]
In 1985, the band teamed up with Todd Rundgren again for their seventh album, Love Bomb. With Bruce Garfield and Bobby Colomby dropped by Capitol in the company-wide layoffs that took place pre-reorganization, like many of their label mates The Tubes also were released, however, this occurred just as they were going on tour in support of the album. The band found it necessary to self-finance the tour as a matter of respect to honor their commitment to their fans. Between this tour’s self-financing and the band’s continued self-financing of their San Francisco recording studio built in 1980, the tour left the band in a half million dollars in debt, obliging them to play lesser expensive and smaller venues for a year to pay off their financial commitments.[3]

Waybill departs[edit]
Fee Waybill had already released an unsuccessful solo album (Read My Lips, Capitol Records) in 1984, but during this time, he had also happily enjoyed a fruitful writing partnership with fellow Capitol Records label mate Richard Marx, their most popular and well known collaboration being “Edge of a Broken Heart”, recorded by the female band Vixen. Waybill left the band in 1986 [“Fee broke up”, one band member said],[citation needed] leaving the band without a lead singer.

Personnel changes[edit]
Later in the year the remaining members of the band took on a longtime friend from Phoenix, Arizona, David Killingsworth, as lead vocalist. Killingsworth was the singer in the Red and White Blues Band with Prairie and Roger. Michael Cotten relocated to New York to pursue a career based on his artwork, stage design and production, and is considered one of the country’s top production designers. In the fall of 1988, Bill Spooner traveled his final tour with the band and left in early 1989. Vince Welnick departed as well to take to the road with Todd Rundgren in 1989 and then joined the Grateful Dead in 1990. Gary Cambra joined on keyboards and guitar in 1989. He and Roger Steen took over most the lead vocal duties after Killingsworth left in early 1990.

Waybill returns[edit]
In 1993, Fee Waybill rejoined the band. This lineup toured Europe and released two albums, a compilation and the 1996 album Genius of America. David Medd joined in 1996 to play keyboards alongside Cambra. In 2001, the band released a live CD, The Tubes World Tour 2001, and continued to tour.

On April 22, 2005, a reunion show took place at the Rio Theater in Santa Cruz, CA, with Waybill, Steen, Anderson, Spooner, Welnick and Cotten. 2005 also saw the release of their live album Wild in London.

In July 2015, the Tubes started a European and U.S. tour, including dates in Germany, Sweden, the UK and the United States and featured 5 band members (Fee Waybill, Roger Steen, Prairie Prince, Rick Anderson & David Medd).

The Tubes Project and other milestones[edit]
Michael Cotten started “The Tubes Project” in 2005, to save and digitize the band’s reel to reel and video tape archive. The collection had been kept in the closet of Tubes fan club president Marylin Wood’s son after being discarded in the late 1980s. Included in the vault are full color shows taped for TV at Bimbos in San Francisco, 1975 and VARA TV from the 1977 European tour. Over 70 interviews were conducted with band members, crew, managers, cast and colleagues such as Re Styles, Todd Rundgren, Al Kooper, Devo and David Foster. Hundreds of photos were scanned and compiled from band members and fan collections for use in the hour and half documentary.

After leaving the band, Jane Dornacker formed the band Leila and the Snakes and later worked as a traffic reporter. She was killed in a helicopter crash in 1986, whilst giving a live report.

In April 2005, the band reunited for a concert at the Rio Theatre in Santa Cruz, California. It would be the last performance of The Tubes to include Vince Welnick, and the last time the full line up appeared in public.

Pianist Vince Welnick, who suffered from depression, committed suicide on June 2, 2006.

Gary Cambra left the band in 2006 leaving David Medd as their sole keyboardist.

On September 23, 2007, the remaining members of the Tubes reunited in Phoenix for their induction into the Arizona Music & Entertainment Hall of Fame.

On November 10, 2009, “Mondo Birthmark” a CD of previously unreleased rarities was released through the label Fuel 2000. The package was designed by Michael Cotten and Prairie Prince with rare photos and interviews of the group. The demos also feature former member Bob Macintosh on drums.
1972: Tubes appear in Mitchell brothers pornographic film Resurrection of Eve as Jesus Bongo and the Millionaires.
1973: Opened for the New York Dolls at the Matrix, Iggy Pop at Bimbos, and Led Zeppelin at Kezar Stadium in San Francisco.
1974: Tubes shoot “video demo” at California Hall, which lands a record deal at A&M Records, Cotten/Prince paint “Flying Record” mural on A&M sound stage.
1975: Tubes play for two weeks of shows at David Allen’s nightclub The Boarding House in San Francisco, several sell-out dates at The Roxy in Los Angeles and The Bottom Line in New York. On December 31, they sell out Bill Graham’s Winterland Ballroom.[4]
1976: Held residency at Bimbos in San Francisco for one month, Prairie Prince dubbed “The One, The Only” by columnist Herb Caen. Tubes hold “Talent Hunt” at the Boarding House hosted by Martin Mull; Robin Williams is contestant but loses.
1977: Held residency at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco for one month, the Whisky a Go Go nightclub in Los Angeles for two shows a night for one month, and Hammersmith Odeon in London for a week.
1978: Headlined the Knebworth Festival with Frank Zappa and Peter Gabriel. On April 3, The Tubes performed live with Dolly Parton on Cher… Special, in the “Musical Battle to Save Cher’s Soul Medley”. As the title would imply, the performance was a duel between the forces of good and evil to determine where Cher would spend her eternal destiny. Dolly Parton was dressed in white and, with a team of brightly clad singers, portrayed an angelic host while The Tubes, dressed in black leather and performing “Mondo Bondage”, battled to send Cher’s soul into eternal damnation. The band also performed the song “Smoke (La Vie en Fumér)”, about a guy in a trenchcoat winning over a girl at a bar with his cigarette smoking technique, which employed giant, twelve-foot inflatable cigarettes. At the end of the number the dancers would bash singer Waybill with the giant cigarettes until he was crushed into the ground.[5]
1979: Tubes play Japan; Cotten/Welnick/Prince/Styles appear on Japanese soap opera. Tubes appear in Andy Warhol’s Interview magazine.
1980: Made an appearance in the film Xanadu singing the rock portion of the cross-genre song “Dancin'” opposite a big band.
1980: Sold out the Roxy Theatre for 12 shows
1981: Record Grammy nominated “The Tubes Video” at Shepperton Studios, one of the first long form video discs.
1981: Sang “Sushi Girl” and “Talk to Ya Later” on the television sketch comedy program SCTV, Episode #86 airing July 24.
1981: Appeared and sang, “Sushi Girl” and “Don’t Want to Wait Anymore” on Tomorrow with Tom Snyder.
1981: Compose the song “Road Map of My Tears” for the film Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains, in which Waybill and Welnick appear, among other musicians, as the fictional rock group The Metal Corpses.
1982: Appeared in a commercial for Activision’s video game Megamania.
1983: Opened several dates for David Bowie on the Serious Moonlight tour and on this tour, among other highlights, they were the first artists to ever play the newly opened Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, Washington. At the end of the Bowie tour, they played a few shows featuring their classic no-holds-barred theatrics in Portland, Oregon, and other west-coast cities.
1985: Tour with Todd Rundgren’s Utopia, play Radio City Music Hall.
1975 The Tubes
Label: A&M
113 —
1976 Young and Rich
Label: A&M
46 —
1977 Now
Released: May 1977
Label: A&M
122 —
1979 Remote Control
Label: A&M
46 40
1981 The Completion Backward Principle
Label: Capitol
36 — CAN: Gold[6]
1983 Outside Inside
Label: Capitol
18 77
1985 Love Bomb
Label: Capitol
87 —
1996 Genius of America
Released: October 15, 1996
Label: Critique
— —
2002 Hoods from Outer Space
Released: May 22, 2002
Label: Brilliant
Format: 1 Audio CD
— —
2003 White Punks on Dope
Released: November 24, 2003
Label: Acadia Records (UK)
Budget re-release of The Tubes and Young and Rich
Format: 1 Audio CD
— —
2009 Mondo Birthmark
Released: November 10, 2009
Label: Fuel
Format: Audio CD
1981 T.R.A.S.H. (Tubes Rarities and Smash Hits)
Label: A&M
148 —
1992 The Best of the Tubes
Released: November 17, 1992
Label: Capitol
Format: 1 Audio CD
— —
2000 Millennium Collection: The Tubes
Released: October 17, 2000
Label: [A&M]
Format: 1 Audio CD
1978 What Do You Want from Live
82 38
2001 The Tubes World Tour 2001 (live)
Released: October 10, 2000
Label: CMC
Format: 1 Audio CD; 1 Cassette
— —
2005 Wild in London
Released: October 2, 2006
Label: Snapper
— —
2006 Alive in America
Released: ’76 live broadcast from LA Shrine
Label: (unsanctioned) Renaissance
Format: Audio CD
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Year Song Peak chart positions Album
Rock UK
1976 “Don’t Touch Me There” 61 — — Young and Rich
1977 “White Punks on Dope” — — 28 The Tubes
1979 “Prime Time” — — 34 Remote Control
1981 “Don’t Want to Wait Anymore” 35 22 60 The Completion Backward Principle
“Talk to Ya Later” 101 7 —
“Gonna Get It Next Time” — — — Sports Fans
1983 “She’s a Beauty” 10 1 79 Outside Inside
“Tip of My Tongue” 52 — —
“The Monkey Time” 68 16 —
1985 “Piece by Piece” 87 25 — Love Bomb
“—” denotes releases that did not chart.
Video albums[edit]
Year Video details
1981 The Tubes Video
Released: November 15, 1981
Label: Thorn EMI Video (Betamax and VHS), Pioneer Artists (LaserDisc), RCA Corporation (CED)
Format: Betamax, VHS, LaserDisc, CED
Nominated for a Grammy
1982 The Tubes: Live at the Greek
Released: November 1982
Label: Monterey Home Video
Format: Betamax, VHS

MNN Ch 1 Broadcast on Public Access TV Jon Hammond Show preview air time 08/01 1:30 AM Original Music Travel and Soft News long running cable access on Manhattan Neighborhood Network 32nd year, this episode classic Jon Hammond Show opening with Lloyd Lindsay Young then weather man on WOR, followed by a spirited performance of Jon Hammond Band “Get Back in The Groove” in world famous jazzkeller Frankfurt for Jon’s annual musikmesse Warm Up Party with Joe Berger guitar, Heinz Lichius drums, Tony Lakatos tenor saxophone, Jon Hammond at the organ – then the late great Dave Van Ronk exclusive on Jon Hammond Show from days of MCTV Manhattan Cable TV, interview with Alan Pasqua – pianist: Alan speaks about playing with ALLAN HOLDSWORTH & TONY WILLIAMS, studying at New England Conservatory with JAKI BAYARD and studio work with numerous artists including KENNY ROGERS, EDDIE MONEY and many more. Currently on-tour with guitarist ALLAN HOLDSWORTH, bassist JIMMY HASLIP and drummer CHAD WACKERMAN – then back in time to a 1984 performance of Barry Finnerty band with the late great tenor saxophonist Michael Brecker in the club “Seventh Avenue South” that was owned by Michael and his brother Randy Brecker in Greenwich Village. Followed by Joe Franklin king of Radio and TV recently sadly passed away promoting Jon Hammond Show HammondCast ©JON HAMMOND International

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Jon Hammond new CD Release “Live At Bernies” recorded in Ringwood Australia on the incredible digital New B3 Hammond organ with Michael Jordan drums

Artists Name: HAMMOND, JON
Format: CD
City Hall Catalog Number: 8940
UPC Product Code: 725543602527
List Price: 16.98
Musical Category: JAZZ
Release Date: 7/20/2010

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My first band in 1966!

Tour de Force 1966!
from left – right: John, Jon, George, Ringo, Paul

Unfortunately 2 of the fellows have passed away now, but I’m doing better than all of them!

Jimmy Smith at 2005 IAJE

*Note: A sad note about the passing of Jimmy Smith, Feb. 9 2005 in Scottsdale AZ just one month after receiving NEA Jazz Masters Award. Jon Hammond said about Jimmy Smith: “He played more organ with one hand tied behind his back than many others!” His left side had been compromised for some time but he still out-grooved with right hand. For Jon Hammond’s 2005 IAJE jazz educators pictures:

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MARK YOUR CALENDAR! Special Announcement! JUNE 22 & 23, at Shoreline Ampitheatre!! **Updated JON HAMMOND Itinerary International:

Where’s Jon?!
Current itinerary dates at bottom, scroll down.

Announcing to the people at Shoreline Ampitheatre that we have been invited back to be on the program of NEW ORLEANS BY THE BAY FOOD AND MUSIC FESTIVAL again next year by the Bill
Graham Presents people in San Francisco, Cal.
Be sure and catch Jon Hammond & Band at John Lee Hooker’s BOOM BOOM ROOM Aug. 14
Outside concerts:
Sept. 29-Boedeckker Park, Tenderloin SF
Oct. 5-Yerba Buena Garden-SF
Sept. 13- in San Jose Airport Southwest Airlines Boarding Area
Oct. 10-Manhattan Plaza, New York City
Oct. 31-Halloween Party, Laguna Honda Hospital
Nov. 30-Boom Boom Room w/ James Brown’s drummer Erik Hargrove
Dec. 5- Opera Plaza, S.F.
Dec. 8- Laguna Honda Hospital
Dec. 25- HHRC Club
Jan. 8-11- Westin Rio Resort Puerto Rico
March 7-11- Frankfurt Musikmesse 2001
March 9 & 10th- Jazzkeller Hofheim 15 jahr Jubilee Party!
*Note: Special Thanks to the musicians…Erik Hargrove of James Brown Soul Generals, Kevin Mauder, Tyrone Starks, Christian Munchinger, Steven King, Tony Horowitz, Lee Oskar (WAR), and especially main man Robert Hutya of Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg and brother Otmar Hutya for helping to make the shows at Musikmesse 2001 a big success!! **And Marco Galeazzi, Donatella and the Excelsior CEMEX team…Special Grazzia!! FRITZ Magazine-Manuel Schreiner, Joachim “Jo-Jo” Tucksen and Jazzkeller Hofheim team, Yucel “ALI” Atiker-Frankfurt, Jennifer Frizzell United Airlines, Scott Cooper-Universal Video Studios, Joe Berger-B.E.A.M. Audio.
March 19th, 2001 Manhattan Plaza (my own birthday party with special friends!)
June 23 & 24th, Shoreline Ampitheatre-New Orleans by the Bay Food and Music Festival
March 2002- Musikmesse 2002 (16 year JUBILEE!)
*March 2002…Return to the Jazzkeller Hofheim! BIG PARTY!!
April 28th, 2001-Laguna Honda Hospital, 2 hour walkaround the wards with accordion
April 30th, John Lee Hooker’s BOOM BOOM ROOM in San Francisco
June 2-Laguna Honda Hospital, Clarendon Building
June 9th 2001, Opening ceremonies for Emeryville California CITY HALL!
June 9th pm-Fairmont Hotel, grand piano
June 10th-Hotel Pierre, San Francisco
June 15th-Laguna Honda Hospital, Clarendon Building
*note! June 23 and 24th Shoreline Show with Bonnie Raitt and The Funky Meters!
July 1-Boom Boom Room, S.F.
July 10-Manhattan Plaza
July 13-NDR Radio Broadcast Hamburg Germany
July 17th-NOON TIME SHOW outside at 1275 Market St. San Francisco!
August 25th-solo accordion at Laguna Honda Hospital, Clarendon Building
August 29th-*NOTE! This show canceled NOON TIME SHOW outside at 525 Market St. San Francisco…don’t go.
Sept. 20th: Taping: The Jon Hammond Show-big band arrangements of music of Led Zeppelin conducted by trumpeter Bill Warfield at Local 802 hall on W. 48th St. Manhattan
**tune in on Time/Warner MNN TV!
Sept. 30-Oct. 8th Hamburg Germany
Oct. 27th-Laguna Honda Hospital Psych Ward, solo accordion in wards
Oct. 27th-clubdate SF
Nov. 3rd-Laguna Honda Hospitals, “doubles” 4 hours of continuous accordion music in the wards
Nov. 5th-12th, recording sessions New York City
Nov. 18th-Boom Boom Room, S.F.
Dec. 12-Opera Plaza private holiday party
Dec. 14-private christmas party Alfred Hitchcock bldg.
Dec. 15-doubles in Laguna Honda Hospital
Dec. 19-SF County Women’s Jail “Pod E” Women’s Jail Facility
Dec. 21-Laguna Honda Hospital
Dec. 27-Kwaanza Celebration with Ronnie Smith-drums at Laguna Honda Hospital
Dec. 31-New Years party with Larry Schneider San Francisco
Jan. 17 and 18 Jon Hammond at NAMM Anaheim!
Jan. 19-solo accordion Laguna Honda Hospital
Jan. 26-solo accordion in locked wards Laguna Honda Hospital
Jan. 27-doubles in Laguna Honda Hospital
Feb. 4th-Jury Duty New York City!
March 1st-Smiley’s Schooner Saloon and Hotel, Bolinas CA with Barry Finnerty guitar
March 4th-Jon Hammond Funk Explosion at Boom Boom Room SF
March 14-Cafe KLEMM-Frankfurt
March 15 + 16th-Jazzkeller Hofheim (Germany)
March 30-solo show in Psychiatric Ward of Laguna Honda Hospital SF
April 8-American Legion Post Building, 248 132nd St. Harlem NYC
April 11-Cobb’s Corner-S.F.
April 13-doubles at Lagua Honda Hospital
April 25-Laguna Honda Hospital
May 4-Laguna Honda Hospital
May 10-Chicago-Green Mill + Chicago Brauhaus
May 12-New York-American Legion Post 132nd St. Harlem
May 19-Doubles: Laguna Honda Hospital S.F.
June 1 – Doubles: Laguna Honda Hospital, solo on Casio MZ2000
June 6 – Bruno’s Nightclub and Restaurant S.F.,, trio on Hammond B3 organ
June 7 – Bruno’s – trio gig and Police Sound Check pursuant to S.F. Police Commision Hearing
June 12- solo piano at Bruno’s Nightclub
June 14- organ trio at Bruno’s Nightclub SF.
June 22 and 23-SHORELINE AMPITHEATRE-the 14th annual NEW ORLEANS BY THE BAY FOOD AND MUSIC FESTIVAL..opening show for Taj Mahal and Delbert McClinton!
July 6- American Legion Post, Harlem NYC 132nd St.
July 9- Recording session with Joe Berger NYC
July 13- wedding in Nevada City CA
July 19- Laguna Honda Hospital SF
July 25- East Park Apartments’ “Tony” the maintenance man’s retirement luncheon S.F.
July 25- Bruno’s Nightclub S.F. – organ trio
Aug. 17- Wedding gig Central Park NYC
Aug. 24- doubles accordion gig at Laguna Honda Hospital
Aug. 25- Cotati Accordion Festival
Aug. 27- Jon Hammond Trio at Bruno’s SF
Sept. 6- session with guitarist Bill Wurtzel NYC
Sept. 9- production meeting with Bernard Purdie
Sept. 11- 9/11 United Airlines / Amercian Airlines Memorial Tribute to the Heroes in Washington Square Park NYC
Sept. 19- 2 hour accordion concert Times Square Subway sation
Sept. 22- recording session with Ronnie Smith and Alex Budman in Local 6 hall San Frandcisco
Sept. 28th- Doubles accordion gig in Clarnedon Hall, Laguna Honda Hospital S.F.
October 16-19 MUSIC CHINA Shanghai China!
Oct. 16th evening, Jon will perform at the Shanghai Grand Theatre- Opening Night Reception of Music China with FangLin the phenomenal 14 year old accordion champion of China!
While in Shanghai Mr. Hammond is a guest of the Renaissance Yangtze Shanghai Hotel: (0086).21-627.50000
Oct. 28- Laguna Honda Hospital, “doubles” solo
Oct. 29- Recording at Local 6 hall SF
Oct. 29- Bruno’s SF with Ronnie Smith/Alex Budman *spcl. guests: Michael Rinta & Joe Rodriguez
Nov. 5/6- recording new record- Unique Studios Times Square NYC w/Alex Budman, Ronnie Smith and Joe Berger at the controls.
Nov. 16- taping for TV: “Alice in Wonderland” show with Igor & Ilona Kisil and Company at the world-famous Odessa Nightclub in Brighton Beach Brooklyn
Nov. 23- Osaka Japan-Rug Time w/ Midori Ono
Nov. 27- Photo Shoot for cover: “Hammond’s Bolero” Brennan’s and train track Berkeley CA
Nov. 30- Doubles Laguna Honda Hospital- SF
Dec. 3, 4, 5- Studio sessions w/Joe Berger- NYC
Dec. 10- Opera Plaza Christmas event- S.F.
Dec. 16- SF County Jail #8, “Pod E”
Dec. 21- Doubles Laguna Honda Hospital- S.F.
Dec. 25th – Christmas show Laguna Honda Hospital
Dec. 30 – Session with saxophonist Don Pender and drummer Bob Ramirez at Local 6 Union Hall
Dec. 31 – New Years date CANCELED Horizons Sausalito…band replaced with gay dj “party”..don’t go! I’ll be flying to New York City just in time to catch the ball drop in Times Square.
2003 Gigs:
My new album “Hammond’s Bolero” is coming out Jan. 9th! *info: It’s out now! Available directly from me.
Jan. 16- NAMM Anaheim
Jan. 21- Frankfurt Germany
Jan. 22/23 NDR Radio Hamburg
Jan. 24- Hamburg Germany- Birdland Jazz Club with Lutz Buchner- tenor sax, Heinz Lichius- drums
*note: Birdland gig was packed!! **Hamburger Abendblatt newspaper wrote:
Ob Doors-Liebhaber oder Baseball Freak: Sie alle lieben die SCHWEINEORGEL besser bekannt als Hammondorgel Ein Meister am Erzdamon der Musikinstrumente ist nomen est omen – Jon Hammond. Der Tastengott und TV – Pionier ist zurzeit mit Lutz Buchner, Ed Harris, und Heinz Lichius unterwegs, um Groove-Jazz mit maximaler Ausdrucskraft zum Besten zu geben. Am 24.1. (21Uhr) macht Jon Hammond Station im Birdland (Gartnerstrasse 122). Eintritt 9 Euro

