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John Dalley
Somebody Loves Me
Wersi Arcus
From the album Satin, Latin and Swing
Boogie Me
Wersi Arcus
From the album Satin, Latin and Swing
Isnt It Romantic
Wersi Arcus
From the album Satin, Latin and Swing
John Dalley organist
Article by John Dalley on his early years as an organist
John Dalley, was born and classically trained in Portsmouth.
His early career started with an R.A.F. dance band. Later playing piano in numerous groups along the South Coast.
As pianos became less well tuned John bought a Seybold that was attached to the right hand side of the piano.
In 1954 John purchased his first
'Bird'
organ, this was followed by a Lowery
'Heritage'
(he was still playing this in 1998)then a Hammond B3 (very heavy) then an
Elka 707
, a Viscount, a Yamaha FS30, a Wersi 'Beta' and finally a Wersi 'Arcus0 (featured on the recordings above).
After forty years of travelling playing the organ John settled to playing to the visitors at his sea side home of Eastbourne during the summer and playing the organ club circuit during the winter.
John retired from the organ club circuit due to ill health, although he did still make appearances as a few organ festivals.
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Trevor Daniels Facebook link logo
Espagna
Smetana's Dance of the Comedians

The Parrot
Yamaha FX20
Organist Trevor Daniels
Ian Wolstenholme interview
Brother to the magician Paul Daniels Trevor made a career in the music industry. Not only playing the UK organ circuit and festivals but also running his own festivals.
Robert Davies
Link to Robert Davies pipe organ page
Link to the Robert Davies OrganFax page
Unforgettable On The Calverton Allen GW4 Theatre Organ
Robert Davies organist
Robert with the Burton on Trent Wurlitzer

Robert Davies and the Bohm Emporio 600
Link to the Apple store for more music by Robert
Robert Davies played piano for many years before switching to organ.
Robert is well known amongst the dancing fraternity nationwide and has a great deal of experience playing both pipe and electronic organs in concert and cabaret support
He has played in Germany on both piano and organ, at the Fort Regent Complex in St. Helier, Jersey, playing both organ and drums, on radio, and has completed several summer seasons on the East Coast and Blackpool, being the resident band leader and musical director from 1992 until 1995 at Pontins, Blackpool.
He has also appeared at most of the major Organ Festivals including Caister, Blackpool, Hemsby, Isle of Wight and Barton Hall, and at numerous Organ Societies all over the country.
When Robert is playing for Organ Societies he plays the Bohm Diamant 280CT concert organ. He has owned the organ for over twenty two years updating it as and when required to bring it up to the present model, doing all the work himself, building and installing all the circuit boards himself.
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Jackie Davis 13th Dec 1920 – 2nd Nov 1999
in Denver
Oscar Peterson and Jackie Davis 1 of 4
Oscar Peterson and Jackie Davis 2 of 4
Oscar Peterson and Jackie Davis 3 of 4
Oscar Peterson and Jackie Davis 4 of 4
Hifi Hammond
Most Happy Hammond
Big Beat Hammond
HiFi Hammond Vol. 2
Here's Jackie
Heemstede 1980
Organist Jackie Davis
Link to the Jackie Davis Wikipedia page

Link to thge Jackie Davis Discogs page

Link to the Jackie Davis info site

Link to the Musicmaker article on Jackie Davis
Jackie Davis was born December 13th 1920 and grew up in Jacksonville, Florida, he started playing piano at the age of ten, before studying music at Florida A&M. He experimented with jazz on the pipe organ, before switching to the Hammond. He was influenced by Wild Bill Davis and Bill Doggett, and after a spell backing Louis Jordan, he started fronting his own jazz groups.
His solo career began in earnest after a residency at the Club Harlem in Philadelphia in 1951, and from there he began touring across the US, with the Hammond now being his trademark. Regular touring led to a recording contract with Capitol. In the 1960s, he signed to Warner Bros. Records
He made a brief comeback in 1980, recording a self-titled album for EMI, and making a cameo appearance in the film Caddyshack as the country club valet Porterhouse. He kept Jacksonville as his homebase and died on November 2nd 1999 following a stroke.
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Brian Dee
Somewhere my Love
Day by Day
The Windmills of your Mind
Goldfinger
Song from M.A.S.H.
The Magnificent Seven
Hammond Organist Brian Dee
Link to the Brian Dee Discogs page
Brian Colin Dee was born 21st March 1936 in London, England.
Although he worked for a while as a textile salesman with a leading British store group, Dee's heart was in jazz and he first became a figure prominent on the London jazz scene in 1959. This was the year that he played piano at Ronnie Scott's newly opened club in Gerrard Street.
He became a member of the group, Jazz Five, with which he toured the UK opposite Miles Davis. In 1960, Dee was voted New Star by Melody Maker. During the late 60s and into the early 70s, Dee also sometimes played organ.
At the end of the 60s he began working in recording and broadcasting studios. He continued playing jazz, mostly at London venues. During the 90s, Dee worked with the Ted Heath Orchestra under Don Lusher, with Laurie Johnson's London Big Band, and also accompanied yet more visiting American jazzmen such as ex-Ellingtonians Bill Berry, Buster Cooper and Marshal Royal. He was also sought after to accompany on record, at clubs and festivals singers such as the Cunninghams, Elaine Delmar, Barbara Jay and Rosemary Squires.
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Lenny Dee 5th Jan 1923 - 12th Feb 2006
Closer Walk with thee
Live 1998
Folsom Prison Blues
Rocky Top- 12th St. Rag- Caravan
Armed Forces Tribute
All I Ever Need Is You
High Tide Boogie
I'll See You In My Dreams
1957
This Can't Be Love
1957
Goodnight Sweet Love
1957
Tara Lara
1957
If You Knew Susie
1957
In The Mood
1957
My Blue Heaven
1957
Plantation Boogie
1954
Ballin' The Jack
1954
Siboney
1954
the Donkey Serenade
1954
Yes Sir! That's My Baby
1954
Coquette
Twelfth Street Rag
I'm Beginning To See The Light
Chinatown My Chinatown
Out Of Nowhere
This Ole House
Caravan
It Had To Be You
Crazy-Crazy
In a Shanty in Old Shanty Town
The Pink Panther Theme
Canadian Sunset
Twilight Time
San Antonio Rose
Josephine
Toot Toot Tootsie Goodbye
Mack the Knife
Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue
Big John
Hammond Organist Lenny Dee
Link to the Lenny Dee Wikipedia page

