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JON HAMMOND: “WHERE’S THE GIG?” by Alex Walsh – Musicians Union Local 6 San Francisco American Federation of Musicians

October 19, 2015

JON HAMMOND: “WHERE’S THE GIG?” by Alex Walsh – Musicians Union Local 6 San Francisco American Federation of Musicians

LINK: http://afm6.org/member-profile/jon-hammond-wheres-the-gig/

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

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

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

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

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

Jon in the early 70s

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jon has released four CDsjh1jh3jh2JH-Live-at-bernies

For more info visit www.jonhammondband.com

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Jon Hammond Band photographs by Larry Gay of The West Coast Live Radio Show

February 27, 2014

©Copyright Notice: These Photos of Jon Hammond Band are copyrighted and embedded with i.d. information – Photographer Lawrence Gay and Jon Hammond Band must be credited and linked back if shared or used or you will certainly hear from us – enjoy, from The Winter NAMM Show http://www.jonhammondband.com/

*WATCH THE VIDEO HERE: Bernard Purdie Plays Pocket Funk Jon Hammond Band NAMM Show Brunch Set Center Patio

Jon’s archive https://archive.org/details/BernardPurdiePlaysPocketFunkNAMMCenterPatio

Or on the Youtube http://youtu.be/4c9Hi8-bZ9k

(Higher Quality) Surprise! Bernard Purdie and Jon Hammond reprise “Pocket Funk” on NAMM Center Patio Stage: Koei Tanaka harmonica, Joe Berger guitar, Alex Budman tenor saxophone, Jon Hammond at the organ and Bernard Purdie on the fatback drums! Very special thanks to Dom Famularo (Sabian), Bespeco Accessori, Alex Mingmann Hsieh / P Mauriat HQ Pmauriat Albest saxophones, Suzuki Musical Instruments Instruments, JJ Guitars, The NAMM Show Organization – Greg Herreman Productions –
Bernard Purdie / Bernard “Pretty” Purdie / Koei Tanaka / 田中光栄 – fan site
http://www.jonhammondband.com “Pocket Funk” ©JON HAMMOND International ASCAP Jon Hammond Band / Jon Hammond Organ Group

On Blip TV http://blip.tv/jon-hammond/bernard-purdie-plays-pocket-funk-namm-center-patio-jon-hammond-band-6721909


Dom Famularo Feature On Jon Hammond Band NAMM Show Power Funk Supreme Coverage HammondCast

Jon’s archive: https://archive.org/details/DomFamularoFeatureOnJonHammondBandNAMMShow1

On the Youtube http://youtu.be/0656E-IWDn8

Blip TV http://blip.tv/jon-hammond/dom-famularo-feature-on-jon-hammond-band-namm-show-6721924

(Higher Quality) Jon Hammond Band 11AM Brunch Set – Center Patio Stage The NAMM Show feature Dom Famularo Power Funk Supreme drums on Jon’s tune “Head Phone” – Alex Budman tenor sax, Joe Berger guitar, Koei Tanaka / 田中光栄 – fan site harmonica, Jon Hammond organ

– special thanks Sabian, JJ Guitars, Suzuki Musical Instruments Instruments, Bespeco Accessori, Alex Mingmann Hsieh Hsieh, Pmauriat Albest – stage crew Evan, Jennifer, April, cameo appearance by Wolfgang Lücke Director Musikmesse Frankfurt am Main Greg Herreman Productions NAMM Organization http://www.jonhammondband.com/ ©Jon Hammond International ASCAP – Jon Hammond Organ Group — with Jon Hammond, Alex Budman, Joe Berger, Dom Famularo, Wolfgang Lücke and Koei Tanaka at NAMM Anaheim Convention Center

Jon’s archive https://archive.org/details/THESOUNDSOULSUMMITAllStarJamJonHammondBandFeaturingBernardPurdie

Head Phone – Jon Hammond Band THE SOUND SOUL SUMMIT All-Star Jam Video Movie of Jon’s Band Featuring Bernard Bernard “Pretty” Purdie, Alex Budman, Joe Berger2, Koei Tanaka, Jon Hammond Organ Group — with Stephen Fortner, Scott May, Joe Berger, Koei Tanaka and Jon Hammond at NAMM Anaheim Convention Center Hilton Anaheim Lobby Special Program on 80th Anniversary of Hammond Organ USA –

