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Ken Akiyama
Transformation -(Beauty and the Beast)
Pirates of the Caribbean - River Dance
You Raise Me Up
Theme from Kill Bill
Spirited Away
Spirited Away
Ken Akiyama
Ken Akiyama has played Electone, electric organ, since he was 5 years old.
He studied at the Green Hope High School in Cary.
Before he traveling to USA with his family, he won the Grand Prix at 2009 East Japan Yamaha Electone Festival.
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Jerry Allen 1925 - 17th Jul 1985
Airmail Special
Lunchbox
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Jerry Allen was born in 1925 in Thanet on the East Kent coast. The son of a church organist he spent his formative years in Margate. Unfortunately he suffered from polio as a child, and was overcoming this disability when at the age of fifteen, in 1940, he obtained his first job playing the organ at his local Regal cinema. The cinema became the victim of an air raid, but not before the youngster had been discovered by the comedian Tommy Trinder, who took him on tour.
Playing various dates around the country provided the young Jerry Allen with invaluable experience. His first big break came early in 1943 when he appeared at London's Prince of Wales theatre in the Sid Field revue 'Strike a New Note'. In this same year he made his first recordings with his newly-formed trio, in the Decca 'Music While You Work' series.
The trio took to travelling the country in an old ambulance, and maintained a busy schedule playing many variety dates. Radio dates and hotel booking further enhanced their popularity.
August 5th 1948 Jerry and his Rumba Band, with Jerry playing a Hammond organ, begin a residency on the South Parade Pier, Portsmouth
In September 1954, Jerry Allen and His Trio (now numbering four members in all), returned to the Decca studios and cut A Sky Blue Shirt And A Rainbow Tie and Small Talk.
In addition to Jerry Allen on the Hammond organ, the trio comprised Alan Grahame on vibes, Ken Ingarfield on bass and percussionist Lionel Rubin.
The group's big break came in 1956 when Lew Grade booked them to provide the musical backing on Associated Television's 'Lunch Box', the popular Monday-to-Friday midday show hosted by Noele Gordon. 'Lunch Box' enjoyed an eight year run, and the trio were involved with several other television series, becoming one of the countries most televised groups.
In 1962 Jerry formed his own big band which included many of the top Midlands musicians. Pianist John Patrick eventually took over the band's leadership whilst Jerry became more involved with session work and arranging. Additionally, he spent the rest of his working life travelling the country and giving promotional concerts for the Lowrey Organ Company.
Illness struck in the early Eighties, leading to a spell in London's Royal Free Hospital. Jerry rallied, but unfortunately died on 17 July 1985, a few weeks shy of his 60th birthday.
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Yoshihiro Andoh b. 30th Nov 1974 Link to the Yoshihiro Andoh Facebook Page
Yes!!
Fly High
Part 1_Intro the light
Part 2_Sincerely
Part 3
Part 4 & 5
Part 6_Another Century
Part 7_September
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Yoshihiro Andoh was born on November 30th 1974 in Aichi Prefecture, Japan.
Yoshihiro is a graduate of the Kunitachi College of Music.
In 1996 he won first place in the 'International Electone Competition'. In 1999 he was responsible for the production and performance of the 47th National Private School Education Research Association opening song. In 2001 he released his first album.
Yoshihiro Andoh works on a number of TV shows.
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T.W. Ardy 28th Dec 1926 - 16th Jan 1977
T.W. Ardy Plays The Look of Love T.W. Ardy Plays Tico Tico T.W. Ardy Plays America T.W. Ardy Plays The Look of Love T.W. Ardy Plays Always T.W. Ardy Plays Ramona T.W. Ardy Plays Rowbottom Square T.W. Ardy Plays Schiwago Melodie T.W. Ardy Plays Mackie Messer T.W. Ardy Plays Ganz Paris traumt von der Liebe T.W. Ardy Plays Du bist nicht allein T.W. Ardy Plays Wunderbar,wunderbar Organist Werner Twardy Discogs link icon
T.W. Ardy was an alias for Werner Twardy.
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Brian Auger b. 18th Jul 1939
Kiko
Namm Show 2011
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Organist 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 The Steampacket, along with Long John Baldry, Julie Driscoll, Vic Briggs and Rod Stewart. 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 The Yardbirds.
With Driscoll and the band, Trinity, he went on to record several hit singles, notably a cover version of David Ackles' "Road to Cairo" and Bob Dylan's "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 33? Revolutions Per Monkee.
In 1970 he formed Brian Auger's Oblivion Express, 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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Dennis Awe served as a concert church organist at St. Paul's Methodist Church in New York for over 12 years. At just 16 years, Dennis started his Broadway career by becoming the musical director for America's premier road show producers; The Parris Touring Company. He conducted 'The King and I', 'Carousel', 'Paint your Wagon', 'The Sound of Music', 'Gypsy', 'Bye, Bye,Birdie', and 'The Music Man',
During the 50s and 60s, Dennis played with five famous Big Bands; Guy Lombardo, Sammy Kaye, Lester Lanin, Bob Crosby and the Bobcats and Clyde McCoy.
Dennis was musical director for five years on WFYI on New York's largest, live weekly radio show, 'The Ray Heatherton Breakfast Club'.
At age twenty-two, Dennis returned to the concert stage and he continues to travel throughout the world, playing, entertaining and winning critics praises everywhere.
His extensive TV experience ranges from appearances on 'The Ed Sullivan Show', 'Today Show', and 'The Tonight Show'. He provided organ music for soap operas such as 'Young Doctor Malone', 'From These Roots', 'Dark Shadows', and games shows such as 'Beat the Clock', and 'Who Do You Trust?'.
Dennis has delighted Las Vegas audiences at the MGM Grand, Caesar's Palace, The Showboat Hotel, The Imperial Palace Hotel and the Sahara Hotel.
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Tony Back d. 25th Jan 2006
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Tony Back was an organist, composer, teacher, arranger and singer.
Most famous for his Hammond organ LPs on Ad-Rhythm.
Wrote the Get ORGANised teaching book series.
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Kenneth Baker
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Kenneth Baker wrote the popular The Complete Organ Player series of books,
Kenneth was also UK Sales Manager for Philicorda Organs.
If you have any information on Kenneth Baker that could be added please get in touch.
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Ena Baga 5th Jan 1906 – 15th Jul 2004
Ena Baga plays  Bagatelle Ena Baga plays playing Hammond & Leslie Ena Baga plays playing Wheels / Ruedas LP link icon Ena Baga plays  Eye Level LP link icon Ena Baga plays Wives and Lovers LP link icon Ena Baga plays The look of Love LP link icon Ena Baga plays Anyone who had a Heart LP link icon Ena Baga plays Trains and Boats and Planes
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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.
Ena Baga Married Elliot Turnbull in 1929 and Thomas J Hamilton Brown in 1936.
Ena Baga died 15th July 2004.
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Rosemary Bailey Facebook link icon

What's New
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Jack Sparrow
Gypsy-Pt#1
Gypsy-Pt#2
Gypsy-Pt.3
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Volare! Music lesson
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Rosemary Bailey began playing the piano at the age of five, performing strictly classical music. She soon diversified and incorporated jazz and traditional popular styles in her repertoire. By the time she was nine years old, Rosemary had begun touring throughout the United States . Concurrently, she maintained a weekly radio show, The Rosemary Bailey Show, broadcast from Chicago.
In 1970 she played a key role in the launch of the new Hammond 'Piper' keyboard with the first automatic rhythm accompaniment.
Rosemary has performed with many name artists including Victor Borge and Pete Nero as well as the Duke Ellington Orchestra.
At home on electronic as well as pipe organs, her concert schedule has taken her all over the world.
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Matthew Bason Facebook logo Twitter logo Likedin logo
Sand Bay Keyboard Experience Oct 2009
Sweet Georgia Brown
Theatre Organ Moods on Roland Atelier Combo.
The Dream of Olwen
Piano Medley
Organist Matthew Bason 1999
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Matthew Bason began his performing career in 1994, working at a range of venues as a pianist and organist
Matthew graduated with a B.A.(Ed) Honors degree in Music and Education in 2002.
From 1994 to 2004 he was Resident Pianist at Sopwell House, St. Albans, where he played as a solo jazz pianist and accompanied other instrumentalist and singers.
From 2000 to 2003 he was Resident Musician at Ashorne Hall, Warwick, where he played the Compton and Wurlitzer Theatre Organs, Piano and Yamaha HX-1, as part of the "Mighty Cinema Organ Show" for the "Nickelodeon Collection" tours, and for their highly-popular "Variety Shows" and "Musical Tea-Parties". This residency was cut short by the sudden death of the owner, Graham Whitehead,
In 2005, Matthew began to produce concerts known as "One-Man Musical Variety Shows". These shows feature Roland AT350c Organ, Yamaha P105 Piano, Weiltmeister Accordion and Vocals.
In May 2014, Matthew became a concert artiste and demonstrator for Allen Organs U.K.
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Robert Bartha b. 9th Jan 1969 Facebook link logo Twitter link logo
Pop-Medley
Wersi Louvre demonstration
Okey Live 2012 - Wersi Sonic
Musikmesse 2012
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Robert Bartha was born on the 9th January 1969 in Bergisch Gladbach
Robert Bartha studied at the Cologne Music Academy . In 1985 he gave his first solo concert in Cologne. Through concert tours and TV appearances Robert Bartha became known on the keyboard scene. The magazine "Keys" put Robert Bartha in the top 20 of the best organists worldwide.
Since 1992, Robert Bartha has also been a music producer and composer. His first studio production and composition I Just Wanna Dance appeared on RTL sampler as a promotional song for C & A Young Collections. In 1997, he managed the international breakthrough as a producer - with the worldwide hit In The Ghetto and the self-assembled band Ghetto People feat. With In The Ghetto he reached the top 10 music charts in over 40 countries.
As a producer and composer, he worked with Leona Lewis , Ghetto People feat. L-Viz, José Carreras All Stars, Deborah Sasson , Amadeus Barthoni, Bürger Lars Dietrich, Racine, Culture Beat , Fun.
Robert Bartha works with international artists and newcomers as part of his production company "Robert Bartha Music Productions". In 2006, Robert Bartha founded his own record company "Music2Gold Records GmbH", where he distributes the soundtracks of his artists or soundtracks of various Hollywood films through the major distributors Sony and Universal.
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Count Basie 21st Aug 1904 - 26th Apr 1984
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William James 'Count' Basie was born August 21st 1904 in Red Bank, New Jersey.
His mother taught him to play the piano and he started performing in his teens. Dropping out of school, he learned to operate lights for vaudeville and to improvise accompaniment for silent films at a local movie theater in his home town of Red Bank, New Jersey. By 16 years old, he increasingly played jazz piano at parties, resorts and other venues. In 1924, he went to Harlem, where his performing career expanded; he toured with groups to the major jazz cities of Chicago, St. Louis and Kansas City. In 1929 he joined Bennie Moten's band in Kansas City, and played with them until Moten's death in 1935.
In 1935, Basie formed his own jazz orchestra, the Count Basie Orchestra, and in 1936 took them to Chicago for a long engagement and their first recording. He led the group for almost 50 years, creating innovations like the use of two "split" tenor saxophones, emphasizing the rhythm section, riffing with a big band, using arrangers to broaden their sound, and others. Many musicians came to prominence under his direction, including the tenor saxophonists Lester Young and Herschel Evans, the guitarist Freddie Green, trumpeters Buck Clayton and Harry "Sweets" Edison and singers Jimmy Rushing and Joe Williams. Basie's theme songs were "One O'Clock Jump", developed in 1935 in the early days of his band, and later "April in Paris".
Count Basie died April 26th 1984
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Howard Beaumont OrganFax logo

Concert by the Sea Kawai SR6
Straus/Sea Medley
Goodbye
Rhythm Medley
Sixties medley
Berlin medley
Putting on the Ritz, Alexanders Ragtime Band
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Organis Howard Beaumont
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Howard Beaumont was born in Halifax, Yorkshire. At the age of seven he commenced with piano tuition, later graduating to the organ.
Howard learnt the art of demonstrating organs during the late 60’s from the late Jerry Allan, Bill Skidmore and Harold Smart.
Having turned professional he toured the country in Cabaret.
Howard later entertained passengers aboard Luxury Cruise Liners in the U.S.A. and, whilst in America, he discovered the mighty Wurlitzer theatre Organ at Radio City Music Hall.
On his return to this country Howard started playing these great organs in various locations around the country, including the famous Wurlitzer Organ at Blackpool Tower.
As well as a full Concert diary Howard is frequently engaged by various electronic organ manufacturers to give promotional demonstrations.
1989 proved to be an important year for Howard as he was appointed resident organist at the Scarborough Spa Park complex where, each summer season, he entertains countless holiday makers in the Sun court.
Howard is regularly featured on the popular BBC Radio 2 programme ‘The Organist Entertains’ and has made over 25 recordings.
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Keith Beckingham
Keith Beckingham live
NAMM oral History
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Organist Keith Beckingham
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Keith Beckingham has been entertaining audiences in the UK and around the world for over 50 years.
Following an audition with Joseph Seal in 1958, Keith played at the ABC/Regal Beckenham followed by a stint for Granada Theatres billed as ‘the wonder boy organist’. He made his first BBC broadcast from the Granada, Tooting followed by broadcasts from the Granada cinemas at Harrow, Clapham Junction and Kingston upon Thames.
For over 25 years Keith worked for the Hammond Organ Company presenting ‘Showcase’ concerts in the UK, Europe, South Africa, the Far East, Australia and New Zealand.
Keith was Vice President of Export Sales for the Hammond Organ Company, Chicago, USA and Managing Director of Hammond Organ (UK) Ltd.
Keith has made many Hammond recordings including ‘Hammond Showcase Revisited’.
Recent CDs have featured the Wurlitzer at the South Bank University (‘South Bank Showcase’) and Clydebank Town Hall (‘Ritz Beckingham’).
He appeared on prime time TV playing a Hammond B-3 in Ant and Dec’s revival of ‘Sale of the Century’ during their popular ‘Game Show Marathon’ series.
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John Beesley Twitter icon link to John Beesely page Facebook icon link to the John Beesley Tyros page
Olympic Flame
Colours Of The Wind
Widor's Toccata
The Stars & Stripes Forever
Stardust
Trumpet Blues & Cantabile
Because You Loved Me
The Power Of Love
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Organist John Beesely
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Lou Bennett 18th May 1926 - 10th Feb 1997
Summertime
Performance (1966)
Hi Fly
Hit the Road Jack
Bebop

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Organist Lou Bennet

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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 Jimmy Gourley and Kenny Clarke. 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 10th 1997 in a hospital outside of Paris.
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Pat Bianchi Facebook link logo Twitter link logo Youtube link logo Instagram link logo
The BE3 Trio
Live Concert
introduction to jazz
Roots Interchange
My Shining Hour
Key B Live
Organist Pat Bianchi