Link to Lenny Dee Obituary

"Link to the Lenny Dee Discogs page

You Tube site dedicated to Lenny Dee

Link to the Alan Ashton Organ Celebreties page for Lenny Dee

Link to the Lenny Dee 20 minutes you tube channel

Ian Woolstenholme interviews Lenny Dee
Leonard DeStoppelaire (Lenny Dee) was Born January 1923 in Chicago, Illinois
An only child, Lenny Dee was raised in Chicago and later moved to Florida.
Lenny was married with five children. His eldest son, Lenny, Jr. (known as JR) played drums in his Dad’s shows.
Lenny Dee had a style that was uniquely his own. He played with scintillating animation and his rhythm was outstanding.
He played in a traditional jazz style of the boogie and swing type. His drawbar settings were unconventional and produced interesting effects. In later years, an orchestra was added to his recordings and he played in a more conventional style.
After touring the nation in the early years, he settled down in 1967 and opened Lenny Dee’s Dolphin Den on St. Petersburg Beach, Florida. For ten years, he delighted organ lovers and tourists alike with his scintillating style, little sung ditties, jokes and hats. Shortly thereafter, he opened Lenny Dee’s Kings Inn, only a few miles from the Den.
In 1999, Lenny toured the nation and performed on a cruise ship using a Hammond-Suzuki Elegante, after which he retired in 2003.
Lenny Dee Died February 12, 2006 St. Petersburg, Florida.
Lenny Dee left a wife, Hendrica; two sons Raymond and Leonard, two daughters Georgia and Barbara, six grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.
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Joey DeFrancesco b. 10th Apr 1971 Facebook link logo Twitter link logo
Blues For Bobby C
Fly me to the Moon
Jazz-Blues
Let The Good Times Roll
Full House
Never Can Say Goodbye
Joey DeFrancesco Trio Live - Full Concert 2015
Hammond Organist Joey DeFrancesco


Joey DeFrancesco was born in 1971 in Springfield, Pennsylvania. He was born into a musical family that included three generations of jazz musicians. His father, "Papa" John DeFrancesco, was an organist who played nationally and received the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame's Living Legend Award in 2013. As a toddler, Joey De Francesco first picked out melodies on a toy piano, then at the age of four the iconic jazz organist encountered his signature instrument and began playing the organ, he was soon playing songs by Jimmy Smith verbatim, by the time he was 5 his father John began bringing him to gigs, letting him sit in on sets. At the age of 10, DeFrancesco joined a band in Philadelphia that included jazz legends Hank Mobley and Philly Joe Jones. He was considered a fixture at local jazz clubs, opening shows for Wynton Marsalis and B.B. King.
Joey DeFrancesco attended the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts. During his high school years, DeFrancesco won numerous awards, including the Philadelphia Jazz Society McCoy Tyner Scholarship. He was also a finalist in the first Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition.
DeFrancesco was 16 years old when he signed an exclusive recording contract with Columbia Records. The following year he released his first record titled All of Me. His performance on All of Me has been attributed as helping bring back the organ to jazz music during the 1980s. That same year, DeFrancesco joined Miles Davis and his band on a five-week concert tour in Europe. DeFrancesco's recording deal with Columbia include the release of 5 albums. In addition to All of Me, he released Where Were You in 1990, Part III in 1991, Reboppin in 1992, and Live at the 5 Spot in 1993.
DeFrancesco began touring with his own quartet at the age of 18. In the early 1990s, DeFrancesco began collaborating with John McLaughlin, former guitarist for Miles Davis and Mahavishnu. At the age of 22, he became a founding member of the group The Free Spirits along with McLaughlin and drummer Dennis Chambers. He toured with the group for 4 years and was part of several recordings, including the albums Tokyo Live and After the Rain.
In 1999, DeFrancesco recorded his album Incredible! live at the San Francisco Jazz Festival. The album was released in 2000 and featured a performance by his idol and jazz legend Jimmy Smith.
DeFrancesco was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2004 for his record Falling in Love Again. DeFrancesco's career shifted slightly in 2009 with the film Moonlight Serenade, starring Amy Adams and Alec Newman. He played the role of "Frank D" in the film and was also credited as a composer and producer of the film. DeFrancesco was nominated for another Grammy Award in 2011 for Best Contemporary Jazz Album for Never Can Say Goodbye.
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'Papa' John DeFrancesco b. 12th Sep 1940 Facebook link logo
Interview Part 1
Interview Part 2
Fathead
Organ Summit
Philadelphia Avenue of the Arts Festival Jam
Latin Groove Duce
Twenty Four Seven
By The Time I Get To Phoenix
Cold Duck Time
160 Million Dollar Chinese Man
Bye Bye Blackbird
Hammond Organist 'Papa' John DeFrancesco Wikipedia link icon
'Papa John' DeFrancesco was swinging long before his famous son made his debut. John's father had played reeds with various swing bands, including the Dorsey Brothers. John DeFrancesco began playing trumpet when he was six and did not start playing organ until his wife bought him an organ for his 23rd birthday. After a few months of nearly nonstop practicing, he was ready to perform in clubs.
In 1967 John DeFrancesco moved to Philadelphia and soon he was part of the Philadelphia jazz scene. However, in 1979 when Joey turned eight and started playing professionally, John temporarily gave up his career in order to supervise his son. Another son, Johnny DeFrancesco, developed into a fine guitarist.
In the 1990s, John DeFrancesco returned to a more active playing career, recording two strong sets for Muse (Doodlin' and Comin' Home) and gaining a national reputation of his own. "Papa John" plays organ in an infectious hard bop style not that different from his son.
In the 21st century he signed first to Highnote and then its sister imprint Savant, where he issued a string of fine recordings including Hip Cake Walk in 2001, Jumpin' in 2003, Walking Uptown in 2004, and Desert Heat in 2006.
After a five-year recording hiatus, Papa John returned with A Philadelphia Story in a classic B-3 trio setting with John Jr. on guitar and drummer Glenn Ferracone, with guest appearances from Joey and tenor man Joe Fortunato.
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Aldo Delgadillo b. 19th Jul 1977 Twitter link logo
Duelling Violins
Aires Mexicanos
Riverdance Finale
Johann Strauss Morgenblätter
Organist Aldo Delgadillo Web site link icon
Aldo Delgadillo was born 19th July 1977, he started playing piano and organ at the age of four.
At the age of 9 he won 1st. Place in the National Symphonic Organ Competition 1987. In 1989 and 1991 he won first place in the of National Composition Contest.
Aldo Delgadillo began his musical studies at the Yamaha school in the city of Guadalajara, Jalisco. He quickly demonstrated his capabilities for the arrangement and composition and later for teaching classes.
For over 25 years Aldo Delgadillo has played all over the world. He is now one of the few Mexican organists.
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Barbara Dennerlein b. 25th Sept 1964
Stormy Weather BluesEmily Remler and Barbara Dennerlein play 'Stormy Weather Blues' in Switzerland in 1986

