Brian Charette Comes to Chicago!!

The great BRIAN CHARETTE and his trio are coming to 210Live in Highwood Illinois THIS SUNDAY, OCT 21 at 7:30 pm. Club 210 Live has been passionate in supporting Organ Jazz, and in conjunction with WDCB Jazz Radio, this show with Brian will be a powerhouse. The Club is big and beautiful, and the food is superb. And so is the force of nature Brian Charette is.
Follow THIS LINK for all the details.
Follow This One for Brians Hammond Artist listing

Heart Of The Organ Summit

The Heart Of The Organ Summit

The Great KEVIN POWELL leading an all-star lineup in Hartford, Ct.
FRIDAY OCT 19th 7:30 PM
3200 Main St. Hartford, CT
$15 at the door

ZOMBIES nominated for Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame!

The ZOMBIES nominated for the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

The ZOMBIES featuring Hammond Artist ROD ARGENT are among the nominees for this year’s Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction. The Zombies have been enjoying a renaissance of late, with sold-out shows and a Billboard-Charting new Album. Rod was the first major artist to take the new Hammond Xk-5 onstage, and it gives him the precise sound he has become famous for.
Go to the FAN VOTE section of the RRHOF website (link below) and give the Zombies your support. You can vote every day. Let’s get Rod and the Lads the honour they so truly deserve!

Matt Kaminski hits a Hammond Home Run!!

Matthew Kaminski

Here’s a great Article about HamFammer MATT KAMINSKI’s innovative Stadium work for the Atlanta Braves. He really rocks that Sk1 of his!!

Play Ball!!

Click HERE to read the Article

Fleetwood Mac and TWIN Xk-5’s on the ELLEN show!

Rock Superstars FLEETWOOD MAC are back with a new lineup, and new stage gear. CHRISTINE McVIE and Mac Keyboardist RICKY PETERSON BOTH sport brand-new Xk-5s. Christine playing the Xk-5 PRO SYSTEM, and Ricky on the regular Xk-5. They recently appeared on the “Ellen” show, playing the Mac classic “Chains”.
Follow the link below to catch the performance
Click HERE to view the clip
Fleetwood Mac Website

Dr. Lonnie Tops Down Beat Poll AGAIN!

Jazz Master DR. LONNIE SMITH again topped the DOWN BEAT INTERNATIONAL CRITIC’S POLL in the Organ Category. We congratulate the Good Doctor for the recognition of his ultra-innovative Art that pushes the Hammond tradition beyond any and all borders. The Instrument may be 85 years old, but as long as there are Artists like Dr. Lonnie Smith, new sounds, new grooves, and new directions will meld with the classic vibe and keep the Hammond Organ in the vanguard of Jazz (and all other genres of music).
Follow:THIS LINK for further information on the DOWN BEAT Critics Poll.
Dr. Lonnie’s Website

Jimmie Smith plays Jimmy Smith

Jimmie Smith with SK2
The Hammond Family’s Chaplain, Rev. Jimmie Smith has released his first Jazz CD “Live in Music City: Jimmie Smith Plays Jimmy Smith”. Produced by fellow HamFammer, Grammy Nominated Bro. Paul Brown, the reviews are starting to come in and they are hot hot hot. Many of us were in the audience the night Rev. Jimmie laid these tracks down, and it was a smokin’ performance! Here’s the first review, and be sure to seek this CD out!

Vel Lewis making good things happen in Houston

Hammond Artist VEL LEWIS is making good things happen in Houston Texas.

The veteran Jazzman has established an Instrument Fund Program for disadvantaged yet talented students in grades 9 through 12 whose families have not been able to purchase an instrument for them. In some cases, students may have lost their instruments or they were damaged because of Hurricane Harvey. The concept behind this program came about after Vel had been working with the Edison Arts Foundation’s “Afterschool Arts Academy” as their Lead Music Instructor, teaching youngsters in grades 2 through 5th at Jean Hinds Caldwell Elementary School. At the end of the program, a concert was held for the parents to see how their children were now able to perform. Within three weeks time, Vel’s friend (and renowned saxophonist) Dean James were able to teach these students how to make sounds with flutes, clarinets, a saxophone, piano, and drums. The parents were amazed to see their children perform as well as they did. But, it broke Vel’s heart when a set of triplets approached at the end of the program and said, “Mr. Lewis… do we have to give the instruments back now?” 