Joe Lamond President CEO of NAMM presents special award to Mr. Shuji Suzuki President of Suzuki Musical Instruments Corp. makers
of Hammond organ and Leslie speaker products on the occasion of 80th anniversary of Hammond organs – with Stephen Fortner of
Keyboard Magazine and Gregg Grownowski of Hammond Suzuki USA also in photo – Jon Hammond

Youtube http://youtu.be/7TApELTO1XI

Front of House / FOH Mix by Brian English – Denny Mack Audio – announcement – Stephen Fortner – Editor Keyboard Magazine Jon Hammond Organ Group *Note: “Head Phone” composed by Jon Hammond ©JON HAMMOND Intl. ASCAP recorded with Bernard Purdieoriginally on Jon’s album Late Rent in year of 1989 – Big Special Thanks toJay Dittamo for standin’ in the cuff for Bernard, thanks Jay! special thanks to Scott May and Gregg Gregory Gronowski – Hammond Suzuki Musical Instruments Team Mr. M. Terada, Shuji Suzuki, Yu Beniya, Shigeyuki Ohtaka, Jeff Guilford JJ Guitars UK
— with Joe Berger, Alex Budman, Stephen Fortner,Jay Dittamo, Bernard Purdie, Denny Mack and Koei Tanaka at Hilton Anaheim
http://www.jonhammondband.com

Jon Hammond Band, Photographs, Lawrence Gay, Larry Gay West Cost Live, Radio Program, NAMM Show, Bernard Purdie, Dom Famularo, Funky Jazz, Drums, P.Mauriat Saxophone, Alex Budman, Joe Berger, Local 802

For Immediate Release: 27th Year Musikmesse Warm Up Party 9th April Jon Hammond Band in Jazzkeller Frankfurt

March 19, 2013

For Immediate Release: 27th Year Musikmesse Warm Up Party 9th April Jon Hammond Band in Jazzkeller Frankfurt

The Tradition Continues – Jon Hammond Band Kicking it Off with Funky Swinging Jazz and Blues in Jazzkeller Frankfurt Tuesday Night
Featuring
Tony Lakatos tenor saxophone
Joe Berger guitar
Giovanni Gulino drums
Jon Hammond organ

On this very special occasion – As Seen On New York Cable TV Show The Jon Hammond Show For Your Listening Pleasure

Enjoy the atmosphere at the good old Jazzkeller hosted by Jon and his very special guests:

Jazzkeller Frankfurt / Kleine Bockenheimerstr. 18a / 60313 Frankfurt am Main / Tel. 069 28 85 37

Youtube Channel http://www.youtube.com/jonhammondband

Previous Year:

*WATCH THE VIDEO HERE: James Wes Blues 2012 Jazzkeller Party Jon Hammond Band with special guest Lee Oskar

http://archive.org/details/JamesWesBlues2012JazzkellerPartyJonHammondBandWithSpecialGuestLee

Blip TV: http://blip.tv/jon-hammond/james-wes-blues-2012-jazzkeller-party-jon-hammond-band-with-special-guest-lee-oskar-6066210

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Jon Hammond’s annual Musikmesse Warm Up Party in Jazzkeller Frankfurt the night before 2012 Musikmesse kicks off, Jon Hammond Band with special guest Lee Oskar playing James Wes Blues – Tony Lakatos tenor saxophone, Giovanni Gulino drums, Joe Berger guitar, Jon Hammond at Sk1 Hammond organ, special guest Lee Oskar harmonica. Special thanks to TekAmp Thomas Eich, Suzuki Musical Instruments, Saray Pastanesi Baeckerei & Konditorei Chocolate Cake, P.Mauriat Music special mention Alex Hsieh – this was on Jon’s 59th birthday and celebrating 26 years attending Musikmesse Frankfurt http://www.jonhammondband.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFF0oNfZ8qg

http://vimeo.com/39713227

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10150615688132102&set=vb.558692101

*WATCH THE VIDEO HERE: Late Rent 2012 Musikmesse Warm Up Party Jazzkeller Frankfurt

http://archive.org/details/LateRent2012MusikmesseWarmUpPartyJazzkellerFrankfurt

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AD8I5axpmy8

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

http://www.jonhammondband.com

http://blip.tv/jon-hammond/late-rent-2012-musikmesse-warm-up-party-jazzkeller-frankfurt-6054634

