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My first band in 1966!
Tour de Force 1966! from left - right: John, Jon, George, Ringo, Paul Unfortunately 2 of the fellows have passed away now, but I'm doing better than all of them! www.jonhammondband.com
Jimmy Smith at 2005 IAJE
*Note: A sad note about the passing of Jimmy Smith, Feb. 9 2005 in Scottsdale AZ just one month after receiving NEA Jazz Masters Award. Jon Hammond said about Jimmy Smith: "He played more organ with one hand tied behind his back than many others!" His left side had been compromised for some time but he still out-grooved with right hand. For Jon Hammond's 2005 IAJE jazz educators pictures:http://community.webtv.net/HammondsBolero/IAJE2005Picturesby
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MARK YOUR CALENDAR! Special Announcement! JUNE 22 & 23, at Shoreline Ampitheatre!! **Updated JON HAMMOND Itinerary International:
Where's Jon?! Current itinerary dates at bottom, scroll down. Announcing to the people at Shoreline Ampitheatre that we have been invited back to be on the program of NEW ORLEANS BY THE BAY FOOD AND MUSIC FESTIVAL again next year by the Bill Graham Presents people in San Francisco, Cal. JUNE 22 & 23 at Shoreline Ampitheatre-NEW ORLEANS BY THE BAY FOOD AND MUSIC FESTIVAL!! Be sure and catch Jon Hammond & Band at John Lee Hooker's BOOM BOOM ROOM Aug. 14 Outside concerts: Sept. 29-Boedeckker Park, Tenderloin SF Oct. 5-Yerba Buena Garden-SF Sept. 13- in San Jose Airport Southwest Airlines Boarding Area Oct. 10-Manhattan Plaza, New York City Oct. 31-Halloween Party, Laguna Honda Hospital Nov. 30-Boom Boom Room w/ James Brown's drummer Erik Hargrove Dec. 5- Opera Plaza, S.F. Dec. 8- Laguna Honda Hospital Dec. 9-11 OLYMPIC VOYAGER Dec. 25- HHRC Club Jan. 8-11- Westin Rio Resort Puerto Rico March 7-11- Frankfurt Musikmesse 2001 March 9 & 10th- Jazzkeller Hofheim 15 jahr Jubilee Party! *Note: Special Thanks to the musicians...Erik Hargrove of James Brown Soul Generals, Kevin Mauder, Tyrone Starks, Christian Munchinger, Steven King, Tony Horowitz, Lee Oskar (WAR), and especially main man Robert Hutya of Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg and brother Otmar Hutya for helping to make the shows at Musikmesse 2001 a big success!! **And Marco Galeazzi, Donatella and the Excelsior CEMEX team...Special Grazzia!! FRITZ Magazine-Manuel Schreiner, Joachim "Jo-Jo" Tucksen and Jazzkeller Hofheim team, Yucel "ALI" Atiker-Frankfurt, Jennifer Frizzell United Airlines, Scott Cooper-Universal Video Studios, Joe Berger-B.E.A.M. Audio. March 19th, 2001 Manhattan Plaza (my own birthday party with special friends!) June 23 & 24th, Shoreline Ampitheatre-New Orleans by the Bay Food and Music Festival March 2002- Musikmesse 2002 (16 year JUBILEE!) *March 2002...Return to the Jazzkeller Hofheim! BIG PARTY!! April 28th, 2001-Laguna Honda Hospital, 2 hour walkaround the wards with accordion April 30th, John Lee Hooker's BOOM BOOM ROOM in San Francisco June 2-Laguna Honda Hospital, Clarendon Building June 9th 2001, Opening ceremonies for Emeryville California CITY HALL! June 9th pm-Fairmont Hotel, grand piano June 10th-Hotel Pierre, San Francisco June 15th-Laguna Honda Hospital, Clarendon Building *note! June 23 and 24th Shoreline Show with Bonnie Raitt and The Funky Meters! July 1-Boom Boom Room, S.F. July 10-Manhattan Plaza July 13-NDR Radio Broadcast Hamburg Germany July 17th-NOON TIME SHOW outside at 1275 Market St. San Francisco! August 25th-solo accordion at Laguna Honda Hospital, Clarendon Building August 29th-*NOTE! This show canceled NOON TIME SHOW outside at 525 Market St. San Francisco...don't go. Sept. 20th: Taping: The Jon Hammond Show-big band arrangements of music of Led Zeppelin conducted by trumpeter Bill Warfield at Local 802 hall on W. 48th St. Manhattan **tune in on Time/Warner MNN TV! Sept. 30-Oct. 8th Hamburg Germany Oct. 27th-Laguna Honda Hospital Psych Ward, solo accordion in wards Oct. 27th-clubdate SF Nov. 3rd-Laguna Honda Hospitals, "doubles" 4 hours of continuous accordion music in the wards Nov. 5th-12th, recording sessions New York City Nov. 18th-Boom Boom Room, S.F. Dec. 12-Opera Plaza private holiday party Dec. 14-private christmas party Alfred Hitchcock bldg. Dec. 15-doubles in Laguna Honda Hospital Dec. 19-SF County Women's Jail "Pod E" Women's Jail Facility Dec. 21-Laguna Honda Hospital Dec. 27-Kwaanza Celebration with Ronnie Smith-drums at Laguna Honda Hospital Dec. 31-New Years party with Larry Schneider San Francisco HAPPY NEW YEAR 2002! Jan. 17 and 18 Jon Hammond at NAMM Anaheim! Jan. 19-solo accordion Laguna Honda Hospital Jan. 26-solo accordion in locked wards Laguna Honda Hospital Jan. 27-doubles in Laguna Honda Hospital Feb. 4th-Jury Duty New York City! March 1st-Smiley's Schooner Saloon and Hotel, Bolinas CA with Barry Finnerty guitar March 4th-Jon Hammond Funk Explosion at Boom Boom Room SF March 14-Cafe KLEMM-Frankfurt March 15 + 16th-Jazzkeller Hofheim (Germany) March 30-solo show in Psychiatric Ward of Laguna Honda Hospital SF April 8-American Legion Post Building, 248 132nd St. Harlem NYC April 11-Cobb's Corner-S.F. April 13-doubles at Lagua Honda Hospital April 25-Laguna Honda Hospital May 4-Laguna Honda Hospital May 10-Chicago-Green Mill + Chicago Brauhaus May 12-New York-American