Feb. 1 – Laguna Honda Hospital solo show
Feb. 14 – Happy Valentine’s Day everybody! My cd just went on sale at NYC’s oldest record store: COLONY RECORDS ! Broadway & W. 49th St.
Feb. 15 – American Legion Post, 248 132nd St. Harlem NY with trumpetist Sheldon “The Big Dipper” Sweeper!
Feb. 28 – Live on radio KPOO 89.5FM with JJ!
March 1 – 4pm-Tower Records SF (Columbus & Bay St.) in-store party/concert with food and special guests! To promote new cd HAMMOND’S BOLERO with Jon Hammond Trio live
March 5-9 Musikmesse Frankfurt Germany
March 7th/8th-Jazzkeller Hofheim (near Frankfurt) Musikmesse party/concert with Harry Petersen-sax (HR Radio Band) and Heinz Lichius-drums (NDR Radio Band) *plus special guest LEE OSKAR
March 17th-Radio appearance on Pete Fallico’s DOODLIN’ LOUNGE show at KUSP FM: streaming worldwide!
March 29th-doubles Laguna Honda Hospital SF
*Note: Canceled due to War: April 3-20th nightly show aboard world’s fastest cruise ship Royal Olympia Explorer Ft. Lauderdale to Portugal, Casablanca, Tunisia, Venice, Piraeus Greece
April 20th- Easter Jazz Brunch at ROTH’S STEAKHOUSE W. 93rd & Coumbus New York City with Bill Wurtzel-guitar 12noon-4pm
April 28th, 8.30pm-Release Party/Concert with Joe Berger and band at Le Bar Bat NYC on W. 57th St.
May 3, 2.30pm – release party/concert with Alan Hall-drums and Alex Budman-tenorsax at RASPUTIN RECORDS on Telegraph Ave. Berkeley. Free Fantastic Food! and 1 hour concert!
May 10- Laguna Honda Hospital, doubles
May 22-Pumpkins, Brooklyn NY in trio with Clarence “Tootsie” Bean-drums, Bill Saxton-sax, Jon on XB-2
June 7-Irish Cultural Center with Jimi James 45th and Sloat San Francisco
June 8-Laguna Honda Hospital
June 9th at 3pm Pacific Time – live in-studios of KCSM radio with program director Jesse Chuy Varela! listen worldwide on stream! *click
June 21/22- First time in Moscow Russia! with incredible tenor saxophonist Igor Butman and Eduard Zizak-drums! – Le Club Moscow
Hammond’s Bolero now on WBGO Rotation Playlist!
June 27- WBGO visit with Gary Walker
June 29- Special guest at WBGO Members Party
June 30- 9:30pm East Coast time: worldwide streaming broadcast of The Jon Hammond Show tv show! channel 56 at
July 8- Crossroads in Garwood NJ, WBGO’s Stan Meyers hosting
July 19- Jazz Brunch 12-4PM: Roth’s Westside Steakhouse NYC with Bill Wurtzel-guitar, Rudy Lawless-drums
July 22- Roth’s Westside Steakhouse NY with guitarist Bill Wurtzel
July 31- recording session w/Larry Newcomb-gtr. at Local 802 hall
Aug. 6- Private Party Opera Plaza San Francisco
Aug. 7- Virgin Megastore SF (Market/Stockton) in-store party/concert at 1PM with Ronnie Smith Jr.-dums, Marc Baum-tenor sax, jh-Hammond org.
Aug. 8, 9, 10, 16- Laguna Honda Hospital
Aug. 15- Radio interview taping with Louie Bellson at Jazz Nouveau San Francisco
Sept. 6- American Legion Post, Harlem NYC 248, 132nd St. NY with Sheldon “Big Dipper” Sweeper-trumpet and special guests
Sept. 8/9- Eddie Money Portland Maine
Sept. 18- Guest of Jazz At Lincoln Center “Moscow Nights” concert with Igor Butman Bigband together with Wynton Marsalis’ Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Alice Tully Hall
Sept. 25th, CANCELED: 12Noon-1:30PM San Francisco Opera Plaza Fountain
Sept. 27/28- Laguna Honda Hospital
Oct. 2/4th- Laguna Honda Hospital
Oct. 9- Featured on Voice Of America Radio (VOA) “Border Crossings Show”!
Oct. 15-18th- Music China Shanghai China
Oct. 17 & 18th- Portman Ritz Carlton Hotel Shanghai with drummer Danny Woody! saxophone tba
Oct. 25th- Duo with Marc Baum- Fairmont Hotel Venetian Room SF for Lowell High School Sports Foundation
Oct. 28/29th- 2 nights with Eddie Money! at Iron Door Saloon, Groveland California
Oct. 29th- Solo at Hole #1 tee-off of Eddie Money Celebrity Golf Tournament, Pine Mountain Lake benefit for Tioga High School *Condolences to the Barsotti Family on the tragic death of Bettike Barsotti, she and surviving husband Peter are proprietors of Iron Door Saloon.
Oct. 31-campaign work for relection of SF District Attorney Terence Hallinan, 724 Van Ness SF
Nov. 1- Solo show at Laguna Honda Hospital
Nov. 6- Cancelonie
Nov. 15- Jazz Factory- Louisville Kentucky
Nov. 19-23- Castelfidardo Italy Excelsior tour
Dec. 4- Post Net one year anniversary party-Vallejo CA
Dec. 9- SF County Jail #8 women’s facility
Dec. 10th- Private party Opera Plaza San Francisco
Dec. 11th- Laguna Honda Hospital
Dec. 13th- secure psych ward gig
Dec. 18-25- sessions in New York City
Dec. 24th- Roth’s Westside Steakhouse Christmas Eve Show! 93rd & Columbus New York City
Dec. 31- New Years at Hotel Charlotte Groveland CA

2004 Schedule:
Jan. 7- Live KPOO 89.5 “Blues w/Noel Show”, 9-11AM…worldwide at !
Jan. 8- Laguna Honda Hospital main building 7PM
Jan. 15-18th- NAMM Show Anaheim Calfornia
Jan. 21-25- IAJE Hilton Hotel New York City
Feb. 2- 20th Anniversary of The Jon Hammond Show! which has run uninterrupted for 20 years. Cocktail reception at Roth’s Steakhouse
Feb. 4- Trio with Bill Wurtzel and Rudy Lawless 6-10PM
Feb. 5 & 6- Guest of James Brown Band at BB King’s NY
Feb. 11th- Press Conference: Laurie Anderson “New Sound…New York”
Feb. 12th- Session: Pumpkins Brooklyn, NY with Clarence “Tootsie” Bean, George Braith, Greg Lewis
Feb. 18- Berklee College of Music workshop
Feb. 20- Guest of Sons of Champlin, McNear’s Mystic Theatre, Petaluma CA
Feb. 21- Laughing Duck Winery, Ukiah CA
Feb. 22- Laguna Honda Hospital
Feb. 22- Hilton Hotel Reno Nevada
Feb. 23- Penn Valley, CA
Feb. 23- Jon Hammond Show TV: Jazz Factory special from Louisville KY
Feb. 28- Laguna Honda Hospital
March 11- Guest Appearance with drummer Tootsie Bean at Pumpkins, Brooklyn NY *Carol Sudhalter-saxes
March 12- Photo Session with Sheldon “Big Dipper” Sweeper and Dido the drummer at St. Nick’s Pub, 149th St. Harlem
March 22- Roth’s Westside Steakhouse with guitarist Bill Wurtzel 6-10PM
March 25 & 28- Laguna Honda Hospital
March 31-April 4th- Musikmesse Frankfurt Germany
April 2/3- Jazzkeller Hofheim Musikmesse Party!
*with: Heinz Lichius-drums, Kevin Mauder-tenor sax, Joe Berger-guitar
Mini-tour in North Germany *with: Heinz cLichius-drums, Gabriel Coburger-tenor sax, Joe Berger-guitar, Jon Hammond-organ
April 5- Blue Montag: Ham-Berger Band in Harburg at Schnulze!
April 7- Blue Moon Bar, Bremen Germany
April 9- Birdland Hamburg Ham-Berger Band! with Heinz Lichius, tenor sax: Gabriel Coburger
April 16- Laguna Honda Hospital San Francisco
April 29- WBGO 25 Year Anniversary Celebration participation
May 3- Guest with Jon Paris at BB King’s New York City
May 6- Special Guest of Cirque Du Soleil Musicians at opening night Alegria at Randall’s Island NY
May 14- Special Guest of Eddie Money at Northern Lights Albany/Clifton Park NY
May 24- The Jon Hammond Show TV First-Ever All-Digital Broadcast!
May 19, 21, 22, 24, 25, 26-WBGO studios fund drive
June 5&6- Millennium Theatre Brooklyn: Filming Igor Butman Bigband & Larisa Dolina for Jon Hammond TV Show
June 8- Birdland NYC: Filming Igor Butman Bigband & Larisa Dolina for Jon Hammond TV Show
June 24- Hipbone Records’ studio session
July 9- Rondure Music Club, 24 Prince St. (Soho) New York City, duo with saxophonist Tim Armacost
July 17 & 18- Concerts in Moscow-CANCELED-Le Club with Igor Butman & Eduard Zizak
July 24 & 25th- Laguna Honda Hospital
July 28- KPOO Radio broadcast on “Blues With Noel Show” 10AM-2PM
July 29&30th- Jon Hammond Quartet at Grant & Green in North Beach San Francisco
Aug. 5- Laguna Honda Hospital SF
Aug. 7- Laguna Honda Hospital SF
Aug. 13- Duo with saxophonist Tim Armacost at Rondure Music Club/Restaurant NY
Aug. 21- Jazzkeller Frankfurt returning after many years! with Kevin Mauder-tenor sax Joe Berger live DVD filming, join the party!
Aug. 27- Schnulze, Harburg-Hamburg Germany
Sept. 4- 19 Broadway Fairfax Cal. JH Band
Sept. 19- Jazz Ambassadors Tour adjudicating-Canceled
Sept. 17,18, 20,21, 22- WBGO 6AM
Sept. 22- receiving first Sidekick II unit
Oct. 2- Postponed: Accordion sub: Fiddler On The Roof on Broadway NYC
Oct. 8- Guest of Joe Berger/David Marx, Huckapoo debut concert at Town Hall
Oct. 12- Laguna Honda Hospital SF Cal.
Oct. 15- Laguna Honda Hospital
Oct. 17- Fly to Shanghai China
Oct. 19- Play at Ritz Carlton Hotel Shanghai with Danny Woody and shows at Music China through Oct. 23rd
Oct. 28th- AES Berklee College of Music Alumni Night
Oct. 30- Laguna Honda Hospital SF
Oct. 31- Fly to New York
Nov. 2nd- DON’T FORGET TO VOTE…For Kerry!
Nov.3rd- VOA Radio 15:00 UTC
Nov. 6- Cleopatra’s Needle NY Jon Hammond Quartet with Matt Smith-guitar & Tootsie Bean-drums & Brett Ryan-alto sax
Nov. 13- Tunica Miracle Tour with Larry Liddell, Tunica Mississippi
Nov. 14- WROX 1450 AM Blues radio appearance, Home of the Blues! Clarksdale Mississippi
Nov. 14- Guest at Aretha Franklin concert-Horeshoe Casino, Bluesville Robinsonville/Tunica MS *Special thanks: Larry Liddell Tunica Miracle!
Nov. 22- Jon Hammond Show TV Show broadcast from Cleopatra’s Needle Club
Nov. 25- Happy Thanksgiving! Turkey dinner on United Airlines flight
Nov. 27&28th- Laguna Honda Hospital
Dec. 6- Jon Hammond Trio live in SF County Jail #8, 4th year!
Dec. 7- Laguna Honda Hospital
Dec. 8- Live for 1 hour at 1PM on KCSM 91.1 Jazz Radio with Chris Cortez
Dec. 11- Laguna Honda Hospital
Dec. 12- Guest at Bobby Blue Bland concert, Diamond Hall SF Sunday Blues & Jazz Club
Dec. 15- *note: Canceled, harpist hired: Private party: Opera Plaza SF
Dec. 17- Laguna Honda Hospital Christmas Party
Dec. 20- Microsoft’s *new MSN TV2 & Jon Hammond go online, streaming worldwide at the speed of light!
Dec. 31/Jan. 1-Happpy New Years 2005! Times Square NY
European tour support by Hammond Deutschland, Michael Maier Falkenstein: and Excelsior Accordions

Jan 1- New Years Eve in Times Square NY!
Jan. 3- Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse San Francisco
Jan. 5-8 IAJE Convention Long Beach CA
Jan. 6- ASCAP/IAJE Commissions Gil Evans Fellowship, Terrace Theatre
Jan. 7- NEA Jazz Masters Awards
Jan. 9- Laguna Honda Hospital
Jan. 10-14- Macworld San Francisco
Jan. 11- Meeting with Apple’s Steve Jobs !
Jan. 18- Laguna Honda Hospital
Jan. 18 James Brown show, House of Blues Anaheim CA CANCELED
Jan. 20-23 NAMM Anaheim CA
Jan. 29- Laguna Honda Hospital
Jan. 31- Local 6 Union Meeting
Feb. 2- 21st year anniversary of Jon Hammond Show TV Show! Beginning 22nd year.
Feb. 6- Laguna Honda Hospital
Feb. 9- Laguna Honda Hospital
Feb. 11- Laguna Honda Hospital
Feb. 12- Laguna Honda Hospital
March 12- EDITH PIAF CAFE-Paris France!
March 14- ONE WAY CAFE- Paris France!-Canceled! (by me)
March 17-funeral- Suisun Valley CA
March 18- Laguna Honda Hospital SF CA
March 28- Flying to Germany! Arrive Hamburg 3/29
Mar. 31- Multimedia with Michael August ILLUSTRATORP at VILLON in Hamburg by Hauptbahnhof!
April 1 & 2- Hamburg Germany/NDR Radio
April 5- Jazzkeller Frankfurt : Musikmesse 2005 Party! JON HAMMOND BAND
April 6-9- Frankfurt Musikmesse
April 15- Cleopatra’s Needle Club-NYC Tax Day Party!
April 27-CANCELED! Promoter is out of there!
Smith’s Restaurant Bar-NYC 44th St.
May 28- Laguna Honda Hospital
May 29- Laguna Honda Hospital
June 4- Guest-Aretha Franklin Gospelfest
June 4- late night: Guest- Igor & Illonka Kissil at Odessa in Brighton Beach Brookly
June 5- WBGO Volunteers Party
June 7- Southwest Airlines BWI Interview
June 25- Laguna Honda Hospital
June 27- Laguna Honda Hospital
July 4- Laguna Honda Hospital (doubles)
July 4- Guest- Shoreline Amitheatre 4th of July San Francisco Symphony Orchestra & Fireworks! produced by Mick Brigden
July 6- Laguna Honda Hospital
July 9- Laguna Honda Hospital
July 23- Berklee College of Music Alum Songwriters Workshop
July 27- Nursing Home show-NYC
Aug. 27- Laguna Honda Hospital
Aug. 28- Laguna Honda Hospital
Sept. 5- Laguna Honda Hospital
Sept. 6- Laguna Honda Hospital
Sept. 16- Cleopatra’s Needle NYC
Sept. 22- Nursing Home show-NYC
Oct. 18- Music China Warm Up Party-Shanghai Ritz-Carlton
Dec. 2-4 NDR Radio Studio 1 Hamburg Germany
Dec. 8- Nursing home show NYC
Dec. 19- Laguna Honda Hospital morning show
Dec. 19- San Francisco County Jail #8 Pods D & E with JH TRIO: Marc Baum-t.sax, Jon Otis-drums
Dec. 20- Laguna Honda Hospital
Dec. 22- Las Vegas Mirage Hotel private party
Dec. 24- Laguna Honda Hospital

Igor Butman & Gary Walker (WBGO Program Director/Host)

March 5th 2004, Friday morning bright and early at 7 in the morning, Igor Butman and I met at Port Authority Bus Station and I took Igor out to WBGO radio studios to be a special guest on Gary Walker’s morning broadcast. Here they are pictured outside the WBGO studios located at 54 Park Place in downtown Newark NJ. Gary had such a good time interviewing his old friend Igor that he stayed on the air 15 minutes past the normal end of his show. Later Igor and I spent a good part of the day kicking around the music stores on W.48th St. where Igor stocked up on supplies for his bigband members back in Moscow before his quartet gig in the evening at Birdland. I’ll be back in Moscow to play with Igor this coming July *link:
* SPECIAL THANKS from JON HAMMOND to the following people on my new LATE RENT remastered audiophile quality release of my greatest hits: listen for it on radio WBGO listener supported radio!

International Kultur and Multi Media Productions

BackBeat Productions, New York

San Francisco,
Times Square office
New York, New York
European Tour Manager-ROBERT HUTYA

Jon Hammond-RESUME

Born: Chicago 1953
Instruments: Organ, Accordion, Piano
Attended: Berklee College of Music, Boston 1974. Currently studying International Business on Internet at City College of San Francisco under Professor Bruce Lilienthal
Languages: English, German

Musician: Jon has played professionally since age 12. Beginning as a solo accordionist, he later played Hammond B3 organ with a number of important San Francisco bands. His all-original rock group “Hades” opened shows for Tower of Power, Quicksilver Messenger Service and Michael Bloomfield. Eddie Money and Barry Finnerty became musical associates.
Moving east, he attended Berklee and played venues as diverse as Boston’s “Combat Zone” and the exclusive Wychmere Harbor Club in Cape Cod, where he was house organist and developed a lasting friendship with House Speaker Tip O’Niel. He also toured the Northeast and Canada with the successful show revue “Easy Living”, and continued his appearances at nightclubs in Boston and New York. Subsequently Hammond lived and traveled in Europe, where he has an entusiastic following.

TV/Video Producer: In 1981 Jon formed BackBeat Productions. Assisted by Lori Friedman (Video by LORI), the innovative TV show became a Manhattan Cable TV favorite. Jon’s “Live on the Street” video style included news events, as well as live music/video clips of Dizzy Gillespie, Paul Butterfield Jaco Pastorious, John Entwistle, Sammy Davis Jr. and Percy Sledge. The weekly show ran uninterupted for 21 years and influenced the broadcasts of David Letterman and others. Billboard Magazine hailed Jon’s show as “The Alternative to MTV”. The Jon Hammond Show can be seen worldwide at various times from on Channels 56 and 108 in Manhattan.

Media Personality: Host and narrator of his TV show, as well as co-host of numerous radio braodcasts, Jon has defined a musical and personal style that is unmistakable. As Musical Director, Producer and Host of The Jon Hammond Show, Mr. Hammond formed a unique multi-media music group. This spring they will return to Europe to perform at the Frankfurt Musikmesse for 22nd year Jubilee! Hammond has produced a live Sennheiser Microphone CD release, and played throughout Germany, France, Austria, Switzerland and Czech Republic.
October 16th 2002 Mr. Hammond performed in duo together with FangLin, the Chinese accordion champion sensation to inaugurate the new international trade show-MUSIC CHINA at the official opening reception in Shanghai China!

Description: “The Jon Hammond Show” is a funky, swinging Jazz instrumental revue, featuring notable international soloists and reflecting the influences of The Crusaders, Miles Davis, and Jimmy Smith. The show has universal appeal.

Members of the “Jon Hammond Show” house band have included David “Fathead” Newman, Bernard “Pretty” Purdie, Alex Foster and Cornell Dupree.

Member local 6, local 802 and ASCAP
contact: JON HAMMOND International, Inc.

Hammond Suzuki Deutschland
Michael Maier-Falkenstein: (011).49.7345.919.293 fax 294
SF/New York/FRA

Jon’s music is currently getting radio play in 13 countries.

Jon Hammond Spokesperson for Musikmesse on American Forces Network TV!

Mr. Hammond hosting a special tour and promotion of the International Musikmesse in Frankfurt on American military tv!
American Forces Network Radio/TV provides programming to the men and women of the American Forces around the world where ever they are. Jon Hammond has broadcast live on the military band on the “Powerlite Show” with in-depth interview and live playing in-studio with his band. And as special host on AFN TV’s “Profile Show”!

Jon playing the World’s Largest Hand Built Accordion!

Jon is playing the World’s Largest Hand Built Accordion at the Musikmesse 2002, Frankfurt Germany.
It was built by the legendary accordion craftsmen of Castelfidardo Italy.

BOB POPYK of AFM’s INTERNATIONAL MUSICIAN Magazine profiles JON HAMMOND in his monthly motivational column: FOCUS !