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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 Lou Donaldson's quartet 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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Doug Bielanski Facebook logo YouTube logo
Firework - Yamaha Electone
Could It Be Magic - Roland AT-90SL
Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps - Roland Atelier
Axel F - Yamaha FX1
Usted Abuso - Yamaha ELX-1
Doug Bielanski organist
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A very talented hobby player
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Richard Bower
Mark Shakespeare Medley
History of Love
Samba Medley
Medley
Lyme Bay Keyboard Experience, Keyklix
The Rose - Keyklix
Master Of The House KeyKlix Klan
Yamaha Organist Richard Bower
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Richard Bower is a freelance demonstrator for Yamaha. He is heavily involved in the development of the range of Yamaha keyboards
Having spent many successful years on the road as a concert artiste, on his own and with Ian Griffin as half of the Keyklix duo, and demonstrating the Yamaha range of instruments, he now spends his time with his wife helping run their music shop and travelling back and forth to Japan working on the next range of keyboards.
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Milt Buckner 10th Jul 1915 - 27th Jul 1977
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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.
Milt Buckner first played in Detroit with the McKinney Cotton Pickers and then with Cab Calloway. In 1941 he joined Lionel Hampton's 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 Red Garland, George Shearing 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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Paul Carmen b. 1962
Blue Moon
Wind Beneath My Wings
Smile
Sunny Side of the Street
A Walk in the Black Forest
Moon River
El Condor Pasa
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Paul Carmen was born in 1962 in Leicester. His musical journey began at the age of 12 when his father purchased the first family organ a Hammond VS350. Paul was offered 6 free lessons and so it all began.
At 14 Paul took first prize in a Midland Arts festival.
Upon leaving Grammar school at 18 Paul decided upon a career in music and started work in a local music store.
By 20 Paul was a demonstrator for Godwin organs followed by a move to Gem. An ambition of Paul’s was to work for Yamaha and that was fulfilled when at 22, Paul joined Yamaha as a demonstrator. Paul went on to become a regional manager for Yamaha until he left to form his own software company Keysoft.
While working on software Paul made acquaintance with the Orla Organ Company with whom he has worked until the current day.
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Cavalleria Rusticana Electone, ELS-02X
Polka 'Schnell' Winterlust
Morning Mood
Kill Bill Medley D-Deck
James Bond Theme
Marco Cerbella organist
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Doreen ChadwickLink to pipe organ page icon 1919 - 26th June 2014
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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
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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 Buddy Cole is 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.
Buddy Cole 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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Jesse CrawfordLink to pipe organ page icon 2nd Dec 1895 – 28th May 1962
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Jesse and Helen Crawford
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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 Jesse 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, Jesse 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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Trevor Daniels Facebook link logo
Espagna
Smetana's Dance of the Comedians

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Organist Trevor Daniels
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.
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Jackie Davis 13th Dec 1920 – 2nd Nov 1999
in Denver
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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

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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
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Rocky Top- 12th St. Rag- Caravan
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All I Ever Need Is You
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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
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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
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'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
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Johann Strauss Morgenblätter
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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 Facebook logo
Stormy Weather Blues
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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
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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
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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.
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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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Wherever You Are
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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
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Easy, Still Blue
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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.
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Jack McDuff 17th Sep 1926 - 23rd Jan 2001
Quartet (Live video)1964
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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.
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David Dunlap Facebook logo You Tube logo
I Can See Clearly Now
The Windmills Of Your Mind
Red Roses For A Blue Lady
Adagio for Strings
Atlantis (The Shadows)
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On the Road Again
It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
It's Beginning to Look Like Christmas
Easter Parade
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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.'
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Claude Dupras c. 1952 - 1991
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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.
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Steven Eaklor
Sweet Georgia Brown
Medley
Moonlight In Vermont
Oral History of Hammond
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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.
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Ryan Edwards b. 4th Feb 1978 OrganFax logo
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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
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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.
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Georgie Fame b. 26th June 1943 Facebook link logo
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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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Star Wars Medley
Theme from Cinema Paradiso
Ragamuffin Romeo
The Lost Chord
O Holy Night
Christmas Medley
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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
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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
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Mike Finnigan b. 26th Apr 1945 Facebook link logo
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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
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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.
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George Fleury
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You Are The Sunshine Of My Life
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Night Of The Keys 2005
the Cyber Organ Player (Comedy)
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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.
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Tim Flint b. 1964 OrganFax logo
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Theatre Organ Medley
Out of Africa
Cheek to Cheek
Vienna Style
Portrait of a Flirt
Muskrat Ramble
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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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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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The Grinning Song
@ The Village Vanguard
Subtle Digs
As One
Jazz Club Hannover
School Song Piano
Blueberry Hill Piano
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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

The Lowrey Magic Program
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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
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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
Taken from the Claire Grieg biography
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Ian Griffin
Lyme Bay Keyboard Experience
swinging it - Keyklix
Medley
Request Medley
Matt Monro number
What Colour Is The Wind
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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
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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
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Wilma Grobben Dutch organist.
Played the Riha Orchestra
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Kevin Grunill OrganFax logo
Highland Cathedral
Pie in the face polka
Big Band Medley
Play Fiddle Play
That's Entertainment
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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.
Extract from the Kevin Grunill COS page
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David Harrild OrganFax logo LinkedIn logo
Medley
Dankeshane
Country Medley
Celibrando
Till There Was You
Opus One
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Born in South East London, David Harrild slowly developed a passion for music with every opportunity having a go on the school piano.
At the age of 9, his parents bought him his first organ which was a Bontempi from Woolworth’s, unfortunately his persistent practising on the Bontempi stretched his parents tolerance until they could stand on more, so he was given the option of attending lessons and a new organ.
After 1 year’s tuition, he decided that he would throw away the teaching books and play by ear. At least that way, he could progress to more exciting material other than 'Merrily We Roll Along'.
Through the years David was inspired by his idol, Harry Stoneham, this encouraged him to form his Trio that consisted of Drums, Tenor Sax and Organ. The Trio become familiar faces with local Working Men's Clubs, Bowls Clubs and then on to Masonic Ladies Festivals, Social Evenings and Dinner Dances.
Many of you who have heard David in concert will know that he never carries music with him. David’s concerts are performed by his ability to play by ear. This ability enables him to choose his material, listen to it once or twice and then play it. David is now known around the country for performing at Music Festivals, Dinner Dance, Masonic Functions, Organ and Keyboard Clubs.
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Martin Harris
Mickey Mouse March
Organist Martin Harris
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playing Yamaha EL900
Lyme Bay Keyboard Experience
Theatre Organ medley on EL90
Organist Elizabeth Harrison
Elizabeth Harrison (also known as Liz) was born 1st December 1976 just outside Preston, Lancashire.
Elizabeth has established herself on the concert circuit not only as a musician but also as an entertainer. Her varied musical repertoire along with her cheerful Lancashire humour has made her one of the country’s favourite performers.
Elizabeth has been playing on the concert circuit for over 24 years. She has a wealth of experience playing both electronic and theatre organs.
Elizabeth plays her portable Roland Atelier AT350C and also owns a beautiful Allen MDS theatre 3 organ which is kept at home.
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Alan Haven 1st Apr 1935 – 7th Jan 2016
What's Going On
Hard Days Night

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Alan Haven was born on the 1st April 1935 in Prestwich, Manchester. Although originally a pianist, he could see in those early days that the future lay in the use of new technology. In the 1960s the only 'hi-tech' keyboard was the electronic organ and Haven took this instrument and made it his own.
Unlike many players who followed the Hammond sound, he was more concerned with developing his own sound and it didn't matter whether the instrument was a Lowrey or any other make or model, the Haven sound and style always emerged.
Applying the organ to jazz is a dangerous sport. Alan Haven created a style that set the sixties alight and never before had an audience witnessed the dynamics from an instrument most people associated with the end of the pier shows!
His debut album was "Lennon & McCartney Styled by Haven" and set the mood for a string of successful albums and high profile performances including a Lennon & McCartney tribute TV programme. Performances at Ronnie Scott's and Annie's Room were legendary, the latter spawning a milestone album "Live at Annie's Room".
Collaboration with John Barry on "The Knack" produced a recognised esteemed work. This successful collaboration led to further projects with Barry including Bond movies "Goldfinger" and "From Russia with Love".
The 1967 hit single "Image" received an incredible amount of airplay and was also used as a theme tune by both Bob Stewart and Tony Blackburn on the pirate station Radio Caroline.
A ten year spell developing, marketing and demonstrating his 'own brand' Haven organ was both rewarding and frustrating.
In more recent years he had been in demand as a versatile corporate entertainer and spent a great deal of time living in Spain both recording and performing. With racks of keyboards rather than an electronic.
Alan Haven died on the 7th January 2016
Extract from the Alan Haven web site
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Peter HaywardLink to pipe organ page icon Youtube logo
Lady Be Good Orla RS600
Toy Balloons Piano
Angelus
Peanut Vendor
The Syncopated Clock
Teaching Videos
Cascading Waterfalling
Open Harmony
Close Harmony
Organist Peter Hayward
Peter Hayward has been a professional musician for over forty years in the UK, before emigrating (and semi-retiring) to be near to his daughter and grandchildren.
Peter has been a regular monthly contributor to Organ and Keyboard Cavalcade since its conception, his popular article covering all aspects of keyboard music.
Peter has written many successful books on music : his motto being 'Professional Tips - Just for Fun - All explained in plain English - No Jargon'.
It is this down to earth philosophy that has made him a popular figure at the Organ and Keyboard Cavalcade Festivals, where he is always happy to share his musical knowledge, gathered over a lifetime.
Peter now lives in Sweden, where he is actively engaged with various choirs, concerts and regular radio broadcasts, featuring many of the forty plus recordings which he has made over the years.
Extract from the Keyboard Cavalcade Peter Hayward biography.
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Milt Herth 3rd Nov 1902 - 18th Jun 1969
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Milton 'Milt' Herth was born November 3rd 1902 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. In 1937 Herth began to work with jazz pianist Willie "The Lion" Smith in Chicago, when Smith signed to Decca Records Herth, Smith, and drummer O'Neil Spencer formed the Milt Herth Trio. The trio became a quartet with the addition of Teddy Bunn on guitar in April 1938.
Milt Herth also played himself in several short films (Love and Onions (1935), Swing Styles (1939), and Jingle Belles, (1941)) as well as the longer 1942 film, Juke Box Jenny, a movie noted for being a series of musical performances.
Milt Herth died in Las Vegas, Nevada on June 18th 1969.
Extract from the Milt Herth Wikipedia page
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Mike Hill 11th Nov 1935 - 1st May 2002
The six tracks below feature Mike Hill on Hammond organ with full orchestral backing
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Mike Hill, born in Hartlepool on the 11th November 1935, came from a musical family. His mother was a piano teacher, his father a violinist and his brother Paul a drummer. Mike was a natural and gifted musician and at the age of 13 was introduced by telephone live on radio to Hughie Green for Opportunity Knocks. He played four instruments: piano, vibes, harpsichord and orchestra bells going from one instrument to the next until he had completed the song he was asked to do. Hughie Green invited him to the show and he won. He then became a regular on the show and travelled the country, playing for Jack Taylor's Juveniles, Ralph Reader's Gang Shows and many more.
He became resident with the Merry Magpies doing stage and radio work. He had offers from Scotland, Ireland, Jersey and abroad.
He went to Birmingham to audition for ITV's Bid For Fame, a contest that he won. He worked quite a lot on TV and played the American Bases. According to his diary the list of engagements reads like a Who's Who in Showbusiness. During this time he worked for Dick James Music and released his first record Jukes Jingle backed with Joey's Song. His second record was released on 14 October 1960 called Beatnik Boogie backed with Mike's Song. In all he composed about eighteen songs.
Mike then went on tour again with Tito Burns and The Allisons and he later became resident on TV with the Five o'clock Club and Stubby Kaye's Silver Star Show. Overseas engagements in 1967 took him to Germany and Sweden as musical director to Jayne Mansfield. He returned to Dick James and was invited to be musical advisor to The Beatles.
Throughout the 1970s Mike played in almost every pub and club in London and continued recording changing labels to the Edmat label. His final recording was From Us To You together with Kenny Williams and Guy Saville.
Mike Hill died 1st May 2002.
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Yayoi Hirabe b. 1959
Santa Ana Freeway
To the sea
Satisfaction
Diffusion Spectrum
Black Hole
Möbius Circle