Legion Post 132nd St. Harlem May 18-Solo Piano FOUR SEASONS HOTEL S.F. May 19-Doubles: Laguna Honda Hospital S.F. June 1 - Doubles: Laguna Honda Hospital, solo on Casio MZ2000 June 6 - Bruno's Nightclub and Restaurant S.F.,, trio on Hammond B3 organ June 7 - Bruno's - trio gig and Police Sound Check pursuant to S.F. Police Commision Hearing June 12- solo piano at Bruno's Nightclub June 14- organ trio at Bruno's Nightclub SF. June 22 and 23-SHORELINE AMPITHEATRE-the 14th annual NEW ORLEANS BY THE BAY FOOD AND MUSIC FESTIVAL..opening show for Taj Mahal and Delbert McClinton! July 6- American Legion Post, Harlem NYC 132nd St. July 9- Recording session with Joe Berger NYC July 13- wedding in Nevada City CA July 19- Laguna Honda Hospital SF July 25- East Park Apartments' "Tony" the maintenance man's retirement luncheon S.F. July 25- Bruno's Nightclub S.F. - organ trio Aug. 17- Wedding gig Central Park NYC Aug. 24- doubles accordion gig at Laguna Honda Hospital Aug. 25- Cotati Accordion Festival Aug. 27- Jon Hammond Trio at Bruno's SF Sept. 6- session with guitarist Bill Wurtzel NYC Sept. 9- production meeting with Bernard Purdie Sept. 11- 9/11 United Airlines / Amercian Airlines Memorial Tribute to the Heroes in Washington Square Park NYC Sept. 19- 2 hour accordion concert Times Square Subway sation Sept. 22- recording session with Ronnie Smith and Alex Budman in Local 6 hall San Frandcisco Sept. 28th- Doubles accordion gig in Clarnedon Hall, Laguna Honda Hospital S.F. October 16-19 MUSIC CHINA Shanghai China! Oct. 16th evening, Jon will perform at the Shanghai Grand Theatre- Opening Night Reception of Music China with FangLin the phenomenal 14 year old accordion champion of China! While in Shanghai Mr. Hammond is a guest of the Renaissance Yangtze Shanghai Hotel: (0086).21-627.50000 Oct. 28- Laguna Honda Hospital, "doubles" solo Oct. 29- Recording at Local 6 hall SF Oct. 29- Bruno's SF with Ronnie Smith/Alex Budman *spcl. guests: Michael Rinta & Joe Rodriguez Nov. 5/6- recording new record- Unique Studios Times Square NYC w/Alex Budman, Ronnie Smith and Joe Berger at the controls. Nov. 16- taping for TV: "Alice in Wonderland" show with Igor & Ilona Kisil and Company at the world-famous Odessa Nightclub in Brighton Beach Brooklyn Nov. 23- Osaka Japan-Rug Time w/ Midori Ono Nov. 27- Photo Shoot for cover: "Hammond's Bolero" Brennan's and train track Berkeley CA Nov. 30- Doubles Laguna Honda Hospital- SF Dec. 3, 4, 5- Studio sessions w/Joe Berger- NYC Dec. 10- Opera Plaza Christmas event- S.F. Dec. 16- SF County Jail #8, "Pod E" Dec. 21- Doubles Laguna Honda Hospital- S.F. Dec. 25th - Christmas show Laguna Honda Hospital Dec. 30 - Session with saxophonist Don Pender and drummer Bob Ramirez at Local 6 Union Hall Dec. 31 - New Years date CANCELED Horizons Sausalito...band replaced with gay dj "party"..don't go! I'll be flying to New York City just in time to catch the ball drop in Times Square. HAPPY NEW YEARS 2003! 2003 Gigs: My new album "Hammond's Bolero" is coming out Jan. 9th! *info:http://community.webtv.net/laterent/HAMMONDSBOLERO
It's out now! Available directly from me. Jan. 16- NAMM Anaheim Jan. 21- Frankfurt Germany Jan. 22/23 NDR Radio Hamburg Jan. 24- Hamburg Germany- Birdland Jazz Club with Lutz Buchner- tenor sax, Heinz Lichius- drums *note: Birdland gig was packed!! **Hamburger Abendblatt newspaper wrote: Ob Doors-Liebhaber oder Baseball Freak: Sie alle lieben die SCHWEINEORGEL besser bekannt als Hammondorgel Ein Meister am Erzdamon der Musikinstrumente ist nomen est omen - Jon Hammond. Der Tastengott und TV - Pionier ist zurzeit mit Lutz Buchner, Ed Harris, und Heinz Lichius unterwegs, um Groove-Jazz mit maximaler Ausdrucskraft zum Besten zu geben. Am 24.1. (21Uhr) macht Jon Hammond Station im Birdland (Gartnerstrasse 122). Eintritt 9 Euro Feb. 1 - Laguna Honda Hospital solo show Feb. 14 - Happy Valentine's Day everybody! My cd just went on sale at NYC's oldest record store: COLONY RECORDS ! Broadway & W. 49th St. Feb. 15 - American Legion Post, 248 132nd St. Harlem NY with trumpetist Sheldon "The Big Dipper" Sweeper! Feb. 28 - Live on radio KPOO 89.5FM with JJ! March 1 - 4pm-Tower Records SF (Columbus & Bay St.) in-store party/concert with food and special guests! To promote new cd HAMMOND'S BOLERO with Jon Hammond Trio live March 5-9 Musikmesse Frankfurt Germany March 7th/8th-Jazzkeller Hofheim (near Frankfurt) Musikmesse party/concert with Harry Petersen-sax (HR Radio Band) and Heinz Lichius-drums (NDR Radio Band) *plus special guest LEE OSKAR March 17th-Radio appearance on Pete Fallico's DOODLIN' LOUNGE show at KUSP FM:www.KUSP.org
