The Kimmel Center's Dobson Organ: The Inside Story
Just in case you think that jazz organ is the province of a few select keyboardists like Jimmy Smith and Joey De Francesco, I'll wrap up this article with a list of the better known jazz organists from the on-line encyclopedia Wikipedia. The Dobson Organ is not an instrument one can stick in the back of a van, but there are plenty of keyboardists, past and present, who might tackle its formidable pipes.
They include: Adam Scone; Alberto Marsico; Amina Claudine Myers; Arno Krijger; Baby Face Willette; Barbara Dennerlein; Big John Patton; Bill Doggett; Bill Heid; Brian Auger; Bruce Katz; Carla Bley; Carlo de Wijs; Charles Earland; Charles Kynard; Daisuke Kawai; Dan Wall; Daniel Thouin; Denis Keldie; Dieter Reith; Dirk Van der Linden; Doc Bagby; Don Paterson; Don Pullen; Mac "Dr. John" Rebbenack; Eddie Bacchus; Eddie Landsberg; Eddy Louiss; Emmanuel Bex; Ethel Smith; Fats Waller; Freddie Roach; Gene Ludwig; Georgie Fame; Glen Hardman; Greg Hatza; Herbert Noord; Ingfried Hoffmann; Jack McDuff; Jackie Davis; Jackie Ivory; James Taylor; Jasper Van't Hof; Jeff Palmer; Jimmy McGriff; Jimmy Smith; Joe Bucci; Joe Zawinul; Joey DeFrancesco; John Medeski; Johnny "Hammond" Smith; Jon Hammond; Karen Mantler; Keith Jarrett; Ken Clark; Kjeld Lauritsen; Kjell Oehmann; Klaus Wunderlich; Larry Goldings; Larry Young; Lonnie Gasperini; Lonnie Smith; Lou Bennett; Lucky Peterson; Matthias Baetzel; Mauri Sanchis; Melvin Rhyne; Merl Saunders; Micky Tucker; Midori Ono; Mike Carr; Mike LeDonne; Milt Buckner; Paolo Negri; Paul Flush; Paul Wagnberg; Pierre Swaerd; Reuben Wilson; Rhoda Scott; Richard Groove Holmes; Rick Allen; Ron Levy; Sam Yahel; Shirley Scott; Sir Charles Thompson; Stefan Patry; TC Pfeiler; Tim Neal; Tom Coster; Tony Monaco; Trudy Pitts; Walter Wanderley; Wayne Horvitz; Wild Bill Davis; Wojciech Karolak.
To name but a few!!! Jazz organ is here to stay. And so is the Dobson organ at the Kimmel Center. May the two meet in musical harmony!