Jimmy's WalkBarbara Dennerlein on Hammond B3

Jazz ImprovisationJ.S. Bach, Toccata & Fuge in d-moll, Hammond B3 Organ jazz improvisation

boogie woogieBarbara Dennerlein plays boogie woogie

A Summer DayEddie Lang Jazz Festival Open Tour 2013
in Larino
Interviews
Part 1 Barbara Dennerlein's Sep 2012 interview for the Talkin' Blues column on All About Jazz

Part 2 Barbara Dennerlein's Sep 2012 interview for the Talkin' Blues column on All About Jazz

Part 3Barbara Dennerlein gives a tour of her new virtual pipe organ in Sep 2012.

Part 4 Barbara Dennerlein interview part 4, about Hammond B3
Organist Barbara Dennerlein

Barbara Dennerlein was born in Munich in 1964, she fell in love with one sound at an early age. While others were practicing "Für Elise" or strumming "All You Need Is Love" on the guitar, Barbara was fascinated by the sound of the Hammond organ.
She was eleven when her father, himself an organ fan, was acting a little bit out of self-interest when he bought the Christmas present. If Barbara lost interest, he could always play it himself! But it all turned out quite differently. Barbara never took her hands off the instrument again. And things didn't stop there either. The fourth instrument on which Barbara indulged in her passion was the "Holy Grail" of organs: an original Hammond long since out of production - the legendary Hammond B3.
And so began Barbara's own journey of discovery into the world of music. In addition to studying the classical repertoire of standards, she began to compose her own numbers very early on.
Following first performances as a thirteen-year-old, she began to play in clubs at the age of fifteen. In the early eighties she was already celebrated as the "organ tornado from Munich". Later on, "Harper's Bazar" wondered:"How did this Fräulein get so funky?" and the Los Angeles Times headlined with: 'German Organist Pumps You Up'.
For years Barbara Dennerlein has topped critics' polls in American jazz magazines and can call a worldwide community of devoted jazz friends her own. Yet through all this she has remained modest and uncomplicated, like the proverbial 'girl next door', never failing to mention the support of her parents in interviews.
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Glenn Derringer b. Circa 1945 Linkedin link logo Facebook link logo
Brazil- 1956 Aged 11
Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries 1958
Oral History Interview
Humoresque
Ode to Joy
Prelude for Organ
Baby Elephant Walk
Star Wars - Star Trek - Rocky Themes
Brazil
Baldwin 191 Marquee
Part 1
Baldwin 191 Marquee
Part 2
Organist Glen Derringer
Glenn Derringer was born circa 1945.
He released his first album aged 11, then nothing for 20 years.
He attended the Temple University 1966 to 1970
He worked for the Wurlitzer Organ Company for ten years, in 1979 he was head hunted by the Baldwin Piano & Organ Co. to head up their Europe campaign. He was promoted to Executive Vice president in 1983. Glenn served as Senior Vice President of the Gibson Guitar Co. from 1990 to 1997. Then President of Hanser Music from 1998 to 2006. He now runs his own company.
Glen Derringer is fluent in both English and Spanish and can get by in German, Japanese and Mandarin.
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John Dickinson
Eye Level
Spanish Eyes
Dambusters
Tritsch Tratsch Polka
Organist John Dickinson
John Dickinson was well known on the organ circuit, playing in the UK and throughout Europe.
John began playing career is a church organist, later he moved to theatre organ, his last performance on a theatre organ was on the occasion of the 21st anniversary of the Odeon Theatre Bolton.
John moved to Blackpool and became the northern sales manager for the Baldwin Piano and Organ Company.
As well a a performer and demonstrator for Baldwin John was also a music teacher.
Joe Dinkelbach YouTube Link logo
Double Hammond Explosion
The Old Country
Joe Dinkelbach Trio, Three Colors
Organist Joe Dinkelbach
Joe Dinkelbach was born 1965 in Braunschweig, Germany.
He had first piano lessons when he was 6 years old, from among others Otto Wolters.
Joe Dinkelbach studied jazz piano at the Hilversums Conservatorium in Northern Holland, his teachers were Henk Elkerbout and Rob Madna.
As well as playing the Hammond organ Joe also plays piano and Fender Rhodes guitar.
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Janet Dowsett OrganFax icon
Wherever You Are
Eleanora
Don Black Tribute
Organist Janet Dowsett
Janet Dowsett has traveled extensively in the UK and abroad as a performer on electronic and theatre pipe organs.
She combines a career as a performer with that of teacher, on both organ and keyboards, and a Senior Examiner for the London College of Music. She also writes for various publications, in particular for the Keyboard Cavalcade Magazine, where she contributed articles and musical examples on a monthly basis since 2004.
Janet is the co-owner with her husband, Neil, of The Music People – a company selling musical goods via their website and mail order on 0118 9887444.
Janet Dowsett holds both the Fellowship and Licentiate diplomas in music.
Janet worked for the Yamaha organisation for 11 years as a demonstrator, presenting concerts, demonstrations and master classes on registration related to the electronic organ,
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Ronald van Driel
Aya
Easy, Still Blue
Song for Klaus
Luny Tune
Organist Ronald van Driel
Ronald lives in Capelle aan den IJssel (a stone's throw from Rotterdam)
Ronald van Driels' organ career began at a young age with a Solina organ. This was followed by a Hammond T-100 with a Leslie 147, a M-100, X-5, B-3000, M-3, C-3, Roland VK-77, Roland VK-88 and finally a Hammond A-100.
Ronald bought a Hammond A-100 which was made portable by Sjaak van Oosterhout. To keep things as portable as possible Ronald does not use a classical Leslie, but a Motion Sound Pro-145. This is a compact box which can be lifted by one man and which contains a rotary horn and rotary drum
In his younger years he had organ lessons from Joop van der Pluijm, a real Hammond man "who has played for years on the Holland America Line. "I learned a lot by listening to many recordings, which pick out and play on. I still do. Even the less experienced organist, you can still learn things."
Ronald turned professional when he was fourteen. When he was around 20 he made his final step into the Jazz scene when he played with drummer Ray Appleton in 1986, Ray had accompanied the organists Jimmy McGriff and Melvin Rhyne. "Through this action and good advice from Ray, I decided to leave the commercial circuit behind me and move to completely focus on jazz."
In the years after Ronald was taught by Rob van Kreeveld and Rob Madna. On the advice of Tony Eijk he studied piano.
Ronald unfortunately stopped actively playing Hammond in 2011.
Extract and translation of the Hammond Orgel Club Holland Ronald van Driel page
Jack McDuff 17th Sep 1926 - 23rd Jan 2001
Quartet (Live video)1964
Ain't no sunshine
A Change Is Gonna Come
Full Album 1966
LIVE!Full Album
Organist Jack McDuff