streaming worldwide! March 29th-doubles Laguna Honda Hospital SF *Note: Canceled due to War: April 3-20th nightly show aboard world's fastest cruise ship Royal Olympia Explorer Ft. Lauderdale to Portugal, Casablanca, Tunisia, Venice, Piraeus Greece April 20th- Easter Jazz Brunch at ROTH'S STEAKHOUSE W. 93rd & Coumbus New York City with Bill Wurtzel-guitar 12noon-4pm April 28th, 8.30pm-Release Party/Concert with Joe Berger and band at Le Bar Bat NYC on W. 57th St. May 3, 2.30pm - release party/concert with Alan Hall-drums and Alex Budman-tenorsax at RASPUTIN RECORDS on Telegraph Ave. Berkeley. Free Fantastic Food! and 1 hour concert! May 10- Laguna Honda Hospital, doubles May 22-Pumpkins, Brooklyn NY in trio with Clarence "Tootsie" Bean-drums, Bill Saxton-sax, Jon on XB-2 June 7-Irish Cultural Center with Jimi James 45th and Sloat San Francisco June 8-Laguna Honda Hospital June 9th at 3pm Pacific Time - live in-studios of KCSM radio with program director Jesse Chuy Varela! listen worldwide on stream! *click wwwKCSM.org June 21/22- First time in Moscow Russia! with incredible tenor saxophonist Igor Butman and Eduard Zizak-drums! - Le Club Moscow Hammond's Bolero now on WBGO Rotation Playlist! June 27- WBGO visit with Gary Walker June 29- Special guest at WBGO Members Party June 30- 9:30pm East Coast time: worldwide streaming broadcast of The Jon Hammond Show tv show! channel 56 at www.MNN.org
July 8- Crossroads in Garwood NJ, WBGO's Stan Meyers hosting July 19- Jazz Brunch 12-4PM: Roth's Westside Steakhouse NYC with Bill Wurtzel-guitar, Rudy Lawless-drums July 22- Roth's Westside Steakhouse NY with guitarist Bill Wurtzel July 31- recording session w/Larry Newcomb-gtr. at Local 802 hall Aug. 6- Private Party Opera Plaza San Francisco Aug. 7- Virgin Megastore SF (Market/Stockton) in-store party/concert at 1PM with Ronnie Smith Jr.-dums, Marc Baum-tenor sax, jh-Hammond org. Aug. 8, 9, 10, 16- Laguna Honda Hospital Aug. 15- Radio interview taping with Louie Bellson at Jazz Nouveau San Francisco Sept. 6- American Legion Post, Harlem NYC 248, 132nd St. NY with Sheldon "Big Dipper" Sweeper-trumpet and special guests Sept. 8/9- Eddie Money Portland Maine Sept. 18- Guest of Jazz At Lincoln Center "Moscow Nights" concert with Igor Butman Bigband together with Wynton Marsalis' Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Alice Tully Hall Sept. 25th, CANCELED: 12Noon-1:30PM San Francisco Opera Plaza Fountain Sept. 27/28- Laguna Honda Hospital Oct. 2/4th- Laguna Honda Hospital Oct. 9- Featured on Voice Of America Radio (VOA) "Border Crossings Show"! Oct. 15-18th- Music China Shanghai China Oct. 17 & 18th- Portman Ritz Carlton Hotel Shanghai with drummer Danny Woody! saxophone tba Oct. 25th- Duo with Marc Baum- Fairmont Hotel Venetian Room SF for Lowell High School Sports Foundation Oct. 28/29th- 2 nights with Eddie Money! at Iron Door Saloon, Groveland California Oct. 29th- Solo at Hole #1 tee-off of Eddie Money Celebrity Golf Tournament, Pine Mountain Lake benefit for Tioga High School *Condolences to the Barsotti Family on the tragic death of Bettike Barsotti, she and surviving husband Peter are proprietors of Iron Door Saloon. Oct. 31-campaign work for relection of SF District Attorney Terence Hallinan, 724 Van Ness SF Nov. 1- Solo show at Laguna Honda Hospital Nov. 6- Cancelonie Nov. 15- Jazz Factory- Louisville Kentucky Nov. 19-23- Castelfidardo Italy Excelsior tour Dec. 4- Post Net one year anniversary party-Vallejo CA Dec. 9- SF County Jail #8 women's facility Dec. 10th- Private party Opera Plaza San Francisco Dec. 11th- Laguna Honda Hospital Dec. 13th- secure psych ward gig Dec. 18-25- sessions in New York City Dec. 24th- Roth's Westside Steakhouse Christmas Eve Show! 93rd & Columbus New York City Dec. 31- New Years at Hotel Charlotte Groveland CA 2004 Schedule: Jan. 7- Live KPOO 89.5 "Blues w/Noel Show", 9-11AM...worldwide atwww.KPOO.com
! Jan. 8- Laguna Honda Hospital main building 7PM Jan. 15-18th- NAMM Show Anaheim Calfornia Jan. 21-25- IAJE Hilton Hotel New York City Feb. 2- 20th Anniversary of The Jon Hammond Show! which has run uninterrupted for 20 years. Cocktail reception at Roth's Steakhouse Feb. 4- Trio with Bill Wurtzel and Rudy Lawless 6-10PM Feb. 5 & 6- Guest of James Brown Band at BB King's NY Feb. 11th- Press Conference: Laurie Anderson "New Sound...New York" Feb. 12th- Session: Pumpkins Brooklyn, NY with Clarence "Tootsie" Bean, George Braith, Greg Lewis Feb. 18- Berklee College of Music workshop Feb. 20- Guest of Sons of Champlin, McNear's Mystic Theatre, Petaluma CA Feb. 21- Laughing Duck Winery, Ukiah CA Feb. 22- Laguna Honda Hospital Feb. 22- Hilton Hotel Reno Nevada Feb. 23- Penn Valley, CA Feb. 23- Jon Hammond Show TV: Jazz Factory special from Louisville KY Feb. 28- Laguna Honda Hospital March 11- Guest Appearance with drummer Tootsie Bean at Pumpkins, Brooklyn NY *Carol Sudhalter-saxes March 12- Photo Session with Sheldon "Big Dipper" Sweeper and Dido the drummer at St. Nick's Pub, 149th St. Harlem March 22- Roth's Westside Steakhouse with guitarist Bill Wurtzel 6-10PM March 25 & 28- Laguna Honda Hospital March 31-April 4th- Musikmesse Frankfurt Germany April 2/3- Jazzkeller Hofheim Musikmesse Party! *with: Heinz Lichius-drums, Kevin Mauder-tenor sax, Joe Berger-guitar Mini-tour in North Germany *with: Heinz cLichius-drums, Gabriel Coburger-tenor sax, Joe Berger-guitar, Jon Hammond-organ April 5- Blue Montag: Ham-Berger Band in Harburg at Schnulze! April 7- Blue Moon Bar, Bremen Germany April 9- Birdland Hamburg Ham-Berger Band! with Heinz Lichius, tenor sax: Gabriel Coburger April 16- Laguna Honda Hospital San Francisco April 29- WBGO 25 Year Anniversary Celebration participation www.WBGO.org
