By Kathryn Kopchik
LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Hammond Brothers will perform with guest guitarist Jim Yanda on Saturday, May 2, at 8:30 p.m. in Bucknell Hall at Bucknell University.
The performance, which is free and open to the public, is part of the ongoing Lewisburg Live and Jazz at Bucknell series.
The Hammond Brothers – Steve Adams, organ, and Phil Haynes, drums – will perform their original compositions, standards from "The Great American Songbook," and classic works from artists including John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Oliver Nelson, Woody Shaw and Wayne Shorter. This Pennsylvania-based duo uses a variety of guest saxophonists, guitarists and brassmen, regularly hosting instrumental masters such as saxophonist David Liebman.
Since the introduction of the Hammond organ in the 1930s, these instruments' unique sound could be found on the airwaves and concert venues nation-wide. By the late 1940s until the early 1970s, most urban music venues owned a Hammond organ to accommodate their visiting artists and jam sessions.
Adams, who had his own Hammond organ by his senior year in high school, has re-immersed himself in the culture of jazz organ, rebuilding a classic 1945 Hammond CV and exploring new musical paths with Phil Haynes.
An original member of the David Rose Band, Adams has performed locally with Cruel 4 Days, Jazzin', The Transcendants, and the Backbay Express Big Band.
Regionally, he appears frequently with the classic piano trio Adams/Stetz&Haynes. He also has performed with international artists David Liebman, Nelson Hill, Virginia Mayhew and Jim Pugh.
Haynes is featured on nearly 50 CD releases by International record companies. His debut, The Paul Smoker Trio - QB, featured Anthony Braxton and was named the Number 1 recording of 1985 by critic Kevin Whitehead. In addition to three CDs with the collective Joint Venture, Haynes' recordings as a leader include: Continuum with violinist Mark Feldman and pianist Dave Kikoski; the ground breaking quintet 4 Horns & What? with saxophonists Ellery Eskelin and Andy Laster; his romantic standards trio, A Couch in Brooklyn featuring Israeli pianist Micu Narunsky and bassist Drew Gress; The Hammond Insurgency with B-3 virtuoso Jeff Palmer and trumpeter Paul Smoker; Free Country with cellist/vocalist Hank Roberts and guitarist Jim Yanda; Ritual, duets with multi-brassman Herb Robertson; and his solo drumset recording Sanctuary.
Since moving to Lewisburg, Haynes is frequently heard with regional artists such as Joshua Davis, David Liebman, Barry Long, Steve Rudolph, Eddie Severn, Tim Warfield, and the collective Adams/Stetz&Haynes. He serves as Bucknell University's Jazz Artist-in-Residence, a lecturer in music, and produces the Jazz at Bucknell international chamber series.
Yanda was born and raised in rural Iowa where he grew up playing "... both kinds of music: Country and Western" at regional dance halls. By high school, his musical influences included Jimmy Page and Jimi Hendrix as well as John Coltrane, Miles Davis, and Thelonious Monk. He studied with Paul Smoker and met Phil Haynes at Coe College in Cedar Rapids. After several years on the north side of Chicago, playing hard bop and blues, he moved to New York in the mid-1980s.
While infrequently recorded internationally, Yanda's distinctive amplified acoustic approach to jazz guitar has graced Haynes' two Free Country recordings, as well as albums with Drew Gress, Chris Olsen, Herb Robertson, Damon Short and Paul Smoker.
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