Articla link
Jack McDuff was born Eugene McDuffy on 17 th September 1926 in Champaign, Illinois, McDuff began playing bass, appearing in Joe Farrell's group. Encouraged by Willis Jackson in whose band he also played bass in the late 1950s, McDuff moved to the organ and began to attract the attention of Prestige Records. McDuff soon became a bandleader, leading groups featuring a young George Benson.
McDuff recorded many classic albums on Prestige including his debut solo Brother Jack in 1960, The Honeydripper (1961), with tenor saxophonist Jimmy Forrest and guitarist Grant Green, Brother Jack Meets The Boss (1962), featuring Gene Ammons, and Screamin' (1962).
After his tenure at Prestige, McDuff joined the Atlantic label for a brief period and then in the 1970s recorded for Blue Note. To Seek a New Home (1970) was recorded in England with a line-up featuring blues shouter Jimmy Witherspoon and some of Britain's top jazz musicians of the day, including Terry Smith on guitar and Dick Morrissey on tenor sax.
The decreasing interest in jazz and blues during the late 1970s and 1980s meant that many jazz musicians went through a lean time and it wasn't until the late 1980s, with The Re-Entry, recorded for the Muse label in 1988, that McDuff once again began a successful period of recordings, initially for Muse, then on the Concord Jazz label from 1991. George Benson appeared on his mentor's 1992 Colour Me Blue album.
Despite health problems, McDuff continued working and recording throughout the 1980s and 1990s, and toured Japan with Atsuko Hashimoto in 2000. "Captain" Jack McDuff, as he later became known, died of heart failure at the age of 74 on the 23rd January 2001 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Extract from the Jack McDuff Wikipedia page
David Dunlap
I Can See Clearly Now
The Windmills Of Your Mind
Red Roses For A Blue Lady
Adagio for Strings
Atlantis (The Shadows)
Take Me Home, Country Roads
On the Road Again
It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
It's Beginning to Look Like Christmas
Easter Parade
Livin' La Vida Loca
Organist David Dunlap
David C. Dunlap began playing the organ under unusual circumstances. When his father considered enrolling in organ classes with the Mott Adult Education Foundation Program in Flint, Michigan, his father was too nervous to go by himself. So he took eleven-year-old David along for moral support. They both ended up enrolling, making David the youngest person ever to study in the adult program.
He quickly surpassed his father in playing skills and when it became apparent that he possessed a blossoming talent, began private study in organ with several teachers.
At twelve he was playing for church services in his home church, and at thirteen was appointed head of the music program.
He studied music at Mott College, coached with such “greats” as Robert Elmore and Ted Alan Worth and served churches in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Florida as a conductor and director in a classical music career spanning 40 years.
Toward the end of the first decade of the new millennium, David Dunlap took a markedly different turn in his music career when he discovered the Wersi instrument, with all its possibilities.
When he began making music with the Wersi organ, a friend (a professional pianist) suggested a duo. The friend, Pennington, and he began working on a new concept: Mr. Dunlap would play orchestration to Mr. Pennington’s solo piano. The results were amazing. At a recent concert one enthusiastic concert-goer said, 'If you close your eyes, it’s like listening to an orchestra.'
Extract from the David Dunlap web site profile
Claude Dupras c. 1952 - 1991
Back To The Future
Conga
Somewhere Out There