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Late Rent, Hammond Organ, Jazz, Jazzkeller Frankfurt, Musikmesse Warm Up Party, Sk1, SK2, Soul Music, Tony Lakatos, P.Mauriat, HammondCast

*WATCH THE VIDEO HERE: Get Back In The Groove Jon Hammond Band in Jazzkeller Frankfurt

http://archive.org/details/GetBackInTheGrooveJonHammondBandInJazzkellerFrankfurt

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJT522j_nPQ

2012 Annual Musikmesse Warm Up Party hosted by Jon Hammond Band in Jazzkeller Frankfurt “Get Back In The Groove” / Tribute to 9/11 by Jon Hammond
with Tony Lakatos tenor sax, Joe Berger guitar, Giovanni Gulino drums,
Jon Hammond at the Hammond Sk1 organ,
special guest Lee Oskar harmonica.
This performance marks 26 years consecutive attending Musikmesse Frankfurt and
it was also on the birthday of Jon Hammond March 20th, 2012 with a big chocolate on chocolate cake baked by Saray Pastanesi Baeckerei & Konditorei bakery on Mainzer Landstrasse 131. 60327 Frankfurt am Main
http://www.jonhammondband.com

Jon Hammond Get Back In The Groove Tribute to 9/11 on Blip TV

http://blip.tv/jon-hammond/get-back-in-the-groove-jon-hammond-band-in-jazzkeller-frankfurt-6054280

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http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10150605370867102&set=vb.558692101

Happy Birthday Jon Hammond !

L to R: Jon Hammond, Bernard Purdie, Danny Ray

Happy Birthday, Musikmesse Warm Up Party, Jon Hammond, The Tradition Continues, Funky Swinging Jazz, Jazzkeller, Sk1 organ, TecAmp, Frankfurt, Local 802, Musicians Union, New York City, TV Show, Radio Program

Jon Hammond Presents The NAMM Photographs of Larry Gay of the West Coast Live Radio Program ©2013

March 6, 2013

Jon Hammond Presents The NAMM Photographs of Larry Gay of the West Coast Live Radio Program ©2013 – *Note: Folks if you use any of these photos make sure to give the photo credit and where you got it from or you will hear from me sure as the sun rises – thanks very much, enjoy, Larry Gay is an awesome photographer / artiste and it was a really fantastic NAMM Show – enjoy these images,

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Jon Hammond
http://www.HammondCast.com/

Jon Hammond getting all the way down with the very fine saxophone and trumpet players in P Mauriat HQ Saxophones and Trumpets Stand – Winter NAMM 2013 – great photo shot by Larry Gay of the West Coast Live Radio Program
Youtube http://youtu.be/HefVEehpg30
Thanks to all the fine players who joined us on this fun session at P.Mauriat NAMM Stand in the final hours of the last day Sunday , we get the blues – like the end of summer camp, say goodbye until next year and hopefully we’ll see some of you in Frankfurt Musikmesse! Jon Hammond at the Sk1 organ with great players Greg Osby alto, Juan Alzate tenor, Willie Bradley trumpet, Jason Palmer trumpet, Tim Green alto, and more – special thanks Alex Mingmann Hsieh, Yao Shake, Agnieszka Obrebska and all Team P.Mauriat, Jim Wischmeyer Bag End Powered Speakers – see you next year at NAMM 2014, go for the sound!

Jon Hammond — at The NAMM Show

Hoai Phuong Nguyen getting down on the alto at Sunday Blues Session in P Mauriat HQ Saxophones and Trumpets Stand

– Winter NAMM 2013 – great photo by Larry Gay of the West Coast Radio Program – Jon Hammond
Youtube http://youtu.be/0C9HEsN5JGc — with Hoai Phuong Nguyen at The NAMM Show

Great photo of my friend Hoai Phuong Nguyen getting down on alto saxophone at P.Mauriat Sunday Blues Jam with Jon Hammond, sounding really super Phuong! – JH Youtube http://youtu.be/0C9HEsN5JGc