International Musician, July 2005
Whatever Happened to Those Jazz Clubs on Every Corner?
I live in a city of about 250,000 people. Vinnie Falcone, a member of Local 369 (Las Vegas, NV) who played and conducted for Frank Sinatra, and now works with Steve & Eydie and Robert Goulet, used to live and work here.
That was about 35 years ago.
When he wasn’t selling pianos for a local Hammond/Steinway dealer, he probably played in almost every club within a 20-mile radius of here at one time or another. There were tons of them.
Falcone and I talked about this just the other day. We came up with the names of the clubs that used live music five to seven nights a week. They could be found on almost on every street corner. Now they are all gone. Jazz groups, blues bands, singles, duos, and trios were always working; and if you came up with a new group you could, in all likelihood, find a club owner who would give you a shot. Unfortunately, that is no longer the case. It’s tough to make a living as a jazz musician today. But É you can make a living if you work at it. Like most things, I think it’s just a matter of wanting it badly enough.
One thing I’ve found out from the readers of this column is that musicians seem to be divided into two segments: 1) musicians who won’t play anything they don’t like or any venue that doesn’t suit them; and 2) musicians who need to work because they need to pay their bills and find all kinds of ways to fill their calendar.
I still get occasional letters from readers who say that it’s not their fault that they are not getting enough work. I guess then the logical question would be: whose fault is it?
I really appreciate the insight of those musicians who have creative and interesting ways of finding work, and I sympathize with the musicians who need to get out there and find gigs just to pay the rent. I don’t have all the answers, but a lot of our fellow AFM members have some very good answers.
One in particular is Jon Hammond, a member of Local 802 (New York City) and Local 6 (San Francisco, CA). Hammond has found a way to get his own TV show broadcast on Time Warner Cable and RCN cable access, he has produced a CD that gets airplay on jazz radio stations around the world, and he plays at Music Performance Fund (MPF) gigs on a regular basis on both coasts. He has booked himself on several European tours, played jazz clubs in Germany and many other locations in Europe, year after year, and has found a way to obtain instruments from national manufacturers for endorsements, advertising, or trial.
Hammond is also a perfect example of “success being in the mind of the beholder.” When he put together his first self-booked German tour 20 years ago, he saved up enough money to fly to Europe on Pakistan Airlines. He only had $50 in his pocket when he landed there. Hammond came home 10 months later with $150 in his pocket. He was able to pay for rent, food, and everything he needed during his time on the road in Europe. He wasn’t rich, but he was happy–and he firmly believes it was also a terrific learning experience.
Over the ensuing years Hammond has performed with some of the world’s top jazz musicians, and he now lives in midtown Manhattan and plays any and every job he can, on either coast. Money is not his prime motivation. He just loves to play. He makes it work, through sheer hard work, and he prides himself on being a union musician.
If you are a jazz musician, perhaps you might like to ask him some questions of your own, and share some ideas. Hammond is very approachable. His phone number is (212) 967-1858. Ask him about how he put together his TV show, how he successfully gets radio airplay, how he lands MPF gigs, and how, through it all, he always keeps money coming in to pay the rent. He’s found a way to do state-funded programs in prisons, nursing home gigs, and casual dates in clubs. (He’s scrambled so much over the years that his new CD is called Late Rent.) Hammond does not play for free. He finds ways to get paid. He agrees that the only thing you get out of playing a free gig is the opportunity to do another free gig.
I know jazz musicians can have a tough struggle, and it’s true that there simply are not as many places to play as there once were. But that is not to say that jazz players can’t find work.
Venues have changed, clubs have closed, but people still want to listen to cool sounds. Jazz festivals in major cities are still popular. Radio stations still offer jazz programs. PBS stations showcase jazz artists in their programming. It’s just not as easy to make money at it as it once was, but you can still make a living.
I don’t have all the answers. I think Hammond has some. I bet if you brainstorm with your fellow AFM members who specialize in jazz, you can go one better and come up with a lot of other ideas yourself. A positive attitude is obviously going to play a big part, but if you want to play jazz and make a few bucks, there are certainly ways to do it. It really is a matter of wanting to be a jazz musician badly enough.
–Bob Popyk is a member of Local 78 (Syracuse, NY) and Local 47 (Los Angeles).

*NEWS FLASH: Jon Hammond Trio appearing first time in Russia’s top jazz venue: Le Club Moscow-June 21/22!

**JON HAMMOND NEWS FLASH: Hammond’s Bolero now available on Apple iTunes Store! New for 2004

Jon was presented by the great Russian tenorsaxophonist Igor Butman and Faina Antonova for his very first appearance in Russia at supper jazz club “Le Club” in Moscow Russia June 21/22, 2003!
Nastarovya! *Moscow story:

Trio with TONY LAKATOS Hungarian saxophonist

Solo, Duo, Trio, Quartett or BIG BAND
everything to fit your Budget Needs!!


Musical Styles: swingin’ Funky Jazz and Blues, Bossa Nova, Ballads, ROCK and Ethnic
39th year in business.
THE JON HAMMOND SHOW is a Music and Travel Soft News Program, featuring Top International Soloists. 17 years Time/Warner TV New York
The show has Universal Appeal
Stay tuned for JH SHOW coming your way soon, streaming on the World Wide Web!
Jon Hammond uses Sennheiser Akkordeon Amplification Microphone System…
evolution series,,,defining sound
“The FINGERS….are the SINGERS!”


The classic sound of Excelsior 940 Tone Chamber Accordion through house system of Shoreline Ampitheatre utilising the custom Sennheiser Akkordeon Amplification System at the 12th annual New Orleans by the Bay Food and Music Festival


Catch the Jon Hammond Show-Music and Travel Soft News Program on Time/Warner Cable TV New York

Jon Hammond & Willie Brown

Mayor Willie Brown (San Francisco) came to see his good friend Jon Hammond of SF’s Local 6 play with Danny Woody at Portman Ritz Carlton Hotel Shanghai CHINA (SF/Shanghai Sister Cities)

Jon Hammond

Live at Shoreline Ampitheatre!


I never ride BLACK!

My setup for Shoreline Ampitheatre Shows

The Hammond B3 that I’ve had since 18 years old.
XB-2 on top
Excelsior 940 Tone Chamber Accordion at right

Putting the Hamburger on the Grill!

“The FINGERS…are the SINGERS!”


Zurich, Switzerland. The posters were all over
town when we got there!

Duo with MARC BAUM-sax

I actually went to Kindergarten with Marc Baum and played in first bands together age 13. The only one who knows me longer than Marc is my mother!

Jon Hammond Show Image

Image seen on DiamondVision Times Square screen 80 times daily for one year (3.5 minute clip)

Jon Hammond Show image

From Private Eyes reel New York City


Jon Hammond Show image

Coils by LORI

Barry Finnerty and Jon

In Lubeck, Germany with long time musical partner BARRY FINNERTY on guitar..that’s history now!

T-Bone Steak Mobile

My first days in portable broadcasting mobile on tour-New York 1980

JOE BERGER Link-up page

JOE BERGER, known in the biz as “The BERGER-MEISTER” has been an integral part of JH Show since 1986. He has mixed records and played with the Who’s Who..including JOHN ENTWISTLE of the WHO…that’s right!! JOHN ENTWISTLE….OF THE WHO!!!
go to Joe’s website:
The Berger-Meister can be contacted directly at
He is currently touring with the new sensational Atlantic Records act DREAMSTREET, coming your way soon on their Mall Tour.
Seen above: Berger and Hammond performing at Frankfurt Musikmesse-The HAM-BERGER BLUES BAND! put the Ham-Berger on the grill…or in your CD Machine!

Classic Hammond Sound in a Suitcase Seminare


Hammond with Bernard Purdie and Moms…

That’s me with my mom Edythe, Juanita Escovedo
(Mrs. Pete) and legendary studio drummer Bernard Purdie. Juanita is Sheila E’s mom. We are at Pete’s club in Berkeley Cal. called Mr. E’s..recently moved to Alameda.

Hammond in Reinach/Aargau Switzerland!

JH with Tommy Schneider of Hammond Times, Herbert from Hammond Nostalgie Club and drummer Andreas Neubauer…1959 B3 inside van!


This show was sponsored by City Hall and Bank of America. Definately had to break out the B3 there!

ShowTime at the Shoreline Ampitheatre with the Late Rent Session Men!

from left to right:
Barry Finnerty-guitar
Larry Schneider-saxes
James Preston-drums
Marc-BGP sound mixer
Jon Hammond-organ/accordion leader

Poster Boy for Kart-a-Bag USA!

If you go to the Kart-a-Bag website, it is possible to WIN a Jon Hammond Model Super 600 Kart-a-Bag! Exactly like the one on the poster with me that I have used on my world tours.

Classic Beetle Bug!

Hammond with classic VW Beetle in Steinebach in Bayern. On right, Barry Finnerty & Otmar Hutya

COOL MONDAY SHOW, Zurich Switzerland

Hammond on stage with Christian Muenchenger and Barry Finnerty in Club Xtra COOL MONDAY Show Zurich. Tommy Schneider brought the B3 for me.

Original Entwistle Beatle Art!

Original piece of Beatle Art done for me and signed by John Entwistle…of the WHO!

Jazz Kneipe on Berliner Str. 70, Frankfurt Germany

I played 207 gigs in Jazz Kneipe Frankfurt, until Regina finally closed the doors for good!
Was the coolest after hours club on the Frankfurt Jazz Scene. On tenor sax Sgt. Al Wittig U.S. Air Force. Barry Finnerty-guitar. JH on XB-2 Hammond Organ

Tower of Leslie Power!

With Michael Maier Falkenstein and the incredible Tower of Leslie Power at the Hammond Germany Museum, best in the world!

Snow Storm!

My apartment in Times Square New York after the big Snow Storm! First time in history U.S. Mail was cancelled due to weather!

Poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti & boy…Paris 1981

I took this foto of Ferlinghetti with my Nikon F3 in front of Shakespear and Company book shop in St. Michel Paris 1981. The boy is no longer a boy! Ferlinghetti looks about the same.

American Forces Network…The Power Network!

Here I am at the microphone of AFN Europe Headquarters in Frankfurt Germany, broadcasting LIVE WORLDWIDE on the Power Network!!

Hammond with S.F. District Attorney Terence Hallinan

Here I am with old friend, the honorable Terence Hallinan, San Francisco District Attorney. I had the honor of leading the band at his birthday party celebration last Dec. here in S.F.!

Boston Combat Zone at 21 years old

Here I am during the days when I was backing up the striptease shows 7 nights a week in Boston’s Combat Zone. You can see one of the bottles that some guy probably paid 400 bucks for a short time wih one of our lovely entertainers at the World Famous 2 o’clock lounge. On left you can see the blond Fender Bandmaster I bought at at Leo’s Music Store when I was 13 years old! My 1957 Gibson CF100 in my hands.

Hammond with Eddie Money!

This was back when we were 2 skinny kids, at my youngest sister’s Bat Mitzvah in 1976 Berkeley, California.

BAVARIAN LINE DANCERS…at Steinebach Bahnhof!

On the HAMMONDNOISE 2000 Tour in Bayern.
from left to right:
Otmar Hutya, Barry Finnerty, Robert Hutya, J.H.

13 year old Junior Jazz Champion!

That’s how I looked at 13 years old with my Giulietti Tone Chamber Accordion (that was stolen 25 years ago in Boston) and my trophy. I was 13…but I was an OLD 13!

Jon Hammond Big News in Salzburg!

When I woke up in the hotel next to Mozart’s house, I looked at the morning paper and found myself big time on the back cover of the Salzburger Nachtrichten! I was a guest next day at the Stadthalle, where they had me sign in on the VIP Guest Book for Salzburg. The picture was taken the night before and in the morning paper!

Feature article in Jazz Podium Magazine!

was the headline in Jazz Podium, Germany’s oldest Jazz Magazine.

107 floors up at Windows on the World

Dinner with Derek Tracy, my producer of “Get Back in the Groove” DTI top of the World Trade Towers 107 floors up…it’s hard to believe WTC is tragically no longer there.

CBGB’s on the Bowery, New York!

Jon with producer guitarist Joe Berger and co-leader guitarist Barry Finnerty just before show time at legendary New York Rock Club CBGB’s!

Press Cruise to Bermuda with Joe Berger!

Ham-Berger on a roll!!
Our first Press Cruise to Bermuda on the maiden voyage of m.v. Horizon, New York to Bermuda…dynamite! We highly recommend Celebrity Cruises! The cuisine created by award winning executive chef Michel Roux was DELICIOUS! Especially the Grand Buffet…Yeah!

Late Night Steak Dinner in Hippo, Paris France

We just finished a big live broadcast on RADIO FRANCE INTER with pianist Francoise Pujol (at left), Barry Finnerty (middle), myself on right with my lucky hat on! I am one of few American boys to be presented in concert by Radio France Inter!

In Concert at the Big Musikmesse Frankfurt Germany!

Here we are on the main stage (buhne) in the Galleria of Frankfurt International Musikmesse.
Barry on left, drummer Andreas Neubauer from Frankfurt and myself on right. Next March will be my 22nd consecutive Musikmesse. Always one of the hightlights of the year for me!

Jon Hammond Show on Giant Video Screen Times Square!

There I am with Lazy Larry under the giant DiamondVision screen Times Square. My show appeared for 3.5 minutes 80 times daily for one year. Plus we did a super psychedelic countdown for New Years Eve that was seen by millions around the world. After wishing the people Happy New Year!, The screen said, “Watch THE JON HAMMOND SHOW Friday nights at 6pm on MCTV!

Artist depiction by Harburg Artist Michael August

Michael painted this picture of me from a concert I did in the famous REGINA STRIPTEASE CLUB on Gr. Freiheit , Reeperbahn Hamburg. The place was packed upstairs and downstairs after Knut Benzner got us a nice press article in the Mo Po!

Main Man KNUT BENZNER at NDR Radio Hamburg!

There’s Knut in the studio of NDR cutting his “Jazz All Blues” Show together. Knut was my sponsor for 2 years in Hamburg. On the radio, he sounds like the voice of God!

Jon Hammond Show in the Field

There I am in New York City with my black BMW R100RT and one of the first prototype Sony Betacams from Sony Broadcast on loan to us for field testing on The JH Show.

My White Grand Piano in Pacific Heights S.F.!

There I am with my Artist’s Model C3 Conservatory Size 6 foot Yamaha Grand Piano that I bought from Peter Frampton (he had 3 pieces).
That was my only furniture in the apartment. Just the white piano, a Hammond B3 and an accordion and futon. I did a lot of my writing on that piano.

6 months at old Trident in Sausalito on the water!

Tenor saxophonist Bennett Friedman, James Preston drums and Terry Haggerty guitar (of Sons of Champlin) JH at org. This was the original club built by the Kingston Trio (If I Had A Hammer and Michael Row the Boat Ashore). The Trident was a favorite party place for the Rolling Stones and other famous hipsters. Now called Horizons Restaurant…you can tie up your 150 foot boat right outside the window!

Jon and Eddie Money at top Empire State Building!

Here we are in sub-zero temperature on very top observation deck of Empire State Building. I used to take a 2-way radio up there and broadcast promos for up-coming gigs around New York City…good place to broadcast from!

Hammond with PICO and Star Club survivors St. Pauli Hamburg!

There I am with Pico, when I played on his show about his life working at the legendary Star Club with the Beatles, Rattles, Chuck Berry and others on the Reeperbahn. This guy was the original deal. He is still there working on the Deutsche Bundesbahn and living on the Hein Hoyer Str. in St. Pauli. Amazing guy and life story. I met some of the originals playing there at the Delphi Music Theatre.

First trip to Paris in 1981!

There I am taking care of business in my room at the 5 star L’hotel in Paris France in 1981. This is the place where Oscar Wilde lived out his last days. A favorite low key place where the Rolling Stones and others like to stay. There is no sign indicating it is a hotel. You will see only the golden ram’s head above the door on Rue de Beaux Arts in St. Germain on the left bank.

Dinner for 1 downstairs at L’hotel!

The tree grows right up through the ceiling, and it is like a Fellini movie in there at night. I enjoyed every bite of that meal…perfectly content to enjoy my own company there in my Armani suit. I used to dress up every day for no particular reason back in those days!

On the Job at John’s Place in Saarbucken Germany!

This was one of my first steady gigs in Germany in 1991, at a place called John’s Place in Saarbrucken on Bleich Str. It is very near the French border there, and there was a healthy mix of German and French people in the after hours place. I am wearing my lucky tie there and my father’s white shirt for good luck!

Scene from the stage at Jazzkeller Frankfurt 1992!

That’s how it looked from the stage of my show at the famous Jazzkeller in Frankfurt. The show was sponsored by Philip Morris Tobacco. I don’t smoke, but they gave me cartons of cigarettes to give away, all my friends in Germany were overjoyed to receive free cigarettes! The place was packed…Herb Ellis is sitting in the front row. That’s my friend Tino holding the video camera at right.

Broadcasting on pirate Radio Tomate Paris France!

There I am speaking to the French on legendary pirate Radio Tomate in a secret location in Paris. The pirates there actually were squatting in the building. They were very creative…the electricity was brought in and phone lines from unknown sources. The place was manned 24 hours a day. This was in 1981 when the Socialist government was still in power.

Onstage at original legendary FILLMORE!

There I am on the bandstand of the original Fillmore Auditorium with bandmates Barry Finnerty and James Preston. The original location where I had seen so many fantastic shows as a teenager…right there at corner of Geary Blvd. & Fillmore S.F., Cal.
Took me 30 years to get the gig there!
We were on the bill with The Sons of Champlin (James is also drummer of Sons) Friday June 4th, 1999. The Fillmore was closed for a long time, but it was lovingly restored by the BGP people in 1994 as a tribute to founder Bill Graham. I was there at the opening party, invited by my old friend Bob Barsotti. It was a great party! Bob doesn’t forget his old friends….he sent us a beautiful bottle of Moet Champagne in a bucket of ice with a nice card to our dressing room when we played this gig. I will never forget that gig. The audience was very responsive, and it fulfilled every expectation to be there playing on that very special stage.
fotos by John Warne

Hootenanny for KPFA Radio 1966!

Here I am in a press photo for one of my earliest gigs…a HOOTENANNY for Pacifica Radio Station KPFA in Berkeley California. When was the last time you were at a Hootenanny?!

October 1968 Berkeley California

Here I am during my radical Vietnam War protesting days in 1968!

Flower Power…1969!

16 years old, and I was a super as a bird!
I feel sorry for those who never got to experience the free spirit of those times. We had very little to worry about. Everything was cheap, there was no Aids and the ladies seemed to like my curly hair. That year I was made in to a cartoon character in a comicbook about Natural Hair Care put out by Rolling Stone Magazine. I thought I would be retired by the age of 25…boy, was I wrong!

1971 HADES, original rock band

HADES means HELL, and we were 4 little devils. There we are pictured in the grave yard in El Cerrito California. L. to R. Steve Wright, Jim Thorsen, Dave Danza, JH. All our material was original and we used to practice 5 days a week in a garage where our road crew lived. We had a truck with Hades license plates, a good sound system, 2 roadies and a manager, Jerry Figgoni. This was one of the tightest bands out of the East Bay. We played very often at a hot rock club in those days called, The Longbranch Saloon on San Pablo Ave. in Berkeley. We came very close to some big success with Hades, but then it finally broke up.

Jon Hammond & Chris Cortez in KCSM

Jon with host/producer Chris Cortez in studios of KCSM, the Bay Area’s Jazz Radio Station!

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HammondCast 22 Jon’s Journal December 11 2012

December 11, 2012


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HammondCast 22
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.
Going back even a few more years, Al Jazzbeaux breaks Jon’s recording of “Sidewinder” on the now defunct but legendary and most powerful station of New York City-WNEW 1130 AM. For Al Jazzbo Collins freaks, this HammondCast episode is a MUST.
Jon Hammond is a member of Local 802 & Local 6 Musicians Unions and an ASCAP Composer/Publisher-JON HAMMOND International, Inc.
No singers on Mr. Hammond’s band…”The FINGERS…are the SINGERS!”

Monday Night Band last night at Local 802 Monday Jazz Session sponsored by Jazz Foundation of America – Jon Hammond

L to R: Richard Clements piano, Mike Camoia tenor sax, Bob Cunningham bass, Rudy Sheriff Lawless drums — with Bob Cunningham at Associated Musicians of Greater New York, Local 802 AFM

Just about to roll my organ back to the pad after a nice session at Local 802 Musicians Union Monday Night Jazz Session

– I played the early bird set – Jon Hammond — at Associated Musicians of Greater New York, Local 802 AFM

Hangin’ with the heavy cats at 802, L to R: Ken Cicerale the great alto saxophonist, myself Jon Hammond just played early bird set with Ken Cicerale – here we are with one of the greatest all-time jazz pianists and a favorite of mine personally – Harold Mabern ! *Rudy Sheriff Lawless played drums with us superbly, thank you Rudy!
Harold Mabern (born March 20, 1936 in Memphis, Tennessee) is a hard bop and soul jazz pianist.