Vel decided immediately he would come up with a plan to help students have their own instrument. 

Partnering with two non-profit corporations to help manage and administer this program – the Edison Arts Foundation and the Fort Bend Education Foundation , Vel has met with Houston City Council members to review and discuss this Instrument Fund Program.

The Recording Academy, Texas Chapter Vice President and Education Committee Chair reviewed the Instrument Fund Program website, and made the following comments: “Very Cool, lots of great points, good interview with Trish on the Hybrid Jazz From Trish Hennessey show, she will be sure to pass this info onto fellow members in the Houston area, and would like to stay updated.”

Vel’s goal is to have students who receive instruments through this program, perform with him onstage during the next season.

Vel will kick off the Instrument Fund Program with a Summer Jazz Concert & Dinner 3:30pm Sunday, August 12, 2018 at Safari Texas Ranch (


On August 2nd, Vel and his band will be taping an appearance on the “Great Day Houston” TV show, shown on CBS-affiliate station KHOU-TV Channel 11 here in Houston to help promote the Instrument Fund Program, the kickoff concert, and present a new song Vel composed and recorded with his band entitled “Can You Help” (Houston Strong theme) for the City of Houston. Vel recorded this song using his Hammond Sk2.

More info about the program is here:

Here’s a link is to a news article published on July 4, 2018 in one of the local newspapers:click here

Red Young on the Road


Our great Artist RED YOUNG has a cool story-here it is in his own words:

“During SXSW in March, I got a call from Steve Berlin, who just produced Marcia Ball’s latest with me on B3, asking if I was open Thursday night.  I said what you got?  “SXSW Auditorium Shores playing with Los Lobos” they were headlining.  David Hidalgo was someplace else and they needed to fill out the band.  I said I’ll be there.  What are we playing? “You’ll hear it…” Never met Cesar Rojas or any of the other guys and only met Cesar just before we went onstage.  Two numbers go by and on the third Cesar gave me a solo.  Next thing I knew I’m soloing on every song and we even did Oye Como Va, She’s About A Mover, La Bamba (with a middle section of Good Lovin’) and many other tunes.  Many thousands of screaming appreciative fans. I brought my XK5 and used my 142 leslie. It Screamed!  Many heads turned at the sound and many questions ensued from various keyboard players. And Cesar wanted my number…
In this business you never know where and when that next call will come from.
Thanks Hammond!”

Thanks Red! They got the right guy!!

Here’s Red’s Schedule
Schedule (regular gigs):
Continental Club Gallery (Austin) Every Wednesday 10:30pm-1:30am
Antones (Austin) every Thursday / Red Young & His Hot Horns 6:30-9pm
Elephant Room (twice a month)

July 12-15: Ottawa Blues Festival
Sept 6-9: Big Blues Bender (Las Vegas)
Sept 27-Oct 1 Caloundra Music Festival, Australia

and for further info:

Emiko on Las Vegas Morning News!

EMIKO on Las Vegas TV Morning News

If you’re in the LAS VEGAS area, tune in KVVU “FOX 5” TV Friday Morning (4/6/18) to catch our own EMIKO performing live, and saying a word about the I BELIEVE YOU project.
Of course she’ll be playing her HAMMOND Sk1-73!!!
And in the afternoon (2pm) She’ll be at the SAM ASH Store (2747 S Maryland Pkwy, Las Vegas, NV 89109) for her fabulous SONGWRITING CLINIC.
It’s a #hamfam Daily Double with a top payoff in Vegas with Emiko!!
Click HERE for more on Las Vegas “Fox 5”