May 3- Guest with Jon Paris at BB King's New York City May 6- Special Guest of Cirque Du Soleil Musicians at opening night Alegria at Randall's Island NY May 14- Special Guest of Eddie Money at Northern Lights Albany/Clifton Park NY May 24- The Jon Hammond Show TV First-Ever All-Digital Broadcast! May 19, 21, 22, 24, 25, 26-WBGO studios fund drive June 5&6- Millennium Theatre Brooklyn: Filming Igor Butman Bigband & Larisa Dolina for Jon Hammond TV Show June 8- Birdland NYC: Filming Igor Butman Bigband & Larisa Dolina for Jon Hammond TV Show June 24- Hipbone Records' studio session July 9- Rondure Music Club, 24 Prince St. (Soho) New York City, duo with saxophonist Tim Armacost July 17 & 18- Concerts in Moscow-CANCELED-Le Club with Igor Butman & Eduard Zizak July 24 & 25th- Laguna Honda Hospital July 28- KPOO Radio broadcast on "Blues With Noel Show" 10AM-2PM July 29&30th- Jon Hammond Quartet at Grant & Green in North Beach San Francisco Aug. 5- Laguna Honda Hospital SF Aug. 7- Laguna Honda Hospital SF Aug. 13- Duo with saxophonist Tim Armacost at Rondure Music Club/Restaurant NY www.rondurenyc.com www.timarmacost.com
Aug. 21- Jazzkeller Frankfurt returning after many years! with Kevin Mauder-tenor sax Joe Berger live DVD filming, join the party! Aug. 27- Schnulze, Harburg-Hamburg Germany Sept. 4- 19 Broadway Fairfax Cal. JH Band Sept. 19- Jazz Ambassadors Tour adjudicating-Canceled Sept. 17,18, 20,21, 22- WBGO 6AM Sept. 22- receiving first Sidekick II unit Oct. 2- Postponed: Accordion sub: Fiddler On The Roof on Broadway NYC Oct. 8- Guest of Joe Berger/David Marx, Huckapoo debut concert at Town Hall www.huckapoo.com
Oct. 12- Laguna Honda Hospital SF Cal. Oct. 15- Laguna Honda Hospital Oct. 17- Fly to Shanghai China Oct. 19- Play at Ritz Carlton Hotel Shanghai with Danny Woody and shows at Music China through Oct. 23rd Oct. 28th- AES Berklee College of Music Alumni Night Oct. 30- Laguna Honda Hospital SF Oct. 31- Fly to New York Nov. 2nd- DON'T FORGET TO VOTE...For Kerry! Nov.3rd- VOA Radio 15:00 UTC Nov. 6- Cleopatra's Needle NY Jon Hammond Quartet with Matt Smith-guitar & Tootsie Bean-drums & Brett Ryan-alto sax Nov. 13- Tunica Miracle Tour with Larry Liddell, Tunica Mississippi Nov. 14- WROX 1450 AM Blues radio appearance, Home of the Blues! Clarksdale Mississippi www.wroxblues.com
Nov. 14- Guest at Aretha Franklin concert-Horeshoe Casino, Bluesville Robinsonville/Tunica MS *Special thanks: Larry Liddell Tunica Miracle! Nov. 22- Jon Hammond Show TV Show broadcast from Cleopatra's Needle Club Nov. 25- Happy Thanksgiving! Turkey dinner on United Airlines flight Nov. 27&28th- Laguna Honda Hospital Dec. 6- Jon Hammond Trio live in SF County Jail #8, 4th year! Dec. 7- Laguna Honda Hospital Dec. 8- Live for 1 hour at 1PM on KCSM 91.1 Jazz Radio with Chris Cortez Dec. 11- Laguna Honda Hospital Dec. 12- Guest at Bobby Blue Bland concert, Diamond Hall SF Sunday Blues & Jazz Club Dec. 15- *note: Canceled, harpist hired: Private party: Opera Plaza SF Dec. 17- Laguna Honda Hospital Christmas Party Dec. 20- Microsoft's *new MSN TV2 & Jon Hammond go online, streaming worldwide at the speed of light! Dec. 31/Jan. 1-Happpy New Years 2005! Times Square NY European tour support by Hammond Deutschland, Michael Maier Falkenstein: Hammond-Germany@t-online.de
and Excelsior Accordions 2005 SCHEDULE: Jan 1- New Years Eve in Times Square NY! Jan. 3- Ruth's Chris Steakhouse San Francisco Jan. 5-8 IAJE Convention Long Beach CA Jan. 6- ASCAP/IAJE Commissions Gil Evans Fellowship, Terrace Theatre Jan. 7- NEA Jazz Masters Awards Jan. 9- Laguna Honda Hospital Jan. 10-14- Macworld San Francisco Jan. 11- Meeting with Apple's Steve Jobs ! Jan. 18- Laguna Honda Hospital Jan. 18 James Brown show, House of Blues Anaheim CA CANCELED Jan. 20-23 NAMM Anaheim CA Jan. 29- Laguna Honda Hospital Jan. 31- Local 6 Union Meeting Feb. 2- 21st year anniversary of Jon Hammond Show TV Show! Beginning 22nd year. Feb. 6- Laguna Honda Hospital Feb. 9- Laguna Honda Hospital Feb. 11- Laguna Honda Hospital Feb. 12- Laguna Honda Hospital March 12- EDITH PIAF CAFE-Paris France! March 14- ONE WAY CAFE- Paris France!-Canceled! (by me) March 17-funeral- Suisun Valley CA March 18- Laguna Honda Hospital SF CA March 28- Flying to Germany! Arrive Hamburg 3/29 Mar. 31- Multimedia with Michael August ILLUSTRATORP at VILLON in Hamburg by Hauptbahnhof! April 1 & 2- Hamburg Germany/NDR Radio April 5- Jazzkeller Frankfurt : Musikmesse 2005 Party! JON HAMMOND BAND April 6-9- Frankfurt Musikmesse April 15- Cleopatra's Needle Club-NYC Tax Day Party! April 27-CANCELED! Promoter is out of there! Smith's Restaurant Bar-NYC 44th St. May 28- Laguna Honda Hospital May 29- Laguna Honda Hospital June 4- Guest-Aretha Franklin Gospelfest June 4- late night: Guest- Igor & Illonka Kissil at Odessa in Brighton Beach Brookly June 5- WBGO Volunteers Party June 7- Southwest Airlines BWI Interview June 25- Laguna Honda Hospital June 27- Laguna Honda Hospital July 4- Laguna Honda Hospital (doubles) July 4- Guest- Shoreline Amitheatre 4th of July San Francisco Symphony Orchestra & Fireworks! produced by Mick Brigden July 6- Laguna Honda Hospital July 9- Laguna Honda Hospital July 23- Berklee College of Music Alum Songwriters Workshop July 27- Nursing Home show-NYC Aug. 27- Laguna Honda Hospital Aug. 28- Laguna Honda Hospital Sept. 5- Laguna Honda Hospital Sept. 6- Laguna Honda Hospital Sept. 16- Cleopatra's Needle NYC Sept. 22- Nursing Home show-NYC Oct. 18- Music China Warm Up Party-Shanghai Ritz-Carlton Dec. 2-4 NDR Radio Studio 1 Hamburg Germany Dec. 8- Nursing home show NYC Dec. 19- Laguna Honda Hospital morning show Dec. 19- San Francisco County Jail #8 Pods D & E with JH TRIO: Marc Baum-t.sax, Jon Otis-drums Dec. 20- Laguna Honda Hospital Dec. 22- Las Vegas Mirage Hotel private party Dec. 24- Laguna Honda Hospital