477 views *Photo by Larry Gay of the West Coast Live Radio Program
Spontaneous NAMM Jam Session at P.Mauriat Saxophones and Trumpets stand with some great players – Jon Hammond — with Hoai Phuong Nguyen at The NAMM show at the Anaheim Convention Center

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Jesse Gay, Jon Hammond, Joe Berger at Winter NAMM 2013 Anaheim California — photo by Jesse’s Dad Larry Gay of West Coast Live Show – Jesse is a musician / producer and Founder of Stagedive – check it out for live streaming concerts and band videos, highly recommended – JH
http://www.stagedive.com/jonhammondband/videos/808/NAMM-Hammond-Summit-Show-Late-Rent-Jon-Hammond-Band-in-Hilton-Anaheim

— with Jesse Gay and Joe Berger at The NAMM show at the Anaheim Convention Center

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P.Mauriat Go For The Sound Sunday Blues Session NAMM Show *WATCH THE VIDEO HERE: PMauriat NAMM Jam Sunday Blues Session Thanks to all the fine players who joined us on this fun session at P.Mauriat NAMM Stand in the final hours of the last day Sunday , we get the blues – like the end of summer camp, say goodbye until next year and hopefully we’ll see some of you in Frankfurt Musikmesse! > Jon Hammond at the Sk1 organ with great players Greg Osby alto, Juan Alzate tenor, Willie Bradley trumpet, Jason Palmer trumpet, Tim Green alto, Alejandro Chiabrando tenor and more – special thanks Alex Mingmann Hsieh, Yao Shake, Agnieszka Obrebska and all Team P.Mauriat, Jim Wischmeyer Bag End Powered Speakers – see you next year at NAMM 2014, go for the sound! Jon Hammond http://archive.org/details/JonHammondPMauriatNAMMJamSundayBluesSession/ < Blip TV http://blip.tv/jon-hammond/pmauriat-namm-jam-sunday-blues-session-6521463

Youtube http://youtu.be/HefVEehpg30 P.Mauriat, Go For The Sound, Sunday Blues Session, Saxophones, Trumpets, Organ, NAMM Jam, Anaheim *WATCH THE VIDEO HERE: The Sound The Soul The Summit Ultimate Hammond All-Star Jam Jon Hammond and Dr. Lonnie Smith at Winter NAMM 2013 new slogan “The Sound, The Soul, The One” and a “neo-retro” look – forego the imposters and say “Make Mine Hammond” http://archive.org/details/JonHammondTheSoundTheSoulTheSummitUltimateHammondAll-StarJam/ Kicking it off in the Hilton Anaheim Lobby at Winter NAMM 2013 on the first ever Hammond Organ night – Introduced by Master of Ceremonies Scott May: Dr. Lonnie Smith, Chester Thompson, Larry Goldings with Jay Dittamo drums, Jack Maher guitar – mix by Denny Mack. Jon Hammond Band playing “Late Rent” theme song of The Jon Hammond Show TV program. On Jon’s band: Donny Baldwin drums (from Lydia Pense and Cold Blood, Jefferson Starship), Alex Budman tenor saxophone, Joe Berger guitar and Jon Hammond at the New B3 Portable Organ. http://www.HammondCast.com Special thanks Hammond Suzuki USA, Peter Nguyen, NAMM and Hilton Hotel Anaheim Peter Nguyen and Jon Hammond Blip TV http://blip.tv/jon-hammond/the-sound-the-soul-the-summit-ultimate-hammond-all-star-jam-6520933

