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BLUES IN THE MOSCOW WHITE NIGHTS by organist Jon Hammond (USA)
Tenor saxophonist IGOR BUTMAN & organist JON HAMMOND
Backstage at Le Club jazz club in Moscow with Igor and Jon beaming after first successful concerts in Russia together!
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Jazz Quad article: “Blues In The Moscow White Nights”:
The story of my first concerts in Russia with Igor Butman (sax), Eduard Zizak (drums) by organist Jon Hammond (USA) for Jazz Quad
Coming to Russia to play in concert together with Igor Butman and Eduard Zizak recently, was one of the greatest experiences in my life/career! I was highly anticipating this journey for many reasons. First of all since my family originally came from Russia and Latvia many years ago, I had heard so many stories as a young child about the land and people I was about to visit. My grandparents were never able to return to Russia but when I arrived it felt like I was coming home.
From the beginning of my preparations I could see that this was not going to be any ordinary music tour! From obtaining visas it was apparent that the procedure was slightly different. I traveled with my girlfriend Jennifer on British Airways departing JFK to London and then from there we changed planes to Moscow. Upon arriving at Moscow SVO airport we quickly found ourselves among 20 persons who arrived with no baggage. There was nobody there to speak in English with from BA, so we had an interesting conversation and procedure with the official Lost and Found desk there and filled out the Baggage Irregularity Report papers. Leaving the customs area without our baggage we were very happy when we stepped out and saw a nice man holding a big Jon Hammond poster. We knew this was our man!
Luckily we came 2 days before the concerts and our bags were finally found and delivered to our hotel the next day.
Marat Garipov, the gentleman who came to pick us up, is one of Igor Butman’s managers. Very nice guy and we had a great time speaking with him on the drive in to Moscow about his daughters and many shared interests. The traffic was very heavy coming in and it took about 1 1/2 hours to come in to Moscow, but we got a great first look at beautiful Moscow! What an incredible city…to me it looks like the Magic Kingdom that Walt Disney tried to recreate, only many of the buildings were built hundreds of years ago! Fantastic architecture.
When we checked in to the hotel, first we had to surrender our passports for some sort of official process. When we came up to our room on the 10th floor we found that we had a spectacular view of Red Square right outside our windows! The view was absolutely magnificent. Because it was the 3rd week of June, the days are the longest of the year and known as the White Nights. 10 at night looked like bright daylight! My first night I spent making many calls to trace our baggage and see about getting our passports back while my girlfriend slept. Finally back in posesssion of my instruments and our passports I was then very relieved and could really start enjoying the fact that I was really in Moscow!
The night before my first concert at Le Club, we were guests to attend the concert of bassist Alex Rostotsky and his fine group. We had a very enjoyable time dining and listening to Alex’s music and got to meet him and his musicians later in the evening. We also had the pleasure of meeting Faina Antonova who is Igor’s manager and also managing Le Club. She is very nice and took great care in arranging every detail of our stay in Moscow. I knew right away that we were in care of special angels. After a wonderful dinner/show and cappucinos at Le Club, Faina personally drove us back to our hotel, the famous Rossiya by Red Square. I was very tired by this point so I slept like a rock.
The next day was the big Friday of our first show. Most of the day I stayed in the room practicing my instrument and looking out at Red Square. Jennifer and I wanted to get to the club early so that we could get a sound check and settle in. Faina picked us up and we stuffed my organ and all our equipment in her compact car and off we went to Le Club in the Taganka Theatre Building.
When we arrived the big friendly doormen picked up my heavy cases like they were toothpicks and brought them up the stairs for me! Vladimir the sound engineer for the club was very smooth and professional, and a very nice guy. We got a good sound on the organ and then came Eduard Zizak the great drummer! I had already met Eduard in New York the week before when he was there performing with Igor’s quartet at Birdland. Eduard is an incredible drummer and also a very nice guy. We made a little soundcheck and right away I could tell that he had listened to my music and we would lock up with some very tight grooves…no problem!