Early in his career, Mabern played in Chicago with Walter Perkins’ MJT + 3 in the late 1950s[1] before moving to New York in 1959. Mabern has worked with Jimmy Forrest, Lionel Hampton, the Jazztet (1961-1962), Donald Byrd, Miles Davis (1963), J. J. Johnson (1963-1965), Lee Morgan (1965), Hank Mobley (1965), Sonny Rollins, Freddie Hubbard, Wes Montgomery, Joe Williams (1966-1967), and Sarah Vaughan. In more recent years, he has recorded extensively with his former William Paterson University student, the tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander.[2]
He performed in a video recorded session with Wes Montgomery in 1965 that is currently available on DVD as Wes Montgomery Live in ’65.
In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Mabern led four albums for Prestige Records, performed with Lee Morgan, and recorded with Stanley Cowell’s Piano Choir. Mabern has recorded as a leader for DIW/Columbia and Sackville and toured with the Contemporary Piano Ensemble (1993-1995).
A longtime faculty member at William Paterson University, Mabern is a frequent instructor at the Stanford Jazz Workshop.
As leader
A Few Miles from Memphis (1968) Prestige
Rakin’ and Scrapin’ (1968) Fantasy
Workin’ and Wailin’ (1969) Prestige
Greasy Kid Stuff! (1970) Prestige
Philadelphia Bound (1993) Sackville
The Leading Man (1995) Disk Union
Kiss of Fire (2002) Venus
Falling in Love with Love (2003) Venus
Don’t Know Why (2004) Venus
Fantasy (2005) Venus
Joy Spring (2006) Sackville, solo piano
Somewhere Over the Rainbow (2006) Venus
Misty (2008) Venus
Mr. Lucky (2012) HighNote
[edit]As sideman
With Eric Alexander
Mode For Mabes (1998) Delmark
The First Milestone (2000) Milestone
The Second Milestone (2001) Milestone
Summit Meeting (2002) Milestone
Nightlife In Tokyo (2003) Milestone
Dead Center (2004) HighNote
It’s All In The Game (2006) HighNote
Revival of the Fittest (2009) HighNote
Don’t Follow the Crowd (2011) HighNote
With Gene Ammons
Black Cat (1970) Prestige
With George Benson
Body Talk (1973) CTI
With Steve Davis
Crossfire (1997) Criss Cross
With Mike DiRubbo
New York Accent (2007) Cellar Live
With Art Farmer
Perception (1961) Argo
Here and Now (1962) Mercury – with Benny Golson
Another Git Together (1962) Mercury – with Benny Golson
With Joe Farnsworth
It’s Prime Time (2004) Village
With Grant Green
First Recordings (2007) Gambit Spain
With Jimmy Heath
Swamp Seed (Riverside, 1963)
With Terumasa Hino
Into the Heaven (2000) Columbia
With Freddie Hubbard
The Night of the Cookers (1965) Blue Note
With J. J. Johnson
Proof Positive (1964) Impulse!
With Roland Kirk
Reeds & Deeds (1963) Mercury
The Roland Kirk Quartet Meets the Benny Golson Orchestra (1964) Mercury
With Jackie McLean
Consequence (1965) Blue Note
With Blue Mitchell
Bring It Home to Me (1966) Blue Note
With Hank Mobley
Dippin’ (1965) Blue Note
With Lee Morgan
The Gigolo (1965) Blue Note
Live at the Lighthouse (1970) Blue Note
The Last Session (1971) Blue Note
With Jim Rotondi
Jim’s Bop (1997) Criss Cross
With Frank Strozier
MJT + 3 (1960) Vee-Jay
March of the Siamese Children (1962) Jazzland
Remember Me (1976) Steeplechase
What’s Goin’ On (1977) Steeplechase — with Ken Cicerale and Harold Mabern at Associated Musicians of Greater New York, Local 802 AFM

Barry Finnerty ·
Is Harold asleep?

Jon Hammond Harold is wide awake, he is just reclining comfortably -just told us some killin’ amazing stories about playing with Lee Morgan and he was with Lee when he died tragically / suddenly, you know the story – one of the most famous stories in Jazz, Harold was there playing with Lee that night, Jon

Barry Finnerty ·
Wow. That would not have been pleasant. To have your good friend and great trumpet player shot dead onstage right next to you by some crazed jealous woman.

Jon Hammond: You know it Barry!

Local 802 — One of my favorite drummers and people – Ray Grappone and Jon Hammond here, at Monday Night Jazz Session. Ray is one of the busiest drummers and record producers in New York all the time, great to see him!
Ray played on my first album on one of my biggest hits “The Sidewinder” track that got broken out on-air by Al Jazzbo Collins on the big 1130 AM WNEW – the whole Grappone Family rules!

5.0 out of 5 stars
By Tough Customer
Fresh version of Lee Morgan’s classic
If you love Lee Morgan’s great jazz hit song “The Sidewinder” (and who doesn’t?) you should have a listen to this fresh version featuring jazz guitar and hammond organ quoting the tune of the deceased master of swinging bop, and doing some nice improvisations too.
**A partial list of Ray Grappone’s Record Credits:
2011 Two Sides Alexis P. Suter Band Composer, Drums, Group Member
2008 Just Another Fool Alexis P. Suter Drums, Group Member, Percussion, Producer
2008 We Are All One Michael Falzarano Drums, Main Personnel
2006 Anthology, Vol. 2: The Cool Tunes Dave Rave Percussion
2006 Cole Porter Mood Tom Murray Drums, Drums (Electric), Percussion, Producer
2006 Jesus H Christ and the Four Hornsmen of the Apocalypse Jesus H Christ and The Four Hornsmen of the Apocalypse Drums, Group Member, Member of Attributed Artist, Percussion
2006 So Close to Beautiful Open Door Composer, Drums, Member of Attributed Artist, Percussion, Primary Artist, Producer
2006 Soul Heaven Presents Dennis Ferrer and Kerri Chandler Dennis Ferrer Composer, Performer, Producer
2006 The King James Sessions Michael Falzarano Drum, Drums, Main Personnel
2006 The Midnight Ramble Sessions, Vol. 1 Levon Helm Mixing
2006 The Midnight Ramble Sessions, Vol. 2 Levon Helm Production Assistant
2006 Tokyo Lounge Producer
2005 Late Rent Jon Hammond Drums, Group Member
2005 Poem for You Today Jay Collins Additional Personnel, Audio Production, Drums, Percussion, Producer
2005 Shuga Fix Alexis P. Suter Bass, Drums, Percussion, Producer
2004 Medleyfyin’ Judy Kreston/David Lahm Drums
2003 AnotherLateNight: Groove Armada Groove Armada Drums, Percussion
2003 Flower Drum Song [New Broadway Cast Recording] Drums, Percussion
2002 Africanism: Compiles and Mixed by DJ Gregory & Bob Sinclar DJ Gregory Executive Producer
2002 Another Side of Love Dave Rave Drums, Percussion
2002 Inside the Music Donna McKechnie Percussion
2002 The It Girl [Original Cast Recording] Original Off-Broadway Cast Percussion
2001 Meltdown Ross Allen Producer
2001 Nude Dimensions, Vol. 3 Remixing
2001 Red Cocktail DJ Warrio Producer
2000 Hipbone: 4 on the Floor Percussion, Producer, Project Producer
1999 Jerry’s Girls [Original Cast Recording] Drums
1999 Little Me [New Broadway Cast Recording] Drums
1999 Small Town Underground Kevin Yost Producer
1998 A Sure Thing Peter Donnelly Percussion
1998 Balanced Output Producer
1998 Color in Rhythm Stimulate Mind Freedom USG Drums, Percussion
1998 Dance of the Drunken Master Groove Collective Executive Producer
1998 Girl I Knew: The Music of Novello & Kern Lorna Dallas Percussion
1998 Stone Monkey Richard Worth Drums, Percussion
1998 Tales from the Underground, Pt. 1 Todd Edwards Producer
1998 Welcome to the Universe David Harness Percussion, Producer
1997 Side Show Drums
1996 Radikal Fear: The Chicago All Stars Drums, Percussion
1995 Speakeasy Acid Jazz Producer
1994 Speakeasy Collective Composer, Producer
1993 Weird Romance: Two One-Act Musicals of Speculative Fiction Drums, Percussion
Clubquart 00, Vol. 1 Producer — at Associated Musicians of Greater New York, Local 802 AFM

L to R: Richard Clements, Mike Camoia, Jon Hammond, Bob Cunningham
HammondCast 36 Jon’s Journal December 10 2012

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Jon Hammond in New York City just back from Germany music tour and 20th year at Musikmesse Frankfurt trade show…digging deep in to the archives to present a special show put together by Jon in 1993 in Frankfurt Hausen-BROTFABRIK (the old Bread Factory) Jon Hammond presenting French Pianist FRANCOISE PUJOL first time in Germany along with RICHARD BONA on bass from Cameroon & Paris, now living in NY and FRANCIS LASSOUS – drums/batterie. A crazy story about how Jon convinced Bonsedorfer Piano Company to bring their most expensive concert-grand piano… — at Associated Musicians of Greater New York, Local 802 AFM

Harold Mabern, Local 802 Musicians Union, Jazz Foundation of America, Jon Hammond, Blues, Sk1 organ, Ray Grappone, Radio, TV, Ken Cicerale, Richard Clements piano

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Jon Hammond in New York City just back from Germany music tour and 20th year at Musikmesse Frankfurt trade show…digging deep in to the archives to present a special show put together by Jon in 1993 in Frankfurt Hausen-BROTFABRIK (the old Bread Factory) Jon Hammond presenting French Pianist FRANCOISE PUJOL first time in Germany along with RICHARD BONA on bass from Cameroon & Paris, now living in NY and FRANCIS LASSOUS – drums/batterie. A crazy story about how Jon convinced Bonsedorfer Piano Company to bring their most expensive concert-grand piano for Francoise to play there. The musicians got in to an argument at sound check and Jon almost had to play the famous piano, but thankfully it worked out and the tension made for some great playing! ..

Midnight Cake with James Brown Godfather of Soul – visiting his Godson of Soul Michael Falkenstein and Michael’s Family in Setzingen, after a long drive with his entourage in 2 white limousines – that’s the manager Judge Bradley on Michael’s right – it’s good to have a Judge for your personal manager when you are James Brown folks! Jon Hammond 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 with his actual God Son Michael Falkenstein, amazing but true. enjoy, Jon Hammond
James Joseph Brown (May 3, 1933 – December 25, 2006) was an American singer, songwriter, musician, and recording artist. He is one of the founding fathers of funk music and is a major figure of 20th century popular music and dance. In a career that spanned six decades, Brown profoundly influenced the development of many different musical genres.[7] Brown moved on a continuum of blues and gospel-based forms and styles to a profoundly “Africanized” approach to music making.[8] First coming to national public attention in the mid 1950’s as a member of the R&B singing group The Famous Flames[9][10], Brown performed in concerts, first making his rounds across the Chitlin’ Circuit, and then across the country and later around the world, along with appearing in shows on television and in movies. Although he contributed much to the music world through his hitmaking, Brown holds the record as the artist who charted the most singles on the Billboard Hot 100 without ever hitting number one on that chart.[11][12]
For many years, Brown’s touring show was one of the most extravagant productions in American popular music. At the time of Brown’s death, his band included three guitarists, two bass guitar players, two drummers, three horns and a percussionist.[13] The bands that he maintained during the late 1960s and 1970s were of comparable size, and the bands also included a three-piece amplified string section that played during ballads.[14] Brown employed between 40 and 50 people for the James Brown Revue, and members of the revue traveled with him in a bus to cities and towns all over the country, performing upwards of 330 shows a year with almost all of the shows as one-nighters.[15][16] In 1986, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and in 2000 into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.[17] Brown died on Christmas Day 2006 from heart failure after becoming ill two days earlier and being hospitalized for hours. He is buried in Beech Island, South Carolina.
Background information
Birth name James Joseph Brown, Jr.[1]
Also known as “The Godfather of Soul”[2][3][4]
Born May 3, 1933
Barnwell, South Carolina, United States
Origin Toccoa, Georgia
Died December 25, 2006 (aged 73)
Atlanta, Georgia[5]
Genres R&B, soul, funk, doo-wop, rock ‘n’ roll, blues, jazz
Occupations Musician, songwriter, dancer, bandleader, record producer, actor
Instruments Vocals, drums, percussion, piano, keyboards, organ
Years active 1945[6]–2006
Labels Federal, King, Dade, Try Me, Smash, People, Polydor, Scotti Bros.
Associated acts The Famous Flames, The J.B.’s, Bobby Byrd, The Soul Generals, Lyn Collins, Bobby Bennett, Bootsy Collins
Early life

James Brown was born in Barnwell, South Carolina on May 3, 1933, to Susie (née Behlings) Brown (August 8, 1916 – February 26, 2004)[18] and Joseph (“Joe”) Gardner (March 29, 1911 – July 10, 1993) (who changed his surname to Brown after Mattie Brown who raised him).[18] Although Brown was to be named after his father Joseph, his first and middle names were mistakenly reversed on his birth certificate. He therefore became James Joseph Brown, Jr.[1] As a young child, Brown was called Junior. When he later lived with his aunt and cousin, he was called Little Junior since his cousin’s nickname was also Junior.[1] Later as an adult, Brown legally changed his name to remove the “Jr.” designation. Brown claimed to have African, Chinese and Native American ancestry.[19][20]
As a young child, Brown and his family lived in extreme poverty[11] in nearby Elko, South Carolina, which at the time was an impoverished town in Barnwell County. When Brown was two years old, his parents separated after his mother left his father for another man.[21] After his mother abandoned the family, Brown continued to live with his father and his father’s live-in girlfriends until he was six years old. His father then sent him to live with an aunt, who ran a house of prostitution.[22] Even though Brown lived with relatives, he spent long stretches of time on his own, hanging out on the streets and hustling to get by.[11] Brown managed to stay in school until he dropped out in the seventh grade.[23] During his childhood, Brown earned money shining shoes, sweeping out stores, selling and trading in old stamps, washing cars and dishes and singing in talent contests.[11] Brown also performed buck dances for change to entertain troops from Camp Gordon at the start of World War II as their convoys traveled over a canal bridge near his aunt’s home.[21][22] Between earning money from these adventures, Brown taught himself to play a harmonica given to him by his father.[21] He learned to play some guitar from Tampa Red, in addition to learning to play piano and drums from others he met during this time.[21] Brown was inspired to become an entertainer after watching Louis Jordan, a popular jazz and R&B performer during the 1940s, and Jordan’s Tympany Five performing “Caldonia” in a short film.[24]
Brown began his performing career at the age of 12, forming his first vocal group, the Cremona Trio in 1945, where they won local talent shows at Augusta concert halls such as the Lenox and Harlem theaters.[6] As a result of this success, the group would later gig at several high schools and local army bases.[6] At the age of sixteen, he was convicted of armed robbery and sent to a juvenile detention center upstate in Toccoa in 1949.[8] While in prison, he formed a gospel quartet with fellow cell mates Johnny Terry, “Hucklebuck” Davis and a person named “Shag”, and made homemade instruments – a comb and paper, a washtub bass, a drum kit made from lard tubs and for Brown, what he called “a sort of mandolin [made] out of a wooden box.”[6] Due to the latter instrument, Brown was given his first nickname, “Music Box”. In 1952, while still in reform school, Brown met future R&B legend Bobby Byrd, who was there playing baseball against the reform school team. Byrd saw Brown perform there and admired his singing and performing talent.[21] As a result of this friendship, Byrd’s family helped Brown secure an early release on June 14, 1952 after serving three years of his sentence. The authorities agreed to release Brown on the condition that he would get a job and not return to Augusta or Richmond County and also under the condition he find a decent job and sing for the Lord as he had promised in his parole letter. After stints as a boxer[25] and baseball pitcher in semi-professional baseball (a career move ended by a leg injury), Brown turned his energy toward music.[26]