Igor Butman & Gary Walker (WBGO Program Director/Host)
March 5th 2004, Friday morning bright and early at 7 in the morning, Igor Butman and I met at Port Authority Bus Station and I took Igor out to WBGO radio studios to be a special guest on Gary Walker's morning broadcast. Here they are pictured outside the WBGO www.WBGO.org
studios located at 54 Park Place in downtown Newark NJ. Gary had such a good time interviewing his old friend Igor that he stayed on the air 15 minutes past the normal end of his show. Later Igor and I spent a good part of the day kicking around the music stores on W.48th St. where Igor stocked up on supplies for his bigband members back in Moscow before his quartet gig in the evening at Birdland. I'll be back in Moscow to play with Igor this coming July *link:http://community.webtv.net/GoldenPenMan/BLUESINTHEMOSCOW
* SPECIAL THANKS from JON HAMMOND to the following people on my new LATE RENT remastered audiophile quality release of my greatest hits:http://community.webtv.net/ExcelsiorAccordions/SPECIALTHANKSfrom
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Born: Chicago 1953 Instruments: Organ, Accordion, Piano Attended: Berklee College of Music, Boston 1974. Currently studying International Business on Internet at City College of San Francisco under Professor Bruce Lilienthal Languages: English, German Musician: Jon has played professionally since age 12. Beginning as a solo accordionist, he later played Hammond B3 organ with a number of important San Francisco bands. His all-original rock group "Hades" opened shows for Tower of Power, Quicksilver Messenger Service and Michael Bloomfield. Eddie Money and Barry Finnerty became musical associates. Moving east, he attended Berklee and played venues as diverse as Boston's "Combat Zone" and the exclusive Wychmere Harbor Club in Cape Cod, where he was house organist and developed a lasting friendship with House Speaker Tip O'Niel. He also toured the Northeast and Canada with the successful show revue "Easy Living", and continued his appearances at nightclubs in Boston and New York. Subsequently Hammond lived and traveled in Europe, where he has an entusiastic following. TV/Video Producer: In 1981 Jon formed BackBeat Productions. Assisted by Lori Friedman (Video by LORI), the innovative TV show became a Manhattan Cable TV favorite. Jon's "Live on the Street" video style included news events, as well as live music/video clips of Dizzy Gillespie, Paul Butterfield Jaco Pastorious, John Entwistle, Sammy Davis Jr. and Percy Sledge. The weekly show ran uninterupted for 21 years and influenced the broadcasts of David Letterman and others. Billboard Magazine hailed Jon's show as "The Alternative to MTV". The Jon Hammond Show can be seen worldwide at various times from www.MNN.org on Channels 56 and 108 in Manhattan. Media Personality: Host and narrator of his TV show, as well as co-host of numerous radio braodcasts, Jon has defined a musical and personal style that is unmistakable. As Musical Director, Producer and Host of The Jon Hammond Show, Mr. Hammond formed a unique multi-media music group. This spring they will return to Europe to perform at the Frankfurt Musikmesse for 22nd year Jubilee! Hammond has produced a live Sennheiser Microphone CD release, and played throughout Germany, France, Austria, Switzerland and Czech Republic. October 16th 2002 Mr. Hammond performed in duo together with FangLin, the Chinese accordion champion sensation to inaugurate the new international trade show-MUSIC CHINA at the official opening reception in Shanghai China! Description: "The Jon Hammond Show" is a funky, swinging Jazz instrumental revue, featuring notable international soloists and reflecting the influences of The Crusaders, Miles Davis, and Jimmy Smith. The show has universal appeal. Members of the "Jon Hammond Show" house band have included David "Fathead" Newman, Bernard "Pretty" Purdie, Alex Foster and Cornell Dupree. Member local 6, local 802 and ASCAP contact: JON HAMMOND International, Inc. kontakt: Hammond Suzuki Deutschland Michael Maier-Falkenstein: (011).49.7345.919.293 fax 294 SF/New York/FRA Jon's music is currently getting radio play in 13 countries.
Jon Hammond Spokesperson for Musikmesse on American Forces Network TV!
Mr. Hammond hosting a special tour and promotion of the International Musikmesse in Frankfurt on American military tv! American Forces Network Radio/TV provides programming to the men and women of the American Forces around the world where ever they are. Jon Hammond has broadcast live on the military band on the "Powerlite Show" with in-depth interview and live playing in-studio with his band. And as special host on AFN TV's "Profile Show"!
Jon playing the World's Largest Hand Built Accordion!
Jon is playing the World's Largest Hand Built Accordion at the Musikmesse 2002, Frankfurt Germany. It was built by the legendary accordion craftsmen of Castelfidardo Italy.
BOB POPYK of AFM's INTERNATIONAL MUSICIAN Magazine profiles JON HAMMOND in his monthly motivational column: FOCUS !