Arthur's Theme/Nightbirds
Organist Claude Dupras
Claude Dupras was born in Montreal in 1951. He began studying piano at the age of 7.
In 1972 he represented Canada in the Yamaha International Grand Prix Concours in Japan, and was awarded the grand prize.
He had an innate ability to arrange and orchestrate for the organ.
He toured extensively visiting Asia, Australia, South Africa and Europe.
He was the official organist for the Motreal Expos baseball team and performed at Montreal's Olympic stadium.
Steven Eaklor
Sweet Georgia Brown
Medley
Moonlight In Vermont
Oral History of Hammond
Gospel Meet Jazz - Interview
Rialto Theatre organ
Organist Steven Eaklor HOCH logo
Steven Eaklor is equally at home in the classical organ repertoire, Theater Organ, Jazz, Hammond Pop and Gospel styles, his arrangements and orchestrations are renowned for their innovation, excitement and pure musicality.
Steven's musical training began at the age of 6, on the Hammond Chord Organ. Soon advancing to Pipe Organ and Trumpet, He pursued and completed formal study at Adams State College in Colorado, earning a B.A. in Music Performance.
Steven's mastery of the Hammond Organ brought him to a career with the Hammond company, and for 15 years he served as Director of Product Planning and Development. His ideas and innovations continue to be found throughout the Hammond/Leslie product line.
Steven's devotion to Sacred Music performance and his vast knowledge of Gospel Music has led to positions as Organist and Choirmaster at Mt. Pisgah A.M.E. Church in Philadelphia, and Minister of Music at St. Mark Evangelical Lutheran Church in Chicago, as well as numerous National Gospel Music Seminars and Clinics for the Hammond Organ Company.
Extract from the Steven Eaklor page on the Hammond organ web site
Ryan Edwards b. 4th Feb 1978
Tidbits KeyNote Concerts Nov 2012
Zampa
Gypsy- Lord of the Dance- Nessun Dorma
Organist Ryan Edwards
Ryan Edwards was born in Derbyshire in 1978.
Having developed a passion for organs at an early age, through the influence of his grandfather, Ryan embarked on his first electronic organ lessons at the tender age of eight on an old Gulbranson organ.
Ryan's enthusiasm for organ playing later led him to seek tuition from top organist Tim Flint, who managed to foster his natural talent and put him at the forefront of the concert circuit. Ruyan started his public life back in 1992, when he appeared as a junior at the National Electronic Organ Festival in Morecambe, which were followed by appearances in 1993 and 1994.
His first official booking was for the Belper Organ Society and Southport Organ and Keyboard Club in 1994.
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Ole Erling 29th Jul 1938 - 20th Feb 2016
Interview and musical interludes
memorial video

Halleluja
SOS
Hammond á gogo side A
Hammond á gogo side B
Hammond Party Side A
Hammond Party Side B
Christmas medley
Organist Ole Erling


Link to 20 minutes you tube channel

Ole Erling was born Erling Axel Olsen on the 29th July 1938 at Nørrebro in Copenhagen.
His early career was not in music. He worked for a period as caretaker, and trained as an electrician. He was called to the Hammond house, a large music store that specialized in organs, and while he repaired the light he saw how a big the Hammond organ would sound if it were played by a skilled musician. Erling Olsen decided that he would play the organ. However, a Hammond organ very expensive, and on apprentice wages it would take years to save up for it.
That he became an Organ owner due to a happy coincidence: An Italian orchestra had run out of money, and to be able to afford the tickets home to Italy , there was no other option than to sell their instruments. Erling Olsen bought a portable Hohner organ from the orchestra.
He began performing at weddings and confirmations, and eventually became a sought banquet musician.
His career gained momentum when Ole Erling began recording fun music as well as the more lively repertoire. He extended the business with his own record label - Popular Music later PM Music - and with several recordings in the charts was making rapid progress in his musical career.
In the early 1980s the interest in organ music was waning, and there were longer breaks between both record releases and performances. There were two events that led to Ole Erling returned to the musical scene: First the introduction of a new Wersi organ on the market which was a minor revolution, which gave Ole Erling the will to perform again. Then there was suddenly a nostalgic interest in music. Then for several years he performed at the Langeland Festival , where he played for a new generation of music lovers, much to the surprise of many - not least himself.
Ole Erling died 20th February 2016 in Smørum.
Extract and translation from the Ole Erling Wikipedia page
Peter Erling 7th Oct 1928 - 1990
Variations on Thomas Electra
plays Baldwin Organ
Peter Erling organist
Peter Erling (no relation to Ole Erling) Olsen was born 7th October 1928 in Vejle, Denmark.
Peter had his debut as a musician in the trio 'The boys Band' where he played violin. Later he went on to play accordion and vibraphone . In the years after World War II he took an interest in playing the organ. After playing for a while on a Hammond Solovox he bought a Baldwin electron organ, a huge instrument powered by radio tubes . He became one of the first to play electron organ in Denmark.
Peter Erling never became popular, but he probably did not want it. Especially after he got a firm commitment to the Langelinie Pavilion in Copenhagen in 1964. In the 1970s - when the electron organ was now shortened to the electric organ - he lost ground to the more commercially oriented electric organists. In Denmark, especially Ole Erling and international players Klaus Wunderlich and Franz Lambert.
Peter Erling continued his engagement at Langelinie until the late 1980s. He rarely performed concerts outside Copenhagen. However, after his death in 1990, he was remembered primarily as a musician on the Langlinie Pavilion.
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Georgie Fame b. 26th June 1943 Facebook link logo
Prague 1967- Petrof Organ
Georgie Fame reminisces with Jamie Cullum
Yeh Yeh!