But where was Igor? I was hoping for a little mini-rehearsel with Igor but when I saw the public coming in to have dinner I knew it was too late for that! Igor arrived with his entourage and it was great to see him…he told me not to worry and apologised for not coming earlier. Igor is in big demand with a very busy schedule, so I am very lucky and honored that he could take the time to perform with me together even as his new cd album “Prophecy” was just released on the Universal Label.
We had time only for a 5 minute soundcheck and I showed Igor my book. This was going to be a very spontaneous performance, no doubt about it!
We decided to record it, and Vladimir did a fantastic job on the recording on their new digital recording console that they had just brought back from New York.
From the first notes I knew that this would be one of those magic nights I would never forget. The response from the audience was wonderful. I could only say in Russsian, “Ya LuBlu Vas”…which means, I love you all. And when I said the words to the people I got a great feeling back from them. First set was just fine and then on the break I was introduced to many press people and some fantastic local musicians. I was very honored that they all came to greet me. And then Igor proudly introduced me to 2 of the legendary jazz musicians of Moscow-accordionist Vladimir Danilin and guitarist Alexei Kuznezov. They said they had their instruments in the car and so yes we decided right away to make a live session together.
It was incredible from the first song on the 2nd set, playing together with these fantastic Moscow musicians! It felt like we had been playing together for 20 years. These musicians are some of the greatest I have ever heard and played together with. The audience was loving every bit of it, just as much as I! I was so happy that Vladimir was getting it all on tape and Jennifer was also running the video machine and taking pictures also. By the end of the night I was very satisfied with how everything went. Igor personally drove Jennifer and I back to the hotel in his nice car with fantastic sound system.
The next day we got a nice tour from our friends Eva Steiner and her nice husband Leo from the Austrian Embassy. We ended the afternoon by having lunch in the Rossiya and I got to have my first excellent bowl of Borscht!
I excused myself afterwards to take a nap as I was quite tired and knew it would be another big night at Le Club. I had a refreshing sleep and then I must say that the shower at the Rossiya is the best shower I have ever had in my life! The shower head resembles a little Sputnick! The water comes out full force…no water saving there at the Rossiya. Wonderful.
This time when Faina picked us up we didn’t have the organ with us. For the first time I left my instrument in the club because I could see the security there is excellent, 24 hours.
Already there were journalists at the club to meet. I was very happy to meet Cyril Moshkow. We had many e mails before coming and he is a very nice guy also and very serious jazz journalist. He is the president of the Russian Jazz Journalist organization. We had a nice conversation and Cyril took some pictures of the concert for his website. Also we met Igor Moskvichev from Russian “Hit Parade” magazine and Mr. Kumalo from the South African Embassy.
Jon Hammond with South African Minister-Counsellor Mpendulo Kumalo
Igor Butman, Eduard Zizak, Jon Hammond
foto courtesy of Igor Moskvichev
The Journey Home to USA from Moscow
After the 2nd successful night playing in trio with Igor and Eduard, we sadly said our goodbyes. But we are very excited about Igor coming to New York with his entire 18 piece bigband to perform in concert with Wynton Marsalis and Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra in September!
Igor sent us back to the hotel in care of one of his professional security men. We were very happy and relaxed with no fears in the Moscow night as we sped through the streets in a taxicab back to the Rossiya.
The following day we had a chance to do a little more shopping for souveniers and pack all the bags for our trip back to New York JFK.
Checking out from the hotel the reception people were very friendly and asked me to autograph my new cd “Hammond’s Bolero” for them *link: http://www.amazon.com/Hammonds-Bolero-Jon-Hammond/dp/B000BX372E
hey called me Jazz Man. We enjoyed our stay there very much!
It was a wonderful experience from beginning to end. I am happy that we have professional recordings of the concerts with Igor, Eduard and our special guest musicians Vladimir Danilin and Alexei Kuznezov. We are talking about creating a live cd release from the concerts at Le Club.