[edit]1954–1960: The Famous Flames
Main article: The Famous Flames
By 1954, Brown had tried to get a deal with his gospel group, the Ever Ready Gospel Singers after recording a version of “His Eye Is on the Sparrow”, but returned to Toccoa when they failed to get a deal.[6] Returning, his friend Bobby Byrd asked Brown to join his R&B group, the Avons, who had previously gone under the name the Gospel Starlighters to avoid controversy with church leaders. Brown replaced another vocalist, Troy Collins, who died in a car crash.[6] The group, which included alongside Byrd and Brown; Sylvester Keels, Doyle Oglesby, Fred Pulliam and Johnny Terry, modeled themselves after the R&B groups of the day including The Orioles, The Five Keys, and Billy Ward and His Dominoes.[6] Gigging through Georgia and South Carolina, they again changed their name to the Toccoa Band to avoid confusion with two other groups who shared the Avons moniker.[6] Under this name, Brown recruited guitarist Nafloyd Scott and, under their manager Barry Tremier, added assorted percussion.[6]
While performing in Macon, Georgia, having now changed their name to The Flames, a club promoter, Clint Brantley (then agent of Brown’s idol, Little Richard[27]), suggested the band add “Famous” in front of their name to draw more people to his club.[6] The group began composing and performing their own songs during this time including a Brown composition called “Goin’ Back to Rome” and a ballad Brown co-wrote with Terry titled “Please, Please, Please”. After Little Richard left Macon for Los Angeles after the release of “Tutti Frutti”, Brantley included the band at every venue Richard had performed, leading to the growth of the group’s success. Before Christmas 1955, Brantley had the group record a demo of “Please, Please, Please” for a local Macon radio station.[6] Based on two accounts, “Please, Please, Please” was inspired in the following manner: Etta James stated that during her first meeting with Brown in Macon, Brown “used to carry around an old tattered napkin with him, because Little Richard had written the words, ‘please, please, please’ on it and James was determined to make a song out of it…”;[28] the remainder of the song came together after the group heard The Orioles’ rock ‘n’ roll version of Big Joe Williams’ hit, “Baby Please Don’t Go”, taking its melody from the song.[6]
Federal Records president Ralph Bass signed the Famous Flames to his label in February 1956 and had them record the song in Cincinnati’s King Studios. Released the following March, the song became the Famous Flames’ first R&B hit, selling over a million copies.[29] Despite the song’s success, other songs such as “I Don’t Know”, “No No No”, “Just Won’t Do Right”, and “Chonnie-On-Chon” failed to chart.[6]
By March 1957, a full year after the release of “Please, Please, Please”, most members of the Famous Flames had left the group after the group’s new manager, Universal Attractions Agency Chief Ben Bart, insisted that the group’s billing be “James Brown and The Famous Flames”.[6] After Little Richard left show business for the ministry, Brown was asked to fill in leftover dates leading to an increase in his concert success and the eventual recruitment of members of the vocal group, the Dominions, to replace the Famous Flames. The first single under this new lineup, “That Dood It”, failed to chart. In late 1958, Brown financed the demo of the ballad, “Try Me”. Released that October, it returned the Famous Flames to the charts and reached No. 1 on the R&B chart in February 1959 becoming the first of 17 chart-topping hits on the R&B chart which were credited to Brown over the next 15 years with six of them credited to the Famous Flames.[30]
Bolstered by this success, Brown recruited a new band that consisted of saxophonist J. C. Davis, guitarist Bobby Roach, bassist Bernard Odum, trumpeter Roscoe Patrick, saxophonist Albert Corley, drummer Nat Kendrick and his old band mate Bobby Byrd, who had rejoined Brown’s band on organ. This resulted in the next Brown hit, “I Want You So Bad”, which peaked in the Top 20 on the Billboard R&B chart.[6] The newly hailed “James Brown Band” debuted at the Apollo Theater on April 24, 1959, opening for Little Willie John.[6] Following his dismissal of the 1957–58 Famous Flames lineup, he hired “Baby” Lloyd Stallworth and Bobby Bennett as replacements with Byrd and Johnny Terry returning as members.[6] The lineup of Brown,Byrd,Bennett,Stallworth, and Terry proved to be the permanent and definitive Famous Flames lineup. The confusion concerning the Famous Flames singing group in the eyes of the public was that, for years, the Famous Flames were often mistaken for, and confused with, Brown’s backing band; fellow Famous Flame Byrd was also a member of the backing band at one point. Initially a vocal and instrumental group, the Famous Flames, after signing with Federal, developed into a straight vocal group, a separate entity from the James Brown Band. In early 1960, Brown’s band recorded the top ten R&B hit, “(Do the) Mashed Potatoes” on Dade Records, owned by Henry Stone, under the pseudonym “Nat Kendrick & The Swans” because Brown’s label refused to release it.[31] As a result of this, Syd Nathan decided to shift Brown’s contract from Federal to Federal’s parent label, King Records.[6]
[edit]1960–1966: Commercial breakthrough
By 1960, having been influenced more by jazz music than blues, Brown began incorporating jazz styled arrangements in his music, with Brown naming the Famous Flames hits “I’ll Go Crazy” and “Think” as examples of his changing style away from more traditional forms of R&B and rock ‘n’ roll.[6] Following the two “albums”, Please, Please, Please and Try Me under the name James Brown and The Famous Flames, Think! was Brown’s first full-length ‘solo’ album, .[6] Brown’s next albums displayed a range from vocal performances to instrumentals. Brown’s band recorded the instrumental hit, “Night Train”, which was among the first to credit Brown as composer, and which became a Top 5 R&B hit and even briefly crossed over into the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100. The ballad “Lost Someone” became, along with “Please, Please, Please”, an early show-stopper during Brown’s performances, while the recording of the Joe Tex composition, “Baby You’re Right” (which Brown altered substantially), increased his reputation with R&B audiences.
On October 24, 1962, Brown financed a live recording of a midnight performance at the Apollo and convinced Syd Nathan to release the album. Nathan felt that, because everyone had already brought the singles Brown performed live on this recording, no one would be interested in an album that contained no new material, and he warned Brown that live albums usually were bad sellers. Brown refused to listen, and thus the album, Live at the Apollo was released. The album was a great success, reaching No. 2 on the pop chart and selling a million copies; it stayed on the charts for fourteen months.[32] Influenced by the crossover success of Ray Charles, Brown began to perform pop standards and succeeded with his first Top 20 single, “Prisoner of Love”. That year, Brown also launched Try Me Records, releasing records by Tammy Montgomery and Johnny & Bill (Famous Flame Johnny Terry and former Flame Bill Hollings) and the Poets (the latter composed of members of Brown’s backing band).
In 1964, figuring his deal with King was at an end, Brown and fellow Famous Flame Bobby Byrd formed the production company, Fair Deal, linking the operation to a new label, Mercury imprint Smash Records.[6][33] However, King Records fought Brown’s departure and was granted an injunction preventing Brown from releasing any vocal recordings for his new label. Prior to this injunction, Brown had already released three vocal singles, including a cover of Louis Jordan’s “Caldonia”, and the 12-bar blues rock and roll number, “Out of Sight”, which further indicated the direction his sound was going to take.[34] Touring throughout 1964, Brown and The Flames soon grabbed more national attention when they performed a explosive performance in the live concert film The T.A.M.I. Show, where Brown’s energetic dance moves together with the polished choreography and timing of the Famous Flames let them upstage the show’s closing act, The Rolling Stones. In June 1965, King and Brown signed a new recording contract and released “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag”, which became his first Top 10 hit single, winning Brown his first Grammy.[35] Later in 1965, King released the uptempo rock ‘n’ roll song, “I Got You (I Feel Good)”, which, in late 1965, reached No. 1 on the R&B charts and, in early 1966, reached the mainstream Top 10, peaking at No. 3. Later in 1966, Brown’s reputation as a hit maker was confirmed with the release of the blues-inspired soul ballad, “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World”.[35]
[edit]1967–1969: Soul Brother No. 1
Brown’s success on the charts continued vastly in 1967. His No. 1 R&B hit that year, “Cold Sweat”, sometimes cited as the first true funk song, was the first of his recordings to contain a drum break and the first that featured a harmony that was reduced to a single chord.[36][37] The instrumental arrangements on tracks such as “Give It Up Or Turnit A Loose” and “Licking Stick-Licking Stick” (both recorded in 1968) and “Funky Drummer” (recorded in 1969) featured a more developed version of Brown’s mid-1960s style, with the horn section, guitars, bass and drums meshed together in intricate rhythmic patterns based on multiple interlocking riffs.
Changes in Brown’s style that started with “Cold Sweat” also established the musical foundation for Brown’s later hits, such as “I Got the Feelin'” (1968) and “Mother Popcorn” (1969). By this time Brown’s vocals frequently took the form of a kind of rhythmic declamation, not quite sung but not quite spoken, that only intermittently featured traces of pitch or melody. This would become a major influence on the techniques of rapping, which would come to maturity along with hip hop music in the coming decades.
Brown’s style of funk in the late 1960s was based on interlocking syncopated parts: funky bass lines, drum patterns, and iconic guitar riffs.[38] The main guitar ostinatos for “Ain’t it Funky” (c. late 1960s), and “Give it Up or Turn it Lose” (1969), are examples of Brown’s refinement of New Orleans funk; irresistibly danceable riffs, stripped down to their rhythmic essence. On “Ain’t it Funky” (c. late 1960s), and “Give it Up or Turn it Lose” (1969), the tonal structure is bare bones. The pattern of attack-points is the emphasis, not the pattern of pitches. It’s as if the guitar is an African drum, or idiophone. Alexander Stewart states that this popular feel was passed along from “New Orleans—through James Brown’s music, to the popular music of the 1970s.”[39] Those same tracks were later resurrected by countless hip-hop musicians from the 1970s onward. As a result, James Brown remains to this day the world’s most sampled recording artist,[40] with “Funky Drummer” itself becoming the most sampled individual piece of music
“Bring it Up” has an Afro-Cuban guajeo-like structure. In fact, on a 1976 version, Cuban bongos are used. All three of these guitar riffs are based on an onbeat/offbeat structure. Stewart states: “This model, it should be noted, is different from a time line (such as clave and tresillo) in that it is not an exact pattern, but more of a loose organizing principle.”
It was around this time as the musician’s popularity increased that he acquired the nickname, “Soul Brother No. 1”, after failing to win the title “King of Soul” from Solomon Burke during a Chicago gig two years prior.[43] Brown’s recordings during this period influenced musicians across the industry, most notably groups such as Sly and the Family Stone, Funkadelic, Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band, Booker T. & the M.G.’s as well as vocalists such as Edwin Starr, David Ruffin and Dennis Edwards from The Temptations, and Michael Jackson, who, throughout his career, cited Brown as his ultimate idol.[44]
Brown’s band during this period employed musicians and arrangers who had come up through the jazz tradition. He was noted for his ability as a bandleader and songwriter to blend the simplicity and drive of R&B with the rhythmic complexity and precision of jazz. Trumpeter Lewis Hamlin and saxophonist/keyboardist Alfred “Pee Wee” Ellis (the successor to previous bandleader Nat Jones) led the band. Guitarist Jimmy Nolen provided percussive, deceptively simple riffs for each song, and Maceo Parker’s prominent saxophone solos provided a focal point for many performances. Other members of Brown’s band included stalwart Famous Flames singer and sideman Bobby Byrd, drummers John “Jabo” Starks, Clyde Stubblefield and Melvin Parker, saxophonist St. Clair Pinckney, trombonist Fred Wesley, guitarist Alphonso “Country” Kellum and bassist Bernard Odum.
During this period, Brown’s music empire also expanded along with his influence on the music scene. As Brown’s music empire grew, his desire for financial and artistic independence grew as well. Brown bought radio stations during the late 1960s, including WRDW in his native Augusta, where he shined shoes as a boy.[35] In November 1967, James Brown purchased radio station WGYW in Knoxville, Tennessee for a reported $75,000, according to the January 20, 1968 Record World magazine. The call letters were changed to WJBE reflecting his initials. WJBE began on January 15, 1968 and broadcast a Rhythm & Blues format. The station slogan was “WJBE 1430 Raw Soul”. Brown also bought WEBB in Baltimore in 1970. At the time it was mentioned “Brown has also branched out into real estate and music publishing in recent months”. Brown also branched out to make several recordings with musicians outside his own band. In an attempt to appeal to the older, more affluent, and predominantly white adult contemporary audience, Brown recorded Gettin’ Down To It (1969) and Soul on Top (1970)–two albums consisting mostly of romantic ballads, jazz standards, and homologous reinterpretations of his earlier hits—with the Dee Felice Trio and the Louie Bellson Orchestra. In 1968, he recorded a number of funk-oriented tracks with The Dapps, a white Cincinnati bar band, including the hit “I Can’t Stand Myself (When You Touch Me)”. He also released three albums of Christmas music with his own band.
[edit]1970–1976: Godfather of Soul
In March 1970, most of the members of Brown’s mid-to-late 1960s road band walked out on him due to money disputes. Additionally, The Famous Flames singing group disbanded for the same reason, with only original and founding member Bobby Byrd electing to remain with Brown. Brown and Byrd subsequently recruited several members of the Cincinnati-based The Pacemakers, which included Bootsy Collins and his brother Phelps “Catfish” Collins; augmented by the remaining members of the 1960s road band (including Fred Wesley, who rejoined Brown’s outfit in December 1970) and other newer musicians, they would form the nucleus of The J.B.’s, Brown’s new backing ensemble. Shortly following their first performance together, the band entered the studio to record the Brown-Byrd composition, “Get Up (I Feel Like Being a) Sex Machine”; the song and other contemporaneous singles would further concretize Brown’s influence in the nascent genre of funk music. This iteration of The J.B.’s dissolved after a March 1971 European tour (documented on the 1991 archival release Love Power Peace) due to additional money disputes and Bootsy Collins’ use of LSD; the Collins brothers would soon become integral members of Parliament-Funkadelic, while a new lineup of The J.B.’s coalesced around Wesley, St. Clair Pinckney, and drummer John Starks.
In 1971, Brown began recording for Polydor Records which also took over distribution of Brown’s King Records catalog. Many of his sidemen and supporting players, including Fred Wesley & The J.B.’s, Bobby Byrd, Lyn Collins, Vicki Anderson and former rival Hank Ballard, released records on the People label, an imprint founded by Brown that was purchased by Polydor as part of Brown’s new contract. The recordings on the People label, almost all of which were produced by Brown himself, exemplified his “house style”. Songs such as “I Know You Got Soul” by Bobby Byrd, “Think (About It)” by Lyn Collins and “Doing It to Death” by Fred Wesley & The J.B.’s are considered as much a part of Brown’s recorded legacy as the recordings released under his own name. That year, he also began touring African countries and was received well by audiences there. During the 1972 presidential election, James Brown openly proclaimed his support of Richard Nixon for reelection of the presidency over Democrat candidate George McGovern.[45] The decision led to a boycott of his records being played on radio and concert ticket drops. As a result Brown’s record sales and concerts in the United States reached a lull in 1973 as he failed to land a number-one R&B single that year. Brown relied more on touring outside the United States where he continued to perform for sold-out crowds in cities such as London, Paris and Lausanne. That year, Brown also faced problems with the IRS for failure to pay back taxes, charging he hadn’t paid upwards of $4.5 million, five years earlier, the IRS claimed he owed nearly $2 million.[46]
In 1973, Brown provided the score for the blaxploitation film Black Caesar. He also recorded another soundtrack for the film, Slaughter’s Big Rip-Off. Following the release of these soundtracks, Brown acquired a self-styled nickname, “The Godfather of Soul”, which remains his most popular nickname. In 1974, he returned to the No. 1 spot on the R&B charts with “The Payback”, with the parent album reaching the same spot on the album charts; he would reach No. 1 two more times in 1974 including “My Thang” and “Papa Don’t Take No Mess”. Later that year, he returned to Africa and performed in Kinshasa as part of the buildup to The Rumble in the Jungle fight between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman. Admirers of Brown’s music, including Miles Davis and other jazz musicians, began to cite Brown as a major influence on their own styles. However, Brown, like others who were influenced by his music, also “borrowed” from other musicians. His 1976 single “Hot (I Need To Be Loved, Loved, Loved, Loved)” (R&B #31) used the main riff from “Fame” by David Bowie, not the other way around as was often believed. The riff was provided to “Fame” co-writers John Lennon and Bowie by guitarist Carlos Alomar, who had briefly been a member of Brown’s band in the late 1960s.[47]
Brown’s “Papa Don’t Take No Mess” would be his final single to reach the No. 1 spot on the R&B charts and his final Top 40 pop single of the 1970s, though Brown continued to occasionally have Top 10 R&B recordings. Among his top ten R&B hits during this latter period included “Funky President (People It’s Bad)” and “Get Up Offa That Thing”, the latter song released in 1976 and aimed at musical rivals such as Barry White, The Ohio Players and K.C. and the Sunshine Band. Brown credited his then-second wife and two of their children as writers of the song to avoid concurrent tax problems with the IRS.
[edit]1977–1988: Decline and resurgence

By 1977, Brown was no longer a dominant force in R&B. After “Get Up Offa That Thing”, thirteen of Brown’s late 1970s recordings for Polydor, failed to reach the Top 10 of the R&B chart, with only “Body Heat” in 1976 and the disco-oriented “It’s Too Funky in Here” in 1979 reaching the R&B Top 15 and the ballad “Kiss in ’77” reaching the Top 20. After 1976’s “Bodyheat”, he also failed to appear on the Billboard Hot 100. As a result, Brown’s concert attendance began dropping and reported disputes with the IRS caused Brown’s empire to collapse. In addition, Brown’s former band mates, including Fred Wesley, Maceo Parker and the Collins brothers, had found bigger success as members of George Clinton’s Parliament-Funkadelic collective. The emergence of disco also stopped Brown’s success on the R&B charts as its slicker commercial style had superseded his rawer funk productions. Brown recorded disco material on his albums starting with 1975’s Sex Machine Today, producing less than favorable results.
By the release of 1979’s The Original Disco Man, Brown wasn’t providing much production or writing, leading most of it to producer Brad Shapiro, resulting in the song “It’s Too Funky in Here” becoming Brown’s most successful single in this period. After two more albums failed to chart, Brown left Polydor in 1981. It was right along this time that Brown changed the name of his band from The J.B.’s to the Soul Generals (or Soul G’s). This band’s name remained that way until his death. Despite a fallout from record sales, Brown enjoyed something of a resurgence in this period starting with cameo roles in the feature films The Blues Brothers, Doctor Detroit and Rocky IV, as well as guest starring in the Miami Vice episode “Missing Hours” (1988). In 1984, Brown teamed with rap musician Afrika Bambaattaa on the song, “Unity”. A year later he signed with Scotti Brothers Records and issued the moderately successful album, Gravity, in 1986, which included Brown’s final Top 10 pop hit, “Living in America”, marking his first Top 40 entry since 1974 and his first Top 10 pop entry since 1968. Produced and written by Dan Hartman, it was also featured prominently on the Rocky IV film and soundtrack. Brown performed the song in the film at Apollo Creed’s final fight, shot in the Ziegfeld Room at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and was credited in the film as “The Godfather of Soul.” In 1987, Brown won the Grammy for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for “Living in America.”
In 1988, Brown worked with the production team Full Force on the new jack swing-influenced album I’m Real, which spawned his final two Top 10 R&B hits, “I’m Real” and “Static”, which peaked at No. 2 and No. 5, respectively, on the R&B charts. Meanwhile, the drum break from the second version of the original 1969 hit “Give It Up Or Turnit A Loose” (the recording included on the compilation album In the Jungle Groove) became so popular at hip hop dance parties (especially for breakdance) during the late 1970s and early 1980s that hip hop founding father Kurtis Blow called the song “the national anthem of hip hop”.
1991–2006: Final years

James Brown in Belgrade in 1993
After his stint in prison during the late 1980s, Brown returned with the album, Love Overdue, in 1991, which included the single, “(So Tired Of Standing Still We Got To) Move On”, which peaked at No. 48 on the R&B chart. His former record label Polydor also released the four-CD box set, Star Time, featuring nearly all of Brown’s hit recordings. Brown’s release from prison also sparked Brown’s former record labels to reissue the musician’s albums on CD, featuring additional singles and commentary by experts on Brown’s music. That same year, Brown guest appeared on rapper MC Hammer’s video for “Too Legit to Quit”. Hammer had been noted, alongside Big Daddy Kane, for bringing Brown’s unique stage shows and their own energetic dance moves to the hip-hop generation, with both Hammer and Kane listing Brown as their idol. Both musicians also sampled Brown’s work, with Hammer having sampled the rhythms from “Super Bad” for his song, “Here Comes the Hammer”, from his best-selling work, Please Hammer, Don’t Hurt ‘Em. Before the year was over, Brown, who had immediately returned to work with his band following his release, organized a pay-per-view concert following a show at Los Angeles’ Wiltern Theatre, that was well received.
Brown continued releasing recordings: in 1993, he issued the album, Universal James, which included Brown’s final Billboard charted single, “Can’t Get Any Harder”, which peaked at No. 76 on the US R&B chart and No. 59 on the UK chart. Its brief charting in the UK was probably due to the success of a remixed version of “I Feel Good” featuring Dakeyne. Brown also released the singles, “How Long” and “Georgia-Lina”, these songs failed to chart. In 1995, Brown returned to the Apollo, and released the live album, Live at the Apollo 1995, which included a studio track titled “Respect Me”, which was released as a single; again it failed to chart. He followed that song by releasing the megamix, “Hooked on Brown”, in 1996. Brown’s final studio albums, I’m Back and The Next Step, were released in 1998 and 2002 respectively. I’m Back featured Brown’s final charted single to date, “Funk On Ah Roll”, which peaked at No. 40 in the UK but didn’t chart in his native America. The Next Step issued Brown’s final single, “Killing is Out, School is In”. Both albums were produced by Derrick Monk. Brown’s concert success, however, remained unabated and Brown kept up with a grueling schedule throughout the remainder of his life, living up to his previous nickname, “The Hardest Working Man in Show Business”, in spite of his advanced age. In 2003, Brown participated in the PBS American Masters television documentary James Brown: Soul Survivor, which was directed by Jeremy Marre.
Brown celebrated his status as an icon by appearing in a variety of entertainment and sports events, including an appearance on the WCW pay-per-view event, SuperBrawl X, where he danced alongside wrestler Ernest “The Cat” Miller, who based his character on Brown, during his in-ring skit with The Maestro. Brown was then featured in Tony Scott’s short film, Beat the Devil, in 2001. Brown was featured alongside Clive Owen, Gary Oldman, Danny Trejo and Marilyn Manson.[49] Brown also made a cameo appearance in the 2002 Jackie Chan film The Tuxedo, in which Chan was required to finish Brown’s act after Brown was accidentally knocked out by Chan.[50] In 2002, Brown appeared in Undercover Brother, playing himself.

James Brown performing on October 22, 2003
Brown appeared at Edinburgh 50,000 – The Final Push, the final Live 8 concert on July 6, 2005, where he performed a duet with British pop star Will Young on “Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag”. He also performed a duet with another British pop star, Joss Stone, a week earlier on the United Kingdom chat show Friday Night with Jonathan Ross. Before his death, Brown was scheduled to perform a duet with singer Annie Lennox on the song “Vengeance” for her new album Venus, which was released in 2007. In 2006, Brown continued his “Seven Decades Of Funk World Tour”, his last concert tour where he performed all over the world. His final U.S. performance was in San Francisco on August 20, 2006, as headliner at the Festival of the Golden Gate (Foggfest) on the Great Meadow at Fort Mason. His last shows were greeted with positive reviews, and one of his final concert appearances at the Irish Oxegen festival in Punchestown in 2006 was performed for a record crowd of 80,000 people. Brown’s last televised appearance was at his induction into the UK Music Hall of Fame in November 2006, before his death the following month.
[edit]James Brown Revue

[edit]Concert introduction
Before James Brown appeared on stage, his personal MC gave him an elaborate introduction accompanied by drumrolls, as the MC worked in Brown’s various sobriquets along with the names of many of his hit songs. The introduction by Fats Gonder, captured on Brown’s 1962 album Live at the Apollo album, is a representative example:
So now ladies and gentlemen it is star time, are you ready for star time? Thank you and thank you very kindly. It is indeed a great pleasure to present to you at this particular time, national and international[ly] known as the hardest working man in show business, the man that sings “I’ll Go Crazy” … “Try Me” … “You’ve Got the Power” … “Think” … “If You Want Me” … “I Don’t Mind” … “Bewildered” …the million dollar seller, “Lost Someone” … the very latest release, “Night Train” … let’s everybody “Shout and Shimmy” … Mr. Dynamite, the amazing Mr. Please Please himself, the star of the show, James Brown and The Famous Flames!![51]
Among the MCs who worked with Brown and his revue through the years, Brown’s most famous MC was Danny Ray, who appeared on stage with him for over 30 years.
Concert repertoire and format

Brown and MC Danny Ray during cape routine, BBC Electric Proms ’06 concert
James Brown’s performances were famous for their intensity and length. His own stated goal was to “give people more than what they came for — make them tired, ’cause that’s what they came for.'”[52] Brown’s concert repertoire consisted mostly of his own hits and recent songs, with a few R&B covers mixed in. Brown danced vigorously as he sang, working popular dance steps such as the Mashed Potato into his routine along with dramatic leaps, splits and slides. In addition, his horn players and backup singers (The Famous Flames) typically performed choreographed dance routines, and later incarnations of the Revue included backup dancers. Male performers in the Revue were required to wear tuxedoes and cummerbunds long after more casual concert wear became the norm among the younger musical acts. Brown’s own extravagant outfits and his elaborate processed hairdo completed the visual impression.
A James Brown concert typically included a performance by a featured vocalist, such as Vicki Anderson or Marva Whitney, and an instrumental feature for the band, which sometimes served as the opening act for the show. Although Brown released many live albums, Say It Live & Loud: Live in Dallas August 26, 1968, released by Polydor in 1998, was one of only a few audio recordings that captured a performance of the James Brown Revue from beginning to end.
[edit]Cape routine
A trademark feature of Brown’s stage shows, usually during the song “Please, Please, Please”, involved Brown dropping to his knees while clutching the microphone stand in his hands, prompting the show’s longtime MC, Danny Ray, to come out, drape a cape over Brown’s shoulders and escort him off the stage after he had worked himself to exhaustion during his performance. As Brown was escorted off the stage by the MC, Brown’s vocal group, The Famous Flames, continued singing the background vocals “Please, please don’t go-oh-oh”.[53] Brown would then shake off the cape and stagger back to the microphone to perform an encore. Brown’s routine was inspired by a similar one used by the professional wrestler Gorgeous George.[51][54]
Brown performs a version of the cape routine over the closing credits of the film Blues Brothers 2000.
The best place to view the “cape routine” is in Brown’s performance during the “T.A.M.I. Show” available on DVD.
[edit]As band leader
Brown demanded extreme discipline, perfection and precision from his musicians and dancers — right down to when performers in his Revue showed up for rehearsals all the way to whether members wore the right “uniform” or “costume” for concert performances.[55] During an interview conducted by Terri Gross during the NPR segment “Fresh Air” with Maceo Parker, a former saxophonist in Brown’s band for most of the 1960s and part of the 1970s and 1980s, Parker offered his experience with the discipline that Brown demanded of the band:
You gotta be on time. You gotta have your uniform. Your stuff’s got to be intact. You gotta have the bow tie. You got to have it. You can’t come up without the bow tie. You cannot come up without a cummerbund … [The] patent leather shoes we were wearing at the time gotta be greased. You just gotta have this stuff. This is what [Brown expected] … [Brown] bought the costumes. He bought the shoes. And if for some reason [the band member decided] to leave the group, [Brown told the person to] please leave my uniforms ….
—Maceo Parker[56]
Brown also had a practice of directing, correcting and assessing fines on members of his band who broke his rules, such as wearing unshined shoes, dancing out of sync or showing up late on stage.[26] During some of his concert performances, Brown danced in front of his band with his back to the audience as he slid across the floor, flashing hand signals and splaying his pulsating fingers to the beat of the music. Although audiences thought Brown’s dance routine was part of his act, this practice was actually his way of pointing to the offending member of his troupe who played or sang the wrong note or committed some other infraction. Brown used his splayed fingers and hand signals to alert the offending person of the fine that person must pay to him for breaking his rules.[57]
Brown’s demands of his support acts were, however, quite the reverse. As Fred Wesley recalled of his time as MD of the JBs, if Brown felt intimidated by a support act he would try “To undermine their performances by shortening their sets without notice, demanding that they not do certain showstopping songs, and even insisting on doing the unthinkable, playing drums on some of their songs. A sure set killer.”
Social activism