Youtube http://youtu.be/IQakXA_czpc Photo of Doctor Lonnie Smith at the Hammond Sk2 by Jon Hammond Denny Mack and Scott May – photo: Jon Hammond Chester Thompson flanked by Jon Hammond and Scott May Power Shot L to R: Masato Tomie, Jon Hammond, Scott May, Yu Beniya, Masuo Terada Power Shot L to R: Jon Hammond, Masuo Terada, Shuji Suzuki Drummer Jay Dittamo speaking with Dr. Lonnie Smith on the bandstand, while Leo Stillo checks messages by the console Chester Thompson, Doc Lonnie, Jay Dittamo in action – Jon Hammond Jim Wischmeyer Bag End Speakers and Jon Hammond > *WATCH THE VIDEO HERE: NAMM Jam at P.Mauriat Stand with Jon Hammond at the organ and horns Spontaneous NAMM Jam Session at P.Mauriat Saxophones and Trumpets stand with some great players – Jon Hammond at the Sk1 Hammond organ with many great players including Hoai Phuong Nguyen, Alejandro Chiabrando, Juan Alzate, Keyan Williams, Tim Green, Willie Bradley, Jason Palmer, Eddie Baccus Jr., Adam MacBlane – sorry if I missed anybody folks! JH – Special thanks to Alex Mingmann Hsieh, Agnieszka Obrebska – P.Mauriat, Jim Wischmeyer Bag End Speakers http://bagend.com Hammond Suzuki USA and the very kind NAMM Sound Police – see you next year 2014 NAMM and Frankfurt Musikmesse – JH http://www.HammondCast.com P.Mauriat http://www.pmauriatmusic.com http://archive.org/details/JonHammondNAMMJamatP.MauriatStandwithJonHammondattheorganandhorns Yao Shake (謝瑤) and Jon Hammond Hoai Phuong Nguyen (Hoai Phuong)and Jon Hammond Youtube http://youtu.be/0C9HEsN5JGc Saxsbigfan 14 hours ago wow… so excellent performance !!  Go! Go! Go! Go for the sound! Reply · Tsai Susan 14 hours ago It was so exciting to see your play at the NAMM with P Mauriat artists. The live performance was thrilled and joyful. Thank you, Jon. Without you, the NAMM would be less fun! Reply · A MH 14 hours ago Definitely, Jon deserves to have a big hugs and applauses…,whatsoever.. Jon’s LIVE performance at PM’s booth before ending NAMM ,which has been sparked a great highlights and memories to everybody, although ,it’s only a whirlwind of 30 minutes jam sessions, but that’s one of our historic treasure ,also to NAMM. We feel proudly to say “thanks you, Jon! those music makes people crazy and joyful time until the last minutes at NAMM, Jan. 27.2013 Go for the sound!! see you in 2014 Reply · A MH 14 hours ago Definitely, Jon deserves to have a big hugs and applauses…,whatsoever.. Jon’s LIVE performance at PM’s booth before ending NAMM ,which has been sparked a great highlights and memories to everybody, although ,it’s only a whirlwind of 30 minutes jam sessions, but that’s one of our historic treasure ,also to NAMM. We feel proudly to say “thanks you, Jon! those music makes people crazy and joyful time until the last minutes at NAMM, Jan. 27.2013 Go for the sound!! Reply · Tsai Susan 14 hours ago I was so excited to see your play at the NAMM with P Mauriat artists. It was live and thrilled. Thank you, Jon. Without you, the NAMM will be less fun! Agnieszka Obrebska Thank you Jon. It was an amazing pleasure for all of us from PM and our visitors and artists to host you and listen to your music at P. Mauriat booth. Hope you had a good time with us as well! Take care and see you soon somewhere around the world! Hoai Phuong Nguyen Oh Thank you Jon Hammond so much for tagging me this video. I had a great time. Can’t wait till next time to play with you again. Alex Mingmann Hsieh Jon Hammond is NAMM’s treasure, let us go ahead to celebrate big year with big show in the upcoming FMS, 2013 14 hours ago · Hoai Phuong Nguyen Thank you Mr. Hsieh for letting us try those saxophones out. 14 hours ago · Alex Mingmann Hsieh you are most welcome!! go for the sound!!see you at NAMM,2014 Blip TV http://blip.tv/jon-hammond/namm-jam-at-p-mauriat-stand-with-jon-hammond-at-the-organ-and-horns-6518179

With Greg Osby, Juan Alzate, Jon Hammond and Alejandro Chiabrando at Anaheim Convention Center Jon Hammond’s setup with Hammond Sk1 organ and Bag End Powered Speakers

2 Hats Talking – Alex Hsieh CEO Albest P.Mauriat Saxophones and Jon Hammond in Clarion Hotel Party

West Coast Live, Radio Program, NAMM Show, Larry Gay, Photographer, P.Mauriat, Saxophones, Sunday Blues Jam, Sk1, Organ, Jon Hammond, TV Show, Trumpets, Sound Soul Summit

