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T.W. Ardy 28th Dec 1926 - 16th Jan 1977
Werner Twardy recordings
The Look of Love
Tico Tico
America
Always
Ramona
Rowbottom Square
Schiwago Melodie
Mackie Messer
Ganz Paris traumt von der Liebe
Du bist nicht allein
Wunderbar,wunderbar
Organist Werner Twardy
Werner Twardy
Discogs page
T.W. Ardy was an alias for Werner Twardy.
Hitoshi 'Toshi' Asano 1947
Begin The Beguine - Hammond X-77GT
Any Time
Goody-Goody
Meditation - Hammond L-100
The Song Is You - Hammond XK3-c
It's A Sin To Tell A lie
with Guest Guitar
I can't give you anything but love
Hitoshi 'Toshi' Asano organist
'Toshi' Asano
Hitoshi 'Toshi' Asano was born in Ginza, Tokyo in 1947 as the son of a medical doctor. His grandfather was also a medical doctor of St. Luke's International Hospital, a familiar place for Toshi from his youth.
He was very impressed by the sound of the Hammond organ in the chapel of the hospital.
Toshi studied playing technique of the Hammond organ by himself and started his performance when he was a student of Keio University.
He has played in Japan and abroad on numerous occasions.

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Brian Auger 18th Jul 1939 -
Kiko
Namm Show 2011
Inner City Blues
Whenever You're Ready
Second Wind
Freedom Jazz Dance
Straight Ahead
Organist Brian Auger
Brian Auger
Brian Albert Gordon Auger was born 18th July 1939 in Hammersmith London.
A jazz pianist, bandleader, session musician and Hammond B3 player, Auger has played or toured with many of the top artists. In 1965 Auger formed the group along with and Due to contractual problems there were no official recordings made by the band; nevertheless, nine tracks were laid down for promotional use in late 1965 and enclosed on a cd by Repertoire as well as 12 live tracks from "Live at the Birmingham Town Hall, February 2, 1964. In 1965, Auger played on For Your Love by
With Driscoll and the band, he went on to record several hit singles, notably a cover version of "Road to Cairo" and "This Wheel's on Fire". In 1969 Auger, Driscoll and Trinity appeared performing in the United States on the nationally telecast NBC television network special
In 1970 he formed Brian Auger's shortly after abandoning the abortive "Wassenaar Arrangement" jazz-fusion commune in a small suburb of The Hague. Oblivion Express served to cultivate several musicians.
In 1989, Auger was musical director for the thirteen-part film retrospective series Villa Fantastica, made for German TV.
In 2012, Auger released one of the few solo albums of his career, Language of the Heart.

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Ena Baga 5th Jan 1906 – 15th Jul 2004
Ena Baga plays Bagatelle. on Hammond & Leslie.
Ena playing Hammond & Leslie
Wheels / Ruedas
Eye Level
Wives and Lovers
The look of Love
Anyone who had a Heart
Trains and Boats and Planes
Medley 1
Medley 2
Medley 3

Fiddle Faddle
Hammond C3
Taboo
Hammond C3
Cuckoo Waltz
Hammond C3
Bossa Nova U.S.A.
Hammond C3
Bem Ti Vi Atrivedo. Samba
Hammond C3
Eighteenth Century Rock
Hammond C3
Misty
Hammond C3
Ena Baga Hammond organist
Ena Baga

Image from LP sleeve Organ Bagatelle
Wikipedia page

Discogs page

Pdf document - people who mattered in Southend
The Telegraph obituary
The Stage obituary

TOURING the country with the Hammond organ Showcase, is International Broadcasting Organist Ena Baga.
Prior to starting this, Miss Baga was on tour In North Africa and did a spell in South Africa, where she toured in a Landrover taking her Hammond organ to places where they had never seen such a thing before.
Her shows now are complete units and last for some two hours, but her itinerary is a little hectic, playing here there and every-where on one night stands.
On December 7 she Joins forces with Reginald Dixon on a similar show In Manchester.
It is a well-known fact that during the war when Mr. Dixon was, absent from the Tower Ballroom, Blackpool, Miss Baga was appointed in his stead and here in Manchester they join forces on the same show.
Miss Baga did a great service to the electronic organ field when she appeared recently on Westward TV from Plymouth in Westward Diary and was interviewed regarding organ playing.