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Yayoi Hirabe is multi award winning composer and organist.
Having started playing the piano she graduated to the organ. In 1971 she won the International electone Competition Junior Division, this was followed by a number of awards for composition and playing.
Yayoi Hirabe composes music for organ and other instruments these include organ and trumpet, organ and violin, organ and string quartet plus a number of other instruments.
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Naoko Hirota
Naoko Hirota & Satoshi Kitamura (bandoneon) Rouge w
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Naoko Hirota attended the Yamaha Music School from the age of four.
In 2001 won first prize in the International Electone Competition B Division.
2010 released her first album 'Belle Lumière'
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Pirates of the Carribean
Ave Maria(Franz Schubert)
I Will Follow Him
Contrasts
Moliendo Café
Die Fledermaus
Barber of Seville
Highland Cathedral
Music - John Miles
A Morning in Cornwall
I am the bird catcher, yes
Rock'n'Roll Medley
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Claudia Hirschfeld has been a professional organist For more than 30 years.
She is one of the superstars of their instrument. not only in Europe, but also in the Americas, Arabia and China.
Besides her work as a soloist Claudia Hirschfeld has played as 'orchestra' for large choirs, and well-known singers like René Kollo , Eva Lind , Walter Scholz.
Claudia has produced numerous CDs , as well as videos and DVDs. These are testimony to her untiring work and underpin's her reputation as 'First Lady' and 'Queen of the Organ'.
Extract and translation from the Claudia Hirschfeld web site.
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Richard "Groove" Holmes 2nd May 1951 - 29th Jun 1991
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Richard Arnold 'Groove' Holmes was born on the 2nd of May 1931 in Camden, New Jersey
Holmes' first album was recorded in March 1961.
Revered in soul-jazz circles, Richard "Groove" Holmes was an unapologetically swinging Jimmy Smith admirer who could effortlessly move from the grittiest of blues to the most sentimental of ballads.
He recorded many albums for Pacific Jazz, Prestige Records, Groove Merchant and Muse Records.
Holmes was best known for his hit 1965 version of "Misty". He engaged in some inspired organ battles with Jimmy McGriff in the early '70s before turning to electric keyboards and fusion-ish material a few years later. The organ was Holmes' priority in the mid- to late '80s, when he recorded for Muse
Richard Holmes died of a heart attack on June 29th 1991 in St. Louis, Missouri after a long struggle with prostate cancer, having performed his last concerts in a wheelchair. One of his last gigs was at the 1991 Chicago Blues Festival with his long-time friend, singer Jimmy Witherspoon.
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Playing for Dancing Wersi Louvre.
Calling Wersi Louvre
While My Guitar Gently Weeps Wersi Louvre
Tower Changeover and playing for dancing
Organist Chris Hopkins
It was Frank Lythgoe, the highly regarded Steam Organ Enthusiast, who first recognized Chris Hopkins' talent, and Chris openly accredits Frank's support. Chris is the first to say that Frank's support was instrumental in his moving to Blackpool's Tower Ballroom in 1995.
Chris Hopkins entered his first season as a Blackpool Tower Ballroom organist in 1996 and has come to be regarded as one of the lynch pins by many who regularly frequent the Tower ballroom.
Chris is to be found entertaining his audience not only through the season, but also through most of the winter months when it is mainly the 'Regulars' who frequent the Blackpool Tower Ballroom.
The Wersi Louvre entered the Blackpool Tower Ballroom in 2001 and Chris eagerly embraced its advanced technology and rapidly developed a rapport with the instrument, developing a repertoire that enables him to demonstrate not only the versatility of the Wersi, but his own, individual style.
Chris now plays the Roland organ at the Tower Ballroom. With the decline in the hours the ballroom is used for dancing Chris needed a second string to his bow to make money, he now teaches people to drive as well as playing at the Tower Ballroom.
As a hobby Chris tours Scotland taking photographs, he has a great eye and has put many of his pictures on Facebook.
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Will Horwell
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Recorded with Amadeo & Karssell Records.
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Ian House was born and raised in Bristol as part of an extremely musical family, Ian was encouraged to begin his musical education at the age of seven and originally chose to study the keyboard, later progressing onto the organ.
At the age of 13 Ian was introduced to the theatre organ through a visit to the Thursford collection in Norfolk, England. Ian went on to win the Young Theatre Organist of the Year competition in 2003. After receiving coaching from Len Rawle, David Lowe and Robert Rowley Ian won through two divisions of the international competition held in Milwaukee and Los Angeles.
On his 16th birthday, Ian started work at Swift Music in Bristol. His interest in the music industry, marketing and business began to grow and he soon came to the attention of Roland UK. This association led to him touring with top of the range Roland Atelier series of instruments as well as programming many of their pre-made sounds and settings.
In 2009 Ian was employed as the senior piano and keyboard specialist for Bonners Music Superstore.
As Ian's name started to spread throughout both the concert circuit and music retail, Yamaha began to take notice and in May 2011 he was asked to work with the company.
Extract from the Ian House biography on his web site
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Steve Hubble
Once Upon a Time in the West
Somewhere
Water Fountain
Les Miserables Clips
Barbara Striesand Overture
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Steve Hubble was born in 1965 in Birmingham, England and showed an avid interest in music from a very early age. His first instrument was a Bontempi chord organ from Woolworths.
At the age of 7 the Bontempi was changed for a piano and piano lessons began.
Steve developed a great interest in the electronic organ. Many happy hours were spent visiting local organ and keyboard clubs, demonstrations and shows listening to the various artists and instruments.
In 1984 Steve turned professional and extensively toured throughout the UK playing for organ societies, keyboard clubs and festivals.
In 1992 Steve dropped out of the concert scene to concentrate on running his shop and music schools.
Steve always had a long term plan to return to the concert circuit when time allowed, that time has arrived and he is back on the concert circuit.
Extract from the Steve Hubble biography on his web site.
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All Time Swing Medley
Amorada / Tico Tico
Frank Sinatra Medley
Satin Doll & Deep Purple
Classic goes Disco
live in Wersi Studio Hochrhein
Wersirama Overture
Wersi organist Florian Hutter
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Dick Hyman b. 8th Mar 1927)
fingerbuster on piano
The Finger Breaker on piano
Jitterbug Waltz Wurlitzer
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Richard 'Dick' Hyman was born March 8th 1927 in New York City.
He was classically trained by his mother's brother, the concert pianist Anton Rovinsky.
By high school Dick Hyman was playing in dance bands throughout Westchester County.
Dick Hyman completed his freshman year at Columbia University, and in June 1945, he enlisted in the Army, transferred to the Navy, and began playing in the band department. When he returned to Columbia, he won an on-air piano competition, earning him 12 free lessons with Teddy Wilson, the Swing Era pianist.
In 1952 Dick Hyman recorded two highly regarded ragtime albums under the pseudonym "Knuckles O'Toole", and included two original compositions.
In the 1960s Dick Hyman was regularly seen on NBC-TV. He served as artistic director for the Jazz in July series at New York's 92nd Street Y for twenty years, a post from which he stepped down in 2004. Dick Hyman has had an extensive career in New York as a studio musician and won seven Most Valuable Player Awards from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. He acted as music director for such television programs as Benny Goodman's final appearance (on PBS) and for In Performance at the White House. For five years (1969-1974), he was the in-studio organist for the stunt game show Beat the Clock. He received an Emmy Award for his original score for Sunshine's on the Way, a daytime drama, and another for musical direction of a PBS Special on Eubie Blake.
Dick Hyman recorded several innovative pop albums on Enoch Light's Command Records. At first, he used the Lowrey organ, he later recorded several albums on the Moog synthesizer.
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Saori Iwauchi
Future of the door
Rhythm Junction
Serenade
Miracle of life
Beyond the light
OMOTE
Yamaha organist Saori Iwauchi
Saori Iwauchi started playing at the age of four.
In 1989 performed at the International Electone Festival Grand Prix.
Since then she has toured the world performing concerts. Countries include Indonesia, Taiwan, Austria, Slovenia, Hungary, Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya.
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Booker T. Jones b. 12th Nov 1944 Instagram link logo
Green Onions
Time Is Tight
Melting Pot
Born Under a Bad Sign
Never Found a Girl

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Booker T. Jones was born in Memphis, Tennessee, on November 12, 1944.
Jones was a musical prodigy, playing the oboe, saxophone, trombone, bass, and piano at school and organ at church. He attended Washington High School
Jones's entry into professional music came at age sixteen, when he played baritone saxophone on Satellite Records' first hit, "Cause I Love You," by Carla and Rufus.
By the time Booker T. Jones entered high school he was already a semi-professional, and quickly recognized as the most talented musician in his school. He was appointed director of the school band for four years, and in addition, organized the school dance orchestra which played for proms throughout the Mid-South.
Booker's first instrument was the string bass, but he soon switched to the organ. Booker came to the attention of record executive Jim Stewart in Memphis, and while still in high school he worked as a staff musician for Stax Records.
While hanging around the Satellite Record Shop run by Estelle Axton Jones met record clerk Steve Cropper, who would become one of the MGs when the group formed in 1962. While still in high school, Jones co-wrote the group's classic instrumental "Green Onions," which was a massive hit in 1962.
Jones was married to Priscilla Coolidge in 1969, sister of singer Rita Coolidge. He produced Priscilla's first album Gypsy Queen in 1970; then the pair collaborated as a duo on three albums.
On June 18, 1985, Jones married Nanine Warhurst. They have three children together, and an additional five stepchildren from their prior relationships.
On March 1, 1995, Booker T. & the MGs won their first Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance for the song "Cruisin'". Jones still plays with the MGs and his own small combo called the Booker T. Jones Band. His current touring group includes Vernon "Ice" Black (guitar), Darian Gray (drums), and Melvin Brannon (bass).
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Byron Jones 1949 - OrganFax logo

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Byron Jones was born in 1949 in Risca, Gwent, South Wales - hence the name of The Welsh Wizard.
As a child, he showed great promise on the piano, and then later on the organ. He played in a local church, and developed his style over the years.
Whilst still at school Byron played at the local chapel and then progressed to the working mens clubs of Wales when he was a teenager, accompanying many of the big stars who came to Wales in cabaret - Donald Peers, Ruby Murray and many more.
Byron later progressed to the larger clubs, where he would be engaged to play for artistes straight from the London Palladium.
Since then, over the last thirty years, Byron has played for many Summer Season Spectacular shows, made countless radio broadcasts and made many television appearances in Great Britain and America.
Byron produces his own recordings on CD and DVD and has his own Music Society of loyal fans and friends from all over the world.
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Chris Jones interest in music began with piano, he studied this from the age of 11, until at 13 when he was introduced to the electronic organ.
At the age of 14 Chris gave his first public performance playing at the local organ society in Orpington as well as performing at his school both on organ and in various musical productions.
Upon leaving school Chris worked in Estate Agency and then in retail, including an organ shop in Croydon. During this time he assisted as deputy organist at Streatham Ice Rink, playing Hammond C3 for dancing etc. Chris also performed Small concerts and music for dancing local to his home.
It was not until 1985 when he met David Lingwood at the first Caister Keyboard Festival that Chris turned professional, since then he has played for most organ societies all over Great Britain including the Channel Islands. Chris has also performed at all the major Keyboard festivals as well as writing for various Keyboard publications including keyboard Review and Keyboard Cavalacade.
In 1991 he worked as Showroom Manager for Wersi at their UK headquarters in Purley, then in 1994 for GIG Sounds in Streatham, South London and 1995 Rose-Morris in the West End of London.
In 1996 Chris was offered the job as Manager at Roland Friday Keyboards, Bromley. In January 1997 Roland Friday sold his retail business to Music Land and he continues to work for them on a part time basis.
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Bob Kames 21st Apr 1925 – 9th Apr 2008
Chicken Dance
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Bob Kames was born Robert Kujawa on April 21st 1925 in Milwaukee. He began playing the piano when he was 12 years old.
Kames was drafted into the United States Army during World War II. An army chaplain heard his playing the piano. The chaplain reportedly asked Kames if he could play the organ. He did not know how to play this instrument, but decided to give it a try. As result, Kames earned his first job in music as the Army chapel organist.
Bob earned his stage name, Bob Kames, when an announcer on Armed Forces Radio could not pronounce his name. Kames also began playing for United States troops during the war.
During his career Bob Kames recorded over seventy albums. He owned and operated a chain of music stores called Bob Kames Wonderful World of Music, based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Bob Kames returned to Milwaukee after World War II. He bought a Hammond organ and continued to record independently. He composed his first pop song, You Are My One True Love, Kames released the song through a Wisconsin record company, as he was rejected by the major record labels. He paid for the first 5,000 copies himself. His luck changed when the song was picked up by London Records, an English record label. The song became a hit, selling over a million copies.
Kames' music producer first heard "Dance Little Bird" at a German music fair in 1982. The producer sent Kames a copy of the song, who recorded his own version, known as "The Chicken Dance". He released it in 1982. The song hit solid gold when it was released in 1983 in Poland, selling 300,000 copies. He received 2 of the 35 cents from each sale. Since he couldn't take the money out of the country, he donated all of the money for a relief fund.
Bob released a string of successful albums, including Happy Organ. His recording success eventually led to television. Kames began producing his first television show, The Bob Kames Family Room, in 1966
Bob Kames suffered from Alzheimer's disease and prostate cancer when he died on April 9, 2008.
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John LaDuca
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John LaDuca began his musical training when he was 7 years old. By the time he reached his teans he was playing and arranging for his own band.
The band broke up when John was called up, this didn't interrupt LaDucas music. He played with the 25th Army band both in the United States and overseas. During his off time he organised The John LaDuca Quintet, which became a favourite for Armed Forces Radio.
After his discharge John LaDuca returned to the U.S. and became a popular solo organist on the West Coast. Heis popularity earned him the nickname 'Mr. Fantastic'.
LaDuca was known for playing the Wurlitzer range of electronic organs.
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Franz Lambert born 11th March 1948
Franz Lambert-Hammond Medley 1973
Franz Lambert - Hammond Medley 1977
Franz Lambert-Rock n Roll medley on Wersi
Franz Lambert- Lambertissimo on Wersi
Franz Lambert and orchestra
Franz lambert - Amorada, Tico Tico, Mambo Jambo
Franz Lambert - Trumpet Voluntary
Franz Lambert - El Torero
Franz Lambert - Good Time Boogie II
Franz Lambert - Dreaming ballerina
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For more than 30 years Franz Lambert has enchanted us with his romantic tunes. He has countless fans in Germany, Europe and the rest of the world. He has an extraordinary gift to transfer our feelings into his music, to give joy.
It all started in 1969: Franz Lambert, born in 1948, played casually in his parent's restaurant on the organ in Hesse Heppenheim. The television entertainer Heinz Schenk heard him and hired him immediately for the 100th mission 'to the Blue Boar.' This was Fanz Lamberts first television appearance, and was followed by his first recording contract.
Franz Lambert has recorded 100 records / CDs that have been reproduced in their millions. Franz has been in front of the camera about 500 times: in England, USA, Argentina, Canada, Mexico, Italy - and of course in Germany, programs include: Star Parade, Grand Prix, Schaubude, ZDF sports studio, Golden One , TV garden, Thrice Nine, music is the key.
Franz Lambert is not only a successful musician, but also a sought-after composer: Many of his equally romantic and lively songs like encounters, La Musica, Lady In Blue, First Love, Why and Victory were evergreens.
His FIFA Anthem was adopted as the official World Cup anthem in 1994 with its world premiere in Chicago.
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Don Larusso
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Don Larusso was born Don Compton.
The only LP he recorded was on a Conn organ
He had a popular radio show 'Moonglow'
Don Larusso left the UK to work in the USA.
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James Last
Hammond a gogo vol 1
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James Last produced a number of A Gogo albums, as well as the three featuring the Hammond organ he produced A Gogo albums featuring Trumpet, Piano, Guitar and Sax
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Eddie Layton Link to electronic page icon 10th Oct 1925 – 26th Dec 2004
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Eddie Layton was a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He graduated from the West Chester State Teachers College majoring in meteorology with a minor in music. He began playing the organ when he was twelve years old.
While serving in the United States Navy during World War II, Eddie learned to play the Hammond organ. After the war, he began a career as a professional organist writing scores for soap operas on CBS. During that time he recorded nearly 27 albums of organ music.
Eddie Layton joined the New York Yankees franchise in 1967 when CBS purchased the Yankees from Dan Topping. Because of pressure from the success of the New York Mets, their new Shea Stadium facility and the popularity of their organist, Jane Jarvis, Topping had installed an organ in Yankee Stadium at the beginning of the 1965 season. Team president Mike Burke brought Layton in to play organ music at the stadium in 1967. At the time, Layton had never been to the stadium and knew nothing about baseball.
Layton went on to play the organ for the Yankees for over three decades, taking a break from 1971 to 1977 to pursue other musical commitments. When he retired on September 28, 2003, he played a final performance of "Take Me Out to the Ball Game", while fans chanted "Eddie! Eddie!".
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Eddie Layton also released records under the name Ashley Tappen
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K Lauer
K Lauer ia a pseudonym of Klaus Wunderlich
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Organist Anthony Lomas
Anthony Lomas comes from Dronfield, a small Derbyshire market town midway between Chesterfield and Sheffield. His interest in music became apparent at a very early age and, when he was seven years old, he began group lessons with the late John Madin, a famous Cinema Organist and local music dealer.
In 1984 a family holiday was spent at the National Electronic Organ Festival in Morecambe, which was presented by the Association of Organ Enthusiasts. There, Anthony met many famous concert organists, amongst them Tim Flint who was later to become his tutor. The National Festival became a regular date for Anthony and over the years, he became increasingly involved in it’s presentation as a member of the stage crew. On several occasions, festival producer Trevor Daniels (brother of TV illusionist, Paul) invited Anthony to take part in this and other A.O.E festivals as an artiste in his own right.
As a concert artiste, Anthony’s career began by playing for his own society in Chesterfield and fund raising concerts for local charity groups which he continues to support in this way. Other local organ societies were quick to book him and his reputation quickly spread around the country bringing bookings from ever further afield and he celebrates over 15 years on the concert circuit as a semi-professional musician.
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Steve Lowdell began his musical career working for a well-known music publisher in Tin Pan Alley, where he became involved in the business of 'song-plugging'. He became acutely fond of jazz and formed a quintet, with which he traveled all over the country.
There came a change in the jazz scene and Steve decided to put his suitcase away and do something different. He turned to 'pop' music and decided to turn his hand to studio 'session' work; but he became very frustrated with the repetitive demands on his musical skills and he was soon yearning again for the concert platform.
He went into the music trade, where he became European Concert Artiste for the mighty Yamaha organisation. This took him all over the Continent, where he made a reputation for himself, not only as a jazz musician, but of an all-round performer and entertainer. Through the results of his highly-successful tours, he was given his own programme on Icelandic Television.
Today, as a freelance musician, Steve, together with his Technics PR902 Piano, Orla GT8000 and Ketron XD3 keyboard, not only plays, but entertains, delighting his many audiences at the Music Festivals and Club concerts all over the country
Recently Steve has been working the cruise ships, playing and entertaining with his unique style of humour and truly amazing playing technique at the grand piano.
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Glyn Madden
Bluesette
Puppet On A String
Life On Mars
Reflections
Gospel John
Yamaha PSR-S910 Demonstration
Thorn Birds
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Glyn Madden was born in Hillsborough, Sheffield. His father gave private piano lessons in the evenings and at weekends, Glyn joined the other pupils and started learning piano.
Glyn started performing his 'party pieces' on piano not long after he started school. By the age of ten he decided to be a drummer and played for the local Boys' Brigade band.
Glyn's dad played the music for a concert that was put on at his school - and someone lent a small Lowrey organ. He didn't take any notice of it at the time but, at the end of the show, the children presented his Dad with an LP featuring Joseph Seal playing a Wurlitzer
Glyn was absolutely enthralled by the sound of the theatre organ and so his Dad, who was also the organist and choir-master at the local church, suggested that I should begin taking lessons. When, just as he was leaving school, a job was advertised in the local music shop, Glyn applied - and so it was that, four years later, he found himself managing the music shop.
Shop work doesn't often pay well and, to supplement his wages (and to pay for a car), Glyn taught the organ and played in a variety of venues during the evening.
In 1980, Yamaha (then Kemble Organ Sales Ltd) offered Glyn a job as staff demonstrator / concert artist. They were launching a new organ called the D85. Glyn stayed with the company until 2000 when ill health forced him to quit and exchange the exciting but exhausting lifestyle for something a little less hectic.
Glyn now runs the Yamaha Club and produces a by-monthly magazine.
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Michael McAneny
Sleeping Beauty Waltz
West Side Story
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John Mann OrganFax logo
Lyme Bay Keyboard Experience