Focus International Musician, July 2005 Whatever Happened to Those Jazz Clubs on Every Corner? I live in a city of about 250,000 people. Vinnie Falcone, a member of Local 369 (Las Vegas, NV) who played and conducted for Frank Sinatra, and now works with Steve & Eydie and Robert Goulet, used to live and work here. That was about 35 years ago. When he wasn't selling pianos for a local Hammond/Steinway dealer, he probably played in almost every club within a 20-mile radius of here at one time or another. There were tons of them. Falcone and I talked about this just the other day. We came up with the names of the clubs that used live music five to seven nights a week. They could be found on almost on every street corner. Now they are all gone. Jazz groups, blues bands, singles, duos, and trios were always working; and if you came up with a new group you could, in all likelihood, find a club owner who would give you a shot. Unfortunately, that is no longer the case. It's tough to make a living as a jazz musician today. But É you can make a living if you work at it. Like most things, I think it's just a matter of wanting it badly enough. One thing I've found out from the readers of this column is that musicians seem to be divided into two segments: 1) musicians who won't play anything they don't like or any venue that doesn't suit them; and 2) musicians who need to work because they need to pay their bills and find all kinds of ways to fill their calendar. I still get occasional letters from readers who say that it's not their fault that they are not getting enough work. I guess then the logical question would be: whose fault is it? I really appreciate the insight of those musicians who have creative and interesting ways of finding work, and I sympathize with the musicians who need to get out there and find gigs just to pay the rent. I don't have all the answers, but a lot of our fellow AFM members have some very good answers. One in particular is Jon Hammond, a member of Local 802 (New York City) and Local 6 (San Francisco, CA). Hammond has found a way to get his own TV show broadcast on Time Warner Cable and RCN cable access, he has produced a CD that gets airplay on jazz radio stations around the world, and he plays at Music Performance Fund (MPF) gigs on a regular basis on both coasts. He has booked himself on several European tours, played jazz clubs in Germany and many other locations in Europe, year after year, and has found a way to obtain instruments from national manufacturers for endorsements, advertising, or trial. Hammond is also a perfect example of "success being in the mind of the beholder." When he put together his first self-booked German tour 20 years ago, he saved up enough money to fly to Europe on Pakistan Airlines. He only had $50 in his pocket when he landed there. Hammond came home 10 months later with $150 in his pocket. He was able to pay for rent, food, and everything he needed during his time on the road in Europe. He wasn't rich, but he was happy--and he firmly believes it was also a terrific learning experience. Over the ensuing years Hammond has performed with some of the world's top jazz musicians, and he now lives in midtown Manhattan and plays any and every job he can, on either coast. Money is not his prime motivation. He just loves to play. He makes it work, through sheer hard work, and he prides himself on being a union musician. If you are a jazz musician, perhaps you might like to ask him some questions of your own, and share some ideas. Hammond is very approachable. Ask him about how he put together his TV show, how he successfully gets radio airplay, how he lands MPF gigs, and how, through it all, he always keeps money coming in to pay the rent. He's found a way to do state-funded programs in prisons, nursing home gigs, and casual dates in clubs. (He's scrambled so much over the years that his new CD is called Late Rent.) Hammond does not play for free. He finds ways to get paid. He agrees that the only thing you get out of playing a free gig is the opportunity to do another free gig. I know jazz musicians can have a tough struggle, and it's true that there simply are not as many places to play as there once were. But that is not to say that jazz players can't find work. Venues have changed, clubs have closed, but people still want to listen to cool sounds. Jazz festivals in major cities are still popular. Radio stations still offer jazz programs. PBS stations showcase jazz artists in their programming. It's just not as easy to make money at it as it once was, but you can still make a living. I don't have all the answers. I think Hammond has some. I bet if you brainstorm with your fellow AFM members who specialize in jazz, you can go one better and come up with a lot of other ideas yourself. A positive attitude is obviously going to play a big part, but if you want to play jazz and make a few bucks, there are certainly ways to do it. It really is a matter of wanting to be a jazz musician badly enough. --Bob Popyk is a member of Local 78 (Syracuse, NY) and Local 47 (Los Angeles). BACK
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**JON HAMMOND NEWS FLASH: Hammond's Bolero now available on Apple iTunes Store! New for 2004 Jon was presented by the great Russian tenorsaxophonist Igor Butman and Faina Antonova for his very first appearance in Russia at supper jazz club "Le Club" in Moscow Russia June 21/22, 2003! Nastarovya! *Moscow story: http://community.webtv.net/GoldenPenMan/BLUESINTHEMOSCOW
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Together again with THE JON HAMMOND SHOW DANCERS!
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Jon Hammond & Willie Brown
Mayor Willie Brown (San Francisco) came to see his good friend Jon Hammond of SF's Local 6 play with Danny Woody at Portman Ritz Carlton Hotel Shanghai CHINA (SF/Shanghai Sister Cities)
Live at Shoreline Ampitheatre!
S-Bahn to FRANKFURT!
I never ride BLACK!
My setup for Shoreline Ampitheatre Shows
The Hammond B3 that I've had since 18 years old. XB-2 on top Excelsior 940 Tone Chamber Accordion at right
Putting the Hamburger on the Grill!
"The FINGERS...are the SINGERS!"
HAMMOND EXPLOSION in COOL MONDAY Zurich, Switzerland. The posters were all over town when we got there!
Duo with MARC BAUM-sax
I actually went to Kindergarten with Marc Baum and played in first bands together age 13. The only one who knows me longer than Marc is my mother!
Jon Hammond Show Image
Image seen on DiamondVision Times Square screen 80 times daily for one year (3.5 minute clip)
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From Private Eyes reel New York City
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Coils by LORI
Barry Finnerty and Jon
In Lubeck, Germany with long time musical partner BARRY FINNERTY on guitar..that's history now!
T-Bone Steak Mobile
My first days in portable broadcasting mobile on tour-New York 1980
JOE BERGER Link-up page
JOE BERGER, known in the biz as "The BERGER-MEISTER" has been an integral part of JH Show since 1986. He has mixed records and played with the Who's Who..including JOHN ENTWISTLE of the WHO...that's right!! JOHN ENTWISTLE....OF THE WHO!!! THIS IS YOUR LUCKY DAY! go to Joe's website:www.jbimpromptu.iwarp.com http://jbeam.s5.com
The Berger-Meister can be contacted directly firstname.lastname@example.org
He is currently touring with the new sensational Atlantic Records act DREAMSTREET, coming your way soon on their Mall Tour. Seen above: Berger and Hammond performing at Frankfurt Musikmesse-The HAM-BERGER BLUES BAND! put the Ham-Berger on the grill...or in your CD Machine!
