Kurzweil / Weisersound endorsement and the new Hammond XK5

Hi friends,

It’s hard to keep this site updated especially since the last few months have been a whirlwind of activity, for which I am incredibly grateful. The summer brought shows in Texas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Chicago, Quebec, and Ontario with Laura Rain & The Caesars as well as the Ottawa Blues Festival with Thornetta Davis. organissimo played several festivals in Michigan including the unCaged Festival in Northport and the Shoreline Jazz Festival in Muskegon. We also released and new CD in September called Live At The SpeakEZ (that’s two new organissimo CDs in 2017). This fall I was in Belgium for a few short days for two shows with Big Apple Blues and we’re finishing up a new record with that group as well. And I did a handful of other recording, mixing and mastering sessions as well.

On the gear front, I am proud to announce an endorsement with Kurzweil Music Systems and Weisersound. I am using a Kurzweil Forte 7 on stage and in the studio and I absolutely love it. It is an extremely beautiful keyboard, built like a tank, with an easy to use interface, great sounds, lots of room for your own sounds and samples, and more. Here are a couple of demo videos I made, the second one featuring THEO drummer Kevin DePree.

Contact David Weiser at Weisersound for your Forte and get VIP support, free custom patches, and the best customer service on the planet. He’s a personal friend and a great person.

Also, I am now the proud owner of the new flagship from Hammond Organ USA, the Hammond XK5. I will be with Hammond in their booth at the 2018 Winter NAMM show in January demonstrating the XK5 and all it can do. I plan on making a custom tonewheel set for it, as I’ve done with previous Hammond models. And expect some video demos as well in the near future. Here’s a brief live-stream I did on Facebook on the day I received the XK5 last week. The sound quality of FB live-streams isn’t so great, but you can get a feel of how it sounds. That’s the internal digital Leslie simulator, by the way.

This winter I will be heading to NYC for some recording sessions but mostly staying in Michigan, working on the upcoming sophomore THEO album, another Jim Alfredson’s Dirty Fingers album, and the album that Lawrence Barris and I did with the legendary drummer Harvey Mason (Herbie Hancock, Bob James, George Benson, etc). Speaking of Mr. Mason, we are performing with him on December 11th at the Wealthy Theatre in Grand Rapids, MI.

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My event calendar is updated through December so you can see where I’ll be if you want to make a show. Happy Holidays and be safe this season!

Busy busy busy!

I realized this morning as I awoke in Ottawa, CA, about to play a show with the wonderful Detroit Diva of the Blues Thornetta Davis, that it’s been quite some time since I’ve updated this site. I need to get my show dates on the calendar, put up some new content, and all that good stuff. That’s the bad news. The good news is that the lack of attention is due to being extremely busy!

In late February, organissimo released it’s sixth album, B3tles – A Soulful Tribute to the Fab Four, which did quite well on jazz radio, making it up to #6 on the JazzWeek charts. Sales have been good and reviews very positive. We’re also working on a live album to be released hopefully this fall. More on that later.

B3tles-1400-by-1400The follow-up to THEO – The Game of Ouroboros, tentatively titled Portents & Providence is coming along nicely. All the drums are recorded, most of the vocals are done, and I’m just waiting on guitar and bass tracks to be finished up. Then it’s on to mixing. I want to mix it in 5.1 surround, like it’s predecessor. So much fun!

Still working on the session from last summer with Larry Barris and the one and only Harvey Mason on drums. It’s coming! And I’m really excited!

I’ve been gigging pretty heavily with various Michigan acts including organissimo of course but also Laura Rain & The Caesars, who also just released a new album, which I also play on.

And I’ve been doing a fair amount of mixing and recording, including a project I’m very proud of for a local Lansing jazz stalwart and WWII veteran, 92 year old George Howard. We tracked this record the old-school way: Everyone in the same room, no editing, no messing around, just playing and having fun. And it came out great!

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So things have been busy. And busy is good! But look for some new content soon, including a review of the AcousticSamples B5 organ plug-in and the Lounsberry Tall & Fat pedal.

Happy summer!

New CD and Lounsberry endorsement

I’m excited to announce that the new album from my jazz trio organissimo entitled “B3tles – A Soulful Tribute to the Fab Four” is now available for pre-order via PledgeMusic. This is our homage to one of the greatest bands ever, The Beatles, and the timeless tunes they wrote. I hope that you’ll consider helping us bring this project to fruition by participating in our PledgeMusic campign. You can do so by clicking here.

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(I think that button is big enough.) Just $10 will get you the AccessPass which includes a download of the album in mp3 or uncompressed FLAC format and exclusive access to updates, bonus material, etc. We also have physical CDs, live bonus material, t-shirts, lessons, hangs, an exclusive invite-only release party, and more.

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You can watch my goofy invitation to participate below.

In other news, I’m very proud to announce that I am now endorsed by Lounsberry Pedals. Lounsberry Pedals make effects pedals especially for keyboardists including the WurlyGrinder to warm up those digital electric piano emulations and the OrganGrinder to smooth out those clonewheel tones. In fact, I’m offering signed editions of both pedals as part of the PledgeMusic campaign for organissimo’s B3tles album. But supplies are very limited. Check out my review of the WurlyGrinder HERE and the OrganGrinder HERE.

Thank you for your continued support and I’ll see you on the road!