If You Live
moondance
Big Brother
Organist Georgie Fame

Georgie Fame was born Clive Powell on the 26th June 1943 in Leigh, Lancashire. He took piano lessons from the age of seven and on leaving school at 15 he worked for a brief period in a cotton weaving mill and played piano for a band called the Dominoes in the evenings. After taking part in a singing contest at the Butlins Holiday Camp in Pwllheli, North Wales he was offered a job there by the band leader.
At sixteen years of age, Fame went to London and, on the recommendation of Lionel Bart, entered into a management agreement with Larry Parnes, who had given new stage names to such artists as Marty Wilde and Billy Fury. Fame later recalled that Parnes had given him an ultimatum over his forced change of name: "It was very much against my will but he said, 'If you don't use my name, I won't use you in the show'".
Over the following year Fame toured the UK playing beside Wilde, Joe Brown, Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochran and others. Fame played piano for Billy Fury in his backing band, the Blue Flames. When the backing band got the sack at the end of 1961, the band were re-billed as "Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames" and went on to enjoy great success with a repertoire largely of rhythm and blues numbers.
Fame was influenced from early on by jazz and such blues musicians as Willie Mabon and Mose Allison, and was one of the first white artists to be influenced by the ska music he heard in Jamaican cafes in and around Ladbroke Grove. Black American soldiers who visited the Flamingo Club, where the band had a three-year residency, would play him the latest jazz and blues releases from America. Fame later recalled: it was a great place to play, a midnight to 6am thing on Fridays and Saturdays, and it was full of American GIs who came in from their bases for the weekend. They brought records with them and one of them gave me "Green Onions" by Booker T & the MG's. I had been playing piano up to that point but I bought a Hammond organ the next day."
In August 1963 the band took a weekly Friday-night spot at "The Scene" on Great Windmill Street. In September 1963 the band recorded its debut album, Rhythm And Blues at the Flamingo, live at the Flamingo Club. Fame subsequently enjoyed regular chart success with singles, having three Top 10 hits, which all made number one in the UK Singles Chart
Fame's version of the Bobby Hebb song "Sunny" made No. 13 in the UK charts in September 1966. The follow-up, "Sitting in the Park" made No. 12. His greatest chart success was "The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde" in 1967, which was a number one hit in the United Kingdom, and No.7 in the United States. "Yeh Yeh" and "The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde" sold over one million copies, and were awarded gold discs.
Fame continued playing into the 1970s, having a hit, "Rosetta", with his close friend Alan Price. In 1974, Fame reformed the Blue Flames and also began to sing with Europe's finest orchestras and big bands, a musical tradition he still currently pursues. During the 1970s, he also wrote jingles for several UK radio and TV commercials, and composed the music for the feature films Entertaining Mr Sloane (1970) and The Alf Garnett Saga (1972).
Fame has collaborated with other successful popular musicians. He has been a core member of Van Morrison's band, as well as his musical producer. Fame also played keyboards and sang harmony vocals on such tracks as "In the Days before Rock 'n' Roll" from the album Enlightenment, while still recording and touring as an artist in his own right. Fame played organ on all of the Van Morrison albums between 1989 and 1997.
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Harry Farmer
1936 Broadcast from the Granada Theatre, Bedford
Tony Fenelon LinkedIn logo
Roller Coaster
Star Wars Medley
Theme from Cinema Paradiso
Ragamuffin Romeo
The Lost Chord
O Holy Night
Christmas Medley
Hallelujah Chorus
Organist Tony Fenelon
Tony Fenelon holds a Bachelor of Science Degree as well as a Licentiate Diploma in Piano Performance.
Tony was appointed head of the department of Biomechanical Engineering at the Royal Melbourne Hospital in 1991. He is actually accredited as the joint designer of Australia's first cardiac pacemaker!
It was perhaps his musical activities that put him more in the public eye; he has been a frequent performer with The Australian Philharmonic and Australian Pops Orchestra.
Piano aside, it was Tony's love of the organ which lead to him being appointed Resident Organist at Melbourne's Regent Theatre in 1965 playing the Mighty 4/19 Wurlitzer.
More recently in 2002 Tony was both delighted and honoured to receive the distinction of 'Organist Of The Year' by the American Theatre Organ Society. His finest accolade yet came in 2003 when he was awarded the Medal Of Order Of Australia in the Queen's Birthday Honours for his services to music.
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Larry Ferrari 4th Mar 1932 – 20th Nov 1997
1982 Part 1
1982 part 2
Dan Fleishman & Larry Ferrari duet 001
Favorites
Hawaiian Favorites (Full Album)
Return To Paradise (Full Album)
Doll Dance
Merry Christmas carols
Organist Larry Ferrari
Link to the Larry Ferrari Wikipedia page

Link to Larry Ferrari obituary
Catholic Star Herald obituary to Larry Ferrari

Link to the Larry Ferrari Discogs page

20 Minutes of Larry Ferrari
Lazarus Louis Ferrari was born on March 4th 1932 in Boston. He changed his name to "Larry" when a nun suggested he Americanize it. Ferrari studied piano and organ as a boy, and his career in music began when he began performing at his local church when he was 11 years old. Soon afterwards he began playing at a local skating rink.
His career in broadcasting got its start shortly after he joined the United States Army in 1952. It was there that he came to the notice of his Commanding Officer as a likely person to put on the "Soldier Parade" with Arlene Francis.
The Larry Ferrari Show was seen in the Delaware Valley for 43 years on Sunday mornings. He was also the Lowrey Organ Company's National Concert Artist.
The Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia posthumously inducted Ferrari into their Hall of Fame in 2000.
Larry Ferrari died of leukemia at age 65 on November 20, 1997. Ferrari's last broadcast aired on Sunday, November 30, 1997 at 6:30 am.
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Sven Figee b. 27th May 1975 Facebook link logo
Harp And Soul
Killing Hammond organ solo
Children Of The Dark
Soul live at Tivoli de Helling
Organist Sven Figee Web site link icon
Mike Finnigan b. 26th Apr 1945 Facebook link logo
Interview
Organ Solo's from Biscuit & Blues