The Stage
01 April 1976
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Ena Rosina Baga was born in Clerkenwell London on January 5th 1906, her father, Constantine, was Italian and her mother, Charlotte, was Irish. Her father conducted a cinema orchestra at the Angel, Islington.
The family moved to Southend on Sea for the good of Ena's health.
Aged 12 she became the organist at the Roman Catholic church.
Ena Baga had three sisters, all musical - two of them, Florence (De Jong) and Celeste, became cinema organists, the fourth sister, Beatrice, played violin and saxophone.
When the sisters played together they formed an ensemble called Bagatrix.
Between 1925 and 1928 Ena played for silent movies, with the 'talkies' not requiring an organist Ena Baga changed direction to entertainer.
From 1940 to 1945 Ena Baga replaced Reginald Dixon at the Tower Ballroom while he completed his 'National Service'.
With many cinemas, including their organs, destroyed during the war and 'Talkies' taking over Ena changed direction again and embraced the new electronic 'Hammond' organ. Changing her repertoire to match the modern technology.
She spent two years in South Africa and Rhodesia touring extensively. She then spent time on the Queen Mary finally returning to the UK where she was invited to tour Britain for Hammond Organs giving demonstrations and recitals.
She then moved on to teaching at Chiswick Hammond Organ Studios.
Ena Baga Married Elliot Turnbull in 1929 and Thomas J Hamilton Brown in 1936.
Ena Baga died 15th July 2004.

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Lou Bennett 18th May 1926 - 10th Feb 1997
Summertime
Performance (1966)
Hi Fly
Hit the Road Jack
Organist Lou Bennet
Lou Bennet
Wikipedia page

Discogs page
Jean-Louis Benoît (Lou Bennet) was born on May 18th, 1926 in Philadelphia. Lou started his musical profession as a bop pianist in Baltimore in 1947. By 1956, under the influence of Wild Bill Davis and Jimmy Smith, he had begun to play organ instead. Lou toured the East and Midwest with his bop organ trio from 1957 to 1959, becoming a solid player in the late '50s.
The following year he moved to Paris, where he played at the 'Blue Note' with and
Bennett has toured and performed at many European Jazz festivals and in films, but has made only one appearance in the USA - at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1964.
He worked extensively in Spain, performing at clubs and festivals, and composed several soundtracks for films. Lou also appeared as an actor in three movies. His last album 'Now Hear My Meaning' was recorded in 1992.
Lou Bennet passed away February 10, 1997 in a hospital outside of Paris.

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Pat Bianchi
Pat Bianchi Facebook page
Pat Bianchi Twitter page
Pat Bianchi YouTube channel
Pat Bianchi Instagram page
The BE3 Trio
Live Concert
introduction to jazz
Roots Interchange
My Shining Hour
Key B Live
Organist Pat Bianchi
Pat Bianchi
Pat Bianchi web site

