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”

IK Multimedia releases LESLIE Collection

IK Multimedia releases the LESLIE Collection

Software giant IK MULTIMEDIA announces the first fruit of their collaboration with HAMMOND USA and HAMMOND-SUZUKI. It’s the LESLIE COLLECTION for IK’s award-winning AmpiTube and T-rackS Plug-ins. This is the first time an officially-branded LESLIE software product has been offered, and we couldn’t be prouder of the results. Choose the Amp section you desire and pair it with its matching cabinet, or swap either for new combinations. In the AmpliTube range, you can even choose any of the virtual Amp “Heads” in your AmpliTube browser and run them through a Leslie “Cabinet”; or use the Leslie “Amps” into your choice of traditional speaker cabinets. Deep Editing is a breeze, and the user-interface is a snap to learn. The graphics are totally cool as well. the Models (Amps and Cabinets) represented are: 122, 122a, 147, 3300 and the G37/Studio 12. You can purchase the entire suite, or the individual models of your choice. The Software works with all major DAW’s.

AmpliTube Leslie® is the result of the exclusive collaboration between the IK Multimedia team and Hammond USA and Suzuki Music Corp. of Japan with the aim of perfectly recreating, for the first time ever, the truly authentic sound of the legendary Leslie® amps and cabinets in the digital world. Thanks to the powerful combination of IK’s breakthrough Dynamic Interaction Modeling™ and Volumetric Response Modeling™ technologies, which can reproduce the subtlest interactions of an electronic circuit down to its tiniest component and recreate the real acoustic behavior of rotary-speaker cabinets, the IK and Hammond teams succeeded where all the others had to inevitably compromise.

The outcome is not a mere emulation of reality, no matter how close to the original it might be, it is rather an exacting digital recreation of it, carrying the official Leslie® seal as a guarantee of the indisputable excellence of what is the definitive Leslie collection for the most discerning producers, composers, keyboardists, guitarists and creative singers.

AmpliTube Leslie brings you the authentic, certified sounds of 5 Leslie Amps and 6 Leslie rotary-speaker cabinets that you can use to record in your DAW or to play live, taking advantage of AmpliTube’s world-class 64-bit processing.

Now it’s simple to take any instrument (or…anything that can be picked up with a microphone) in your studio “for a spin”.

Click Here for more info

ADAM PRYOR nominated for Award

Adam Pryor nabs Nomination

CONGRATULATIONS to Hammond Artist ADAM PRYOR on his nomination for Wisconsin Keyboard Player Of The Year in this year’s WAMI awards. The 19-year old Blues Whiz has been getting around, and we wish him well at the upcoming April 15 Ceremonies.
Follow this link for more information.

Chicago Magic Lounge features new Xk-5 Pro System

Chicago Magic Lounge and their new Xk-5 Pro System

Hammond Artists to be featured weekly

The Chicago Magic Lounge holds it’s grand opening weekend February 22-24, 2018. A tribute to the days of Chicago’s close-up magic bars, the Chicago Magic Lounge hosts three separate performance areas: a magic bar, featuring sleight-of-hand plus signature cocktails, the Harry Blackstone Cabaret for large stage shows, and the 654 Club, a rarely-seen venue for intimate close-up magic.

Shows include close-up magic at your table from our strolling magicians, in addition to musical director and Hammond artist John Sturk accompanying the show on the Hammond XK-5.

“Our philosophy from the beginning has been to do things right,” said Sturk. “That’s why we decided to put an XK-5 in our theater. It’s the best in the business.”

Magic is the centerpiece of the Chicago Magic Lounge’s programming, but Monday and Tuesday nights also offer more live music. Chicago musicians featured for “Music and Magic” will include Rio Bamba, which has been featured on local television for it’s blend of latin rhythms; Chris Foreman, the Hammond B3 master known for his long-standing residency at The Green Mill; newcomers E-Line Organ Trio, led by Sturk; and Hammond artist Justin Dillard with his organ trio.