Just A Little Bit
Mike Finnigan
Michael Kelly Finnigan was born April 26th 1945 in Troy, Ohio, United States.
He attended University of Kansas on a basketball scholarship.
Mike Finnigan has toured and sessioned for Jimi Hendrix, Joe Cocker, Etta James, Sam Moore, Crosby Stills and Nash, Dave Mason, Buddy Guy, Manhattan Transfer, Taj Mahal, Michael McDonald, Maria Muldaur, Peter Frampton, Cher, Ringo Starr, Leonard Cohen, Tower of Power, Rod Stewart, David Coverdale, Tracy Chapman, Los Lonely Boys, and Bonnie Raitt.
He recorded two solo records in the 1970s. He later collaborated with two other Columbia Artists, Les Dudek and Jim Krueger, with whom he formed DFK (Dudek, Finnigan, and Krueger). More recently his work has featured on the CD by The Finnigan Brothers, a collaboration with his younger brother Sean and founding member of Bread, Robb Royer.
He is twice a winner of a Blues Music Award for his work with Taj Mahal as a member of the Phantom Blues Band.
In 2013 and 2014, Finnigan was nominated for a Blues Music Award in the 'Pinetop Perkins Piano Player' category.
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Matthew Fisher
A Whiter Shade Of Pale
Channel 4 (December 2006)
Organist Matthew Fisher
Matthew Charles Fisher was born on the 7th March 1946 in Addiscombe, Croydon, England.
In addition to his work with Procol Harum, he was producer to Robin Trower, James Dewar and Tir Na Nog and enjoyed a solo career, being especially popular in Greece. His solo albums include Journey's End (1973), I'll Be There (1974), Matthew Fisher (1980), and Strange Days (1981).
Two of the albums he produced for Trower, Bridge of Sighs (1974) and For Earth Below (1975), have been certified gold by the RIAA, whilst "A Whiter Shade of Pale" has enjoyed multi-platinum status. Fisher's Hammond organ playing on pianist David Lanz's instrumental version of "A Whiter Shade of Pale" from his 1988 CD, Cristofori's Dream, helped that album go gold as well. The year before, Fisher produced and performed on the 12" single "All Washed Up" by Northampton Band 'Magnolia Siege' playing honky-tonk piano on the B-side end of record reprise.
Fisher co-wrote and performed on the soundtrack of the 1968 avant-garde film, Separation, which was released on DVD in the UK in July, 2009 and in the USA in March, 2010. Fisher's instrumental "Theme From Separation" on his album Journey's End is from that film, and the soundtrack also included an alternate arrangement of the piece for Hammond, bass and harpsichord.
Fisher co-produced an album by the group Prairie Madness in 1972, on which he also played organ and harpsichord. He has also played keyboards for Screaming Lord Sutch on his 1972 album, Hands of Jack the Ripper and played piano on David Bowie's tour in June and July 1972, with The Spiders from Mars.
Fisher quit Procol Harum in 1969 after the release of their third album, A Salty Dog, which he also produced. He rejoined the band in 1991 for the album The Prodigal Stranger and released two more albums with them, One More Time - Live in Utrecht 1992 and The Well's on Fire. In addition he appeared on two concert DVDs, Live in Copenhagen and Live at the Union Chapel, but quit the band again in 2004.
George Fleury
Roland Atelier AT 80 Organ
You Are The Sunshine Of My Life
Yamaha Electone FX 1
Night Of The Keys 2005
the Cyber Organ Player (Comedy)
Organist George Fleury Web link icon
George Fleury was born on August 27, 1945 in Basel, Switzerland.
His father was an enthusiastic violinist and organist
George has the rare gift of perfect pitch. His musical career began at the age of 7 years with classical piano lessons with Ernst Pfiffner. When he was 10 years old he became interested in the church organ. On Sunday mornings George watched the church organist attentively and copied the playing on the 3-manual pipe organ. From the age of 14, he received five-years of training on the coveted instrument with Professor Hartung in college in Sarnen (in central Switzerland).
George Fleury graduated as a student of economics and the Han dels diploma. Parallel to the classical music George Fleury has always had a soft spot for jazz. Next to the church organ he played trumpet in the College Band.
From 1968 to 1972 He was involved with the Swiss music chain (Musikhaus Hug) the Hammond-Engros business. Inevitably he came into contact with the electromagnetic and electronic organs.0 His interest in the new organs grew and grew and soon George Fleury was performing on concert stages around the world.
Tim Flint b. 1964
Medley
Theatre Organ Medley
Out of Africa
Cheek to Cheek
Vienna Style
Portrait of a Flirt
Muskrat Ramble
Organist Tim Flint
Tim Flint was born in Belper, Derbyshire in 1964, he started playing the organ at the age of twelve, after showing a great interest in music at school. His keyboard experience started off on a very small chord organ, and he started taking lessons from a local organ teacher. Tim turned out to be a very fast learner, and very soon his teacher suggested that Tim really needed an instrument with two manuals and pedal board.
Tim soon showed a flair for playing, and when his teacher started to take his pupils out to give performances at disabled centres or senior citizens homes, Tim was always there, not only showing a flair for playing, but also communicating with his audience.
From there, things very quickly moved on, and after around eighteen months, Tim's teacher said that he really couldn't do any more for him. So over the next few years, as well as graduating through several models of organ, Tim kept developing his playing skills, and style, until he was able (after a couple of "proper jobs") to turn fully professional.
He very quickly gained popularity on the organ circuit, and over the years has played at most of the organ clubs/societies around the UK as well as playing at many of the organ festivals, both in the UK, and overseas.
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Bob Frazier LinkedIn link icon
James Bond Theme
Goldfinger Theme
Skyfall
Everything Is Better With Love On It
It's Such A Sad Sad World
Orange Colored Sky
Organist Bob Frazier
Born and raised on the northwest side of Chicago,Bob Frazier took an interest in music at the age of 8, starting with piano lessons.
This developed into a life-long love of music,exploring piano. organ and keyboards.
He received an Associates degree in music from Wright Jr. College,and helped to form a popular band in the 1970’s.
Performing carried through to solo performances right up to the present day, and, include an audition to be the organist for the Chicago White Sox in 2010.
Bob started his retail career in 1980, developing an expertise in all things piano,organ and keyboard,and has many years of experience in the areas of sales, teaching,and performing.
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Larry Goldings Facebook link logo Twitter link logo Soundcloud link icon YouTube link logo
The Grinning Song
@ The Village Vanguard
Subtle Digs
As One
Jazz Club Hannover
School Song Piano
Blueberry Hill Piano
Organist Larry Goldings Web site link icon
Larry Goldings was born in 1968 in Boston, Massachusetts. His father was a classical music enthusiast, and Larry studied classical piano until the age of twelve. While in high school at Concord Academy, he attended a program at the Eastman School of Music. As a young teenager, Larry studied privately with Ran Blake and Keith Jarrett.
Goldings moved to New York in 1986 to attend a newly formed jazz program under the leadership of Arnie Lawrence at The New School. During college he studied piano with Jaki Byard and Fred Hersch.
In 1988, Goldings began his development as an organist during a regular gig at a piano less bar called Augie's Jazz Bar on New York's Upper West Side. He was featured with several bands, and his own trio with guitarist Peter Bernstein and drummer Bill Stewart got its start there.
His first release was Intimacy of the Blues in 1991. He has released ten or more albums since then, and has appeared as a sideman on hundreds of recordings.
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Theater Organ Medley Allen Organ
Hungarian Rhapsody, No. 2 Lowrey Organ
Star Wars Lowrey Organ
Sleigh Ride
Pirates Of The Caribbean on the Lowrey Organ
Carol of the Bells
A Christmas Medley

