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When one thinks of the Hammond Organ, one name comes to mind - James Oscar Smith or simply, Jimmy Smith. During the 50s and 60s, he revolutionized the way the organ was played and heard. Nearly all organists of past and present are descendants of his style. During his career he played with several of the best musicians including Wes Montgomery, Kenny Burrell, and George Benson and he released several influential recordings including "Back at the Chicken Shack" and "The Sermon." On May 23rd, Hammond Endorsed artist, Brian Ho, will lead a tribute to this wonderful musician.

Brian solos and comps with his right hand while his left hand and feet play organ bass in the same tradition as the organ pioneers. In this concert, his group will take you on a journey through several of Jimmy Smith's famous compositions as well several of his own originals and arrangements of some standards that will pay homage to the organist. As always, he will continue to expand on the legendary sound of jazz with elements of funk, blues, hip-hop, and soul.


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Mimi Fox: One for Wes

Read "One for Wes" reviewed by Jack Bowers

To mark the hundredth anniversary of the great Wes Montgomery's birth in March 1923, guitarist Mimi Fox has recorded One for Wes, an earnest tribute that consists of eight Montgomery-inspired tunes adeptly performed by Fox's San Francisco Bay-area organ trio with Brian Ho on Hammond B3 and Lorca Hart on drums. As one might expect, there is a lot of blues, emotion and reverence in play, none of which detracts from the trio's admirable consonance and artistry. ...

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Jim Witzel Trio & Quartet: Feelin' It

Read "Feelin' It" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Feelin' It, guitarist Jim Witzel's second album as leader, features his trio (Brian Ho, Hammond B3 organ; Jason Lewis, drums) on five of eight numbers, with tenor saxophonist Dann Zinn added on a trio of Witzel's original compositions. Although Witzel has recorded only twice in the past thirty years, that is basically because his successful career as an educator and in- demand sideman and leader has kept him from returning to the studio. As Witzel shows on ...

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Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

One for Wes

Origin Records


Feelin' It

Self Produced


Mr. White's Blues

From: One for Wes
By Brian Ho

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