Classic Hammond Sound in a Suitcase Seminare
Hammond doing the famous CLASSIC HAMMOND SOUND IN A SUITCASE SEMINARE at MUZIKA trade show PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
Hammond with Bernard Purdie and Moms...
That's me with my mom Edythe, Juanita Escovedo (Mrs. Pete) and legendary studio drummer Bernard Purdie. Juanita is Sheila E's mom. We are at Pete's club in Berkeley Cal. called Mr. E's..recently moved to Alameda.
Hammond in Reinach/Aargau Switzerland!
JH with Tommy Schneider of Hammond Times, Herbert from Hammond Nostalgie Club and drummer Andreas Neubauer...1959 B3 inside van!
Hammond Live At CITY HALL SAN FRANCISCO
This show was sponsored by City Hall and Bank of America. Definately had to break out the B3 there!
ShowTime at the Shoreline Ampitheatre with the Late Rent Session Men!
from left to right: Barry Finnerty-guitar Larry Schneider-saxes James Preston-drums Marc-BGP sound mixer Jon Hammond-organ/accordion leader
Poster Boy for Kart-a-Bag USA!
If you go to the Kart-a-Bag website, it is possible to WIN a Jon Hammond Model Super 600 Kart-a-Bag! Exactly like the one on the poster with me that I have used on my world tours.
Classic Beetle Bug!
Hammond with classic VW Beetle in Steinebach in Bayern. On right, Barry Finnerty & Otmar Hutya
COOL MONDAY SHOW, Zurich Switzerland
Hammond on stage with Christian Muenchenger and Barry Finnerty in Club Xtra COOL MONDAY Show Zurich. Tommy Schneider brought the B3 for me.
Original Entwistle Beatle Art!
Original piece of Beatle Art done for me and signed by John Entwistle...of the WHO!
Jazz Kneipe on Berliner Str. 70, Frankfurt Germany
I played 207 gigs in Jazz Kneipe Frankfurt, until Regina finally closed the doors for good! Was the coolest after hours club on the Frankfurt Jazz Scene. On tenor sax Sgt. Al Wittig U.S. Air Force. Barry Finnerty-guitar. JH on XB-2 Hammond Organ
Tower of Leslie Power!
With Michael Maier Falkenstein and the incredible Tower of Leslie Power at the Hammond Germany Museum, best in the world!
My apartment in Times Square New York after the big Snow Storm! First time in history U.S. Mail was cancelled due to weather!
Poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti & boy...Paris 1981
I took this foto of Ferlinghetti with my Nikon F3 in front of Shakespear and Company book shop in St. Michel Paris 1981. The boy is no longer a boy! Ferlinghetti looks about the same.
American Forces Network...The Power Network!
Here I am at the microphone of AFN Europe Headquarters in Frankfurt Germany, broadcasting LIVE WORLDWIDE on the Power Network!!
Hammond with S.F. District Attorney Terence Hallinan
Here I am with old friend, the honorable Terence Hallinan, San Francisco District Attorney. I had the honor of leading the band at his birthday party celebration last Dec. here in S.F.!
Boston Combat Zone at 21 years old
Here I am during the days when I was backing up the striptease shows 7 nights a week in Boston's Combat Zone. You can see one of the bottles that some guy probably paid 400 bucks for a short time wih one of our lovely entertainers at the World Famous 2 o'clock lounge. On left you can see the blond Fender Bandmaster I bought at at Leo's Music Store when I was 13 years old! My 1957 Gibson CF100 in my hands.
Hammond with Eddie Money!
This was back when we were 2 skinny kids, at my youngest sister's Bat Mitzvah in 1976 Berkeley, California.
BAVARIAN LINE DANCERS...at Steinebach Bahnhof!
On the HAMMONDNOISE 2000 Tour in Bayern. from left to right: Otmar Hutya, Barry Finnerty, Robert Hutya, J.H.
13 year old Junior Jazz Champion!
That's how I looked at 13 years old with my Giulietti Tone Chamber Accordion (that was stolen 25 years ago in Boston) and my trophy. I was 13...but I was an OLD 13!
Jon Hammond Big News in Salzburg!
When I woke up in the hotel next to Mozart's house, I looked at the morning paper and found myself big time on the back cover of the Salzburger Nachtrichten! I was a guest next day at the Stadthalle, where they had me sign in on the VIP Guest Book for Salzburg. The picture was taken the night before and in the morning paper!
Feature article in Jazz Podium Magazine!
The FINGERS are the SINGERS! JON HAMMOND was the headline in Jazz Podium, Germany's oldest Jazz Magazine.
107 floors up at Windows on the World
Dinner with Derek Tracy, my producer of "Get Back in the Groove" DTI records..at top of the World Trade Towers 107 floors up...it's hard to believe WTC is tragically no longer there.
CBGB's on the Bowery, New York!
Jon with producer guitarist Joe Berger and co-leader guitarist Barry Finnerty just before show time at legendary New York Rock Club CBGB's!
Press Cruise to Bermuda with Joe Berger!
Ham-Berger on a roll!! Our first Press Cruise to Bermuda on the maiden voyage of m.v. Horizon, New York to Bermuda...dynamite! We highly recommend Celebrity Cruises! The cuisine created by award winning executive chef Michel Roux was DELICIOUS! Especially the Grand Buffet...Yeah!
Late Night Steak Dinner in Hippo, Paris France
We just finished a big live broadcast on RADIO FRANCE INTER with pianist Francoise Pujol (at left), Barry Finnerty (middle), myself on right with my lucky hat on! I am one of few American boys to be presented in concert by Radio France Inter!
In Concert at the Big Musikmesse Frankfurt Germany!
Here we are on the main stage (buhne) in the Galleria of Frankfurt International Musikmesse. Barry on left, drummer Andreas Neubauer from Frankfurt and myself on right. Next March will be my 22nd consecutive Musikmesse. Always one of the hightlights of the year for me!
Jon Hammond Show on Giant Video Screen Times Square!