Wikipedia page
Pat Bianchi began playing organ at the age of 7. Unlike many organists of today, piano was not his first instrument. He would spend many hours at a Farfisa Compact Duo organ that was given to him as a Christmas gift. His grandfathers along with his father, all working musicians, provided a great deal of support and guidance early in his musical development. Recognizing Pat's continuing affinity for music, his parents enrolled him in classical piano study. While still maintaining a strong interest in organ, he was playing some of his first professional gigs by the age of 11.
Upon graduating high school, Bianchi continued his studies at Berklee College of Music in Boston and graduated in 1998 with a Bachelors of Music in Jazz Piano Performance. Shortly after graduating cum laude, Bianchi secured the position as the house pianist at the famous El Chapultepec club in Denver, CO. The Pec often brought in guest artists giving Pat a chance to play with some of the best. After being at the Pec for 6 nights a week for almost 3 years, Pat became an important fixture on the Denver Jazz Scene.
Pat Bianchi decided to move on from his gig at the The Pec and focus solely on organ. A brief stint in NYC would soon follow and Bianchi quickly established himself on the competitive New York scene.
Bianchi joined the faculty of the University of Colorado at Boulder Jazz Studies Program teaching piano, theory and ensembles to undergraduate, masters and doctoral students.
Pat Bianchi returned to New York City in June of 2008. He officially joined in 2009 performing with Lou for almost a year and a half before joining Pat Martino's working trio in 2011.

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George Blackmore Link to pipe organ page icon Died 24th Feb 1994

Merry Widow Waltz
Harry Engleman (Piano) & George Blackmore (Hammond Organ)
So What's New & Congratulations
Harry Engleman (Piano) & George Blackmore (Hammond Organ)
The Roaring Twenties & Thoroughly Modern Millie.
Organist George Blackmore
George Blackmore
Discogs page
George Blackmore was born in 1921 in Rochester, Kent. He commenced his musical studies as a chorister, attending the Cathedral Choir School. At the age of 12 he became the youngest ever to win the organ scholarship at King's School, Rochester. George developed an interest in the theatre organ and after playing the Compton at the Palace, Chatham he began occasional deputy work at the Compton in the Majestic, Rochester where he finally became organist in 1939 and made his first broadcast in 1941.
In 1946 he took up the post of organist at the Gaumont, Birmingham. However, the Rank Organisation who now ran Gaumont and Odeon theatres began to make cuts in the numbers of circuit organists and in February 1950 George found himself out of a job. George spent seven years in Aberdeen as organist at theAstoria and the Capitol, broadcasting frequently and also acting as Musical Director for Donalds' other live entertainments He also held the post of organist at St John's Episcopal Church.
Finally in 1957, concerned at the general downturn in cinema-going, George left to become editor and arranger at Bosworth's.
Soon he returned to full-time organ playing, initially as demonstrator for manufacturers of electronic instruments and then as one of Britains' foremost freelance performers on both pipes and electronics, his concert tours taking him to the USA and Australia
His death in 1994 robbed the organ world of one of its most popular and talented figures.

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André Brasseur b. 11th Dec 1939
André Brasseur Facebook page
Big Fat spiritual & studio 17
Early Bird Satellite
Mad Train (1966)

Bill
Holiday
SPECIAL 230
Saturnus [1974]

20 minutes
YouTube Channel link
Organist André Brasseur
André Brasseur
André Brasseur web site

André Brasseur Wikipedia page

André Brasseur Discogs page
André Brasseur was born in 1939 in Ham-sur-Sambre, Belgium.
From 1962 to 1967 André Brasseur played mainly blues and jazz in the Brussels bars near the Ancienne Belgique in exchange for a meal. In 1964 he performed with his orchestra in the prestigious Hotel Metropole. There he was noticed by a talent scout and record boss offered him a contract right away.
The first single, Hold Up / Far West was a flop, but the next release, Special 230, with the b-side organ number Earlybird Satellite was a hit. The single, soon shortened to "Early Bird" and named after the first telecommunications satellite Intelsat I, sold more than six million copies and became an international hit. The third single, Atlantide / Studio 17 reached 16th in the Belgian charts in 1965. It would be the last Brasseur number which was noted in the Belgian charts.
From then on the André Brasseur tunes were picked up by radio and television producers in Western Europe, which they use as a jingle or generic for their program. Especially the DJs of the 60s and 70s. The very popular Dutch, English and Flemish pirate stations took full advantage of the familiar melodies as jingles for their promotional spots.
In 1967 André Brasseur used the proceeds from the copyright to open a disco 'Pow Pow' in Marche-en-Famenne and two years later dancing 'La Locomotiv' in Barbençon .
In the seventies, André Brasseur was a long-time member of the Blue Workshop , providing the backing to and he toured with the Far East .
In 1990, Brasseur served as a studio musician for Vaya Con Dios . He played keyboards on the hit single What's a Woman , Nah Neh Nah and Heading for a Fall.
Milt Buckner 10th Jul 1915 - 27th Jul 1977
Midnight Mood
Please, Mr Organ Player
why don't you do right
Milt Buckner at the organ the beast
Organist Milt Buckner
Milt Buckner
Wikipedia page

