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Gene Ludwig

Some say he stole the show that night... the fella from Pittsburgh who showed up late that afternoon, missing the sound check and sort of looking like anyone's junior high math teacher as he strolled around backstage at the 1994 Newark Jazz Organ Jam waiting for his turn to play. As I introduced myself to him, I remember his hands being huge, reminding me of what a bricklayer's hands might be like: long, thick fingers and wide palms. I had looked forward to meeting Gene Ludwig in person. I was trying so hard to be impartial as I listened to each organist who played that night but deep down I, too, felt that Gene grooved harder than the others..

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Gene Ludwig / Pat Martino Trio: Young Guns

Read "Young Guns" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The name Young Guns seems ironically amiss until one learns that this recording dates from 1968-69 when organist Gene Ludwig was thirty years old, guitarist Pat Martino twenty-three and drummer Randy Gelispie somewhere in that neighborhood, long before he became fondly known as “Uncle G." The organ trio was in its heyday then, and this one ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Jimmy Ponder: His Recorded Output

Read "Jimmy Ponder: His Recorded Output" reviewed by Colter Harper

Jazz history has been intimately tied to its recorded output. Styles and genres are defined by landmark records, which stand responsible for representing the diffuse activities and artistic visions of a given musical community or individual. However, recordings are not simply glimpses of past musical realities but rather images of those realities filtered through various “lenses." ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Gene Ludwig: "Love Notes Of Cole Porter"

As one of the early adopters of the Hammond organ in jazz after Jimmy Smith revolutionized the instrument in the late 1950s, Gene Ludwig enjoyed the massive popularity of organ-based soul jazz during the 1960s. In those days, “organ rooms" popped up all along the East coast and Midwest, especially in the inner working-class cities like ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Gene Ludwig: Love Notes of Cole Porter

Read "Love Notes of Cole Porter" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The Hammond B3 organ combo has always seemed like a working man's jazz group. Drums/guitar/organ groups, often with a saxophone, was a brand of music brought to popularity in the mid-fifties by Jimmy Smith, with interest in the B3 soul jazz sound exploding in the sixties with the work of Jimmy McGriff and Jack McDuff, and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Gene Ludwig: Love Notes Of Cole Porter

Read "Love Notes Of Cole Porter" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The release of Gene Ludwig's Love Notes Of Cole Porter is a bittersweet event. While this collection of music shines a spotlight on one of the great, under-recognized organ talents in the world of jazz, it also marks the final recording from this mainstay of the Pittsburgh jazz scene. Ludwig passed away suddenly in the summer ...

Gene Ludwig: Love Notes Of Cole Porter

Read "Gene Ludwig: Love Notes Of Cole Porter" reviewed by Justin Vargo

Gene LudwigLove Notes Of Cole PorterBig O Records2011 Nearly two years prior to his untimely death in July of 2010, Pittsburgh organist Gene Ludwig recorded this tribute to composer Cole Porter. Thanks to the efforts of Ludwig's wife and the folks at Big O Records, Ludwig's final ...

Steve Johns with the Bob DeVos Organ Trio

Read "Steve Johns with the Bob DeVos Organ Trio" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

Bob DeVos' Organ Trio is a prime example of a band that possesses a recognizable sound yet resists facile categorization. Since 2005, along with organist Dan Kostelnik and drummer Steve Johns, the Northern New Jersey-based guitarist has played numerous live gigs and recorded two compact discs, Shifting Sands and Playing For Keeps, both released on Savant ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Don Aliquo: The Man, The Music, The Journey

Read "Don Aliquo: The Man, The Music, The Journey" reviewed by Ludwig vanTrikt

Geography is a central theme in the life and artistry of Pittsburgh's native son, Don Aliquo. The saxophonist, educator and bandleader is part of a rich steel town jazz lineage which includes his father, Don Aliquo Sr., a performing artist and teacher in his own right. There is also a metaphorical geography, in which Aliquo covers ...

NEWS: OBITUARY

Gene Ludwig Funeral / Wake / Memorial Services Info: Pittsburgh Jazz Organ Legend Dies at 72

Gene Ludwig Funeral / Wake / Memorial Services Info: Pittsburgh Jazz Organ Legend Dies at 72

Gene Ludwig, jazz Hammond organist from the Pittsburgh jazz scene passed away at age 72 on Wednesday July 14, 2010... at the West Penn-Forbes Regional Campus. Starting at age 6 on the piano and being inspired by the recordings of vocalists Ruth Brown, Big Joe Turner and organ players such as Bill Doggett and Wild Bill ...


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