There I am with Lazy Larry under the giant DiamondVision screen Times Square. My show appeared for 3.5 minutes 80 times daily for one year. Plus we did a super psychedelic countdown for New Years Eve that was seen by millions around the world. After wishing the people Happy New Year!, The screen said, "Watch THE JON HAMMOND SHOW Friday nights at 6pm on MCTV!
Artist depiction by Harburg Artist Michael August
Michael painted this picture of me from a concert I did in the famous REGINA STRIPTEASE CLUB on Gr. Freiheit , Reeperbahn Hamburg. The place was packed upstairs and downstairs after Knut Benzner got us a nice press article in the Mo Po!
Main Man KNUT BENZNER at NDR Radio Hamburg!
There's Knut in the studio of NDR cutting his "Jazz All Blues" Show together. Knut was my sponsor for 2 years in Hamburg. On the radio, he sounds like the voice of God!
Jon Hammond Show in the Field
There I am in New York City with my black BMW R100RT and one of the first prototype Sony Betacams from Sony Broadcast on loan to us for field testing on The JH Show.
My White Grand Piano in Pacific Heights S.F.!
There I am with my Artist's Model C3 Conservatory Size 6 foot Yamaha Grand Piano that I bought from Peter Frampton (he had 3 pieces). That was my only furniture in the apartment. Just the white piano, a Hammond B3 and an accordion and futon. I did a lot of my writing on that piano.
6 months at old Trident in Sausalito on the water!
Tenor saxophonist Bennett Friedman, James Preston drums and Terry Haggerty guitar (of Sons of Champlin) JH at org. This was the original club built by the Kingston Trio (If I Had A Hammer and Michael Row the Boat Ashore). The Trident was a favorite party place for the Rolling Stones and other famous hipsters. Now called Horizons Restaurant...you can tie up your 150 foot boat right outside the window!
Jon and Eddie Money at top Empire State Building!
Here we are in sub-zero temperature on very top observation deck of Empire State Building. I used to take a 2-way radio up there and broadcast promos for up-coming gigs around New York City...good place to broadcast from!
Hammond with PICO and Star Club survivors St. Pauli Hamburg!
There I am with Pico, when I played on his show about his life working at the legendary Star Club with the Beatles, Rattles, Chuck Berry and others on the Reeperbahn. This guy was the original deal. He is still there working on the Deutsche Bundesbahn and living on the Hein Hoyer Str. in St. Pauli. Amazing guy and life story. I met some of the originals playing there at the Delphi Music Theatre.
First trip to Paris in 1981!
There I am taking care of business in my room at the 5 star L'hotel in Paris France in 1981. This is the place where Oscar Wilde lived out his last days. A favorite low key place where the Rolling Stones and others like to stay. There is no sign indicating it is a hotel. You will see only the golden ram's head above the door on Rue de Beaux Arts in St. Germain on the left bank.
Dinner for 1 downstairs at L'hotel!
The tree grows right up through the ceiling, and it is like a Fellini movie in there at night. I enjoyed every bite of that meal...perfectly content to enjoy my own company there in my Armani suit. I used to dress up every day for no particular reason back in those days!
On the Job at John's Place in Saarbucken Germany!
This was one of my first steady gigs in Germany in 1991, at a place called John's Place in Saarbrucken on Bleich Str. It is very near the French border there, and there was a healthy mix of German and French people in the after hours place. I am wearing my lucky tie there and my father's white shirt for good luck!
Scene from the stage at Jazzkeller Frankfurt 1992!
That's how it looked from the stage of my show at the famous Jazzkeller in Frankfurt. The show was sponsored by Philip Morris Tobacco. I don't smoke, but they gave me cartons of cigarettes to give away, all my friends in Germany were overjoyed to receive free cigarettes! The place was packed...Herb Ellis is sitting in the front row. That's my friend Tino holding the video camera at right.
Broadcasting on pirate Radio Tomate Paris France!
There I am speaking to the French on legendary pirate Radio Tomate in a secret location in Paris. The pirates there actually were squatting in the building. They were very creative...the electricity was brought in and phone lines from unknown sources. The place was manned 24 hours a day. This was in 1981 when the Socialist government was still in power.
Onstage at original legendary FILLMORE!
There I am on the bandstand of the original Fillmore Auditorium with bandmates Barry Finnerty and James Preston. The original location where I had seen so many fantastic shows as a teenager...right there at corner of Geary Blvd. & Fillmore S.F., Cal. Took me 30 years to get the gig there! We were on the bill with The Sons of Champlin (James is also drummer of Sons) Friday June 4th, 1999. The Fillmore was closed for a long time, but it was lovingly restored by the BGP people in 1994 as a tribute to founder Bill Graham. I was there at the opening party, invited by my old friend Bob Barsotti. It was a great party! Bob doesn't forget his old friends....he sent us a beautiful bottle of Moet Champagne in a bucket of ice with a nice card to our dressing room when we played this gig. I will never forget that gig. The audience was very responsive, and it fulfilled every expectation to be there playing on that very special stage. fotos by John Warne
Hootenanny for KPFA Radio 1966!
Here I am in a press photo for one of my earliest gigs...a HOOTENANNY for Pacifica Radio Station KPFA in Berkeley California. When was the last time you were at a Hootenanny?!
October 1968 Berkeley California
Here I am during my radical Vietnam War protesting days in 1968!
16 years old, and I was a super freak..free as a bird! I feel sorry for those who never got to experience the free spirit of those times. We had very little to worry about. Everything was cheap, there was no Aids and the ladies seemed to like my curly hair. That year I was made in to a cartoon character in a comicbook about Natural Hair Care put out by Rolling Stone Magazine. I thought I would be retired by the age of 25...boy, was I wrong!
1971 HADES, original rock band
HADES means HELL, and we were 4 little devils. There we are pictured in the grave yard in El Cerrito California. L. to R. Steve Wright, Jim Thorsen, Dave Danza, JH. All our material was original and we used to practice 5 days a week in a garage where our road crew lived. We had a truck with Hades license plates, a good sound system, 2 roadies and a manager, Jerry Figgoni. This was one of the tightest bands out of the East Bay. We played very often at a hot rock club in those days called, The Longbranch Saloon on San Pablo Ave. in Berkeley. We came very close to some big success with Hades, but then it finally broke up.
Jon Hammond & Chris Cortez in KCSM
Jon with host/producer Chris Cortez in studios of KCSM, the Bay Area's Jazz Radio Station!www.kcsm.org