Brown shakes the hand of the painter Groover, who gave him a picture during his tour in Guadeloupe in the 1980s
[edit]Education advocacy and humanitarianism
Influenced by his own troubled childhood, which included having to be forced out of seventh grade for wearing “insufficient clothes”, Brown’s main non-musical activism was in preserving the need for education among youths, particularly black youths, who consisted of large school dropout rates in the mid-1960s. As a result of this, Brown was motivated to write the song, “Don’t Be a Drop-Out”, which was released in 1966 under the “James Brown and The Famous Flames” billing though the actual recording featured none of its members with the exception of Brown.
The song’s royalties were later donated to charity used for drop-out prevention programs, which later resulted in Brown meeting up with President Lyndon B. Johnson, who gave him a citation for being a positive role model to the youth. Throughout the remainder of his life, Brown made public speeches in front of dozens of children and continued to advocate the importance of education in school. Upon filing his will in 2002, Brown advised that most of the money in his estate go into creating the I Feel Good, Inc. Trust to benefit disadvantaged children and provide scholarships for his grandchildren. His final single, “Killing Is Out, School Is In”, advocated against murders of young children in the streets.
Brown often went on trips to his childhood neighborhood in Augusta and gave out money and other items to those he felt were in need. A week before his death in December 2006, a gravely ill-looking Brown took time to give out Christmas toys and turkeys to an Atlanta orphanage. Brown had done this several times over the years.
[edit]Civil rights and self-reliance
Brown and his band first participated in benefit concerts for civil rights groups starting in 1965, performing for organizations such as the SCLC. In 1968, Brown recorded two socially conscious songs, “America Is My Home” and “Say It Loud – I’m Black and I’m Proud”.[35] The former song, in which Brown performed a rap, advocated patriotism and went against the majority of some anti-patriotic views of the country, particularly pointing out that America was one of the few countries where “you can start as a shoeshine boy and shake hands with the President” and to “stop pitying yoursel[ves] and get up and fight.” This coincided with Brown’s participation in performing in front of troops during the Vietnam War.
“Say It Loud” was written in response from some black civil rights organizations to take a bigger stance in their movements, an issue that Brown wasn’t much involved in at the time. The song was inspired by television coverage of black on black crime as well as concurrent issues concerning the race riots that occurred following Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s death while Brown was in Los Angeles. Brown wrote the words and asked his bandleader at the time, Alfred “Pee Wee” Ellis, to compose the music. The song’s lyrics helped to make it an anthem to the civil rights movement. Some critics later stated that the song had gotten through to black youths better than some civil rights leaders’ speeches. Throughout the remainder of his career and after his death, Brown was credited by some of his admirers for “destroying the word Negro from the vocabulary and making it cool to call yourself ‘Black’.” Brown was more or so indifferent to the response of the song only performing it sporadically after 1969, later stating in his 1986 autobiography:
The song is obsolete now… But it was necessary to teach pride then, and I think the song did a lot of good for a lot of people… People called “Black and Proud” militant and angry – maybe because of the line about dying on your feet instead of living on your knees. But really, if you listen to it, it sounds like a children’s song. That’s why I had children in it, so children who heard it could grow up feeling pride… The song cost me a lot of my crossover audience. The racial makeup at my concerts was mostly black after that. I don’t regret it, though, even if it was misunderstood.”[59]
He performed in front of a televised audience in Boston the day after Dr. King’s death.[35] Brown has been often given credit for preventing rioting with the performance though that was disputed due to the airing of the PBS/VH-1 special, The Night James Brown Saved Boston.[60] Mayor Kevin White strongly restrained the Boston Police from cracking down on minor violence and protests after the assassination,[60] and Boston religious and community leaders worked to keep tempers from flaring.[60] Also, White arranged to have the Brown performance broadcast multiple times on Boston’s public television station, WGBH, thus keeping many potential rioters off the streets, watching the concert for free. Brown demanded $60,000 for “gate” fees (money he thought would be lost from ticket sales on account of the concert being broadcast for free), and then threatened to go public about the secret arrangement when the city balked at paying up after the concert, news of which would have been a political death-blow to White, and possibly sparked riots on its own.[60] White successfully lobbied the behind-the-scenes power-brokering group known as “The Vault” to come up with money for Brown’s gate fee and other social programs; The Vault contributed $100,000 to such programs, and Brown received $15,000 from them via the city. White persuaded management at the Boston Garden to give up their share of receipts to make up the difference.[60]
Brown was then advised by the then current administration of President Johnson to travel to riot-torn black communities and advise the youth to “cool it, there is another way” of addressing racism and other issues.[61] In 1971, he was made “freeman of the city” in Lagos, Nigeria after performing there by Oba Adeyinka Oyekan, for his “influence on Black people all over the world.”[62] With his company, James Brown Enterprises, Brown helped to provide jobs for blacks in businesses in the communities.[63] Though Brown seemed to show support toward causes to improve the conditions of youths, he was against anything that he felt went against his beliefs, often criticizing militant black leaders in songs such as “Get Up, Get Into It, Get Involved” and “Talkin’ Loud and Sayin’ Nothing”, the latter song in which he was often accused of not doing more for blacks. Brown also recorded songs aiming towards self-reliance including “I Don’t Want Nobody to Give Me Nothing (Open Up the Door, I’ll Get It Myself)”. As the early 1970s continued, he performed songs of other social matters that were troubling the black community including drug abuse in the song, “King Heroin”, in 1972.
[edit]Political views
Though Democrat Lyndon B. Johnson was the one who convinced Brown to go to riot-torn inner cities in the wake of the King assassination, Brown was a staunch Republican.[64] Although he initially spoke at political rallies with Hubert Humphrey, following the riots that engaged during the 1968 Democratic National Convention, Brown switched his endorsement to Richard Nixon and was one of the few Black celebrities who openly admitted it. During the 1972 presidential election, Brown again endorsed Nixon for his second term. Because of a perceived heavily negative view of Nixon by blacks, Brown’s records faced boycott in several radio stations across the country as a result of angry black leaders’ disgust at Brown’s stance. Some of the singer’s concerts during this time were protested. Brown also upset black liberals by agreeing to perform for troops during the Vietnam War despite the public’s growing opposition against the war at the time.
In 1999, when being interviewed by Rolling Stone, the magazine asked him to name a hero in the 20th century, Brown mentioned Republican Senator Strom Thurmond, stating “when the young whippersnappers get out of line, whether Democrat or Republican, an old man can walk up and say ‘Wait a minute, son, it goes this way.’ And that’s great for our country. He’s like a grandfather to me.”[64] Thurmond and his son eventually helped to get Brown be released on parole from his six-year prison sentence in 1991. In 2003, Brown was the featured attraction of a D.C. fundraiser for the National Republican Senatorial Committee.[64] Following the deaths of Ronald Reagan and his friend and fellow Republican Ray Charles, Brown said to CNN, “I’m kind of in an uproar. I love the country and I got – you know I’ve been around a long time, through many presidents and everything. So after losing Mr. Reagan, who I knew very well, then Mr. Ray Charles, who I worked with and lived with like, all our life, we had a show together in Oakland many, many years ago and it’s like you found the placard.”[64]
[edit]Personal life

At the end of his life, James Brown lived in a riverfront home in Beech Island, South Carolina, directly across the Savannah River from Augusta, Georgia. James Brown was diagnosed with diabetes at a very early stage of his life.[citation needed] In 2004 Brown was successfully treated for prostate cancer.[65] Regardless of his health, Brown maintained his reputation as the “hardest working man in show business” by keeping up with his grueling performance schedule.
[edit]Marriages and children
Brown was married three times — Velma Warren (1953–1969, divorced), Deidre “Deedee” Jenkins (October 22, 1970 – January 10, 1981, divorced) and Adrienne Lois Rodriguez (March 9, 1950 – January 6, 1996) (1984–1996, wife’s death). He also had a relationship with Tomi Rae Hynie (2001–2004). From these and other relationships, James Brown had five sons — Teddy Brown (1954–1973), Terry Brown, Larry Brown, Daryl Brown (a member of Brown’s backing band) and James Joseph Brown II, in addition to four daughters — Lisa Brown, Dr. Yamma Noyola Brown Lumar, Deanna Brown Thomas and Venisha Brown.[5][66][67] Brown also had eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.[5][66] Brown’s eldest son, Teddy, died in a car crash on June 14, 1973.[68] According to an August 22, 2007 article published in the British newspaper The Daily Telegraph, DNA tests indicate that Brown also fathered at least three extramarital children. The only one of them who has been identified is LaRhonda Pettit (born 1962), a retired air stewardess and teacher who lives in Houston.[69]
[edit]Brown-Hynie marriage controversy
Much controversy surrounds Tomi Rae Hynie’s marriage to James Brown on December 23, 2002, officiated by Rev. Larry Fryer.[70] Brown’s longtime attorney, Albert “Buddy” Dallas, reported that the marriage between Brown and Hynie was not valid because Hynie was married at that time to Javed Ahmed, a Bangladeshi whom Hynie claimed married her for a Green Card in an immigration fraud. Although Hynie stated that her marriage to Javed Ahmed was later annulled, this annulment did not occur until April 2004.[70][71] In an interview on CNN with Larry King, Hynie produced a 2001 marriage certificate as proof of her marriage to James Brown, but she did not provide King with court records pointing to an annulment of her marriage to him or to Ahmed.[72]
According to Dallas, Brown was angry and hurt that Hynie concealed her prior marriage from him, and that Brown moved to file for annulment from Hynie.[73] Dallas added that, although Hynie’s marriage to Javed Ahmed was annulled after she married James Brown, the Brown-Hynie marriage was not valid under South Carolina law because Brown and Hynie did not remarry after the annulment.[72][74] In August 2003, Brown took out a full-page public notice in Variety Magazine featuring Hynie, James II and himself on vacation at Disney World to announce that he and Hynie were going their separate ways.[75][76]
[edit]Paternity of James Brown II
In a separate CNN interview, Debra Opri, another Brown family attorney, revealed to Larry King that Brown wanted a DNA test performed after his death to confirm the paternity of James Brown II — not for Brown’s sake, but for the sake of the other family members.[77] In April 2007, Hynie selected a guardian ad litem whom she wants appointed by the court to represent her son, James Brown II, in the paternity proceedings.[78]
[edit]Drug addiction
Throughout the first 20 years of Brown’s career, Brown was known to carry around a drug-free policy with any member of his entourage, including his band, firing people for disobeying orders, especially those who would use or abuse drugs. Brown’s policy caused some of the “interim members” of Brown’s vocal group The Famous Flames being fired for their usage of drugs and alcohol. Noting of this policy, some of the original members of Brown’s 1970s band, The J.B.’s including the Collins brothers, Catfish and Bootsy, intentionally got high on acid during a 1971 concert gig, causing Brown to fire them after the show because he had expected them to be on drugs all along, according to Bootsy Collins.
Though this policy maintained through the mid-1970s, by the late-1970s, it was alleged that Brown himself had started to use drugs. By the mid-1980s, after meeting and marrying Adrienne Rodriguez, she and Brown began using PCP, or “angel dust”. A PCP-triggered Brown would be later arrested several times in the mid-1980s and early-1990s for domestic violence against Rodriguez. After being arrested in May 1988 for allegedly hitting Rodriguez with a lead pipe and shooting at her in their car during an argument, Brown went on TV with a local Los Angeles reporter via satellite from Atlanta and appeared to be behaving erratically in response to some of the interviewer’s questions, refusing to talk about the domestic issue with Rodriguez but instead wanted to bring more focus on his professional work including an upcoming tour of Brazil; at one point Brown began shouting out his song titles to one of the reporter’s questions. This interview was later satirized by comedian Cedric the Entertainer during an appearance on Comic View. The interview later went viral in the early years of the new millennium and led some assuming that Brown was either drunk or doped up.
One of Brown’s former mistresses recalled in an GQ magazine article on Brown some years after his death that Brown would smoke PCP “until that got hard to find”, and cocaine, mixed with tobacco in Kools cigarettes.[79] In January 1998, he spent a week in rehab to deal with an addiction to prescription painkillers; a week following his release, he was arrested for an unlawful use of a handgun and possession of marijuana.[80]
[edit]Legal issues
Brown’s personal life was marred by several brushes with the law. At the age of 16, he was arrested for theft and served 3 years in prison. In 1978, while in concert at the Apollo, Brown was arrested onstage for failing to comply with a government order not to leave the country during an investigation of his radio stations.[46] In 1988, Brown was arrested twice, first for drugs and weapons charges in May, and later in September of that year following an alleged high-speed car chase on Interstate 20 near the Georgia-South Carolina state border. He was convicted of carrying an unlicensed pistol and assaulting a police officer, along with various drug-related and driving offenses. Although he was sentenced to six years in prison, he was eventually released in 1991 after serving only three years of his sentence. Brown’s FBI file, released to The Washington Post in 2007 under the Freedom of Information Act,[81] related Brown’s claim that the high-speed chase did not occur as claimed by the police, and that local police shot at his car several times during an incident of police harassment and assaulted him after his arrest.[82] Local authorities found no merit to Brown’s accusations.
In another incident, the police were summoned to Brown’s residence on July 3, 2000 after he was accused of charging at an electric company repairman with a steak knife when the repairman visited Brown’s house to investigate a complaint about having no lights at the residence.[83] In 2003, Brown was pardoned by the South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole, and Pardon Services for past crimes that he was convicted of committing in South Carolina.[84]
For the remainder of his life, Brown was repeatedly arrested for domestic violence. Adrienne Rodriguez, his third wife, had him arrested four times between 1987 and 1995 on charges of assault. In January 2004, Brown was arrested in South Carolina on a domestic violence charge after Tomi Rae Hynie accused him of pushing her to the floor during an argument at their home, where she suffered scratches and bruises to her right arm and hip. Later that year in June 2004, Brown pleaded no contest to the domestic violence incident, but served no jail time. Instead, Brown was required to forfeit a US$1,087 bond as punishment.[85]
In January 2005, a woman named Jacque Hollander filed a lawsuit against James Brown, which stemmed from an alleged 1988 forcible rape. When the case was initially heard before a judge in 2002, Hollander’s claims against Brown were dismissed by the court as the limitations period for filing the suit had expired. Hollander claimed that stress from the alleged assault later caused her to contract Graves’ Disease, a thyroid condition. Hollander claimed that the incident took place in South Carolina while she was employed by Brown as a publicist. Hollander alleged that, during her ride in a van with Brown, Brown pulled over to the side of the road and sexually assaulted her while he threatened her with a shotgun. In her case against Brown, Hollander entered as evidence a DNA sample and a polygraph result, but the evidence was not considered due to the limitations defense. Hollander later attempted to bring her case before the Supreme Court but nothing became of her complaint.[86]
[edit]Death and aftermath
On December 23, 2006, James Brown became ill and showed up at his dentist’s office in Atlanta, Georgia several hours later than his appointment for dental implant work. During that visit, Brown’s dentist observed that Brown looked “very bad … weak and dazed.” Instead of performing the dental work, the dentist advised Brown to see a doctor right away about his medical condition.[22]
Brown checked in at the Emory Crawford Long Memorial Hospital the next day for a medical evaluation of his condition, and he was admitted to the hospital for observation and treatment.[87] According to Charles Bobbit, Brown’s longtime personal manager and friend, Brown had been sick and suffering with a noisy cough since he returned from a November trip to Europe.[22] Bobbit also added that it was characteristic of Brown to never complain about being sick, and that he frequently performed during illness.[22] Although Brown had to cancel upcoming shows in Waterbury, Connecticut and Englewood, New Jersey, Brown was confident that the doctor would discharge him from the hospital in time to perform the New Year’s Eve shows. For the New Year’s celebrations, Brown was scheduled to perform at the Count Basie Theatre in New Jersey and at the B. B. King Blues Club in New York, in addition to performing a song live on CNN for the Anderson Cooper New Year’s Eve special.[87] However, Brown remained hospitalized, and his medical condition worsened throughout that day.
On Christmas Day, Brown died at approximately 1:45 am EST (06:45 UTC) from congestive heart failure resulting from complications of pneumonia, with his personal manager and longtime friend Charles Bobbit at his bedside.[88] According to Mr. Bobbit, Brown stuttered “I’m going away tonight”, and then Brown took three long, quiet breaths and fell asleep before dying.[89]
[edit]Memorial services

Public memorial at the Apollo Theater in Harlem

Private funeral in Augusta, Georgia, with Michael Jackson attending
After Brown’s death on Christmas Day, Brown’s relatives and friends, a host of celebrities and thousands of fans attended public memorial services at the Apollo Theater in New York on December 28, 2006 and at the James Brown Arena on December 30, 2006 in Augusta, Georgia.[66] A separate, private memorial service was also held in North Augusta, South Carolina on December 29, 2006,[5] which was attended by Brown’s family and close friends. Celebrities who attended Brown’s public and/or private memorial services included Michael Jackson, Jimmy Cliff, Joe Frazier, Buddy Guy, Ice Cube, Ludacris, Dr. Dre, Little Richard, Dick Gregory, MC Hammer, Prince, Jesse Jackson, Ice-T, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bootsy Collins, LL Cool J, Li’l Wayne, Lenny Kravitz, 50 Cent, Stevie Wonder, and Don King, among others.[90][91][92][93] All of the public and private memorial services were officiated by Rev. Al Sharpton.[94][95]
Brown’s public and private memorial ceremonies were elaborate, complete with costume changes for Brown and videos featuring him in concert performances. Brown’s body, which was placed in a Promethean casket, which is bronze polished to a golden shine, was driven through the streets of New York to the Apollo Theater in a white, glass-encased horse-drawn carriage.[96][97] In Augusta, Georgia, the procession for Brown’s public memorial visited Brown’s statue as the procession made its way to the James Brown Arena. During the public memorial at the James Brown Arena, nachos and pretzels were served to mourners, as a video showed Brown’s last performance in Augusta, Georgia and the Ray Charles version of “Georgia on My Mind” played soulfully in the background.[98][99][100] Brown’s last backup band, The Soul Generals, also played the music of Brown’s hits during the memorial service at the James Brown Arena. The group was joined by Bootsy Collins on bass, with MC Hammer performing a dance in James Brown style.[101] Former Temptations lead singer Ali-Ollie Woodson performed “Walk Around Heaven All Day” at the memorial services.[102]
[edit]Last will and testament
James Brown signed his last will and testament on August 1, 2000, before Strom Thurmond, Jr., an attorney for Brown’s estate.[103] The irrevocable trust, separate and apart from Brown’s will, was created on Brown’s behalf in 2000 by his attorney, Albert “Buddy” Dallas, who was named as one of three personal representatives of Brown’s estate. Brown’s will covered the disposition of his personal assets, such as clothing, cars and jewelry, while Brown’s irrevocable trust covered the disposition of music rights, business assets of James Brown Enterprises and Brown’s Beech Island estate in South Carolina.[104]
During the reading of Brown’s will on January 11, 2007, Thurmond revealed that Brown’s six adult living children (Terry Brown, Larry Brown, Daryl Brown, Yamma Brown Lumar, Deanna Brown Thomas and Venisha Brown) were named in the will. Hynie and James II were not mentioned in the will as parties who could inherit Brown’s property.[103][105] Brown’s will was signed ten months before James II was born and more than a year before Brown’s marriage to Tomi Rae Hynie. Like Brown’s will, his irrevocable trust also did not mention Hynie and James II as recipients of Brown’s property. The irrevocable trust was established before, and had not been amended since, the birth of James II.[106]
On January 24, 2007, Brown’s children filed a lawsuit against the personal representatives of Brown’s estate. In their petition, Brown’s children asked the court to remove the personal representatives of Brown’s estate (including Brown’s attorney and estate’s trustee, Albert “Buddy” Dallas) and appoint a special administrator because of perceived impropriety and alleged mismanagement of Brown’s assets.[107][108] To challenge the validity of the will and irrevocable trust, Hynie also filed a lawsuit against Brown’s estate on January 31, 2007. In her lawsuit against Brown’s estate, Hynie asked the court to recognize her as Brown’s widow, and she also asked the court to appoint a special administrator for the estate.[109]
[edit]Burial at temporary site
After the public and private memorial services in late December 2006, James Brown’s body remained in his casket for a time in a temperature-controlled room at his estate. Brown’s casket was later moved to an undisclosed location, while his children and Tomi Rae Hynie became embroiled in disputes about Brown’s final resting place and matters related to probating his will.[110] More than ten weeks after Brown’s death and the public and private memorial services, Brown’s children and Hynie decided on a temporary burial site for James Brown. Brown was buried on March 10, 2007 in a crypt at the home of Deanna Brown Thomas, one of Brown’s daughters who also held a private ceremony for the temporary burial.[111]
— with Michael Falkenstein, Klaus Maier and James Brown

1966 November 17 — Taxpayers Against War
Meeting Glide Methodist Church Ellis and Taylor, S.F. 8PM

Published: July 7, 1984
CARMEL, Calif., July 6— Francis Heisler, a decorated veteran of World War I who became a lawyer and defended hundreds of conscientious objectors in three wars, died Thursday.