As they say, we came to “Celebrate the diplomatic power of jazz” with ™ “Blues In The Moscow White Nights”!
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Jon Hammond standing at the Le Club marquis
Jon Hammond & Ed Zizak
Jon Hammond at Le Club
Jon Hammond hits the bar at Moscow’s best jazz club-Le Club in Theatre Taganka
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You can see my WebTV email on the TV screen, this is how I did it for years – (while practicing accordion on my Excelsior Accordion):
A really nice feature that was offered for the people who used the Philips Magnavox MAT-976 WebTV Plus box was the ability to publish websites with the Pagebuilder feature, I built my very first websites using Pagebuilders and they will all be disabled
after Sept. 30, 2013 – here is the URL of my very first WebTV Pagebuilder website, it is online for only a short time more and I
will put some of the content on this blog posting – this is the actual URL:
Wikipedia for “MSN TV” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MSN_TV
“MSN TV (formerly WebTV) is the name of both a thin client which uses a television for display (rather than a computer monitor), and the online service that supports it.
The product and service was developed by WebTV Networks, Inc., a company purchased by Microsoft Corporation and absorbed into MSN (the Microsoft Network). While most thin clients developed in the mid-1990s were positioned as diskless workstations for corporate intranets, WebTV was positioned as a consumer device for web access.
The WebTV product is an adapter that allows a television set to be connected to the Internet, primarily for web browsing and e-mail. The setup includes a web browser, a corded or wireless (e.g., bluetooth or IRDA) keyboard and a connection, using a modem, ADSL, cable Internet access, or power line communication.
While WebTV does not allow as much functionality as a computer-based web browser, it is a low-cost alternative to a traditional computer connection to the Internet.
On July 1, 2013, an email was sent out to customers that the service will be shutting down on September 30, 2013, and customer service will be available until January 15, 2014.”
Old article: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/press/2001/jul01/07-18renamepr.aspx
WebTV Internet Service Renamed “MSN TV Service”
July 18, 2001
Rebranded Service to Provide Consumers With a Greater Breadth of Services And Content From MSN
*Note: now unfortunately Microsoft will kill it off folks, Jon Hammond
“REDMOND, Wash., July 18, 2001 — The MSN® network of Internet services, the worlds leading consumer network with over 230 million unique users, today announced the renaming of WebTV® Internet Service to MSN TV service. This move furthers the MSN commitment to delivering premium online content and services any time, anywhere and on any device. This transition will accelerate the integration of outstanding MSN content and services such as the MSN Hotmail® service, the worlds largest Web-based e-mail service to users of the WebTV Classic, WebTV Plus, UltimateTV® service and Dishplayer devices, offering consumers more ways to access the Internet and make MSN their home on the Web.”
“WebTV briefly classified as a weapon[edit source]
Because WebTV utilized strong encryption, upon launch in 1996, WebTV was classified as munitions (a military weapon) by the United States government and was therefore barred from export under United States security laws at the time. Because WebTV was widely distributed in consumer electronic stores under the Sony and Philips brands for only US$325, its munitions classification was used to argue that the US should no longer consider devices incorporating strong encryption to be munitions, and should permit their export. WebTV obtained a special exemption permitting its export, despite the strong encryption, and shortly thereafter, laws concerning export of cryptography in the United States were changed to generally permit the export of strong encryption.
Microsoft takes notice[edit source]
In February 1997, in an investor meeting with Microsoft, Steve Perlman was approached by Microsoft’s Senior Vice President for Consumer Platforms Division, Craig Mundie. Despite the fact that the initial WebTV sales had been modest, Mundie expressed that Microsoft was impressed with WebTV and saw significant potential both in WebTV’s product offering and in applying the technology to other Microsoft consumer and video product offerings. Microsoft offered to acquire WebTV, build a Microsoft campus in Silicon Valley around WebTV, and establish WebTV as a Microsoft division to develop television-based products and services, with Perlman as the division’s president.