The Lowrey Magic Program
Organist Lori Graves
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Lori Graves started her musical journey on the organ at the age of 5. She won her first state competition at the age of 6 and at the age of 16 was the youngest organist to win the grand championship of the I.A.B.A. At the age of 8 Lori started her formal piano training and continued her classical musical education, in organ and piano, throughout her high school and college years finishing with a Bachelors Degree from DePaul University. Her virtuosity on the piano has led her to national and international championships throughout her musical career. Through her performances and extensive knowledge of classical music Lori has earned honours from exclusive musical organizations including the American College of Musicians, National Honour Roll of Guild Teachers and the American Guild of Music. At the age of 16, she was honoured in "American Who's Who of High School Students" for music performance in organ, piano and band. As a concert artist and product specialist with Lowrey, she has the privilege to be the musical educational developer for the industry leading Lowrey Magic Course.
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Claire Greig OrganFax icon
Abba,Mama Mia Medley
Dreaming Ballerina
Ski Sunday
Eine Kliene Nachtmusic
Klaus Wunderlich Medley
Here There Everywhere
Dancing Medley
Organist Claire Greig
Derby born Claire Greig didn’t show any interest in music until during a family holiday to Pontins at the age of five which coincided with the A.O.E National Organ Festival week at which she received free organ lessons.
Claire was initially enrolled at a local music school, then later with a private tutor where she moved quickly through the grades with her first diploma, passed with honours at the age of 12. Annual visits to the National Organ Festival had continued. This finally resulted in her first festival booking at the age of seventeen.
Claire started playing on the electronic organ circuit in mid 1998 and has played at many of the various clubs and societies throughout the UK and Channel Islands
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Ian Griffin
Lyme Bay Keyboard Experience
swinging it - Keyklix
Medley
Request Medley
Matt Monro number
What Colour Is The Wind
Medley on Wersi
Organist Ian Griffin

Ian Griffin first appeared on BBC 1 TV at the age of twelve in a programme which featured Britain's Young Entertainers. He played a Hammond organ and was voted back a second time by the live studio audience.
In 1980, at the age of fifteen, he appeared in Britain's first Home Electronic Organ Festival and was voted the best player under the age of 18 by the readers of a national keyboard music magazine.
In conjunction with the then Pointinental Holidays, the same magazine produced a series of Spring In Spain festivals resulting in Ian being filmed for Spanish television.
In 1996 he was the musical director on HTV's 'Friday Night Live' - an early form of the X-Factor with famous personalities as judges on talent from Wales.
Ian's gift of perfect pitch has been useful in accompanying many singers resulting in many accolades from fellow keyboard players.
Appearances at all the major keyboard festivals, including shows with Richard Bower as the Keyklix duo, led to appearances on the continent including a Rhine cruise with Daniel Watt, which was exclusively for European keyboard enthusiasts.
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Ken Griffin 28th Dec 1909 – 11th Mar 1956
You Can't Be True Dear
Cuckoo Waltz
Album Brilliantes
Album Solo Organ
Roll Out The Barrel
'O'
Till I Waltz Again With You

Skaters Waltz
I Need You Nou
Scatte Brain
At The Organ EP Medley
Monday night Organ Music
Cruising down the river (1956) Full LP
Wurlitzer You Can't Be True, Dear

Wurlitzer electrostatic reed organ
Melody of Love
Up A Lazy River
Take Me Out To The Ball Game
Lili Marlene
Organist Ken Griffin Wikipedia link icon
Ken Griffin was born in Columbia, Missouri. His biggest hit was "You Can't Be True, Dear" (1948), which was first released as an instrumental, and later that year re-released with a vocal by Jerry Wayne dubbed in. He also starred in a 1954-55 syndicated television series, 67 Melody Lane.
Ken recorded on a variety of recording labels, especially Columbia.
It was in the 1940s in Aurora, Illinois, that Griffin broke into the nightclub circuit, playing at the Rivoli Cafe nightly. The sessions at the Rivoli cafe were broadcast on the radio station, WMRO, and the program became popular.
Ken Griffin died on March 11, 1956 in Chicago, Illinois at the age of 46, of a heart attack and was buried at Lincoln Memorial Park in Aurora.
Columbia had many hours of Griffin's unreleased recordings on tape, and continued to release 'new' recordings of Griffin's music for a number of years after his death.
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Wilma Grobben
20 Minutes of Wilma Grobben
Wilma Grobben Dutch organist.
Played the Riha Orchestra
Thomas Grosch
Thomas Grosch opened and was resident at the Embassy Cinema, Braintree (1935), the Majestic, Reigate (1936) and the Ambassador, Cosham (1937)
Kevin Grunill
Highland Cathedral
Pie in the face polka
Big Band Medley
Play Fiddle Play
That's Entertainment
Organist Kevin Grunill
Kevin Grunill was born in Barnsley, South Yorkshire in 1972 and had shown an interest in all matters of a musical nature at an early age.
However, it was not until the age of twelve that he began to learn the electronic organ as his chosen instrument. At the age of sixteen, Kevin began to take an interest in the sound of the mighty theatre organ and it was a natural musical progression that he should begin to study this type of instrument, for which he developed a different playing style from that of his electronic organ performances.
It was not long after this that Kevin began performing concerts throughout the country, featuring both electronic and theatre organs. In addition to his concert appearances and providing music in strict tempo for ballroom dancing, Kevin decided to continue his musical education and studied at a performing arts college before furthering his skills at Leeds University where, in 1994, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) degree in music.
Kevin is heavily involved with the 4 manual Compton that once graced Birmingham’s Paramount/Odeon Cinema. This instrument is currently installed in the Penistone Paramount theatre in South Yorkshire, where it is used on a regular basis for film and concert events.
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