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Delvon Lamarr

Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio—or as it is sometimes referred to, DLO3—specialize in the lost art of “feel good music.” The ingredients of this intoxicating cocktail include a big helping of the 1960s organ jazz stylings of Jimmy Smith and Baby Face Willette; a pinch of the snappy soul strut of Booker T. & The M.G.’s and The Meters; and sprinkles Motown, Stax Records, blues, and cosmic Jimi Hendrix-style guitar. It’s a soul-jazz concoction that goes straight to your heart and head makes your body break out in a sweat. Live, the band’s fiery and intuitive chemistry is unstoppable, brimming with improvisation, instant composition, imaginative takes on classic tunes, and a booty-shaking back catalog of soulful gems.

The band features organist Delvon Lamarr, a self-taught virtuosic musician, with perfect pitch who taught himself jazz and has effortlessly been able to play a multitude of instruments. On guitar is the dynamo Jimmy James who eases through Steve Cropper-style chanking guitar, volcanic acid-rock freak-out lead playing, and slinky Grant Green-style jazz. From Reno, Nevada is drummer Dan Weiss (also of the powerhouse soul and funk collective The Sextones). Dan’s smoldering pocket-groove drumming locks in the trio’s explosive chemistry.

Since its humble beginnings in May, 2015, the trio has issued two Billboard-charting albums and a 45; toured nationally and internationally, and performed on live at Upstream Music Festival broadcast by KEXP that garnered over 7 million views

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“Trying to describe the passion of Delvon Lamarr using words alone is next to impossible. No words could give this self taught artist any justice. If you want to know or understand Delvon you need to watch him play; as some things just can’t be put into words.” —King County News

“Self-taught jazz organist Delvon Lamarr, who has a weekly residency at the Royal Room, is, along with Joe Doria of McTuff, perhaps the leading practitioner of the style in Seattle. Indeed, Doria was the one who turned a young Lamarr onto the famous Hammond B3 and its unmistakably smooth tones. His tunes and improvisations swing with startling clarity and funkiness, with solos that sneak up on you until they crescendo in a controlled chaos of arpeggios and digressions

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I Told You So

Colemine Records
2021

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Live At KEXP

Colemine Records
2018

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