Discogs page
Milton Brent Buckner was born 10th July 1915 in St. Louis, Missouri. His parents encouraged him to learn to play piano, they both died when he was nine years old. Milt and his younger brother were sent to Detroit where they were adopted by members of the Earl Walton band. Buckner studied piano for three years from the age 10, then at 15 began writing arrangements for the band, he and his brother going on to become active in the Detroit jazz world in the 1930s.
Buckner first played in Detroit with the and then with In 1941 he joined big band, and for the next seven years served as its pianist and staff arranger. He led a short-lived big band of his own for two years, but then returned to Hampton's in 1950. In 1952 he formed his own trio, and pioneered the use of the electric Hammond organ. He pioneered the parallel chords style that influenced , et al. He often played in Europe in the late 1960s. His last studio session took place in Paris on 4 July 1977.
Milt Buckner died 27th July 1977 in Chicago, Illinois, at the age of 62.

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Doreen ChadwickLink to pipe organ page icon 1919 - 26th June 2014
Hammond Medley
Organist Doreen Chadwick
Doreen Chadwick
Organ 1st CD sales for Doreen Chadwick
Discogs page
Originally from South Wales, Doreen Chadwick lived in Manchester for many years and was well known for her time playing and broadcasting the Wurlitzer organ at the Gaumont in Manchester.
Doreen was one of the few lady Granada Theatres organists before WWII, and had a very long and successful career playing the Theatre and Electronic organ all over the country.(as well as running a pub in-between!)

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Buddy Cole Link to pipe organ page icon 15th Dec 1916 – 5th Nov 1964
It Had To Be You- Bing Crosby and Buddy Cole

Buddy Cole plays Hammond
Ingenuity In Sound Full LP
Powerhouse
Memories of You
That Old Black Magic
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
La Rosita
The Peanut Vendor
The Moon Was Yellow
Poinciana
Cheek to Cheek
Cherokee
Hernando's Hideaway
Caravan
Old Devil Moon
Organist Buddy Cole
Buddy Cole
Alan Ashton Organ Celebrities Buddy Cole page

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Discogs page
Edwin LeMar Cole, known as Buddy Cole was a jazz pianist and orchestra leader.
Buddy Cole was born in Irving, Illinois, and started his musical career in the theater playing between movies.
He moved to Hollywood and played with a couple of bands, including the Alvino Rey big band, before becoming a studio musician.
He played piano for Bing Crosby and toured with Rosemary Clooney.
Although primarily known as a pianist, he had an abiding love for the organ, both Hammond and theatre organ. He worked extensively with Henry Mancini, who used his distinctive Hammond organ sound for the sound track to the TV series "Mr. Lucky ". He also recorded several albums for Warner Brothers records on piano, Hammond organ and theatre pipe organ.
He married Yvonne King, member of the King Sisters, They had two daughters, actress Tina Cole and Cathy Cole Green.
He later married Clare Cole.