He was 88 years old.

Richard Criley, a longtime friend who is vice chairman of the Northern California chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, said Mr.. Heisler had defended more than 2,000 conscientious objectors in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.

Mr. Heisler was born in Hungary and served as a lieutenant in World War I, and was decorated for bravery under fire. He came to the United States after the war and became a lawyer. He is survived by his wife, Friedy, and two grandchildren.

Joan Baez
Joan Baez ( /ˈbaɪ.ɛz/) (born January 9, 1941 as Joan Chandos Báez) is an American folk singer, songwriter, musician, and a prominent activist in the fields of human rights, peace, and environmental justice.
Baez has a distinctive vocal style, with a strong vibrato.[1] Her recordings include many topical songs and material dealing with social issues.
Baez began her career performing in coffeehouses in Boston and Cambridge, and rose to fame as an unbilled performer at the 1959 Newport Folk Festival. She began her recording career in 1960, and achieved immediate success. Her first three albums, Joan Baez, Joan Baez, Vol. 2, and Joan Baez in Concert all achieved gold record status, and stayed on the charts of hit albums for two years.[2]
Baez has had a popular hit song with “Diamonds & Rust” and hit covers of Phil Ochs’s “There but for Fortune” and The Band’s “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down”. Other songs associated with Baez include “Farewell, Angelina”, “Love Is Just a Four-Letter Word”, “Joe Hill”, “Sweet Sir Galahad” and “We Shall Overcome”. She performed three of the songs at the 1969 Woodstock Festival, helped to bring the songs of Bob Dylan to national prominence, and has displayed a lifelong commitment to political and social activism in the fields of nonviolence, civil rights, human rights and the environment.[3]
Baez has performed publicly for over 53 years, releasing over 30 albums. Fluent in Spanish as well as in English, she has also recorded songs in at least six other languages. She is regarded as a folk singer, although her music has diversified since the 1960s, encompassing everything from folk rock and pop to country and gospel music. Although a songwriter herself, Baez is generally regarded as an interpreter of other people’s work, having recorded songs by The Allman Brothers Band, The Beatles, Jackson Browne, Bob Dylan, Violeta Parra, Woody Guthrie, The Rolling Stones, Pete Seeger, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Leonard Cohen, and many others. In recent years, she has found success interpreting songs of modern songwriters such as Ryan Adams, Josh Ritter, Steve Earle and Natalie Merchant.
Joan Baez ( /ˈbaɪ.ɛz/) (born January 9, 1941 as Joan Chandos Báez) is an American folk singer, songwriter, musician, and a prominent activist in the fields of human rights, peace, and environmental justice.
Baez has a distinctive vocal style, with a strong vibrato.[1] Her recordings include many topical songs and material dealing with social issues.
Baez began her career performing in coffeehouses in Boston and Cambridge, and rose to fame as an unbilled performer at the 1959 Newport Folk Festival. She began her recording career in 1960, and achieved immediate success. Her first three albums, Joan Baez, Joan Baez, Vol. 2, and Joan Baez in Concert all achieved gold record status, and stayed on the charts of hit albums for two years.[2]
Baez has had a popular hit song with “Diamonds & Rust” and hit covers of Phil Ochs’s “There but for Fortune” and The Band’s “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down”. Other songs associated with Baez include “Farewell, Angelina”, “Love Is Just a Four-Letter Word”, “Joe Hill”, “Sweet Sir Galahad” and “We Shall Overcome”. She performed three of the songs at the 1969 Woodstock Festival, helped to bring the songs of Bob Dylan to national prominence, and has displayed a lifelong commitment to political and social activism in the fields of nonviolence, civil rights, human rights and the environment.[3]
Baez has performed publicly for over 53 years, releasing over 30 albums. Fluent in Spanish as well as in English, she has also recorded songs in at least six other languages. She is regarded as a folk singer, although her music has diversified since the 1960s, encompassing everything from folk rock and pop to country and gospel music. Although a songwriter herself, Baez is generally regarded as an interpreter of other people’s work, having recorded songs by The Allman Brothers Band, The Beatles, Jackson Browne, Bob Dylan, Violeta Parra, Woody Guthrie, The Rolling Stones, Pete Seeger, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Leonard Cohen, and many others. In recent years, she has found success interpreting songs of modern songwriters such as Ryan Adams, Josh Ritter, Steve Earle and Natalie Merchant.
Early life

Baez was born on Staten Island, New York in 1941.[4] Her father, Albert Baez, was born in 1912 in Puebla, Puebla, Mexico, and died March 20, 2007.[5] His father, Joan’s grandfather, the Reverend Alberto Baez, left Catholicism to become a Methodist minister and moved to the U.S. when Albert was two years old. Albert grew up in Brooklyn, New York, where his father preached to—and advocated for—a Spanish-speaking congregation.[6] Albert first considered becoming a minister but instead he turned to the study of mathematics and physics, where he later became a co-inventor of the x-ray microscope[7][8][9] and author of one of the most widely used physics textbooks[10] in the U.S. The Baez family converted to Quakerism during Joan’s early childhood, and she has continued to identify with the tradition, particularly in her commitment to pacifism and social issues.[citation needed]
Her mother, Joan (Bridge) Baez, referred to as Joan Senior or “Big Joan”, was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, the second daughter of an English Anglican priest descended from the Dukes of Chandos.[11] Joan Senior and Albert met at a high-school dance in Madison, New Jersey, and quickly fell in love. After their marriage, the newlyweds moved to California.[citation needed]
Baez had two sisters — the elder, Pauline, and the younger, Mimi Fariña. Mimi, also a musician and activist, died of cancer in California in 2001.[12]
Because of her father’s work in health care and with UNESCO, the family moved many times, living in towns across the U.S, as well as in England, France, Switzerland, Spain, Canada, and the Middle East, including Iraq, where they were in 1951. Joan became involved with a variety of social causes early in her career, including civil rights and non-violence.[13] ‘Social justice, she stated in the PBS series American Masters, is the true core of [her] life, looming larger than music.'[14]
[edit]Music career

[edit]Early years
A friend of Joan’s father gave her a ukulele. She learned four chords, which enabled her to play rhythm and blues, the music she was listening to at the time. Her parents, however, were fearful that the music would lead her into a life of drug addiction.[15] When she was 8, at her aunt’s behest, Baez attended a concert by folk musician Pete Seeger, and found herself strongly moved by his music.[15] She soon began practicing the songs of his repertoire and performing them publicly. One of her very earliest public performances was at a retreat in Saratoga, California, for a youth group from Temple Beth Jacob, a Redwood City, California, congregation. In 1957, Baez bought her first Gibson acoustic guitar.
[edit]College music scene in Massachusetts
In 1958, her father accepted a faculty position at MIT, and moved his family to Massachusetts. At that time, it was within the center of the up-and-coming folk-music scene, and Baez began performing near home in Boston and nearby Cambridge. She also performed in clubs, and attended Boston University for about six weeks.[14] In 1958, at the Club 47 in Cambridge, she gave her first concert. When designing the poster for the performance, Baez considered changing her performing name to either Rachel Sandperl, the surname of her long-time mentor, Ira Sandperl or Maria from the song “They Call the Wind Maria”. She later opted against doing so, fearing that people would accuse her of changing her last name because it was Spanish. The audience consisted of her parents, her sister Mimi, her boyfriend, and a small group of friends, resulting in a total of eight patrons. She was paid ten dollars. Baez was later asked back and began performing twice a week for $25 per show.[16]
A few months later, Baez and two other folk enthusiasts made plans to record an album in the cellar of a friend’s house. The three sang solos and duets, a family friend designed the album cover, and it was released on Veritas Records that same year as Folksingers ‘Round Harvard Square. Baez later met Bob Gibson and Odetta, who were at the time two of the most prominent vocalists singing folk and gospel music. Baez cites Odetta as a primary influence along with Marian Anderson and Seeger.[17] Gibson invited Baez to perform with him at the 1959 Newport Folk Festival, where the two sang two duets, “Virgin Mary Had One Son” and “We Are Crossing Jordan River”. The performance generated substantial praise for the “barefoot Madonna” with the otherworldly voice, and it was this appearance that led to Baez signing with Vanguard Records the following year[18] although Columbia Records tried to sign her first.[19] Baez later claimed that she felt she would be given more artistic license at a more “low key” label.[20]
[edit]First albums and 1960s breakthrough

Baez playing at the March on Washington in August 1963.
Her true professional career began at that 1959 Newport Folk Festival; following that appearance, she recorded her first album for Vanguard, Joan Baez (1960), produced by Fred Hellerman of The Weavers, who produced many albums by folk artists. The collection of traditional folk ballads, blues and laments sung to her own guitar accompaniment sold moderately well. It featured many popular Child Ballads of the day, such as “Mary Hamilton” and was recorded in only four days in the ballroom of New York City’s Manhattan Towers Hotel. The album also included “El Preso Numero Nueve”, a song sung entirely in Spanish. (She would rerecord the later song in 1974 for inclusion on her Spanish-language album, Gracias a la Vida)
Her second release, Joan Baez, Vol. 2 (1961) went “gold”, as did Joan Baez in Concert, Part 1 (1962) and Joan Baez in Concert, Part 2 (1963). Like its immediate predecessor, Joan Baez, Vol. 2 contained strictly traditional material. Her two albums of live material, Joan Baez in Concert, Part 1 and its second counterpart, were unique in that, unlike most live albums, they contained only new songs, rather than established favorites. It was Joan Baez in Concert, Part 2 that featured Baez’s first-ever Dylan cover. From the early-to-mid-1960s, Baez emerged at the forefront of the American roots revival, where she introduced her audiences to the then-unknown Bob Dylan (the two became romantically involved in late 1962, remaining together through early 1965), and was emulated by artists such as Judy Collins, Emmylou Harris, Joni Mitchell and Bonnie Raitt.
Though primarily an albums artist, several of Baez’ singles have charted and the first being her 1965 cover of Phil Ochs’ “There but for Fortune”, which became a mid-level chart hit in the U.S. and a top-ten single in the United Kingdom. Baez added other instruments to her recordings on Farewell, Angelina (1965), which features several Dylan songs interspersed with more traditional fare. Deciding to experiment after having exhausted the folksinger-with-guitar format, Baez turned to Peter Schickele, a classical music composer, who provided classical orchestration for her next three albums: Noël (1966), Joan (1967) and Baptism: A Journey Through Our Time (1968). Noël was a Christmas album of traditional material, while Baptism was akin to a concept album, featuring Baez reading and singing poems written by celebrated poets such as James Joyce, Federico García Lorca and Walt Whitman.
In 1968, Baez traveled to Nashville, Tennessee, where a marathon recording session resulted in two albums. The first, Any Day Now (1968), consists exclusively of Dylan covers. The other, the country-music-infused David’s Album (1969) was recorded for husband David Harris, a prominent anti-Vietnam War protester eventually imprisoned for draft resistance. Harris, a country-music fan, turned Baez toward more complex country-rock influences beginning with David’s Album. Later in 1968, she published her first memoir, Daybreak (by Dial Press). In 1969, her appearance at Woodstock in upstate New York afforded her an international musical and political podium, particularly upon the successful release of the documentary film Woodstock (1970). Beginning in the late 1960s, Baez began writing many of her own songs, beginning with “Sweet Sir Galahad” and “A Song For David”, both songs appearing on her 1970 (I Live) One Day at a Time album; the former song was written about her sister Mimi’s second marriage, while the later was a tribute to Harris.
Baez’s distinctive vocal style and political activism had a significant impact on popular music. She was one of the first musicians to use her popularity as a vehicle for social protest, singing and marching for human rights and peace. Baez came to be considered the “most accomplished interpretive folksinger/songwriter of the 1960s.”[21] Her appeal extended far beyond the folk-music audience.[21] Of her fourteen Vanguard albums, thirteen made the top 100 of Billboard’s mainstream pop chart, eleven made the top forty, eight made the top twenty, and four made the top ten.[22]
[edit]1970s and the end of Vanguard years

Baez playing in a Hamburg TV studio, 1973
After eleven years with Vanguard, Baez decided in 1971 to cut ties with the label that had released her albums since 1960. She delivered them one last success with the gold-selling album Blessed Are… (1971) which spawned a top-ten hit in Robbie Robertson’s “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down”, her cover of The Band’s signature song. With Come from the Shadows (1972), Baez switched to A&M Records, where she remained for four years and six albums. Cont…

Radio France Inter Program from Jon Hammond Trio Concert


Paris France — “Lydia’s Tune” – Onstage camera of Jon Hammond captures this live radio concert in Maison de Radio France Studio Charles Trenet Jazz vivant producteur délégué : André Francis
circa 28th March 1996

Lydia’s Tune in Radio France Inter Concert Jon Hammond Trio from Jon Hammond on Vimeo.

This song was written by Jon Hammond in Hotel de Seine 1981 –
Jon Hammond orgue / Hammond organ

James Brown, Michael Falkenstein, Joan Baez, Andre Francis, Radio France Inter, Jon Hammond, Lydia’s Tune, Paris France, Jazz, Funky, Blues, Local 802 Musicians Union

Jon’s Journal November 4 2012 HammondCast Radio Show

November 4, 2012

*LISTEN TO AUDIO HERE: HammondCast Radio Show

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HammondCast 25 from organist/accordionist Jon Hammond, broadcasting from San Francisco with Clifford Brown Jr. & Chris Cortez talking about Jon’s music and fresh new tracks from Jon’s forthcoming record: “NDR SESSIONS Projekt” with saxophonist LUTZ BUCHNER, trombonist JOE GALLARDO, drummer HEINZ LICHIUS and JON HAMMOND on the new Hammond XK-3 organ/bass recorded in NDR Radio’s Studo 1 with NDR Engineer RUDY GROSSER at the controls. Selections include “Satin Doll”, Jon’s composition “Payphone Johnny”, “Polka Dots and Moonbeams”, “No X-Cess Baggage Blues” and news of JON HAMMOND Band’s upcoming tours to Germany and Russia to play at MUSICFEST in Moscow and concerts in St. Petersburg Russia with JOE BERGER and added Russian Musicians on the band. Visit Jon Hammond’s official website: *Member Local 802 & Local 6 Musicians Union/ASCAP Composer Publisher-JON HAMMOND International, Inc.

Break of Dawn – Jon Hammond
*Don’t forget to set your clocks and watches back tonight folks!…and your microwave ovens, VCR’s, etc. – JH

Late Rent – Jon Hammond Band theme song in Le Bar Bat New York City


ALEX FOSTER tenor sax of Saturday Night Live Band
CHUGGY CARTER percussion
JAMES PRESTON drums of Sons of Champlin

*as heard on The Jon Hammond Show TV Show and HammondCast Show KYOURADIO

Jon Hammond Band at JAZZKELLER Frankfurt
Annual Musikmesse Warm Up Party


featuring: TONY LAKATOS-tenor sax

NAMM 2012 Sunday Blues Session Hammond Suzuki Mercy Mercy Sk1
Best of Blip TV

First time to NAMM Show – Suzuki Harmonica artist KOEI TANAKA from Tokyo Japan with JOE BERGER aka The Berger-Meister on guitar through Leslie G37 guitar combo amp, SWISS CHRIS getting down with custom Vic Firth drum sticks only on practice pad for low volume trade show performance with JON HAMMOND at Sk1 Hammond combo organ and SCOTT MAY vocals resurrecting lyrics of Illinois band The Buckinghams (1967 release) for this classic bluesy funky tune having fun all together with Suzuki and Hammond first time combined stands full power! Special thanks to Suzuki Musical Instruments Team – Waichiro ‘Tachi’ Tachikawa, Mr. M. Terada, Shuji Suzuki, Shigeyuki Ohtaka, Yu Beniya, Hammond Suzuki USA Dennis Capiga, Scott May, Jay Valle, NAMM President Joe Lamond Jon’s flight case Gator GKPE-49-TSA HammondCast

N-Fusion looking good guys! NuMuBu Musicians Site Chief Clifford Schwartz (middle) back in town with Joe Berger and Jon Hammond — with Joe Berger and Clifford Schwartz

R.I.P. Eddie Sorenson – Levittown Long Island New York *in middle in this photo, L to R: Jon Hammond, Eddie Sorenson, Eddie Money. I was in a band with the 2 Eddie’s in 1970-’71, Eddie was an excellent guitarist and vocalist.

My deepest condolences go out to the Sorenson Family, Eddie Money and all Eddie’s friends. I have just been informed of this very sad news Eddie Sorenson has died.
Sincerely, Jon
*Photo at BB King’s NYC, either on Eddie’s bus or backstage – JH — with Eddie Money and Official Eddie Money at B.B. King Blues Club

Eddie Sorenson, Eddiemoney, Jon Hammond, Chris Cortez, KCSM, Clifford Brown Jr., 3,093, Jazz, Blues, NDR Radio, Hamburg, San Mateo, Local 802 Musicians Union

Mikell’s Head Phone Classic Jon Hammond Late Rent Sessions & Journal August 18, 2012

September 18, 2012

*WATCH THE VIDEO HERE: Mikell’s Head Phone Classic Jon Hammond Late Rent Sessions


“Head Phone” Jon Hammond Late Rent Sessions
August 28, 1989 Jon Hammond at the B3 organ with Alex Foster tenor sax, Bernard Purdie drums and Chuggy
Carter percussion, Barry Finnerty guitar
Mikell’s was a very popular night spot for studio musicians
and jazz hipsters, located at 760 Columbus Avenue New York City on the corner of 97th St.
Mikell’s location was at 97th Street and Columbus Avenue, New York.
David Letterman, called Mikell’s “soul heaven”.
Unfortunately Mikell’s closed in 1991- enjoy this archival film as seen on The Jon Hammond Show cable TV program – now Streaming hammondcast and iTunes

Mikell’s head phone late rent sessions b3 organ jon hammond bernard purdie drums alex foster saxophone studio musicians local 802

New York NY — Power Shot: 2 Great Ladies of Jazz:
Cobi Narita and Françoise Pujol – in Local 802 Musicians Union at Friday night Singers, Tap Dancers, Musicians workshop showcase hosted by Cobi Narita & Frank Owens *Francoise had just arrived from Paris France (pianist extraordinaire), merci beaucoup for photo from your Samsung mobile Francoise! – Jon Hammond — with Françoise Pujol at Associated Musicians of Greater New York, Local 802 AFM

New York NY — (from Samsung phone of Françoise Pujol, merci beaucoup Francoise) – special 9/11 performance “Tribute to 9/11 – Get Back In The Groove” on program presented by Cobi Narita at Saul’s ZEB’s on 28th Street on evening of 11th anniversary of the terrible 9/11 event – Joe Berger guitar with Jon Hammond at the organ with special guest from Paris – Alain GOUILLARD batterie (drums) at ZEB’s — with Joe Berger at ZEB’s

Osaka Japan — KIX Kansai Airport Express Osaka
Jon Hammond — at Kansai International Airport.

Bolinas California — Jon Hammond – Smiley’s Schooner Saloon and Hotel — at Smiley’s Schooner Saloon.

Paris France — Jon Hammond on Pirate Radio TOMATE
Radio Tomate était une radio associative française créée en 1981.
Alors que tombe le monopole d’État sur la radiodiffusion, le Centre d’Initiative pour de Nouveaux Espaces de Liberté (CINEL), dirigé notamment par le philosophe et psychanalyste Félix Guattari, participe à la création de Radio Tomate qui a pour objectif une « réappropriation individuelle collective et […] un usage interactif des machines d’information, de communication, d’intelligence, d’art et de culture ».
La radio est animée par des militants, notamment issus du mouvement autonome. Elle vise à ouvrir de nouveaux espaces de débat et d’information politiques, et à lutter contre la répression des mouvements sociaux. La première Radio Tomate ne dure que deux ans.
Le projet est ensuite réactivé en 1988, toujours sur le principe de donner la parole aux personnes en lutte. L’antenne émet sur le 106.7 MHz en région parisienne, et partage la fréquence, et donc le temps d’antenne, avec plusieurs autres radios. Radio Tomate anime à l’époque cinq émissions, sur les questions du droit au logement, de la précarité, de la double peine, des luttes anti-carcérales (Parloir libre), et une émission punk.
Lorsqu’émerge en 1991 le projet plus large d’une radio associative assumant une pleine fréquence, les animateurs de Radio Tomate décident de porter leur énergie sur la création de cette nouvelle antenne. Radio Tomate disparaît alors en 1992 pour donner naissance à Fréquence Paris Plurielle.