Discussions proceeded rapidly, involving Bill Gates, then CEO of Microsoft, personally. Gates called Perlman at his home on Easter Sunday in March 1997, and Perlman described to Gates WebTV’s next generation products in development, which would be the first consumer devices to incorporate hard disks, including the WebTV Plus, and the WebTV Digital Video Recorders. Gates’ interest was piqued, and negotiations between Microsoft and WebTV rapidly proceeded to closure, with both sides working around the clock to get the deal done. Indeed, the parties were unaware that they were losing an hour of negotiation the night before the planned announcement due to the change to Daylight Saving Time, and they almost did not have enough time to close the deal.
On Sunday, April 6, 1997, 20 months after WebTV’s founding, and only six weeks after negotiations with Microsoft began, during a scheduled speech at the National Association of Broadcasters conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, Craig Mundie announced that Microsoft had acquired WebTV. The acquisition price was US$503 million, but WebTV was so young a company that most of the employees’ stock options had yet to be vested. As such, the vested shares at the time of the announcement amounted to US$425 million, and that was the acquisition price announced.
Subsequent to the acquisition, WebTV became a Silicon Valley-based division of Microsoft, with Steve Perlman as its president. The WebTV division began developing most of Microsoft’s television-based products, including the first satellite Digital Video Recorders (the DishPlayer for EchoStar’s Dish Network and UltimateTV for DirecTV), Microsoft’s cable TV products, the Xbox 360 hardware, and Microsoft’s Mediaroom IPTV platform.
In May 1999, America Online announced that it was going to compete directly with Microsoft in delivering Internet over television sets by introducing AOL TV.
In June 1999, Steve Perlman left Microsoft and started Rearden, a business incubator for new companies in media and entertainment technology.
Microsoft worked with Sega in that same year and developed Microsoft WebTV for the Dreamcast game console. This was the first TV set-top box from a major vendor that offered high-end online gaming, internet access, and interactive television, as well as the first glimpse at WebTV running on Microsoft’s Windows CE operating system. This would later lead Microsoft to create their own game consoles (Xbox & Xbox 360) and use this same technology within it.”
MARK YOUR CALENDAR! Special Announcement! JUNE 22 & 23, at Shoreline Ampitheatre!! **Updated JON HAMMOND Itinerary International:
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.
JUNE 22 & 23 at Shoreline Ampitheatre-NEW ORLEANS BY THE BAY FOOD AND MUSIC FESTIVAL!!
Be sure and catch Jon Hammond & Band at John Lee Hooker’s BOOM BOOM ROOM Aug. 14
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. 9-11 OLYMPIC VOYAGER
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
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
HAPPY NEW YEAR 2002!
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 18-Solo Piano FOUR SEASONS HOTEL S.F.
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.
HAPPY NEW YEARS 2003!
My new album “Hammond’s Bolero” is coming out Jan. 9th! *info: http://www.amazon.com/Hammonds-Bolero-Jon-Hammond/dp/B000BX372E
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: www.KUSP.org 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 wwwKCSM.org
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 www.MNN.org
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
Jan. 7- Live KPOO 89.5 “Blues w/Noel Show”, 9-11AM…worldwide at www.KPOO.com
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 www.WBGO.org
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 http://www.wroxblues.com
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 http://www.WBGO.org 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
12,176 Organist JON HAMMOND in concert with saxophonist IGOR BUTMAN, ALEXEI KUZNETZOV (gtr.), VLADIMIR DANILIN (accordion) & EDUARD ZIZAK (drums) together for the first time in MOSCOW RUSSIA at LE CLUB in THEATRE TAGANKA *Special Thanks: FAINA COBHAM *Official Site: http://www.HammondCast.com
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
brucebud 4 years ago
beautiful ballad playing. Simply beautiful. Jon you have such a great expressiveness on that XB2. Butman gets such a warm sound. Great ensemble rendition all around.
stalinmalcovich 6 years ago
Butman is the best
brucebud 7 years ago
Superb ballad playing from Jon Hammond. This guy is highly skilled, y’all. Good percussion sound on the organ. Good to hear Igor in a more subdued setting since he can play great high energy. Nice candenza at the end.