The NAMM Photographs by Lawrence Gay of Hammond Summit HammondCast

*WATCH THE VIDEO HERE: NAMM Hammond Summit Show Late Rent Jon Hammond Band in Hilton Anaheim

http://archive.org/details/JonHammondNAMMHammondSummitShowLateRentJonHammondBandinHiltonAnaheim/

Very special performance on first ever Hammond night in Hilton Hotel Lobby at Winter NAMM 2013 presented by Hammond Suzuki USA “Sound Soul Summit”
“The Ultimate All-Star Jam” MC Scott May introduces Jon Hammond Band to play their theme song “Late Rent” after a very cool pre-show party Meet and Greet with a who’s who of Hammond organists.
Donny Baldwin drums (from Jefferson Starship & Lydia Pense & Cold Blood),
Alex Budman tenor saxophone
Joe Berger guitar
Jon Hammond New B-3 Portable organ
Sound mix by Denny Mack
Special thanks Hammond Suzuki USA and Suzuki Musical Instruments Team
NAMM = National Association of Music Merchants
http://www.jonhammondband.com

NAMM Hilton Sound Soul Summit Jon Hammond Band Late Rent Jazz Funk Soul Blues

Youtube http://youtu.be/BOqqIxm_F30

Vimeo http://vimeo.com/58479347

*WATCH THE VIDEO HERE: NAMM Highlights 2 Randy Jackson Tower of Power HammondCast

http://archive.org/details/JonHammondNAMMHighlights2RandyJacksonTowerofPowerHammondCast/

Jon Hammond on bandstand – photo by Lawrence Gay

Youtube http://youtu.be/YQBxb-K3Ixc

Some NAMM 2013 Highlights from Jon Hammond including Joe Lamond President CEO of NAMM with special guest
Randy Jackson of American Idol TV Show at Breakfast of Champions, NAMM Memorial Tribute including my friend band leader
Lou Colombo the great trumpet player http://www.namm.org/library/oral-history/namm-memoriam-industry-tribute-2013
bag pipers and cameo of Betty Heywood leaving after / and just before Tower of Power kicks it off inaugurating the new Grand Plaza Stage.
12 year old guitarist Ray Goren on Marty Grebb Band rips one on the Hammond Summit Show in Hilton Hotel Lobby, first ever Hammond
night known as “The Sound, the Soul, The Summit” MC’d by Scott May with Hammond Suzuki endorsees.
Jon Hammond Band playing the theme song of The Jon Hammond Show TV program Late Rent and HammondCast radio show
and podcasts vlogcasts, with Donny Baldwin drums from Lydia Pense and Cold Blood and Jefferson Starship, Joe Berger guitar,
Alex Budman tenor saxophone, Jon Hammond at the New B-3 Portable organ with sound mix by Denny Mack. Enjoy this
HammondCast folks, send any photos if you were there, Jon Hammond http://www.HammondCast.com

*WATCH THE VIDEO HERE: PMauriat NAMM Jam Sunday Blues Session

Thanks to all the fine players who joined us on this fun session at P.Mauriat NAMM Stand in the final hours of the last day Sunday , we get the blues – like the end of summer camp, say goodbye until next year and hopefully we’ll see some of you in Frankfurt Musikmesse!

HammondCast Radio Program Jon’s Journal November 1 2012

November 1, 2012

*LISTEN TO AUDIO HERE: HammondCast Radio Program

http://archive.org/details/JonHammondHammondCast33_0

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

Happy Halloween from Jon Hammond Trick or Treat!

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

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

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

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

Wynton Marsalis joking with George Avakian
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Avakian at French Embassy just after Wynton received the Legion of Honor medal from French Ambassador Pierre Vimont *Video:
http://vimeo.com/7507685 by Jon Hammond

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

HammondCast Jimdo – with Audio Video and Breaking HammondCast News: Jon’s Journal
http://hammondcast.jimdo.com/2012/10/31/hammondcast-radio-show-jon-s-journal-october-26-2012/

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

Thanks Mick!