Jon Hammond – Accordion Radio
*note WebTV unit, I still use

Hollywood California — This is the actual powered Superlux microphone that got confiscated from me at a TSA checkpoint at JFK and never returned. I eventually won the claim against them – TSA agent got themselves a real nice microphone! Jon Hammond

Spotlight on Lou Colombo

Listen to AUDIO: 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 ©

Hofheim am Taunus Germany — L to R Heinz Lichius, Joe Berger, Rainer Heute, Jon Hammond in Jazzkeller Hofheim
Youtube — with Joe Berger at Jazzkeller Hofheim

New York NY — 9/11 Anniversary Tribute Concert all-star extravaganza produced by the great lady of Jazz Cobi Narita pictured here with performers Jon Hammond (organ) on left, Joe Berger (guitar) on right, and in back of Cobi – Françoise Pujol (piano) at ZEB’s, special thanks Saul Zebulon Rubin – JH — with Françoise Pujol and Joe Berger at ZEB’s

francoise pujol, cobi narita, mikell’s, head phone, bernard purdie, jon hammond, local 802 musicians union, zeb’s, 9/11, jazz, soul, blues

Indigo Blues Jon Hammond Journal August 23, 2012

August 23, 2012



As seen on the long-running NYC cable TV show The Jon Hammond Show –
Jon Hammond and The Late Rent Session Men December 12, 1989
In Indigo Blues Club which was partly owned by Miles Davis at the time.
Downstairs in The Hotel Edison 221 West 46th Street New York City
Here on Jon’s band kicking it off are
Alex Foster tenor saxophone
Jack Wilkins guitar
Bernard Purdie drums
Jon Hammond at the B3 Organ
Camera by Joe Berger

Blip TV

indigo blues, late rent session men, bernard purdie, b3 organ, drums, miles davis, local 802 musicians union, hotel edison, cable tv show, jazz, 1989

Anaheim California — Serious NAMM Action with Jon Hammond and Joe Berger – standing L to R Jon Hammond,
Joe Berger and Lawrence “Larry” Gay Producer of West Coast Live Radio Program with serious camera – seated on couch Carroll Brothers Tambuzi “Tam” Carroll and Tom Carroll both trumpet players — with Joe Berger at The NAMM Show

New York NY — One of the greatest jazz guitarists – Tal Farlow onstage at Zanzibar and Grill playing his signature Tal Farlow model guitar made for him by Gibson Guitars circa year 1990 – 550 Third Avenue, between 36th and 37th Streets – Jon Hammond
Talmage Holt Farlow (June 7, 1921 – July 25, 1998) was an American jazz guitarist. Nicknamed the “Octopus”, for his extremely large hands spread over the fretboard as if they were tentacles, he is considered one of the all-time great jazz guitarists. Where other similar players of his day combined rhythmic chords with linear melodies, Farlow preferred placing single notes together in clusters, varying between harmonically richened tones based on a startling new technique.

New York NY — King of TV & Radio Joe Franklin Living Legend of Broadcasting! Jon Hammond
Seen here in his office “Memory Lane” with Broadcast Tape Masters etc.
Radio & TV Broadcasting Legend JOE FRANKLIN in an appearance at NYC’s Laugh Factory Club at annual Thanksgiving Feed shot personally by Mr. Hammond. This is hilarious rare footage of Joe doing stand-up, a must see!
Joe Franklin (born Joseph Fortgang on March 9, 1926) is an American radio and television personality. From New York City, Franklin is credited with hosting the first television talk show. The show began in 1951 on WJZ-TV (later WABC-TV) and moved to WOR-TV (later WWOR-TV) from 1962 to 1993.[1]
After retiring from the television show, Franklin concentrated on an overnight radio show, playing old records on WOR-AM on Saturday evenings. He currently interviews celebrities on the Bloomberg Radio Network.[2]
An author, Franklin has written 23 books, including Classics of the Silent Screen.[3] His 1995 autobiography Up Late with Joe Franklin[4] chronicles his long career and includes claims that he had dalliances with Marilyn Monroe, Jayne Mansfield, and that Veronica Lake “threw herself at me, but I always refrained.”[5] He has appeared as himself in countless films, notably Ghostbusters and Broadway Danny Rose.
Franklin’s show was often parodied by Billy Crystal during the 1984–1985 season of Saturday Night Live. Franklin was also a pioneer in promoting products such as Hoffman Beverages and Ginger Ale on the air.

Frankfurt Germany — Jon Hammond receives the awesome flowers from Musikmesse Projekt Team!
Flowers and Cake (Chocolate on Chocolate)
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

North Beach San Francisco — Max Roach and tenor saxophonist Odean Pope circa 1981 at Keystone Korner club in SF. I shot this photo with my Nikon F3 just after I came back from my first trip to Paris, Jon Hammond
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.

New York NY — Hanging out with 2 of my favorite jazz pianists extraordinaire – L to R Yovanne Pierre, Richard Clements, Jon Hammond at Local 802 Musicians Union Monday Night Jazz Session — with Yovanne Pierre at Associated Musicians of Greater New York, Local 802 AFM

Berkeley CA — My faithful 1965 Fender Band-Master amp head on the bench for a tuneup – Jon Hammond
Jon Hammond’s rig at Leo’s: 1965 Fender Bandmaster amp head with Bag End S15X-D cabinet

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 Waichiro Tachikawa at The NAMM Show

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
Jon Hammond RIP Cornell Dupree aka ‘Mr. 2500’ (records)! Jon Hammond – my 1959 B3 organ, Bernard Purdie drums, Chuggy Carter percussion at …
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Anaheim California — Hammond Suzuki Leslie Sound –
Joe Berger – Leslie G37 Combo Amp Speaker
Koei Tanaka – Suzuki Chromatic Harmonica
Jon Hammond – Hammond Sk1
Winter NAMM Show – Suzuki Harmonica artist KOEI TANAKA from Tokyo Japan with JOE BERGER aka The Berger-Meister on guitar through Leslie G37 guitar combo amp – Mercy Mercy Mercy! — with Joe Berger and Koei Tanaka at The NAMM Show

Jon Hammond Journal For Day July 20, 2012 Report

July 20, 2012

Jon Hammond Journal For Day July 20, 2012 Report

New York NY — Last night in Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola
Igor Butman & Moscow State Jazz Orchestra played one of the greatest concerts I ever heard in my life folks! I highly recommend to go see and hear them while they are here in New York City from Moscow! – Jon Hammond
Tue-Sun, Jul 17-22
(Jul 18: 7:30pm Sold Out)
7:30pm & 9:30pm
plus 11:30pm on Fri & Sat

“In his homeland of Russia, Butman is as influential with the cultural and political elite as a certain trumpeter here in America is. So it’s no wonder that he is in the position to bring his state assisted orchestra. The saxophonist is a world-class player, arranger, and no doubt – talent scout, so expect a hyped up energized group of musicians aiming not just to please, but to blow away. A fitting analogy would be as if the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra was playing in Moscow. You know they’d be more than ready. Igor Butman, tenor/soprano saxophone, leader; Alexander Dovgopolyy, saxophones; Illya Morozov, alto saxophone, clarinet; Dimitry Mospan, saxophones; Alexander Sakharov, saxophones; Oleg Borodin, Pavel Ovchinnkikov, Alvetina Polyakova, Nikolay Shevnin, trombones; Pavel Zhulin, Alexander Sakharov, Denis Popov, trumpet; Anton Baronin, piano; Vitaliy Solomonov, bass; Eduard Zizak, drums; plus special guests on trumpet, saxophone, vocals, et al.” special thanks Manager Marat Garipov and Lord Todd Barkan — Vitaly Solomonov, Dmitry Mospan, Konstantin Safyanov, Alevtina Polyakova, Alexander Dovgopoly and Pavel Ovchinnikov at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola

New York NY — Folks, my good friends from Igor Butman Moscow State Jazz Orchestra played one of the greatest concerts I ever heard in my life last night! Even after playing
2 x 2 hour sets, they are going down to the Village after hours to play more in Smalls! Thank you for the great great music! – Jon Hammond *here after show in front of Jazz at Lincoln Center – make sure to hear the entire orchestra in Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, there are still a few more nights remaining

Iliya Morozov,Konstantin Safyanov, Ed Zizak, Makar Novikovand Evgeny Sivtsov, Alevtina Polyakova at Jazz at Lincoln Center

Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola —
Igor Butman Orchestra rhythm section and part of horn section, Nick Levinovsky piano and arranger, Igor Butman tenor saxophone,Konstantin Safyanov Ed Zizak drums, Vitaly Solomonov bass and the cats sounding fantastic in cola club! – Jon Hammond — withVitaly Solomonov, Dmitry Mospan, Ed Zizak,Konstantin Safyanov and Alevtina Polyakova atDizzy’s Club Coca-Cola

Alexander Dovgopoly doubling on Piccolo – choreography section of show – danger zone if not executed precisely, could get hit in the head by trombone! – JH
Igor Butman & Moscow State Jazz Orchestra – I highly recommend to go see and hear them while they are here in New York City from Moscow! – Jon Hammond
Tue-Sun, Jul 17-22
(Jul 18: 7:30pm Sold Out)
7:30pm & 9:30pm

Alvetina Polyakova blowing a fantastic solo on trombone last night with Igor Butman & Moscow State Jazz Orchestra – they played one of the greatest concerts I ever heard in my life last night folks! I highly recommend to go see and hear them while they are here in New York City from Moscow! -Jon Hammond

The Saxophones of Igor Butman and the Bass of Vitaly Solomonov ! – Jon Hammond

Front Line Saxophones -Alexander Dovgopoly doubling on Piccolo – Nick Levinovsky Piano and Vitaly SolomonovBass of
Igor Butman & Moscow State Jazz Orchestra – I highly recommend – Jon Hammond

Alexander Dovgopoly blowing a smokin’ solo on baritone saxophone last night with Igor Butman & Moscow State Jazz Orchestra – they played one of the greatest concerts I ever heard in my life last night folks!

New York NY – Fifth Avenue & 57th St. — “You’re looking very chic…Why thank you, you’re looking very chic also! Where do you buy your clothes? The same place you buy yours of course!” – Jon Hammond

Moscow, Igor Butman, Eduard Zizak, JALC, Organ, Sk1, Jon Hammond, Jazz, Blues, Funky, Local 802 Musicians Union, Russia

Jon Hammond 10 Years Before in Moscow Russia with Igor Butman tenor sax and Ed Zizak drums

*WATCH THE VIDEO HERE: Easy Living in Moscow Russia Jon Hammond Trio with Igor Butman and Ed Zizak

JON HAMMOND Trio w/ Igor Butman & Eduard Zizak “Easy Living”
Organist & CBS/KYCY Radio Host JON HAMMOND playing in Trio with Russian tenor saxophonist IGOR BUTMAN & EDUARD ZIZAK-drums in LE CLUB in THEATRE TAGANKA. The beautiful Ballad “Easy Living” *JENNIFER-Camera *Special Thanks-FAINA COBHAM, HAMMOND SUZUKI, ALEXANDER VERSHBOW *STORY: GoldenPenMan/BLUESINTHEMOSCOW

*WATCH THE VIDEO HERE: Joe Franklin Thanksgiving at The Laugh Factory


Jon Hammond on the scene covering Joe Franklin’s annual Thanksgiving show and free turkey dinner at Laugh Factory NYC, a great tradition, Miracle on 42nd St.! Owner Richard Basciano an icon of Times Square says “By giving this holiday gift we want to give our thanks to the people NYC for making us what we are today .”
No one should be alone on this day of giving thanks and all are invited. Come out for a day of food and fun and share good times with friends. Happy Thanksgiving from Times Square Arts Center and The World Famous Laugh Factory. Enjoy Joe Franklin legend of Radio & TV here! jh

*WATCH THE VIDEO HERE: When I Fall In Love in The jazzkeller Frankfurt

Musikmesse Warm Up Party in Jazzkeller Frankfurt hosted by Jon Hammond Band
Tony Lakatos tenor sax
Jon Hammond XK-1 organ
Giovanni Gulino drums
When I Fall In Love
special thanks Eugen Hahn Jazzkeller Frankfurt Team, Musikmesse, Waichiro Tachikawa Suzuki Hammond, Michael Maier Falkenstein Hammond Deutschland, Video Camera by Jennifer

*WATCH VIDEO: Conversations Show Part 1 Harold Channer and Jon Hammond MNN TV

Excerpt from ‘Conversations Show’, Harold Channer with guest TV/Radio Host & Producer Jon Hammond on MNN TV in New York City. Hear Harold and Jon discuss Public Access Television and play a clip from Jon’s very first broadcast on MCTV Channel C ‘The Jon Hammond Show’ with original music and graphics from BackBeat Productions that aired for first time Feb. 2, 1984. Jon’s TV show is now in it’s 24th year and he is hosting daily radio show ‘HammondCast Early Edition

Harold Hudson Channer and Jon Hammond in the studios of MNN TV

The famous envelope containing program labels for The Jon Hammond Show on MNN TV

Jon Hammond Show Still images

Conversations Part 2 Harold Channer and Jon Hammond MNN TV

Part 2 of Conversations with Harold Channer and Jon Hammond “The Global Village”…music as the Universal Language, music without words is the best way to effect global change, Jon’s theory in action with a clip from Moscow Russia concert together with Russian tenor sax star Igor Butman, drummer Eduard Zizak and Jon at the organ doing the classic Jazz Ballad “My One And Only Love” from the John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman ‘Ballads’ album. And wrap up conversation with Broadcaster, Philosopher Producer and World Traveler Harold Hudson Channer on Manhattan Neighborhood Network

Jon tries on a Russian hat in Moscow


Moscow Red Square picture from Jon’s room on 10th floor of Rossiya Hotel “Blues In The Moscow White Nights”

JON HAMMOND Trio w/ Igor Butman & Eduard Zizak “Easy Living”
Organist & CBS/KYCY Radio Host JON HAMMOND playing in Trio with Russian tenor saxophonist IGOR BUTMAN & EDUARD ZIZAK-drums in LE CLUB in THEATRE TAGANKA. The beautiful Ballad “Easy Living” *JENNIFER-Camera *Special Thanks-FAINA ANTONOVA, HAMMOND SUZUKI, ALEXANDER VERSHBOW *STORY: GoldenPenMan/BLUESINTHEMOSCOW

The View from our hotel room on the 10th floor of the famous Hotel Rossiya in Moscow across from Red Square, I took this photo at Midnight late in June when there is light in the sky very late, magic!

Igor Butman tenor sax, Ed Zizak drums, Jon Hammond organ / bass

Jon Hammond with Russian poster outside gig in Moscow

Jon Hammond on Russian TV with Igor Butman translating

Jon Hammond Band News, Catch Jon daily on KYOU Radio HammondCast

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ASCAP Network

NDR SESSIONS Projekt Story ASCAP Network

Lydia’s Tune

*WATCH THE VIDEO HERE Lydia’s Tune in Jazzkeller Frankfurt JON HAMMOND Band

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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



XB-2, Tony Lakatos, Heinz Lichius, Joe Berger, Lydia, Accordion, Apple Computers, B3 Organ, B3mk2, Blues, Hamamatsu, HammondCast, Inc., iPad, iPod, iTunes, Jazz, Jon Hammond, Manji, Ron Johnson, Steve Jobs, Suzuki Musical Instruments, XK-1, XK-3c

Lydia’s Tune Hammond Sk1 World’s First Road Test

*WATCH THE VIDEO: Lydia’s Tune Hammond Sk1 World’s First Road Test

LYDIA’S TUNE by Jon Hammond on Hammond Sk1 (bossa nova) World’s First Road Test of ultra-portable Hammond Sk1 with Jon Hammond Band in Germany at Jon’s annual Musikmesse-Session in Jazzkeller Hofheim April 8, 2011 Special Thanks Suzuki Musical Instruments, Ken Atsumi, Waichiro ‘Tachi’ Tachikawa, Hiromitsu Ono, Yu Beniya, Shigeyuki Ohtaka, Shuji Suzuki, Bernie Capicchiano, Malc Deakin Hammond Suzuki UK Europe, Michael Falkenstein Hammond Suzuki Germany, camera: Jennifer
Joe Berger guitar, Giovanni Gulino drums, Peter Klohmann tenor sax, Jon Hammond Sk1 Hammond Stage Keyboard
Sk1 Sk2 Hammond Suzuki Musikmesse Blues Organ Hofheim Hamamatsu Japan


No X-Cess Baggage Sk1 Blues – Sk1 Theme Song – World’s First Road Test of ultra-portable Hammond Sk1 with Jon Hammond Band in Germany at Jon’s annual Musikmesse-Session in Jazzkeller Hofheim April 8, 2011 Special Thanks Suzuki Musical Instruments, Bernie Capicchiano, Malc Deakin Hammond Suzuki UK Europe, Michael Falkenstein Hammond Suzuki Germany, camera: Jennifer
Joe Berger guitar, Giovanni Gulino drums, Peter Klohmann tenor sax, Jon Hammond Sk1 Hammond Stage Keyboard
Sk1 Sk2 Hammond Suzuki Musikmesse Blues Organ Hofheim Hamamatsu Japan

No X-Cess Baggage Sk1 Blues from Jon Hammond on Vimeo.

Blues, Funk, Hamamatsu, Jazz, Jon Hammond Band, Local 802, Manhattan Neighborhood Network, Musicians Union, Musikmesse, NAMM, Session, Sk1, SK2, Soul, Suzuki Musical Instruments, special thank Manager Marat Garipov, Todd Barkan



Jon Hammond here…wishing Todd Barkan a speedy recovery from terrible auto accident, just a few days ago…forced off the road by a speeding reckless driver who sped away, get better soon Todd!
Special guest Todd Barkan on HammondCast Show KYOURADIO, Jon Hammond interview with Todd Barkan, who ran Keystone Korner in North Beach. When Keystone closed in 1983, it was one of the last San Francisco clubs to regularly book national and international touring jazz groups. Barkan is now the artistic director of Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, the jazz club operated by Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York, and he’s also a highly regarded producer who works with numerous domestic and European jazz labels.…
HammondCast 146 KYOURADIO with special guest TODD BARKAN interview with Jon and music produced by Todd: ONE FOR ALL “Skylark” & “Corcovado” JON HAMMOND “Six Year Itch” & “Cannonball ’99 (One More Time)” spcl. guest CHICO HAMILTON + i.d.
AUDIO:… KYOU Radio HammondCast Show
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.


Wynton Marsalis with Legion of Honor Medal photo by Jon Hammond

Wynton Marsalis at French Embassy wearing France’s insignia of chevalier of the Legion of Honor medal which was presented to him by French Ambassador Pierre Vimont photo by Jon Hammond 

Jon Hammond solo piano at French Embassy

Jon Hammond playing solo piano at French Embassy photo by Anthony Behar special thanks Amaury Laporte

Bill and Faina Cobham at Yoshi’s Oakland CA

Bill and Faina Cobham at Yoshi’s Oakland CA, on Billy Cobham Band that night – Patrice Rushen, Lew Soloff, Essiet Essiet, Donald Harrison Billy on HammondCast photo by Jennifer

Jon Hammond and Gregory Bridges of KCSM at Billy Cobham Yoshi’s gig

Jon Hammond and Greg Bridges of KCSM Jazz Oasis Show at Bill Cobham Yoshi’s Oakland Show Oct. 24th 2009 on Billy Cobham Band that night – Patrice Rushen, Lew Soloff, Essiet Essiet, Donald Harrison photo by Jennifer Billy on HammondCast

Junior Mance and Jon Hammond at Cafe Loup NYC

Junior Mance jazz pianist and Jon Hammond at Cafe Loup NYC interview on HammondCast Show KYOU 

Jon Hammond at B3 organ with Lou Colombo trumpet and Jack Pena guitar

Jon Hammond at B3 organ with Lou Colombo trumpet and Jack Pena guitar Frank Shea drums House Band of Wychmere Harbor Club and Thompson’s Clam Bar in Harwichport MA Cape *Note: Band for all Tip O’Neill private parties, daughter Susan O’Neill Wedding, Mr. & Mrs. Lee Berk danced to this band regularly when still alive
Jon Hammond *Member AFM Local 802 and Local 6 Musicians Union ASCAP Publisher
ASCAP Audio Portrait Late Rent album on Apple iTunes, Amazon etc.:

LATE RENT, Jon Hammond

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Hammond's Bolero, Jon Hammond

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Late Rent, Hammond’s Bolero, Suzuki Instruments, B3mk2, XK-1, XK-3c, Organ, Jon Hammond, Bernard Purdie, Jazz, Funky Blues, AFM Local 802, Musicians Union, ASCAP, Musikmesse, Winter NAMM Show

Todd Barkan, Max Roach photo, Odeon Pope, Keystone, car wreck, Wynton Marsalis, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, Jon Hammond, B3 organ, CBS Radio Network, Mike Kappus, Booking agent

YouTube Selections From Jon Hammond Band Channel FSB Funk Soul Blues

May 22, 2012

YouTube Selections From Jon Hammond Band Channel FSB Funk Soul Blues channel

  • YouTube Channel, Funk, Soul, Blues, Jazz, Sk1, Hammond Suzuki, B3, Organ, Local 802 Musicians Union, Musikmesse,
    Frankfurt, Hamburg, NAMM Show