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Ray Colignon 7th Feb 1907 - 10th Feb 1987
Dance with me #1
Heart of My Heart
You, You, You
Gotta Go To The Fais Dodo
Answer Me
Your Heart, My Heart
Tenderly
Sway
Smile
Naci para bailar.
Dance with me #2
Seriez-vous un ange?
Le Grisbi
Kiss
The Little Shoemaker
Pam-pou-de
Y'en a, y'en a pas
Dance with me #3
Skokiaan
Tea for Two
Penny Serenade
Shadow Waltz
Umbrella Man
Many Times
Judas
The Breeze And I
O'Cangaceiro
Dance with me #4
Uno
La Cumparsita
Jealousy
Kiss Me Another
Fiesta del Tabaco
Anna
Ray Colignon organist
Ray Colignon
Discogs page

Wikipedia page
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Ray Colignon was born 7th February 1907 in Liège, Belgium. Ray started his musical career playing in cinemas and music halls. In 1928 he performed in Switzerland and in 1929 France.
In 1930 he toured Algeria and also worked in Paris.
From 1931 to 1934 he whas pianist, organist, and arranger at a nightclub in Liège.
Between 1935 and 1940 Colignon played with
Fud Candrix'sAlfons 'Fud' Candrix
1908 - 12 April 1974
Was a Belgian jazz musician, arranger and bandleader. He was one of the best-known Belgian musicians and pre-war band leaders.
orchestra, often as a principal soloist. He was also musical arranger for the orchestra.
Ray also played with other bands, notably Jack Lowens,
Kurt WidmannKurt "Kutte" Widmann
March 2, 1906 -
was a German jazz musician and orchestra conductor.
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Adolf Steimel Adolf Steimel
October 12, 1907
He was popular in the swing and dance music during the Second World War, and in the post - war period he worked mainly as a film composer .

In the post-war period, he worked mainly as a dance organist
Ray Colignon died 10th February 1987 in Wavre, Belgium.

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Jesse CrawfordLink to pipe organ page icon 2nd Dec 1895 – 28th May 1962
Pathe logoFilmed on his first visit to England
Jesse and Helen Crawford
The Poet of the Organ - Hammond
Remembering , Hammond Organ & Harp Side 1
Remembering , Hammond Organ & Harp Side 2
Hammond Chord Organ
Organist Jesse Crawford
Jesse Crawford
Wikipedia page

Organ 1st CD Jesse Crawford
Discogs page

Collection of Jessie Crawford letters
Link to page with course on Crawfords Glissando technique
Theatre Organ page for Jesse Crawford
Jesse Crawford was born December 2, 1895 his father died when he was one year old, leaving an impoverished wife and mother, she placed the baby in an orphanage asylum near Woodland, California. Jesse Crawford taught himself music there. By age nine, he was playing a cornet in the orphanage band. At age 14 he left the orphanage to play piano in a small dance band, and then took a job playing piano in a ten-cent-admission silent film house.
His early theatre organ experience was at Washington's Spokane Gem Theater in 1911 and at the Clemmer-owned Casino He next played briefly at theatres in Billings, Montana, Spokane, Washington and Seattle. When he met Oliver Wallace.
In the 1920s Crawford began forming a fan base and was dubbed the 'Poet of the Organ' for his style of playing ballads in Chicago. In 1921, he was employed by the Balaban and Katz theatre chain playing its 29-rank Wurlitzer in the Chicago Theatre.
From 1926 to 1933, he performed at New York City's Paramount Theater, with his wife Helen Anderson playing a twin organ console. They met in 1923, and married in 1924.
After some recordings for the small local Autograph Records label, Crawford made a series of gramophone records for the Victor Records label which proved very popular with record buyers.
With the end of the silent film era, work for theatre organists in movie houses dried up. Crawford played a Kilgen organ at Chicago's Century of Progress World's Fair in 1934, and in 1936 he got a job as staff organist in NBC Radio studios in Chicago.
In the 1930s, Crawford switched to the Hammond organ, and began playing engagements across the United States. Between 1937 and 1940, he appeared with his wife Helen in several Vitaphone short films released by Warner Brothers
Jesse Crawford died May 28th 1962.

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