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Music has always been the prime priority in John Mann's life. From an early age he showed his enthusiasm, and was quickly encouraged by his parents, who bought him a piano.
John worked hard on that piano, and his music teacher was so interested in the young Mr Mann that she gave more than the set lesson time, John went on to pass his Royal School of Music examinations and participated in many musical festivals in Brighton, his hometown.
There was a deep flair for the show business side too. John went to the Brighton School of Drama where he took part in acting, elocution and dancing lessons
The knowledge of dance and stage craft has helped him over the years in his varied work.
John applied for and got the job of organist at the local sports stadium. Up to this time John's organ playing was confined to church organ lessons with the study of Voluntary's and some Bach works. Secretly when he was left alone in the church at night he would let rip with a few extemporisations on well-known songs of the day - all done in the best possible taste!!
By now he was in full flight on the road to becoming an Entertainment Organist, with variations, producing the Summer Season Concert Party and Band shows that have served him well to set up his present position as Britain's number one Entertainment Organist.
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Nicholas Martin OrganFax logo Facebook logo
Dance medley
Vienna to Cabaret medley
Midsomer Murders
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Nick Martins musical career started when he first studied the piano at nine years of age. He began to take a keen interest in the organ shortly afterwards.
During a family visit to Blackpool, in 1969 , he overheard the Wurlitzer organ being played in the famous Tower Ballroom by none other than Reginald Dixon, Nick was totally smitten - in fact, he never quite got over it! After he started learning to play the organ, at age eleven, it became his driving ambition to perform at this famous venue.
Nick's Tower Ballroom ambition was realised in 1981, and he accepted a post as resident organist - He played there solidly, seven days a week, during the 1981 and 1982 seasons
Whilst at Blackpool in 1982 Nick was approached by Nigel Turner a businessman from Northampton. Mr Turner proposed opening a new organ entertainments complex - "Turner's Musical Merry-go-Round". The feature piece would be a large Wurlitzer theatre organ
Nick commenced duty at "Turner's", as resident Wurlitzer organist, in April 1983, and remained there until its closure in June 2004. Nick recorded over thirty albums on "Turner's Wurlitzer" as well as Video's and DVD's
One of the major highlights in Nick's musical career was an offer (in 1985) to perform in concert at the Kirk of Dunedin - a community church on the West Coast of Florida. Since that first visit, he has been asked to return many times.
After Turner's closed in July 2004, Nick became Musical Director at Wicksteed Park (Kettering, Northants.) -His work there consisted of performing all the music for the afternoon variety shows and accompanying the various acts - by using his Technics G-100. His "term of office" came to an end there in December 2008.
Nowadays, Nick's career finds him performing for the many organ societies and clubs around the U.K. as well as church recitals.
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Britain's Got Talent Special (Semi-Finals)
Final - Britain's Got Talent 2011
Jean Martyn ( the real one)
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James Last Selection
Medley on Yamaha EL 900
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Jean Martyn moves effortlessly between grand piano, electronic keyboards, mighty 1930's cinema organs. Jean's range of music is vast, extending from classical to jazz and modern dance.
Jean performed at an International Reception for approximately 600 Rotarians at the Metropole Hotel and gave two performances at the NEC International Convention Centre in the City of Birmingham.
Next came a classical organ recital in Lichfield Cathedral, the city of her birth, along with her Yamaha electronic organ. Then at the Symphony Hall Birmingham she played the classical organ, giving a pedal solo.
Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre is a regular venue, where Jean performs on the mighty Compton cinema organ, and Steinway grand piano. Jean makes several appearances each year in Europe and America in addition to her busy programme of tours around Britain. She performed with James last at the Apollo Theatre in Manchester in 1993.
Musically trained at Trinity College, Trent Park and The Guildhall School of Music, London, Jean is the only female organist to have recorded on the famous Blackpool Tower Wurlitzer Organ during the last 50 years.
She has given three concerts at the Cheshire residence of the Duke of Westminster and has appeared for the 'Not Forgotten Association' at St James's Palace in London for Chelsea Pensioners.
In 2010 she performed in Hamburg for the BBC, and celebrated 30 years as a professional musician.
Jean is now performing on the fabulous TRX system.
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Stef Meeder b. 12th April 1935
'My Sweet Gipsy Rose' medley
Across The Ally From The Alamo
September In The Rain

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Stef Meeder was born in Schiedam on April 12th 1935.
His father was a house painter and pianist. At the age of four Steff started to take an interest in playing the piano, his father gave him lessons.
At the age of fourteen Stef Meeder had his first band: the KAJ band. KAJ stands for Catholic Workers Youth. KAJ The band played a lot in the location where the KAJ was established. The chaplain who accompanied Kajotters thought Stef could play the organ. He was right and Stef spent six years as church organist.
Stef and his band continued to perform until he was called up for military service at the age of twenty. He formed a dance orchestra: the Wittenberg Band, named after the place where Stef was stationed.
On completion of his military service Stef Meeder went to work as a salesman / demonstrator at Johan de Heer. There he saw Hammond organs and other brands, Stef had to demonstrate these instruments when trying to sell them. His interest in the Hammond sound grew quickly. Soon he was demonstrating at fairs and exhibitions inside and outside. Stef found the place where you could demonstrate with the most success was in the cinema.
At the age of 29 Stef decided to be his own boss. He started his first business in Schiedam, his birthplace. He realized that he could sell organs he also gave a guarantee in that people could actually learn to play them. Stef developed an organ course on cassette. This was soon expanded with courses for guitar, keyboard, percussion, piano, flute and bass. In 1982 Phonogram awarded Stef a gold tape for selling more than 250,000 copies of these courses.
Stef received an invitation from the Holland America line to become one of its cruise line entertainers. It was a great success, he spent ten years cruising the world.
Stef also produced the Super Song Series. He identified a market for sheet music with songs from the current charts written for the organ. Stef sold this business in 1998, but the Super Song Series is still published under the name Stef Meeder.
Extract and translation from an article on Stef Meeder by Hammond Organ Club Holland
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Vyacheslav Mescherin 1923 — 6th Oct 1995
20 minutes of Vyacheslav Mescherin
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Vyacheslav Mescherin
Vyacheslav Valerianovich Mescherin was a Soviet Russian musician and composer, founder of Vyacheslav Mescherin's Orchestra of Electronic Instruments that performed space age pop and easy listening music.
A veteran of the World War II, Vyacheslav received Order of the Red Star and Medal "For Courage". After the war, Mescherin graduated from Gnessin State Musical College and worked on the radio. In 1957 he founded Orchestra of Electronic Instruments, also informally known as Vyacheslav Mescherin Orchestra. The orchestra used various electronic instruments, such as theremins, electric organs and early synthesisers. Vyacheslav composed some of the music, but also arranged electronic versions of folk tunes and Western songs, such as El Bimbo and Pop Corn.
Mescherin's music was often used as a background in elevators and waiting halls, as well as on television.
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Shiro Michi
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Richard Monks was born in Ashford, Middlesex and developed an interest in music from an early age and started taking piano lessons at the age of 8. His interest in the organ in particular, developed from hearing the Church organ being played whilst singing in his school Christmas Carol concert and was particularly taken with the sound of the Theatre organ after hearing recordings of the Tower Ballroom Wurlitzer.
As well as playing for concerts in clubs and societies around the country, including a concert tour of the Channel Islands, he has appeared at several of the UK's organ/keyboard festivals including Lyme Bay, Mill Rythe and St Audries.
He also is a keen theatre organ player and has played various organs around the country including the Stockport and Burton-on-Trent Town Hall Wurlitzers, the Tower Ballroom Wurlitzer in Blackpool and the Bournemouth Pavilion Compton. He also makes regular appearances at the oldest Wurlitzer in the UK located in Beer, Devon.
He also plays the pipe organ and piano for local churches for services and accompanying choirs for choral works and also for weddings including accompanying soloists.
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Kevin Morgan started playing piano at the age of three. When, as a choirboy, his voice broke, he was persuaded to try playing the organ instead of singing! All went well and he played for his first Choral Evensong in Salisbury Cathedral at the age of eleven.
He took 'O' and 'A' Level Music (amongst others) and passed his Grade Eight Piano, Organ, Singing, Theory and General Musicianship examinations (winning prizes for the highest marks) along with a Performance Diploma at the piano before going up to University College, Durham.
In 1986, he was appointed organist and choirmaster at Bolton Parish Church that has a fine three-manual Hill organ.
Kevin Morgan is a prize-winning Fellow of The Royal College of Organists, a Licentiate of The Royal Academy of Music and Trinity College of Music, London, in addition to holding Bachelors, Masters and Doctorate degrees.
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Andrew Nix OrganFax Facebook logo
Theatre Organ Medley played on Roland Atelier
Shadows Medley
March of the cobblers
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Andrew Nix, born 1968 just outside Selby, North Yorkshire, has established himself on the organ circuit not only as a musician but also as an entertainer.
It was when Andrew reached the age of ten that his interest in organs became apparent. His mother had an organ at home and Andrew sat down and learnt several Christmas carols (even though it was in the middle of summer). His parents saw the potential and arranged lessons for him. Although he was taught by two teachers (one being classical) he soon developed his own style.
Shortly after leaving school Andrew was offered three nights a week playing in a local club where he accompanied artistes and played for dancing. At 17 years old Andrew was appointed Organist and Musical Director for a Theatre Group performing at Butlins, Barry Island. Andrew thoroughly enjoyed this position as he was gaining experience and confidence. After three further seasons with Butlins and one for Haven Holidays Andrew became fully freelance as he was increasingly in demand for concerts and dances nation-wide on both Theatre and Electronic organs.
In May 2000 Andrew started performing on a Roland Atelier and now currently tours with the T900c (Freelance).
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Hector Olivera Link to pipe organ page icon
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Csardas - Roland AT-900
Rhapsody in blue von Queen
Magnificent Seven
Tico Tico and Flight Of The Bumble Bee
Largo from Xerxes - Roland C-200 Classic Organ
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Hector Olivera was born in Buenos Aires, Hector's first teacher (who was his father) encouraged him to begin playing the pipe organ when he was three. Two years later, Hector was appointed organist of the Church of the Immaculate Conception. At six, he entered the Buenos Aires Conservatory to study harmony, counterpoint, and fugue. Beginning to learn the art of improvisation there, by nine, he had composed a suite for oboe and string orchestra, which was eventually performed by the Buenos Aires Symphony Orchestra.
Hector entered the University of Buenos Aires when he was 12, where he studied with Hector Zeoli and Juan Francisco Giacobbe. By 18, he had performed more than 300 concerts throughout Latin America, appearing frequently on Argentinean radio and television. During this time, he also served for three years as the senior improvisational accompanist for the Collegium Musicum in Buenos Aires.
In 1965, New York's prestigious Juilliard School of Music offered him a scholarship. He immediately moved to the United States to study with Vernon de Tar and Bronson Reagan. Three years later, Hector won the National Improvisation Contest sponsored by the American Guild of Organists.
In 1992, Hector was featured at the American Guild of Organists convention at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta performing the world premiere of a commissioned work written by William Albright. Later, from this same stage, Hector performed on Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion." According to Keillor, Hector "literally stopped the show!"
In 1996, again in Atlanta, Hector performed at Spivey Hall in connection with the Olympic Games. In 2000, Hector performed a solo memorial concert in New York City's St. Paul the Apostle Church as a tribute to his greatest hero and role model, organist Virgil Fox.
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Martin Orbidans was born in Hull, East Yorkshire and spent his early years in Beverley. He was a member of Beverley Minster Choir and went to Longcroft School where he played in the East Riding Youth Orchestra.
Working in the clubs Martin accompanied many famous people including Bert Weedon, Larry Grayson, Charlie Williams, Frank Ifield, Danny La Rue, he also worked with the Ray McVay band.
Martin spent a short time playing Hammond organ on the North Sea ferries, then took two Summer Seasons in Scarborough. After that he joined the Royal Marines Band Service. He took a few private trumpet lessons with the Scarborough teacher 'Joe Blewitt' and did grade 2 in 6 month`s just scraping a pass! he was considered to be the worst trumpet player in the Marines but the best pianist
After a shock year in training Martin went to the Rosyth band (RM) and then on to then to the Portsmouth staff band. From which are chosen musicians to perform on the now defunct Royal Yacht Britannia.
Martin left the Marines in 1987 to try and make a go of working for himself and after a brief spell in Vancouver, he joined the organ club circuit in UK.
Martin then moved to Cairo where he earned a living teaching. He found that he could triple his salary if he had a Bmus degree so came back to the UK to study.
Martin now teaches music in the UK.
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Korla Pandit 16th Sep 1921- 2nd Oct 1998
Miserlou

