NBC Television’s TODAY show has launched a new series, Boys Changing the World, beginning with a profile of Hammond Artist Matthew Whitaker, a gifted 16-year-old who is blind and is being called the next Stevie Wonder. The Hammond Family is proud of Matthew and all his achievements.
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MARK STEIN LAUNCHES NEW SOLO BAND, THE MARK STEIN PROJECT
His legacy spans over five decades, and he has influenced some of the most
well-known rock bands and musicians. Mark Stein is known as the voice, keyboardist and music arranger of the classic rock band Vanilla Fudge.
His new group, The Mark Stein Project continues to share his music, passion and stories.
Touted by critics as one of the great voices in Rock—alongside of Glenn Hughes and Joe Lynn Turner—The Mark Stein Project is a night of great music & storytelling. Discover a place where a song leads to a story, and a story leads to a song. More than just a singer/musician, Stein is a skilled entertainer, with the talent and charisma to take the crowd along for a wonderful ride of the classic rock experience.
Stein has shared whiskey with Janis Joplin, sung with Michael Jackson, toured with Jimi Hendrix, and witnessed the dawn of Led Zeppelin. His firsthand storytelling that reflects on the history of rock gives the audience a “You are There” feeling that can only be told by someone who has lived it.
The debut album:Vanilla Fudge was the first of its kind to reach the top 10 on Billboard charts without a hit single. “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” was released one year later and went to #1 on most radio playlists, both in America and all over the World! The psychedelic symphonic rock sound of the band was spearheaded by the Hammond organ & vocal style of Mark Stein. “The Fudge” have been heralded by critics as the doorway between pop music and Progressive Rock. Bands including Deep Purple, Yes, Uriah Heep and even Led Zeppelin have said that Vanilla Fudge had a profound influence on them.
Rolling Stone magazine wrote: “There was nothing, even in 1967, like the 10-ton shock of this Long Island quartet’s cover of the Supremes You Keep Me Hanging On, with the lava-flow sustain of Mark Stein’s Hammond organ…”
Stein has toured and/or recorded, and appeared throughout his career with Dave Mason, Tommy Bolin, Alice Cooper, The Doors, Deep Purple, Rod Stewart, Carl Palmer (in a tribute to Keith Emerson), and Michael Jackson.
The Mark Stein Project will be releasing a new EP & Video to be released in 2018; stay tuned for more details.
UPCOMING DATES:1/30/18 BB King’s NYC
2/1/18:Daryl’s House Club, Pawling, NY
2/2/18:Bull Run, Shirley, Mass.
More dates to be added
Hammond Artist Emiko has released a new music video today giving voice to survivors of sexual assault. Called “I Believe You”,
the video accompanies the launch of the “I Believe You Project” which brings together
everyday survivors of sexual abuse, assault, harassment, and misconduct to tell their stories
and be heard.
In the wake of all the incidences of sexual abuse, assault, harassment, and misconduct
coming to light via Hollywood, both “I Believe You” the video and the project aim not only to
raise awareness of these issues, but to ultimately stop them from happening.
The 24 people who appear in the “I Believe You” video are themselves survivors and/or
supporters of survivors and were gathered in one week, all volunteering their time and
energy to speak out through this medium. Emiko and the I Believe You Project are currently
in talks to partner with domestic violence organizations to create a platform from which
survivors can share their stories and experience belief, support, and find resources.
Of the song and the whole project, Emiko remarks, “I wrote this song as a catharsis, really –
back in July. Through my own experience surviving sexual assault and fighting for my voice
to be heard, I found that countless women, children – and yes, some men – were disbelieved
on a tremendous proportion. I was stunned. Coming forward with information of this nature
takes a tremendous amount of courage, especially after going through it; to be disbelieved is
like being kicked when you’re already down. I was just overwhelmed to learn how many
people go through this on a daily basis. It’s way too common and I want to break the stigma,
the shame, and the fear of surviving sexual assault and it seemed to me the first step was to
actually believe people who came forward and it was clear many other survivors feel the
same way. So bottom line is this: just because someone doesn’t believe you, doesn’t mean it
You can watch the video HERE:https://youtu.be/FRYhVvvHhdg
Our Virtuoso from the Seven Seas MICHEL BENEBIG has just released a smashing new CD “LIVE AT BERNIE’S” on which he plays the new Hammond A-3! Michel is a serious player who can put an organ through the paces, and if anyone can demonstrate just how much the A-3 becomes your musical partner, it’s Michel. Michel is from New Caledonia, WAY out there in the Pacific Ocean, and his jazz is just as hot as the breezes that waft over that beautiful island. Recorded at “Bernie’s Music Land”, the #1 place for Hammond in Australia. Bernie Capicchiano’s entire family is #hamfam to the core! You’re going to want to add this CD to your collection!
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Hammonds’own EMIKO is featured in CYNDI LAUPER’S new video “#HOPE”. She’s playing a custom white Sk1 (and sorry folks, the color treatment was done by the film studio-we’re not offering it as an option!). The entire #hamfam congratulates Emiko, and look for the Video on TV. But you can watch it HERE now!
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#HamFam Brother ROBBY ROBINSON knows how to do a Homecoming! Robby takes a break from his long-standing job as Frankie Valli’s M.D. to bring an All-Star band back to his home town of Litchfield, Illinois for a night of stupendous music in benefit for HSHS St.Francis Hospital. It’s This Saturday, Sept 23rd at 7 pm. Go to www.stfrancis-litchfield.com for all the details!
In 1991 Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley proclaimed August 17th “GARY SWAN DAY”, and we’re proud to share our great Artist’s honor with the Extended Hammond Family. Be cool, Be funky, and do it all with the smooth savoir-faire like Brother Gary does. Congratulations!
Visit Gary Swan on the web:www.garyswan.com
If you live in the Chicago Area, and you need a dose of Hammond Jazz Soul, tune in to WDCB-FM (90.9) on Wednesday evenings at 6pm CDT, and listen to “Jazz Organic”, a brand-new program that features Hammond Jazz and nothing but for an entire hour. It’s hosted by Andy Schultz, and sponsored by our great Chicago dealer Allen Organs of Chicago! (It says “Allen” but they also are a HAMMOND dealer!)
Check out the WDCB website www.wdcb.org
A sad day for the Hammond Family. Melvyn “Deacon” Jones has passed. A blues legend in Chicago and throughout the World. A really nice guy, as well. His autobiography is a must-read for every blues aficionado. Bravo, Deacon!
Follow the link for an article about Deacon from the Chicago Sun-Times
It is with a Heavy Heart we report the passing of a True Rock and Roll Organ Icon, Goldy McJohn of Steppenwolf. Goldy wasn’t an official Hammond Artist, but the Hammond Family recognizes him as a Brother. Rock On, Goldy..