April 28, 2008

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — Phil Haynes and Steve Adams will unveil their swinging new Hammond organ project for "Lewisburg Live" on Saturday, May 3, at 8:30 p.m. in Bucknell Hall at Bucknell University. 

Featuring State College alto/tenor saxophonist Rick Hirsch, and Lancaster soprano/tenor saxophonist Ryan Kauffman, this regional quartet will explore the rich history of "the jazz organ jam bands."

The performance is free to the public as part of the "Lewisburg Live" celebration hosted by the Lewisburg Downtown Partnership as part of the annual Lewisburg Arts Festival.

It is sponsored jointly with Bucknell University's Jazz at Bucknell chamber series. Complimentary refreshments will be provided by the university.

Since the introduction of the Hammond organ in the late 1930s and continuing into the late 1960s, these organs with their unique sounds could be found as house instruments in clubs and concert venues nation wide. Organists and their groups traveled the famed "Chitlin Circuit" throughout the Southern states and brought this heady, rich sound back to Northern ears.
Standards and classics

Inspired by the lineage of Jimmy Smith to "Groove" Holmes and on through Larry Young, The Hammond Bros. present standards from “The Great American Songbook" as well as classic compositions by such luminary artists as John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Oliver Nelson, Woody Shaw, and Wayne Shorter, including "My Foolish Heart," "Round Midnight," "When I Fall In Love," "Night & Day," "The Moontrane" and "Witch Hunt."

Pianist Steve Adams was an original member of the David Rose Band, and has performed extensively with Cruel 4 Days, Jazzin', The Transcendants, and the Backbay Express Big Band. He has appeared with such international artists as David Liebman, Nelson Hill, Virginia Mayhew, and Jim Pugh.

Percussionist/composer Phil Haynes has been featured on more than 40 releases by American and European record companies. Critics have compared his drumming to masters Jack DeJohnette, Roy Haynes and Elvin Jones, and his compositions to Ellington, Ives, Mingus and the Art Ensemble of Chicago. Bucknell jazz artist-in-residence for the 2007-08 academic year, he produces the Jazz At Bucknell international chamber series.

Contact: Division of Communications

Posted April 28, 2008


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