Kumar
Song of India
Chiu chiu
La Cumparsita
Pelone Telefone
The Godfather of Exotica

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Korla Pandit was born John Roland Redd in 1921 in St. Louis, Missouri, to an African-American family. Pandit's father was Ernest Redd, an African-American man and a Baptist pastor, and his mother was Doshia O'Nina Redd, of French and African blood. Pandit had two brothers and four sisters, all light-skinned like him. He attended a segregated school and learned to play piano. A contemporary of his, jazz pianist "Sir" Charles Thompson, knew him during that time; he said that John Roland Redd was the better piano player.
During the mid-1940s, as Juan Rolando, he played the organ on the Los Angeles radio station KMPC, and he performed in various supper clubs and lounges. He was also heard on the Rudy Vallée Show and Jubilee, the program of black jazz and swing bands transcribed by the Special Services of the War Department for airing to WWII servicemen overseas.
In 1944, he married Disney artist Beryl June DeBeeson, and the two reinvented his image, eventually replacing "Juan Rolando" with "Korla Pandit" and fabricating a romantic history for him as a baby born in New Delhi, India to a Brahmin priest and a French opera singer, who travelled from India via England, finally arriving in the United States
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Glen Miller Tribute
Pan Pipes
Stranger on the Shore
Cant Buy Me Love

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Born in Welling, Kent, in 1966, Rod Pooley started playing electronic organ at the age of seven years studying under the very capable guidance of John Norris. Rod furthered his playing skills by starting piano from the age of ten. He was very fortunate to be taught the piano by a top London jazz pianist James Fagg. Rod passed the eleven plus and went to Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School which at that time had one of the largest school music departments in the UK. Rods claim to fame was to perform solo in concert at the school in front of former prime minister Sir Edward Heath
Rod has won many major titles in the organ world. These include:
1981 at 14 years of age Young Theatre Organist of the Year
1985 and 1986 at 18 and 19 years of age National Organist of the year . 1988 at 21 years of age Yamaha Electone Festival Winner
Rod has Grade VIII on Piano and Organ and achieved a performance diploma in electronic organ playing at just 17 years of age. For two years Rod was a Church organist at St Michaels and All Angels Eastbourne where the family had moved to in 1982. Rods professional career was already well established by the time he left school, performing at many organ societies. Rod has worked with the Joe Loss Orchestra, the Ken Mackintosh Big Band, Mike Reid and Jimmy Tarbuck. Rod has organised and run a very successful organ and keyboard school, and now combines his busy performing and demonstrating career with the full time position of Product Specialist and Events Organiser for Korg UK.
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Theatre Organ Medley played on Roland Atelier.
Playing the Allen TH300
Latin Medley on Roland Atelier
Muskrat Ramble
On the Korg PA3X
Angel in Blue
Latin Medley
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Chris Powell was born in Manchester in 1971. At the age of 2, his parents emigrated to live in Christchurch, New Zealand where he first became exposed to organ music as a pre-schooler at the Cathedral Boys Grammar School. A return to England in 1977 saw him further his musical activities both as a chorister and also with piano and subsequently electronic organ lessons. By the age of 16, he was already giving concerts as well as playing for dancing around East Lancashire and West Yorkshire. Living in North West England, it was not surprising that the family made an outing to the world famous Blackpool Tower. On hearing the Wurlitzer, Chris remarked to his parents that he would "play in here some day!".... At the age of 18, he was successfully auditioned to join the team of organists there as a relief player during the winter of 1990.
During 91 Chris was invited to undertake work for the Farfisa Company of Italy and subsequently, he enjoyed working with the Orla range of products from Italy.
1994 saw an invitation to return to New Zealand to play a series of theatre and electronic organ concerts. The 4 week sell-out tour saw him performing to capacity crowds from Dunedin in the South right up to Auckland. Other destinations have included frequent visits to Germany and Holland as well as Italy and the United States.
In 2000, he was invited by the Roland Corporation to tour with one of their flagship Atelier organ products. The initial AT-80R has subsequently given way to various newer models leading up to the current AT-900C model which he tours with right around the country.
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Curt Prina b. 31st Aug 1928 Facebook link logo
Playing Wersi
Wersi Spectra 1
Musikmesse 2002
Chanson D'amour.
Humoreske Piano
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Curt Prina was born on31 August 1928 in Zurich.
At just 16 Curt became the youngest band leader in Switzerland
In 1946 he worked with the Bob Huber orchestra for 6 months. 1948, he joined the Fred Böhler sextet working as a pianist and arranger. In 1950 he formed his own jazz combo with Paul Linder, Hazy Maag, Goodi Schaaf and Walter Schrempp.
Until 1978 he was a member of the Hazy Osterwald Sextet, with whom he had many international performances.
Since 1978 Curt Prina has had a solo career as an organist performing in concerts around the world. In 1980 he undertook a tour with Jimmy Smith.
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Bob RalstonLink to pipe organ page icon 1938
The Sound of Music
Born Free
Rock A Bye Your Baby
My Heart Still Remembers
Jingle Bell Rock

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Robert "Bob" Ralston was born 1938 in San Bernardino County, California.
Bob Ralston is probably best known for his 47 years as pianist/organist/arranger with the Lawrence Welk Orchestra. In addition to his concerts for the American Theatre Organ Society (ATOS), he continues to work as a pianist, show producer, arranger, conductor, composer, teacher, and recording artist.
A former conductor of the Hayward Symphony Orchestra (1976-1977), Bob has guest-conducted several other symphonies as well.
From 1996 to 2000, Bob demonstrated his talent for hosting when he produced and anchored the "Gee Dad! It's a WurliTzer!" radio show.
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Vienna Party Medley
There's A Kind Of Hush
Falling In Love With You
Mississippi - Smile
I Only Want To Be With You
On The Road Again
Disco medley
Melissa
Exodus
Circus Time
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DirkJan Ranzijn was born in 1968, in a town called Alkmaar,
Being an only child his parents were able to indulge their son by introducing him to a variety of activities, including visits to the theatre, circus and musicals at a very early age. As early as four-years old Dirk admits to being excited by the applause, lighting effects and audience participation. He can never remember wanting to do anything else except appear in front of the footlight
A significant milestone when Dirk was ten years and got his much wanted Bontempi keyboard for Christmas. Dirk had natural talent . A teacher was quickly recruited to encourage the budding musician.
Very quickly it became apparent the Bontempi was limiting Dirk's progress which prompted his parents into buying a 'Thomas' organ , introducing him to the delights of two manuals and a pedal board.
At the age of sixteen, Dirk gave his first charity concert, raising money in aid of arthritis sufferers. Professional concert work quickly followed even though he had not completed his education
Having left school at eighteen he went on to study for a Diploma in acting and music. It is this unique training which may have influenced Dirk's style of organ playing and showmanship whether the show is produced for corporal events, societies or festivals. After gaining his diploma he continued to play professionally first using a Technics organ then the Wersi Spectra. In 1989 he produced his first album in readiness for his first foreign tour.
After some years and three albums , Dirk changed his Wersi Spectra for a Bohm Diamond organ. By 1995 the Bohm Company in Germany invited him to join the team as a freelance concert artist. At the time the team included Robert Bartha and Mark Shakespeare. Following his visit to Germany that year he continued to work for Bohm alongside Robert. This has given him the opportunity to attend the Frankfurt Music Fair every year, playing as many as six concerts a day and concert tours all over Europe.
Like many musicians he remains freelance but in his words he has 'a gentleman's agreement', he will play Bohm exclusively. As a result his career has escalated to include annual concert tours of Belgium, Holland, Italy, Scotland, Wales, Poland, Denmark, Switzerland and the whole of the UK.
According to Dirk he was originally a very shy and private person and to this day he remains grateful for his father's encouragement and the rigorous training, which helped him overcome his inhibitions enabling him to appear on stage as a very confident artiste.
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Demonstration - Part 2 Yamaha FX20
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Len Rawle was born in Tonypandy, South Wales in 1938, Len's classical training, starting at age 4, came from the London College of Music in Cardiff. Later his studies transferred to London where he also came into contact with many leading organists.
He was also fortunate in having the UK's first residence Wurlitzer from the Granada Wandsworth Road, London in the family home. Eventually he purchased the famous 4 manual Wurlitzer of the Empire Theatre, Leicester Square, which became the centrepiece of his own, self-built home at Chorleywood. Described by many, as the finest sounding residence Wurlitzer in the World, he has recorded, broadcast and televised this Wurlitzer many times. Two particular highlights were appearing on the very first 'The Organist Entertains' Programme (plus many subsequent ones) and also in the much celebrated and often repeated Sir John Betjamin BBC T.V. documentary 'Metroland'.
Len has given numerous concerts and 'workshop sessions' in the USA, Australia and Europe.
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Bryan Rodwell was born in Kieghley in Yorkshire, England. (8th June 1929 not verified)
Bryan studied the classical piano at an early age and then he moved on to the organ, Bryan's future changed when he came into contact with theatre organist Charles Saxby, who was responsible for encouraging Bryan to consider playing the theatre organ. He made his debut performance at the age of just 10 years of age. He had the rare talent of being comfortable playing either pipe or electronic organ. Bryan's early career was on theatre organ. He was employed to play for the ABC Cinema chain at The Ritz in Hereford and also at The Granada in Clapham, London. It was during this time that he made a number of recordings and broadcasts.
In 1968 Bryan Rodwell took up a position with Hammond UK, where he was demonstrator for many years. He later moved on to be more involved with Hammond managing the quality development department. He made a number of recordings on the Hammond 'Concorde'. As well as Hammond Bryan played many other electronic organs, including Rogers and Orla. He spent the last few years playing Yamaha EL90.
Bryan was a versatile musician who also played for many of the large orchestras of the time, including Mantovani, Geoff Love and Stanley Black
Bryan died in 1995.
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Eddie Ruhier b. 5th May 1950
Strunk Wurlitzer Theatre Organ.
boogie at the Tuschinski Theatreorgan
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I was born in Horncastle, a small market town in Lincolnshire, on Friday 5th May, 1950. Dad was Swiss (which accounts for the strange name. Mum worked part-time at the local school.
Mum used to play the piano, and I started in a very informal way when I was about five. I used to like sticking drawing-pins into the hammers of our ancient rosewood upright to make it sound honky-tonk - a practise frowned upon by my mum, who kept taking them out and hiding them. But I bought more. In the end she gave up.
After having piano lessons I got to grade 6 of the RSM exams. Couldn't get any further because I was no good at sight reading. The problem was that I had (and still have) a well-developed gift of being able to play from memory - so I didn't bother to learn to read music very well.
While I was at Grammar school I joined up with a friend who played drums, and we did regular gigs in a pub and at a lot of the RAF stations in Lincolnshire. My dad bought me a Clavioline, which was a very early synthesizer with valves, and which fitted under the piano keyboard. Used that for ages. Later, Dad bought me a small Kimble electronic organ, and I learnt to use pedals for the first time.
One day another schoolmate took me to stay with a friend of his named David Lowe, who was then organist at Bradord Ice Rink, and David invited me to have a go on the Hammond C3 there. It was the very first Hammond I'd ever played. Compared to anything I'd been used to, it was huge - and quite predictably I made a mess of it. But a director of Mecca who was there at the time seemed impressed, and asked me if I'd ever thought of a career playing for ice dancing. I said no! Well, he said, think about it, talk to your parents, and see what they say. I did, and they were happy for me to do whatever I wanted. So, a little later, I moved from rural Lincolnshire to London, and trained at Streatham Ice Rink under the then Musical Director - a man named John Bowery.
I spent a year there - that was in 1966 - at the end of which John told me that Liverpool, Bristol, Birmingham and Leeds rinks didn't have organists, so I could choose whichever one of them I liked, and become Resident Organist there. I didn't know any of the places, so I literally stuck a pin in a piece of paper on which I'd written the names of the cities - and fate decided it was to be Birmingham. I took up residency there in 1967, and stayed there - on and off - until 1988.
During that time, though, I had a few leaves of absence - usually to do summer seasons at places like Skegness and Aberystwyth, and to work on the ships. I played on the Cunard liners Princess, Countess, and QE2 - did a complete World Cruise on QE2 in 1980, at the start of which I blew up the Hammond C3. Well, how was I to know it was a 110-volt organ and the QE2 has a 240-volt supply? To this very day, I can still remember that unique aroma of burning transformer...
I began playing concerts in the late 70s, taking a Hammond L103, which had been split into two for portability, and a Leslie speaker. Since then I haven't stopped. For many years I used a Hammond X5 and an even bigger Leslie, and now I play a KeyB Duo.
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James Sargeant OrganFax logo
Stranger in paradise
Always on my mind
Latin Medley
Me & Mrs Jones
Latin Medley on Tyros 4
James Sargeant
Born in Hull, James Sergeant's first introduction to music was listening to his father Richard play guitar. With this background, of course music was always a constant part of home life.
Starting with a small Bontempi chord organ at the age of five, James soon progressed to a full size Hammond organ and began an intensive period of study. During this time, he was also fortunate enough to be allowed to practise his pipe organ technique at a local church, which led to his appointment as organist and choirmaster for a period of twelve years.
During James's time at school, he remained enthralled by the organ and became something of a thorn in the side to the manager of the local music shop, who he pestered incessantly for brochures, price lists, demo records and anything else that would feed his hunger for his hobby. On leaving school he took a job as a demonstrator in the same store, and within three years was managing the shop.
This was the beginning of the digital era, and the age of the 'orchestral' organ was just beginning to dawn. Having played Hammond organs for most of his life, James now began to discover the new musical possibilities that the latest technology could offer. Around this time, he embarked on his concert career, playing his first professional theatre organ concerts at the age of 18.
A stint working for P&O Ferries followed, with James providing backing for the evening cabaret, followed by the 'graveyard shift' of the cocktail piano bar.
After leaving P&O, James went back to his first love, with his appointment as Sales Promotions Manager for Hammond UK. During this time, he became a familiar face on the festival scene, which he still enjoys to this day in his current role as Regional Manager for Yamaha Music Europe. This position sees him in the unusual guise of dividing his time between executive decision making around the boardroom table, formulating sales and promotion plans with dealers, and mixing with members of the public at the 'coal face' in both his demonstrations and concert performances.
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Rhoda Scott b. 3rd Jul 1938
Moanin'
Summertime
The barefoot lady
concert excerpts 2015
Intro and Mercy Mercy Mercy 1975
Fiddler On The Roof
Love For Sale
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Rhoda Scott was born July 3rd 1938 in New Jersey,
The daughter of an AME minister, Rhoda Scott spent much of her childhood in New Jersey, where she learned to play organ in the churches where her father served. Soon she was frequently serving as organist for youth and gospel choirs at her father's and other churches. Scott later studied classical piano, but she concentrated on the organ, eventually earning a Master's degree in music theory from the Manhattan School of Music.
During this time she was asked by a choir member to fill in with a small band as a jazz pianist. Enjoying the music, she agreed to stay on with the band on condition that she be allowed to play organ instead of piano. Choosing the Hammond organ as her instrument, she soon became a preeminent jazz musician and is considered by many to be the top female jazz organist.
Scott was first attracted to the organ in her father's church at age seven. "It's really the most beautiful instrument in the world," she stated in a recent interview. "The first thing I did was take my shoes off and work the pedals." From then on she always played the organ in her bare feet.
In 1967 Scott moved to France, where she has since spent most of her career and earned recognition far greater than that accorded to her in the United States, though she often performs in the latter country as well.
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Shirley Scott 14th Mar 1934 – 10th Mar 2002
in San Francisco
With Jack McDuff & Duke Jethro
Don't Look Back - 1976
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Shirley Scott was born on March 14th 1934 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Shirley Scott was an admirer of Jimmy Smith, Jackie Davis, and Bill Doggett . She played piano and trumpet before moving to the Hammond organ, her main instrument, though on occasion she still played piano.
In the 1950s Shirley Scott became known for her work with the saxophone player Eddie Davis, particularly on the song "In the Kitchen". She was married to Stanley Turrentine and played with him from 1960 to 1969. Later she led her own group, mostly a trio.
In the 1980s, she became a jazz educator and a member of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania's jazz community.
Shirley Scott died of heart failure on March 10th 2002.
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Mark Shakespeare 1963 - 1996 Facebook logo
Cartoon Medley (1992)
Latin Medley (1990)
Rock Around The Clock (1993)
My Way (1991)
Samba Medley (1990)
Swing Medley (1993)
The Power Of Love (1990)
Carmina Burana, War of the Worlds, Pie Jesu, Mars, Jupiter
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Mark Jason Kevyn Shakespeare was born on 21 August in Wardle, Lancashire.
At the age of six he started piano lessons with Mary Price at Avonica Music School. At the age of 12 years he had piano degrees in theory and practice.
At age eleven, Mark Shakespeare became acquainted with the classical church organ, Mark had found his true passion.
At the age of twelve, Mark performed his first radio broadcast on the weekly organ music series of the BBC (Radio Manchester), called 'pedal, percussion and Pipes'.
Shortly after his 13th birthday Mark qualified for the London College of Music and at 15 Mark won several awards for achieving the highest score in a variety of subjects. He studied at the Royal School of Church Music (Royal School of Church Music) classical organ and vocals and his diploma as "Head Chorister" (choir conductor).
At the age of 16 Mark had already won several music competitions. The Executive Manager of Electro Voice Ltd and importer for Wersi -Organ in England, Ken Jones noticed him and offered him to present the instruments for the company.
On his 18th birthday, he gave a highly acclaimed concert on the Wersi Helios in London's famous Barbican Centre.
In 1984 Mark Shakespeare founded his own record company with the associated sales: Ivory International Ltd. In the same year Bohm company discovered Mark and invited him to an audition. He convinced the Böhm team with his skill and virtuosity. Marks first tour was with the Böhm Musika Digital 1030
Mark toured extensively, playing in Städt Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and also in the US and many other countries. Mark has made numerous television appearances in Germany and abroad.
In June 1996, Mark became ill on lymphoma. After a relatively short illness, he died on September 28, 1996
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Brian Sharp 1937 - 20th Jan 2016

