The Pace Report

Season 2011 Episode 08.16.11

The Pace Report: "A Wonderful Organ Trio" The Bobby Broom Interview featuring The Deep Blue Organ Trio

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During the mid-1950’s a musical innovator was making waves in jazz music by playing the organ. Jimmy Smith had sonically taken the Hammond B-3 and played with either a quartet or trio that changed and gave way for how blues, gospel, soul, and jazz music was played forever. Although the organ trio wasn’t nothing new at the time, Jimmy took what heard from his influences like Wild Bill Davis, Count Basie, and Fats Waller and did some heavy woodshedding in 1955 after he bought his first Hammond organ. Smith decided to rent some warehouse space and set up shop for a year in New York City. In that year he’d transform himself with sound and work ethic that was unparalleled for its time in its time. One night Alfred Lion, president of Blue Note Records, saw Jimmy play at a nightclub in Philadelphia and the rest is what we call, history. From 1956 until 1962, Jimmy recorded an unprecedented 40 recordings for Blue Note including the landmark “The Champ,” “Midnight Special,” and “The Sermon.” As the 1950’s gave way to the 1960’s, Smith’s recordings influenced the next generation of Hammond organ players and would allow other icons give way to their own style of playing that would become the rage during the decade. Organists like Jack McDuff, Jimmy McGriff, Don Patterson, Richard “Groove” Holmes, Shirley Scott, Charles Earland, and Trudy Pitts gave the organ trio and quartet a mainstay in modern and contemporary jazz music. Other soloists became the rage like guitarists like Kenny Burrell, Pat Martino, George Benson, Wes Montgomery, Grant Green, and Melvin Sparks. Last Monday I witnessed one of few great jazz organ trios’ as they made their New York City debut at Dizzy’s. Harlem, New York native Bobby Broom is no stranger to jazz music. His Deep Blue Organ Trio raised the roof to two sold-out shows and had music fans on pins and needles as the talented and gifted Chris Foreman tookmoreless

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