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

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

Showmans Lounge — Jon Hammond – B3 organ, Cindy Blackman (now Blackman-Santana) drums, Gary Bartz – soprano sax, Charley Epps – guitar, Wallace Roney trumpet
AUDIO: http://archive.org/details/HammondCast_8

HammondCast 8 http://www.jonhammondband.com/music-15.html will take you from Moscow Russia to Harlem New York, beginning in Le Club in Moscow with Igor Butman, Eduard Zizak and Jon Hammond playing a favorite ballad-“Easy Living”, then to Showmans Lounge in Harlem with Cindy Blackman (drums), Wallace Roney (trumpet), Gary Bartz (sax). Also “Head Phone” with Marc Baum on tenor sax and guitarist Joe Berger’s solo from “Canonball ’99” from “Hammond’s Bolero” album introduced by Corey James of Red Jazz show for KYOU Radio 1550 AM on the dial in San Francisco and on the web. Next stop-Shanghai China! — with Cindy Blackman, Jon Hammond, Gary Bartz and Wallace Roney at Showmans Jazz

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

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

Hey, where’d everybody go?

Jon Hammond – Times Square Walgreen’s

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

– Jon Hammond — at Cheb

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

Youtube http://youtu.be/SJmZvw5kErU

As seen on The Jon Hammond Show cable TV program

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

Jazz Time with Jon Hammond Most Important Jazz Photos in History and First Midi Accordion Controlling organ

February 25, 2011

*WATCH VIDEO HERE: Jon Hammond NEA Jazz Legends Photo Shoot, most important Jazz Photos in History

http://ia700202.us.archive.org/6/items/JonHammondMidiAccordionJONHAMMONDBluesBandJAZZKELLERFRANKFURT1992/Jon_Midi_Accordion_Blues_Jazzkeller.m4v

*WATCH VIDEO HERE: Midi Accordion JON HAMMOND Blues Band JAZZKELLER FRANKFURT 1992

http://ia700202.us.archive.org/6/items/JonHammondMidiAccordionJONHAMMONDBluesBandJAZZKELLERFRANKFURT1992/Jon_Midi_Accordion_Blues_Jazzkeller.m4v

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sY-uPTPdnfY

From Jon Hammond Archive, Jon’s pictures taken of surviving and then present (2004) NEA Jazz Master legends, many from this list including Horace Silver, Louis Bellson, Anita O’Day, Ron Carter, Cecil Taylor, Frank Foster, Benny Golson, Roy Haynes, Hank Jones and many more, enjoy!
Jon Hammond
*Up-to-date NEA Jazz Master list as of 2009:
Toshiko Akiyoshi (2007)
David Baker (2000)
Danny Barker (1991)
Ray Barretto (2006)
Count Basie (1983)
Louie Bellson (1994)
Tony Bennett (2006)
George Benson (2009)
Art Blakey (1988)
Bob Brookmeyer (2006)
Cleo Brown (1987)
Ray Brown (1995)
Dave Brubeck (1999)
Kenny Burrell (2005)
Donald Byrd (2000)
Candido Camero (2008)
Benny Carter (1986)
Betty Carter (1992)
Ron Carter (1998)
Kenny Clarke (1983)
Buck Clayton (1991)
Jimmy Cobb (2009)
Ornette Coleman (1984)
Chick Corea (2006)
Miles Davis (1984)
Buddy DeFranco (2006)
Dorothy Donegan (1992)
Harry “Sweets” Edison (1992)
Roy Eldridge (1982)
Gil Evans (1985)
Art Farmer (1999)
Ella Fitzgerald (1985)
Tommy Flanagan (1996)
Frank Foster (2002)
Curtis Fuller (2007)
Dizzy Gillespie (1982)
Benny Golson (1996)
Dexter Gordon (1986)
Jim Hall (2004)
Chico Hamilton (2004)
Lionel Hampton (1988)
Slide Hampton (2005)
Herbie Hancock (2004)
Barry Harris (1989)
Roy Haynes (1995)
Percy Heath (2002)
Jimmy Heath (2003)
Joe Henderson (1999)
Luther Henderson (2004)
Jon Hendricks (1993)
Nat Hentoff (2004)
Billy Higgins (1997)
Andrew Hill (2008)
Milt Hinton (1993)
Shirley Horn (2005)
Freddie Hubbard (2006)
Milt Jackson (1997)
Ahmad Jamal (1994)
J.J. Johnson (1996)
Jonathan “Jo” Jones (1985)
Hank Jones (1989)
Elvin Jones (2003)
Quincy Jones (2008)
Andy Kirk (1991)
Lee Konitz (2009)
John Levy (2006)
John Lewis (2001)
Ramsey Lewis (2007)
Abbey Lincoln (2003)
Melba Liston (1987)
Tom McIntosh (2008)
Jackie McLean (2001)