Eleanora played on the OrliTzer
Kawai SR6 at the British Music Fair
Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves
Gold & Silver Waltz
Pakefield festival, Sept 2007.

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Brain Sharp learnt his 'trade' on the piano. But it was playing the Hammond organ for cabaret artistes at a Midlands night club that got him into the business.
Brian became a nationwide star keyboard player, featuring regularly on the Charlie Chester radio show and later on BBC TV's Pebble Mill at One program.
In the early 1970's Brian was a demonstrator for Arthur Butler, who was the UK importer for Gulbransen electronic organs.
Brian went on to play the Dutch made Riha Orchestria and Eminent organs which had more of an orchestral sound.
Brian then changed to Kawai organs, he became hooked on them and traveled to Japan, playing them during his visit. A Kawai T5 was shipped to the UK for Brian to promote for Arthur Butler
Brian played the Kawai Organ several times on the BBC program, 'Pebble Mill at One'
Brian had star billing at the first National Home Electronic Organ Festival in 1980 that took place at Pontin's Barton Hall Torquay In 1984 Brian appeared in the 'Spring in Spain' keyboard music festivals. Brian and all the other players played electronic organs supplied by a Spanish dealer.
Brian spent many happy years at Sandford Park Poole. For almost two decades, the 80's and 90's, Brian played the Christie pipe organ there.
In the late 90's Brian held several of his own events at a Bournemouth.
In 2004 Brian was presented with a Life Time Achievement Award at the British Player Awards held at the Lyme Bay Keyboard Experience in Devon.
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Pete Shaw OrganFax logo Linkedin logo
Black & White Rag
The Hot Club of France
Amor Amor Amor
Gabriel's Oboe
Come Fly With Me
You Raise Me Up
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Born in 1960 at Tyldesley, Manchester Pete Shaw has been playing piano since the age of 4. He started playing semi professionally in the north west working men's clubs at 15 years of age backing cabaret artistes with a 7 keyboard set up !! Pete spent the 80's and 90's visiting Organ Societies and AOE festivals where he proved very popular, and now, after a nine year break, he is back on the Organ Society and festival circuit with a new keyboard show including some great vocal performances.
Over the last 18 years Pete has made many appearances as an extra/background artiste in TV programmes like -CoronationSt/Emmerdale/Cold Feet and many more which he enjoys very much.
In June 2009 he got a call from the Ann Atkinson - Musical Director of the Fron Choir in North Wales, and was asked to play at the National Eisteddfodd of Wales in Bala for the 35 strong Bro Glyndwr male voice choir, this he did and again it was broadcasted on channel S4C TV
As well as working solo, Pete has been working with his wife Yvonne in a very successful dance /cabaret duo called SAREMMA since 1995 to date
Over the Last 13 years Pete has worked for various organ and Keyboard Companies demonstrating their latest products at Organ/Keyboard festivals around the UK, He is currently UK demonstrator for KORG PA series products and regularly appears at all the major festivals with them throughout the UK .
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Don Shinn 15th Dec 1945 -
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Donald Shinn was born 15th December 1945 in Southampton, Hampshire.
He is known primarily as an organist and pianist, and also plays vibraphone. In the early-mid 1960's he recorded and performed with British Beat groups The MeddyEVILS, The Echoes (backing Dusty Springfield), and The Soul Agents (featuring Rod Stewart). In 1967 he formed his own band The Shinn, which also featured future Uriah Heep bassist Paul Newton, future drummer for The Nice, Brian Davison, and vocalist Eddie Lamb. In 1969 he released two instrumental albums, 'Departures', and 'Temples With Prophets' (aka 'Don Shinn Takes A Trip'). He was a member of the English band Dada (featuring Elkie Brooks) and appears on their eponymous album released in 1970.
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Bill Skidmore
The tracks below are all played on a Wurlitzer 555 with Orbit III
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Bill Skidmore started his musical career at the age of seven, taking lessons from an uncle. After which he had a modest musical education on the piano.
He soon became an enthusiastic accordion player, it being a popular instrument during his formative years.
During the second world war Bill joined the RAF and broadcast with RAF dance orchestras many times on the forces network.
Peace time found him back in the UK playing with the big bands of the 40's and 50's.
He started playing the organ around 1960, and in 1968 joined the Wurlitzer Company as staff organist.
He travelled both in the UK and abroad visiting the USA, South Africa, Holland, Belgium, Germany and Ireland.
In 1974 Bill produced an LP for Wurlitzer featuring the Wurlitzer 555, see tracks above.
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H-SmartHarold Smart
The following are all Harold Smart LP extracts, no video
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Harold Charles Norbert Smart was born 7th December 1921
Harold was a demonstrator for Thomas Organs and recorded on the instrument numerous times. Although there is an LP depicted as Harold playing a theatre organ there is no documented evidence of him ever recording on a theatre organ, the said LP is actually Harold playing an electronic organ.
Harold Smart married Pauline Cleave in 1958
Harold provided the music for numerous TV shows including Take Your Pick.
Harold Charles Norbert Smart died 6th November 1980 in Northwood Middlesex.
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Ethel Smith 22nd Nov 1902 – 10th May 1996
Tico Tico From the movie Bathing Beauty
Hammond organ PART 1
Hammond organ PART 2
Bem Te Vi Atrevido
Paran Pan Pin

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Little is known about Ethel Smith's formative years. She was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Although she publicly gave her birth date as November 22, 1910, she was actually born in 1902. Growing up in Pittsburgh, Miss Smith became adept at three of her lifelong passions - music, languages, and golf.
Organ studies began with Dr. Caspar Koch, Organist to the City of Pittsburgh. Ethel Smith also studied German, French, and Spanish at Carnegie Tech.
Two events changed the course of Ethel Smith's career. In 1935 the Hammond Corporation produced its first electric organ. Miss Smith spotted her first Hammond in a Hollywood studio. Soon she was so proficient on the Hammond organ that she was able to pick up gigs in and around Hollywood, and even played on local radio broadcasts. An astute Hammond dealer discovered her and, seeing obvious marketing potential, allowed her to take an instrument to Florida, where she had an engagement accompanying a trio at a small Bavarian restaurant.
The second event also occurred around 1935. On a pleasure trip to Cuba, Miss Smith encountered Latin music on location; she immediately caught the bug and started to make regular trips to the Caribbean and South/Central America.
By 1941, Miss Smith's stock was on the rise as she took over from Eddie Duchin at the infamous Copacabana Casino in Rio de Janeiro. In March 1942, towards the end of her seven-month stint at the Copa, Miss Smith was noticed by an American Tobacco Company executive. ATC was the sponsor of the popular weekly radio show "Your Hit Parade," broadcast from New York City.
Ethel Smith finished her engagement at the St. Regis and began playing for "Your Hit Parade" on February 12, 1943.. In 1944, Ethel Smith appeared with Xavier Cugat and Harry James in the musical numbers for Bathing Beauty, her first feature for MGM In her big scene some of the girls burst into her office. She is seated at the organ. They beg her to play. With dainty grace, wearing an impeccable peacock-blue cocktail dress and adorned with jewels, Miss Smith removes her wire-rimmed spectacles and lets rip with By the Waters of Minnetonka and Tico-Tico
Like many Hollywood stars, Miss Smith did her part to entertain the boys during WWII. She performed "Moonlight Bay" with Bing Crosby on the "Kraft Music Hall" (November 9, 1944), a show distributed to the soldiers through the War Department
At the height of her film career, Miss Smith's personal life took a turn for the worse. Claiming abandonment in 1947, Ethel Smith filed papers to divorce Ralph Bellamy, her husband of merely two years. Bellamy was Miss Smith's second failed marriage; an early marriage to a Mr. Spiro had ended in divorce before 1940.
In later years, Miss Smith continued to perform and play golf. Her company, Ethel Smith Music Corp., which she founded in the mid 1940s, continued to publish highly successful arrangements of popular tunes and instructional books for the Hammond. Although she never remarried and never had children, Miss Smith lived a full life in Manhattan.
A very short extract from Ethel Smith:Weird Organ Lady or Mondo Organista?
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Jimmy Smith 8th Dec 19(25-28)– 8th Feb 2005
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Live In '69 Paris
Documentary (Jazz Organ) - 1965
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James Oscar "Jimmy" Smith
There is confusion about Jimmy Smith's birth year, with various sources citing either 1925 or 1928. Born in Norristown, Pennsylvania. At the age of six he joined his father doing a song-and-dance routine in clubs. When he was nine Smith won a Philadelphia radio talent contest as a boogie-woogie pianist.
After serving in the navy he began furthering his musical education with a year at Royal Hamilton College of Music, then the Leo Ornstein School of Music in Philadelphia in 1949. He began exploring the Hammond organ in 1951. From 1951 to 1954 he played piano, then organ in Philly R&B bands like Don Gardner and the Sonotones. He switched to organ permanently in 1954 after hearing Wild Bill Davis.
Jimmy Smith purchased his first Hammond organ, rented a warehouse to practice in and emerged after little more than a year. Upon hearing him playing in a Philadelphia club, Blue Note's Alfred Lion immediately signed him to the label and his second album, The Champ, quickly established Smith as a new star on the jazz scene.
Jimmy Smith signed to the Verve label in 1962. His first album, Bashin', sold well and for the first time set Smith with a big band, led by Oliver Nelson
During the 1950s and 1960s, Smith recorded with some of the great jazz musicians of the day such as Kenny Burrell, George Benson, Grant Green, Stanley Turrentine, Lee Morgan, Lou Donaldson, Tina Brooks, Jackie McLean, Grady Tate and Donald Bailey.
The Jimmy Smith Trio performed "When Johnny Comes Marching Home" and "The Sermon" in the 1964 film Get Yourself a College Girl.
In the 1970s, Smith opened his own supper club in Los Angeles, California, and played there regularly with Kenny Dixon on drums, Herman Riley and John F. Phillips on saxophone
Smith had a career revival in the 1980s and 1990s, again recording for Blue Note and Verve.
His last major album, Dot Com Blues (Verve/Blue Thumb, 2001), featured many special guests such as Dr. John, B. B. King and Etta James.
Smith and his wife Lola moved to Scottsdale, Arizona, in 2004, but Lola died of cancer a few months later.
Smith was found dead on February 8, 2005, at his Scottsdale home by his manager, Robert Clayton. He was deemed to have died in his sleep of natural causes.
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Theatre Organ Medley
Some Enchanted Evening
Shadow of Your Smile
Pomp and Circumstance No. 1 duet with Chiho Sunamoto
Jon Smith
Jon Smith has been a professional musician for over 40 years and giving public performances since he was 11 years old. He was involved with the development of the first Digital Organ in Germany with Hohner.
Jon is truly an International performer, having entertained thousands of people all over the world, from Shanklin to Toronto, Scarborough to Barbados, U.S.A., Canada, Europe, aboard cruise ships in the Caribbean. He has also worked along with international stars in top cabaret venues and played extensively in the U.K. delighting audiences in Summer Shows on the East Coast and the Isle of Wight.
He has proved to be much in demand playing for Strict Tempo Dancing. His unique style combined with his vocal talents are a rare combination adding a new dimension to both dances and concerts.
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Tony Stace OrganFax logo
Dizzy Fingers
Buddy Holly selection
Phantom Of The Opera
Second Waltz
Tony Stace
Tony Stace started playing the organ when he was 9 - his father owned a T500 Hammond which was his pride and joy. Tony started to show an interest in music and his Dad agreed to teach him.
Within a year his dad had arranged private tuition with his first teacher Ray Fox. At age 11 his Dad asked him what I would like for his birthday. Tony said he would like to play a concert, so his Dad arranged it and Tony played his first 2 hour concert to friends and family - about 100 people. HeI loved every minute!
At around the same time Tony was lucky enough to spend a weekend with Franz Lambert, and was honored to be in the company of such a famous organist. At age 12, his dad and Tony were attending a lot of demos and concerts, and a new organ on the market (an ELKA E49) caught his Dad's eye. At age 13 Tony arrived home from school to a gleaming new organ - the ELKA E49. Tony's Dad had bought it for his birthday, Tony was over the moon. His dad was so passionate about his music and enjoyed it so much they often stayed up until 2-3 in the morning playing - his mum wasn't impressed!
Around this time Tony started entering competitions; his first was a Yamaha Local Region Competition to be held at Teville Organs at Worthing. Tony turned up and saw that one of the judges was Steve Lowdell. Tony played a 'Phantom of the Opera' Selection and won it.
After winning the local event, he was asked to compete in the National competition, which was held at The Library Theatre Solihull. Tony played the Yamaha HS8, he won £125! which, at that age, was like winning the Lottery! he then entered the Wersi competition, winning the local event. At that time, they didn't know but the competition was going to go further. A week after winning he got a call from Aura Sounds, Purley, to ask would Tony compete in the Wersi European finals to be held at FRANKFURT - all expenses paid for him and Dad.
They went over and WON a Wersi Prisma organ. When they got home his Dad built it and that's the setup he used, with a Technics KN800, for the next three years.
At the age of 14, he also entered the Cinema Organ Society competition held at Gunton Hall. he played one slow piece and one fast piece and won. Tony's Dad was hoping that it would lead him into the Theatre organ circuit but, although he loved the sound of the Wurlitzers - especially when played by Robert Wolfe -he didn't have the passion for it and didn't take that path any further.
At seventeen, they had heard if you want to get on to the Organ circuit the best place to play would be somewhere called Caister. Tony got in touch with Grant Neal and he said he could start off an evening concert for 25mins. They turned up at Caister the day before, trundled their Organ (which was now a Yamaha HX1) into their chalet and practised and practised so when he did eventually play he would be as sharp as he could be. Tony received a standing ovation and suddenly a lot of the people he had written to were now offering him concerts..
At 22 Tony got a call from Grant Neal "Do you want to play on the Blackpool Wurlitzer?" As he said earlier, I was not 100% into the theatre organ but loved the sound and just couldn't turn down an offer like that. It is an amazing experience to rise out of the floor on the famous organ. Tony played for 20 minutes and found the organ very easy to play, not like a normal theatre organ where there is a lot of delay after pressing the notes - the sound was instant due to all the speakers he was surrounded by.
The same year Tony got a telephone call from Zurich - would he play for the Swiss Organ Festival? Tony agreed and went over to Lenk. He really did enjoy himself in Switzerland and, again, it was all adding to his experiences,
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Chris Stanbury OrganFax logo Twitter logo
Vienna Forever
Thunder and Lightning Polka
High Wycombe Organ Club Part 1
High Wycombe Organ Club Part 2
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Chris Stanbury is a very versatile and busy musician. He is happy playing the very latest electronic instrument, jazz or classical piano or indeed a mighty theatre or classical pipe organ, Chris approaches everything with a high level of skill and musicianship.
Classically trained on organ and piano but equally at home when playing jazz and pop music, Chris holds various prestigious musical qualifications from the London College of Music including Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees.
Notable events in the last couple of years have ranged from playing the organ at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, giving the world premiere of a jazz organ piece at the Duke's Hall, Royal Academy of Music, playing piano for several high profile corporate functions and various tours of the Far East, both as a solo performer and session musician. Chris has also performed on national TV and BBC Radio 2.
Somehow, Chris combines his successful performing career with that of a music examiner for the London College of Music and a committed and passionate teacher.
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Cor Steyn Link to Hammond page Icon Link to pipe organ page icon ,22nd Dec 1906 - 17th November 1965
medley cha cha cha
Delight in life