Organist and Broadcaster Jon Hammond traveled to Moscow Russia and played this concert together with Russian musicians Vladimir Danilin (accordion), Alexei Kuznetsov (guitar), Igor Butman (tenor sax) and Eduard Zizak (drums), Jon Hammond on organ and bass playing Wine and Roses on this memorable date June 25th 2003.
Moscow: Vladimir Danilin, Jon Hammond, Igor Butman, Alexei Kuznetsov, Eduard Zizak on HammondCast
as heard on daily radio program HammondCast http://www.HammondCast.com Special thanks: Faina Antonova, Marat Garipov, Hotel Rossiya, Hammond Suzuki
Long running Cable Access TV Show The Jon Hammond Show flashes back with some vintage segments including in studio Eddie Money rehearsal with Paul Shaffer and band at NBC pre-broadcast on David Letterman set with cameo from Biff Henderson, Will Lee, Anton Fig, special thanks Jeff Samaha NBC Stage Manager, then to Providence Rhode Island 1987 performance at The Living Room with John Entwistle and Rat Race Choir doing a kick ass cover of Young Man Blues mixed live by Joe Berger. An impromptu palm percussion performance by Will Lee and then the classic Jon Hammond Show opening with famed weather man Lloyd Lindsay Young and cable access veteran Harold Hudson Channer and Jon Hammond in conversation on Harold’s program Conversations introducing a segment in Moscow Russia with Jon Hammond in concert in Trio with saxophonist Igor Butman, drummer Ed Zizak, as Harold says “It’s a Global Village!” Enjoy this historic documentary and stay tuned for more from Mr. Hammond’s Archives http://www.HammondCast.com
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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 www.MNN.org 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.
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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 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).
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Based on a TRUE story, Hammond wrote this song first performed Aug. 28th 1989 at Mikell’s NYC: PARTY IS FORBIDDEN HERE! This film features drummers Bernard Purdie & Chuggy Leslie J. Carter, the Power-House Rhythm Section getting down! Jon Hammond at his 1959 B3 organ along with Alex Foster tenor sax..
21 years old – I found out my first day at Berklee College of Music in 1973 that I could not have accordion or Hammond organ as my principle instrument, I was sure mad about that! They sent me to the piano practice rooms with the broken out-of-tune Kawaii pianos with cigarette burns all over them, saxophone players playing scales on either side in the practice booths and drummers, it was nuts – Jon Hammond http://www.accordionradio.com/news.html — at Berklee College of Music
This is the Gretel & Alfons on the Große Freiheit 29, 22767 Hamburg where The Beatles hung out and drank beers back in the days when they were playing long nights at The Star Club just steps away. My friend Horst Jankowiak (R.I.P.) who was the owner told me that Paul McCartney returned there in 1989 and paid up their outstanding tab for beers leftover from 1961, and gave the house a pretty good tip as well. Very sad to hear that Horst has died, he had myself and Joe Berger sign in the house guest book on the next page over from where Jimi Hendrix had signed it – I met Lee Curtis there in Gretel & Alfons and Lee walked with me and showed me the place where Star Club had burnt down – Lee Curtis (from Liverpool) played The Star Club more than any other performer – quite a legacy there folks! Jon Hammond
*LISTEN TO THE AUDIO HERE: HammondCast Little Red Riding Hood With Jazzbo Collins Jon Hammond’s Journal June 30 2013
Jon’s special archive http://archive.org/details/HammondCast_22
Al Jazzbo Collins
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