Archive for November, 2007

Ahmet Ertegun Eulogy To My Brother Nesuhi

November 25, 2007


Ahmet Ertegun Eulogy To My Brother Nesuhi

From Jon Hammond N.Y., NY: I was honored to be invited to be with friends, family and Atlantic Records WEA and so many Musicians on this day in 1989 in Lincoln Center. I arrived with Bernard Purdie long-time Atlantic recording artist and we sat together amongst the Musicians, in concert were Modern Jazz Quartet, Roberta Flack, Phil Collins, Manhattan Transfer, Ron Carter, Sylvia Simms and at end after Ahmet’s eulogy George Wein played a piano blues with Claude Nobbs on harmonica. Cocktail reception followed, it was somber but warm and joyful at the same time. Now Ahmet has passed RIP, he was always nice to me so I pass this on in their memory.
Jon Hammond
*Ahmet Ertegun was “one of the most significant figures in the modern recording industry” who “co-founded Atlantic Records in 1947 with partner Herb Abramson. Atlantic was at the forefront of great independent labels that sprang up in the late Forties, challenging the primacy of the major labels of the time (RCA, Columbia and Decca) by discovering, developing and nurturing new talent. Under the guiding hand of Ertegun – the son of a career diplomat and a lifelong jazz and blues aficionado – Atlantic became the nation’s premier rhythm & blues label in a few short years. The label’s artist roster in the Fifties reads like an honor roll of R&B talent: Ruth Brown, Big Joe Turner, Ray Charles, LaVern Baker, the Drifters, the Coasters, the Clovers, and many more. During this period, Ertegun produced or coproduced the vast majority of records released on Atlantic. He even wrote songs for Atlantic artists in the early days using the pseudonym “Nugetre” (Ertegun spelled backwards). Though he was less directly involved as a producer, Ertegun continued at the helm of Atlantic in the Sixties and Seventies as the company conquered the realms of soul and rock, from Aretha Franklin to Led Zeppelin, with phenomenal success. Ertegun serves as chairman of Atlantic Records to this day. At the tenth annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Dinner in 1995, it was announced that the museum’s main exhibition hall would be named after Ertegun.” (quote from Museum)

Nesuhi Ertegun “spent most of his lifetime working at Atlantic Records and associated labels. He joined Atlantic in 1956, nine years after its founding by his brother Ahmet and Herb Abramson. Nesuhi initially developed Atlantic’s album department and built up the label’s extensive catalog of jazz long-players. The list of jazz artists he produced at Atlantic over the years reads like a who’s who: John Coltrane, Charles Mingus, Ornette Coleman, the Modern Jazz Quartet and more. Nesuhi also became involved with the label’s rhythm & blues and rock and roll roster as well, producing several hit records for Ray Charles, the Drifters, Bobby Darin and Roberta Flack. The son of a Turkish diplomat, Nesuhi acquired his taste for black music while growing up in Washington D.C., where he and Ahmet would frequent the Howard Theater and scour the community for records by their favorite musicians. In 1944, he moved to Los Angeles to run the Jazzman Record Shop. While there he created his own label, Crescent Records (later Jazzman), on which he recorded the likes of Kid Ory and Jelly Roll Morton. Nesuhi also served as editor of Record Changer magazine and taught the first accredited course in jazz offered in the U.S., at UCLA. In addition to founding the jazz division at Atlantic, Nesuhi later went on to spearhead the label’s international operations, expanding the business and opening up new markets overseas. After the merger of the Warner Brothers, Elektra and Atlantic labels in 1971, he headed WEA International. He later oversaw the special projects division of Warner Communications and launched East/West, a Atlantic-distributed label, in 1988.” (quote from Museum)


RECORDING Bernard Purdie Jon Hammond plus Brandon Tartikoff RIP

November 24, 2007

This remarkable documentary takes you inside Quad Studios NYC Sept. 7, 1989 during Jon Hammond Record Session with legendary drummer Bernard Purdie, during which Bernard interviews saxophonist Alex Foster of Saturday Night Live. Barry Finnerty guitar, Chuggy Carter perc., Jon Hammond at the Hammond organ and Joe Berger at the controls, inside footage in control room and special bonus at end a plug by former NBC Head of Programming Brandon Tartikoff who sadly passed away Aug. 27, 1997. This was one of the sessions from Jon Hammond CD LATE RENT on Ham-Berger-Friz Records ©2007 Brandon Tartikoff RIP Former Head of Programming NBC 

STUDIO: Recording of White Onions

November 21, 2007

STUDIO: This film takes you inside the actual recording session of “White Onions” from Jon Hammond “Late Rent” album in QUAD Studios NYC Sept. 7, 1989. With legendary studio drummer Bernard Purdie, Alex Foster sax, Chuggy Carter perc., Barry Finnerty guitar, Jon Hammond at B3 organ with Joe Berger at the audio board. Catch Jon Hammond’s daily radio show ‘HammondCast Early Edition’ on KYOU Radio 1550 AM ©2007 http://www.HammondCast.comLATE RENT 

Conversations Pt. 2 with Harold Channer and Jon Hammond MNNTV

November 20, 2007

Part 2 of Conversations with Harold Channer and Jon Hammond “The Global Village”…music as the Universal Language, music without words is the best way to effect global change, Jon’s theory in action with a clip from Moscow Russia concert together with Russian tenor sax star Igor Butman, drummer Eduard Zizak and Jon at the organ doing the classic Jazz Ballad “My One And Only Love” from the John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman ‘Ballads’ album. And wrap up conversation with Broadcaster, Philosopher Producer and World Traveler Harold Hudson Channer on Manhattan Neighborhood Network ©2007

Igor Butman and Jon Hammond in Moscow Russia

CONVERSATIONS Pt. 3 Harold Channer and Jon Hammond MNN

November 19, 2007

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Conversations Pt. 1 Harold Channer & Jon Hammond MNN TV

November 19, 2007

Conversations Show: Harold Hudson Channer & guest Jon Hammond MNN TV pt.1 50 mins. 

CONVERSATIONS Harold Channer and guest Jon Hammond 10 mins.

November 19, 2007