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Cornelis Gerardus Hendricus Steijn was born in Leiden on 22nd December 1906.
Cor Steyn was a musical prodigy, by the age of 12 he had completed stage 5 in both piano and violin. He studied at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague . In 1920 he accompanied silent films on the piano and he performed for the first time as a concert pianist.
In 1932 he joined the VARA pianist-accordionist. He became nationally known as player of the VARA concert organ. From 1935 he performed as an organist also the musical accompaniment of several artists (including Willy Alberti ) in the Amsterdam City Theater .
Together with Cor Lemaire , he wrote the music for the film in 1939 Rascal . During World War II he worked from 1941 to 1944 for René Slee Wijks Snip and Snap -revue. For Willy Walden he wrote the music for the song If the Leidseplein the lights again to burn, which was seen as a disguised protest song, although the text was written by Jacques van Tol .
After the liberation Cor Steyn worked much on foreign radio stations, which he gained international fame. In 1949 he was permanently employed by the VARA, initially as an employee of the propaganda and program service exclusively as caretaker of broadcasts from 1950. He was the leader of the rhythmic String Ensemble and the Seven Man and girl. On October 23, 1951 he made his first television appearance as a pianist in the show program of Cees de Lange . From 1955 he worked with Tom Dorus Manders , first on radio and television, and later in the theatre, including the program Showboat .
After his work with Dorus he received a number of its own programs and he was one of the most famous players of the Magic Organ or Keizerswaard organ , designed and built by the electrician, Jaap Keizerswaard .
On November 17th 1965 he died of a heart attack in Hilversum.
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Chiho Sunamoto OrganFax logo Facebook logo
Tico Tico
Libertango
A Night In Tunisia
The Way We Were
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Chiho Sunamoto, who has recently been described as the Vanessa Mae of the organ and keyboard world, brings a breath of fresh air onto the keyboard scene. Originally from Matsuyama, in the South of Japan, Chiho began by learning the piano at the age of 3, from there progressing at the age of 9 to the local Yamaha Music School to learn the art of organ playing.
During Chiho's time at St. Katerina University, where she studied opera singing, piano and classical organ, she became one of the youngest people to pass Yamaha's top exam, Grade 3 Music Diploma.
Twice Chiho was a finalist in the Yamaha Electone (organ) Festival, which led to offers of work from Yamaha as an overseas demonstrator and contracts with two of Japan's major TV stations where she composed and performed for a variety of shows.
After leaving University, Chiho continued to tour as an overseas demonstrator for Yamaha, performing in 42countries. In 1986 she settled in the North East of England and has continued to perform both nationally and internationally. As well as performing, Chiho teaches organ and piano, and is the only female in Europe to hold Yamaha top exam passes in Piano, Organ and Music Fundamentals. She is often called upon to judge international music competitions.
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The Three Suns
Beyond the Blue Horizon
Stumbling / Bye Bye Blues
Caravan (1944)

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The group 'The Three Suns' was formed in 1939 by brothers Al Nevins (guitar) and Morty Nevins (accordion) and their cousin, radio and vaudeville veteran Artie Dunn (vocals, electronic organ). They became a popular nightclub attraction; during a New York engagement in 1944, they were signed to appear in short musical films for the Soundies movie jukeboxes. They performed nine songs for the cameras.
In 1944, The Three Suns scored their first hit record, "Twilight Time"; their version was strictly instrumental and sold over four million copies and was awarded a gold record. This was followed by "Peg o' My Heart", which was one of the best-selling records of 1947 in the United States.
During the 1950s the group continued to play "live" dates with the same personnel, but their recording sessions would often have studio musicians substituting for one or another, because keyboardist Artie Dunn did not read music and guitarist Al Nevins became more interested in the production end of the recording business. The group's popularity waned as rock and roll became popular, but the group reinvented itself by using its RCA Victor recording sessions as an audio laboratory, employing additional instruments and novel stereophonic effects. These new arrangements became popular among fans of lounge music and exotica.
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Izumi Takada b. 2nd Feb 1978 Facebook logo Twitter logo Sound cloud logo
Just Kidding - Yamaha Electone ELX-1m
Wind city - Yamaha Stagea + friends
Road to the Sky
Sorrowful Andalusia - Yamaha Stagea ELS-02C
Horizon
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Born in Osaka, Japan on February 2nd, 1978, Izumi Takada musical lessons started when she was inspired by her classmate’s piano performance in kindergarten.
After winning the 2nd place in the International Electone Competition, playing in the popular music section in 1999 while studying at the Faculty of Human Development at Kobe University, she started her career.
In 2002, Izumi was appointed as the image model for Yamaha ELECTONE (EL-900B), and expanded her career to other Asian countries and earned a vast following.
For her major debut release, her 1st album “Brilliant Notes (KING RECORDS/KICC-512)” was released on November 26, 2004. Her 2nd album “Amplitude” was released in 2009 and her 3rd album “Rendes-Vous!” was released in 2013. Her 4th album “Tree of Life” dropped in 2016, and almost simultaneously she published Electone Scores off the same album.
Izumi appeared in the Yamaha Corporation Commercial in 2013.
Currently, Izumi performs solo with the Electone, providing original compositions and appears on various mediums, as well as gives lessons at SENZOKU GAKUEN COLLEGE of MUSIC.
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Max Takano
Ghostbusters
Pomp & Circumstance
Tico Tico on HX-1
Take Five on HX-1
A Night In Tunisia
Tea For Two
Aladdin Medley on Yamaha Stagea ELS-02
Circle of Life on Yamaha Stagea ELS-02
Radetzky March on Yamaha Stagea ELS-02
Hedwig's Theme on Yamaha Stagea ELS-02
Phantom of the Opera on Yamaha Stagea ELS-02
Max Takano
Masashi (Max) Takano
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Max has a reasonable understanding of the English language, but it is less than perfect.
Max was due to give an afternoon concert at the Keyboard Cavalcade Caister festival, interspersed with questions from the audience, when there was a power cut.
Richard Bower was on hand to assist Max with the audience interaction, Max was known for deliberately miss pronouncing English, for example he would tell the audience they were wonderful because they crap lots.
With no power for the organ it was decided to continue with the question and answer session, one lovely lady asked Max 'how many children do you have?'
Max responded with 'In what countries'. Richard nearly fell off the stage in shock. Richard quickly repeated the question to Max, who was quite embarrassed by his mistake.
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Ashley Tappen
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Ashley Tappen released 12 albums totaling 90 tracks during the 60s.
The recordings were said to be enhanced by the acoustics of the venue, Picadilly Gardens, London. The venue never existed.
The organ is listed as being a Hammond along with a stage piano and vibra marimba.
Their are no photos of Ashley Tappen, this is because Ashley Tappen never existed.
Ashley Tappen was in fact the famous American organist Eddie Layton. Layton was under contract to Mercury Records.
A fictitious name and location allowed Eddie to record for another rival label, Somerset.
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Swing Jazz Medley Organist Phil Tempest
Phil Tempest is one of the 'characters' of the electronic organ world.
In addition to farming with his father and brother at Crook, County Durham, he is also an extremely talented musician.
He has appeared on the BBC program The Organist Entertains several times, as well as playing on the Blackpool Tower Wurlitzer and at all the national organ festivals. Somehow, he also finds time to teach!
Phil's style is to play medleys of music, rather than individual tunes. This results in a flowing program, with maximum music content and minimum talking.
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Irving Berlin selection
Welcome to my world
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David Thomas was born in Hornchurch, Essex.
David Thomas first became seriously interested in music whilst at Secondary School when he took up the Trombone. The Trombone led him to play in School Orchestras, a Dance Band and later the local Youth Orchestra which all went side by side with taking both practical and theory of music examinations.
In the late 70's David discovered an old "Trench", fold-away Harmonium tucked away in his Grandparent's house and after experimentation he decided he would like to try his hand at something a little more up to date.
Some years have passed since David first laid his hands on that keyboard and he is certainly glad that he made the change from "Blowing" to "Tickling"! In those years he has appeared along with many of Britain's Top Organists and at many prestigious venues, played on Radio, and been the subject of Personality Profiles in Home Keyboard Review and other magazines.
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Mark Thompson OrganFax logo
Tarantella trio
Angel in Blue
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Mark Thompson has been playing the Electronic organ from the age of seven. He joined the Technics Academy at the age of nine, where he worked his way through grades and entered local competitions, reaching area finals in 1999.
Mark was later taught by Chiho Sunamato at the Yamaha School of Music. He began playing concerts at the age of fifteen, and now travels up and down the UK, and abroad, playing the Yamaha EL90 for organ societies, festivals and private functions.
In 2002 Mark played in, and won, the 'Young Theatre Organist of the Year' competition and has performed on many of the country's top theatre organs since.
In addition to his work on the organ circuit Mark plays in 60s and 70s band, 'Wallstreet', on the keyboards/providing backing vocals, Mark works as musical director or rehearsal pianist for many North East musical theatre societies and in the orchestra for their shows.
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Werner Twardy 28th Dec 1926 - 16th Jan 1977
Werner did not release organ music under his own name but used T.W. Ardy. Here are a couple of tracks of the Werner Twardy and his orchestra. Old Man Moses
Brazil,Amor,amor,El Cumbanchero Piano
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Werner Twardy was born on the 28th December 1926 in Oberhausen. He studied harmony and composition at the Folkwang School in Essen and initially worked as a jazz pianist , especially in American officer casinos. During his career he worked with numerous bands as a pianist and arranger. He worked with many top names in the Jazz scene. From 1958 Werner Twardy worked predominantly as a composer. Under the pseudonym of TW Ardy he recorded on the Hammond organ. Werner Twardy died on the 16th January 1977 in Kleineichen in Cologne at the age of 50 of liver failure. Other Aliases: Daddy Monrou, T.W. Ardy
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Andrew Varley
Non Ti Scordar Di Me Wersi Abacus Duo
The Summertime Blues Medley on Tyros 4
Theme From Spirited Away on Tyros 4
The Bramble Bossa Nova Medley on Tyros 4