Marian McPartland (2000)
Carmen McRae (1994)
Jay McShann (1987)
James Moody (1998)
Dan Morgenstern (2007)
Anita O’Day (1997)
Sun Ra (1982)
Paquito D’Rivera (2005)
Max Roach (1984)
Sonny Rollins (1983)
George Russell (1990)
Gunther Schuller (2008)
Jimmy Scott (2007)
Artie Shaw (2005)
Wayne Shorter (1998)
Horace Silver (1995)
Jimmy Smith (2005)
Billy Taylor (1988)
Cecil Taylor (1990)
Clark Terry (1991)
Toots Thielemans (2009)
McCoy Tyner (2002)
Rudy Van Gelder (2009)
Sarah Vaughan (1989)
George Wein (2005)
Frank Wess (2007)
Randy Weston (2001)
Joe Wilder (2008)
Joe Williams (1993)
Teddy Wilson (1986)
Gerald Wilson (1990)
Nancy Wilson (2004)
Phil Woods (2007)
Snooky Young (2009)
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6l4-fQyqCd8

First-time ever Midi Accordion controlling Hammond Organ in March of 1992, played with bass lines on the buttons by JON HAMMOND Blues Band at JAZZKELLER Frankfurt. Jon Hammond managed to get sponsorship from Philip Morris to fly BARRY FINNERTY in from New York for the show which was the very first of Jon’s annual “Jon Hammond’s Musikmesse Warm Up Party” with all-star band. On the band with Jon also was DERRICK JAMES alto sax, ALAIN NAU drums from Forbach, UWE GEHRING aka WESLEY G guitar from Kaiserslautern. JOE BERGER Mixed this recording live under the piano with a guy blowing cigar smoke in his face (smoking was legal then). *special thanks: SENNHEISER Microphones, Hammond Suzuki, EUGEN HAHN Jazzkeller. Note: Guitarist HERB ELLIS was sitting next to bandstand in front during the entire first set. Jon Hammond plays Excelsior Accordions & Hammond Organs exclusively. © http://www.accordionradio.com
Jon Hammond Band will be returning to Jazzkeller Frankfurt to Celbrate 25 Years Musikmesse Warm Up Party on Tuesday April 5, 2011
http://hammondcast.blogspot.com/2010/08/celebrating-25-years-musikmesse-5-april.html

Annual Musikmesse Warm Up Party in Jazzkeller Frankfurt hosted by Jon Hammond Band will be 

celebrating 25 consecutive years performing in the International Musikmesse which is the biggest

event in the music lights and sound Industry.



Jon Hammond is very proud to announce the line up

and happy to return again to the world famous stage of Jazzkeller Frankfurt, the oldest jazz

club in all of Germany. Joe Berger guitar and Jon Hammond organ are both from USA, known

affectionately to their music friends as Ham-Berger (we’re on a roll! Jon and Joe often say)

long-time associates and a fixture at many trade shows, as seen on the long-running NYC based 

TV show “The Jon Hammond Show” now in 27th year. 

Tony Lakatos the great Hungarian tenor sax star from Budapest, from the famous Lakatos Family of

Hungarian Gypsy music tradition going back generations. Tony is a lifetime member of the HR 

Hessischer Rundfunk Radio Big Band and currently playing with Herbie Hancock. Tony is an artist

endorsee for P. Mauriat saxophones. Jon Hammond is extremely happy Tony will be rejoining the

band in Jazzkeller, along with another long-time musical associate, Giovanni Gulino drums from

Sicily Italy. Giovanni has been the house drummer for many years in Jazzkeller Frankfurt and

Jazz Kneipe, he also comes from a family of musicians, his brother Sandro is an outstanding

bass player. 20 years ago Jon was introduced to Tony and Giovanni by Regina Snilovic the owner

of the Jazz Kneipe, which is now closed, but formerly presented live music 7 nights a week.

Jon Hammond, Giovanni Gulino, Tony Lakatos 20 years ago in Jazz Kneipe Frankfurt



Tony, Giovanni and Jon were often the house band, by Jon played 207 gigs there with the boys,

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