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After spending a number of years in the Retail Business, Andrew Varley joined a Trio playing the keyboards. In 1987 Andrew got married and later that year left the Trio. The following year he started working at Bees Music in Chichester. Andrew recalls at this time "It was great demonstrating the different instruments in the shop including Thomas, Farfisa and Technics. After two years Andrew was promoted to Manager of the Southampton branch, but by this time he was itching to become a full time professional, so in 1991 he did just that.
Since then he has been playing for dancing, private functions and Organ clubs ranging from Yorkshire to the Channel Islands, Cornwall to Norfolk. Andrew has appeared at Organ Festivals at Shorefield, Torquay Bournemouth, Hayling Island and Sandford Park. At the Autumn Cavalcade Festival held at Caister in 2003, Andrew joined the Wersi UK Team demonstrating and performing in concert. Andrew can also claim international status having played in Germany, Italy and Dublin.
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Jim Vogelman Facebook logo
Warsaw Concerto
Chameleon & Piano Man (Pipe organ Improvisation)
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Jim Vogelman began his professional career at the age of 9, when he was engaged by the Wurlitzer Organ Company to perform both live and on radio. From there, demands for his talents spread to nationwide television, sporting and stage venues and by the age of fourteen he was selected to perform on the John Wanamaker Grand Court Organ in Philadelphia.
As staff artist for the Lowrey Organ Company, Jim has become a repeat favorite in the United States and Europe where he travels extensively.
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Cherry Wainer 2nd Mar 1935 – 14th Nov 2014 You Tube logo
in Action
Take Five
Last Night
Green Onions
Night Train
Got My Mojo Working
Organ Grinder's Swing Melody

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Cherry Wainer was born March 2, 1935 in East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa.
Cherry was best known as a member of Lord Rockingham's XI and a soloist on the Hammond organ.
A piano player since childhood, she was later influenced by Jimmy Smith to learn jazz keyboard. She first became known to UK television audiences as a regular in the 1950s magazine programme Lunchbox, with Noele Gordon.
Cherry subsequently featured as a session musician in Oh, Boy! one of the first British series to feature rock'n'roll regularly, with Lord Rockingham's XI, a band led by Harry Robinson. Their single, 'Hoots Mon', was number one in the UK charts in 1958. Along with the band.
Cherry Wainer played in the 1959 Royal Variety Performance.
In 1960 she appeared as herself in the musical "Girls of the Latin Quarter"
Cherry Wainer married drummer Don Storer with whom she appeared regularly as a duo during the 1960s. They appeared regularly in a German television series, Beat! Beat!
Cherry Wainer died in Las Vegas, Nevada, on November 14, 2014, aged 79.
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Brett Wales OrganFax logo Facebook icon link to Brett Wales Facebook page
Medley
Russian Medley
Santa Lucia by Night
Wersi Summerfest 2009
Milton Keynes Organ Club Part 1
Wersi Louvre 40th anniversary

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Brett was born on the 23rd of August 1978 in Nottingham, raised by his grandparents Marianne and Alwyn he still lives and works in the same house today. Alwyn played Elka 707 Organ, so at a very young age Brett was exposed to music. Alwyn found Brett aged three at the keys. He was encouraged, and soon displayed an uncanny ability to play melody lines from memory. Alwyn recognized his grandson's talent. Marianne and Alwyn continued encouraging Brett to play as a hobby. This ability to listen, hear and then play, sections, phrases, and separate parts of a complete score has stayed with Brett to this day.
Brett also displayed a creativity looking for new sounds, accurately reproducing instruments, as best he could from the Elka 707. It was this that inspired Alwyn to buy a Wersi Kit, an orchestral organ. A Wersi Helios was finally completed, and Brett's love affair with Wersi commenced.
His grandparents felt this natural talent should not be wasted and Brett started music lessons. Brett's enthusiasm and dedication to music found him being described as a 'Boy Genius' when later, at the age of seven he was to meet with Wersi Stars, the late, great, Klaus Wunderlich and Franz Lambert. Today they remain his idols and role models.
In April 1986. The then president of the Wersi Enthusiast Society Ron Franklin organized a five day trip to Wersi headquarters in Halsenbach Germany. Brett's grandparent's decided to take Brett as a reward for dedication to musical studies. They had the pleasure of being in the company of great musical talent. Klaus Wunderlich, Franz Lambert, Curt Prina and Hady Wolf. A highlight of the visit for Brett was the Saturday evening spent at the legendary Franz Lambert's Felsenkeller. Brett stood transfixed at the side of Franz's organ watching, listening and learning.
Today the dream is realized and he can stand tall along with other Wersi stars such as Mark Whale and Claudia Hirschfield.
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John Walker
Promotional Video
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John Walker
John Walker joined TURNER'S MUSICAL MERRY GO ROUND in 1983 playing the Wurlitzer. The Eleanor Waltz was composed in honour of the venue. John Walker played on the UK organ circuit. A popular organist and composer he gave up playing when it became obvious the UK organ scene was collapsing. Other than the music in the promotional video all of the music above are Johns' own compositions
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Raymond Wallbank 8th Aug 1932 - 16th Feb 2010
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Born 8th Aug 1932 and brought up on the Fylde Coast, Raymond Wallbank was educated at Ansdell County Primary School and King Edward VII School. Inheriting his musical talent from his mother, who initially taught him the piano. Later, he studied the organ with Robert Atherton, Organist of St Annes Parish Church.
Having qualified as an electrical engineer, he moved to Fleetwood, servicing radar units on fishing trawlers. In tandem with this, most evenings found him entertaining amid the myriad clubs and hotels that constitute the bright and breezy holiday atmosphere that is Blackpool. It was there in 1965 that he was persuaded to take a gamble and move to a much more lucrative, yet demanding residency, headlining at one of the resort's major tourist attractions.
Built in 1863 the North Pier remains a classic example of Victorian enterprise and engineering. For over 100 years one of its main attractions had been its own hugely popular 36-piece salon orchestra. Axed on economic grounds, in its place it fell to Wallbank to uphold the pier's proud musical tradition. This he did with such aplomb that, before too long, his boss, Lord Delfont, had famously dubbed him "The Prince of North Pier".
Raymond Wallbank played Sun Lounge from 1965 until 1995. Wallbank found a particularly happy and expressive outlet for his considerable talents. Seated imperiously at the console of his favorite Wurlitzer (electronic, not pipe, not sure what section to include it in so decided on both), a smaller, more sophisticated model than the one in the nearby Tower, he played popular and light classical music that attracted a large and loyal following. While continuing to perform, in 1970 he opened his own highly distinctive music shop in neighbouring Ansdell.
Raymond Wallbank died 16th Feb 2010.
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Daniel Watt OrganFax logo

Sailing
Tyros Tipsters
Could It Be Magic
The Water is Wide
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Daniel Watt started organ lessons when he was just 8 years old and, the age of 12, began playing in public all over Northamptonshire. At the age of 16 Daniel left school and turned professional forming a trio with a drummer and a singer. When Daniel turned 20 the trio split up. Daniel started to appear as a solo act which he still does today in clubs and dance halls all over the country. Daniel was booked by Sceptre promotions, which produce the 3 largest Keyboard Festivals in the UK at Pakefield & Blackpool, and has since joined the team and now helps to organize their Stage Management and Sound Levels.
As well as performing in concert & playing for dancing at the festivals for the last few years Daniel has done a series of morning teaching sessions on the uses of "Computers in music" showing people how to create their own big arrangements and program drums to fit their specific songs in the home and has now moved on to doing musical teaching sessions regarding "Big Band Left Hand & Pedal Techniques" which are available as Audio CD's more (teaching CD's.
Daniel has had associations with Hammond, Godwin Casio and Wersi for whom he became an agent in the UK for their latest OAS range of instruments until 2006 when a new importer was found
By the time Daniel was 25 he had his own recording studio (Delapre Studios), and has so far produced 14 of his own CD's.
In August 2014 Daniel became part of the UK demonstration team for Yamaha Music Europe GmbH (UK), and now tours Europe with a "Tyros5 TRX organ System", you will also see Daniel regularly performing at festivals & in music shops throughout the UK as part of his commitment to Yamaha.
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Chris Waxman
Chris Waxman was a pseudonym of Klaus Wunderlich
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Mark Whale b. 31st March
Classical selection
medley
At the music Fair
BÖHM Sinfonia 500
Christmas Symphony
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Mark Whale was born on the 31st March in Coventry / England.
At 6 years of age he began his musical education, learning violin, then Mark received intensive instruction on the piano and the classical pipe organ.
After his first encounter with an electronic organ in 1977 Mark built a Wersi 'Helios' with his father
After successful completion of the baccalaureate Mark won the Wersi Youth Organ Competition in 1983, the beginning of his real career. In June 1984 Mark left his native Britain to go to Germany - the beginning of a successful career as a concert organist and product specialists in a famous German Organ and Keyboard manufacturer. Many long-distance travels and TV / radio appearances quickly followed.
Mark was spending more than 200 days a year on the road. In countries such as the USA, Brazil, Australia, Japan, China and Russia and most European countries The most striking points were a solo concert before more than 3,000 spectators during a music show in Moscow, which was broadcast on national sehsmal Soviet television. He also celebrated 2 major concerts in the People's Republic of China in 1988.
Since 1984, Mark has worked for various organ and keyboard manufacturers as musical consultant and concert organist.
In 1998 Mark founded the company 'MW Music Productions'. In collaboration with the popular radio station RPR he produced a series of recordings for the famous 'My Adventure' program.
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René Winter b. 25th Jul Facebook link logo Youtube link logo
Spaceman´s Dream

Café Beans in Langen
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René Winter was born on July 25th in Darmstadt.
Even as a small child, René showed great interest in music and began to play music himself at the age of about 5 years. Later he became increasingly interested in keyboard instruments.
His parents recognized the gift and gave him an organ and piano lessons. At the age of 17, René started his professional musical career giving lessons at a music school. He was awarded the first prize at international competitions several times and has performed numerous concerts - including some charity concerts -at home and abroad.
His international repertoire ranges from contemporary pop music, to evergreens, musicals and jazz, to classical music and numerous compositions of his own.
René Winter also has role models. It was no coincidence that two world-famous musicians crossed their path of life. They are Klaus Wunderlich and Franz Lambert.
There is a very nice true story featuring Klaus Wunderlich,: At the time René was born, his parents had a cabaret, called "Hawaii Bar", where live music was performed. Klaus Wunderlich was there with two other musicians to entertain the guests. When he heard of the birth, he went to the hospital to bring a son and son to the accordion. That was in the truest sense of the word "Music laid in the cradle". Later both artists met personally and became good friends.
As far as Franz Lambert is concerned, René also became a very big fan of him, and sometimes even performed in the dance hall of Franz Lambert, the "Felsenkeller" in Heppenheim-Sonderbach. Both have known each other for many years, and a real friendship arose.
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Robert Wolfe OrganFax logo
Tico Tico to Sabre Dance
Tiger Rag
Mancini Medley
Walking in the Air, Oh Holy Night
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At the age of sixteen Robert Wolfe became the youngest musician at that time to join the team of organists at the world famous Tower Ballroom, Blackpool. After three years, in 1981, he was invited to inaugurate the Wurlitzer show at the Thursford Collection, near Fakenham in Norfolk.
From early spring to late autumn, seven days a week, Robert draws large crowds who delight in his warm personality and his unique musical combination of meticulous accuracy and interpretative sensitivity.
The story really began for Robert at the age of eleven, or thereabouts with the gift of a small single keyboard bought as a Christmas present by his parents. In the beginning his non-musical roots meant playing wholly by ear, reading music came later. By the age of 14 he was playing a Compton theatre organ at a pub in Hertfordshire, plus other pubs and clubs in and around his hometown of Luton using his own portable Hammond electronic organ.
During the winter months he performs concerts not only around the UK, but the U.S.A & Canada. When not performing on pipe organs, Robert performs concerts for the many electronic organ societies here in the UK.
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Baroque Goes Latin
Besame Mucho
HOAX II organ (Hammond clone)
Hady Wolff
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Klaus Wunderlich 18th Jun 1931 – 28th Oct 1997
wersi helios 1984
Private recording 1992
Franz Grothe Medley
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Interview with Nigel Ogden

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Klaus Wunderlich was born in Chemnitz, Germany in 1930.
Largely self-taught Klaus had a few piano lessons when he was 7. Not being keen on football or other sports he focussed on his music, using the local school piano to practice on.
At the age of 16 he was offered the position of rehearsal pianist at the local municipal theatre.
After leaving school he began composing music for dance orchestras.
Klaus joined up with four other musicians and formed a group 'New Jazz Group Hanover'. Klause did not like the organ but the group needed a new sound so Klaus learnt to play the Hammond. Klaus left the band and played in a small restaurant, his popularity grew and he came to the notice of Telefunken, they put him on their books playing Hammond.
Klaus played a Moog Synthesizer for a while and released an EP playing the instrument.
Klaus then went on to play Wersi.
Klaus Wunderlich sold over 20 million records, he also produced records under other names including K Lauer and for the UK market Chris Waxman. Klaus was awarded 13 gold albums and 1 gold cassette.
Klaus never authorised the video recording of any of his concerts, those recordings there are are rare and normally not of good quality.
Klaus Wunderlich died 28th Oct 1997
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Larry Young 7th Oct 1940 - 30th Mar 1978
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Larry Young was born Khalid Yasin [Abdul Aziz] on the 7th October 1940, in Newark, New Jersey.
Larry Young played with various R&B bands in the 1950s before gaining jazz experience. Recording as a leader for Prestige from 1960, Larry Young made a number of soul jazz discs, Testifying, Young Blues and Groove Street. When Young went to Blue Note in 1964, his music began to show the marked influence of John Coltrane. In this period he produced his most enduring work.
He recorded many times as part of a trio with guitarist Grant Green and drummer Elvin Jones; most of these albums were released under Green's name, though Into became Young's Blue Note debut. Unity, recorded in 1965, remains his best-known album. Subsequent albums for Blue Note also drew on elements of the '60s avant-garde and utilised local musicians from Young's hometown of Newark.
Larry Youngs characteristic sound involved management of the stops on the Hammond organ, producing overtone series that caused an ethereal, drifting effect; a sound that is simultaneously lead and background.
In March 1978 he checked into the hospital for stomach pains. He died there on March 30, 1978, while being treated for what is said to be pneumonia. However, the actual cause of his death is unclear.
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Ady Zehnpfennig b. 17th February 1949
With the Musical clown Tessi
Playing Wersi (poor video quality)
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Ady Zehnpfennig was born Adam Zehnpfennig on the 17th February 1949 in Kerpen , Germany.
He started playing accordion at 10 years of age. In the mid 1960 he formed a Trio and played the Hammond organ.
After a brief episode as a professional musician in a nightclub, he began to perform freely for various organ companies doing presentations and concerts. During this time he began working as an arranger, student musician and music producer for various small productions, which ultimately led to the founding of his own sound studios and the "Azure" music production.
Besides music production he works as a conductor and composer and music producer for several television programs, these included "The Golden Tuning Fork" ( SWR and ZDF ), " your application please ", the "Summer Hitfestifal" and the "Gala Evening Welthungerhilfe ( Superhitparade). Many German and foreign performers have been guests at the "Azure" studio.
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Ady Zehnpfennig also releases recordings under the name Andy Dimes and Croméro