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Andreas Hellkvist

Expressive, virtouoso and playful – words commonly used to describe the artistry of Swedish Hammond organ player Andreas Hellkvist. Rooted in the soul jazz tradition he has developed a unique style of his own. With his two hands on the manuals and stops and a rarely seen left foot groove on the pedals he utlilizes the full potential of the Hammond B3. Andreas discovered the Hammond organ in his late teens during the organ jazz revival of the 90s. There and then, he decided to focus entirely on this instrument, to learn all the ins and outs and how to use it in its entierty. The soul jazz originating from the organ scene of the 60s were his first inspiration and still remains the core of his playing, but his current style reflects a significantly wider spectrum of influences

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Matthew Whitaker

Born in 2001 in Hackensack, NJ, Matthew Whitaker grew up surrounded by music. His love for playing music first began at the young age of 3, after his grandfather gave him a small Yamaha keyboard. At 9, Matthew began teaching himself how to play the Hammond B3 organ. Four years later, he became the youngest artist to be endorsed by Hammond—in its 80+ year history. He was also named a Yamaha Artist at 15, becoming the youngest musician to join the stellar group of jazz pianists. Matthew has had years of music instruction, currently studying classical piano and drums at The Filomen M

Tal Klein

Tal Klein is an Israeli Jazz pianist, composer and educator based in New York City.

He was classically trained to play piano from the age of 6 . He was introduced to jazz at the age of 14. He studied at Katzanelson HS Music Dept. - Kfar Saba Israel for three years. During that time Tal was involved in a symphonic orchestra, big bands, and various ensembles. At the age of 17 he won the 2nd place Regional "Best Jazz Musician" (Youth). Afterwards he was accepted to the Israeli Police Orchestra as a lead pianist there he served 3 years from the age of 18-21. During his service he played in the most desired places and Festivals in Israel such as: The President House, The “Knesset”, Karmiel Festival, Klezmer Festival in Tzfat, The Israel Museum, “Ha’Bima” The House of the American Ambassador etc

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Robert Kennedy

Robert Kennedy currently plays jazz organ and piano in straight-ahead settings, and accordion in the Gypsy Jazz group Mission Hot Club.

Born and raised in the American South, Robert has lived and worked in the San Francisco bay area since 1988. He played piano in the Stanford University Jazz Band and studied jazz piano with the great jazz pianist, band director, and educator Bill Bell. Robert was a founding member of the groups Hip Pocket Jazz Quintet and Double Funk Crunch, and has had the pleasure of playing venues such as Yoshi's, the Boom Boom Room, the Agenda Lounge (back in the day) and the SFJAZZ Miner Auditorium with renowned players such as Nancy Wright, Calvin Keys, Will Weston, Terrence Brewer, and many more, playing jazz, blues, R&B, and rock and roll. Among his many inspirations Robert counts the playing of Jack McDuff, Billy Childs, Larry Goldings, Herbie Hancock, and Tony Monaco.

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Charlie Apicella

In 2014 Charlie Apicella was invited by Pat Martino to study improvisation, composition, and Pat’s unique method for learning the mechanics of the guitar. He has performed concerts and recorded with jazz legends Dave Holland, Sonny Fortune, and John Blake, Jr. Charlie began his music training in 1999 at the University of Massachusetts studying composition and improvisation with Yusef Lateef and music history with Archie Shepp. In 2005 he began studying under Dave Stryker who produced the Iron City records Sparks (2009) and The Business (2011).

Bill Lyons

Professional keyboardist with Road and Cruise Ship experience. Significant experience with Modern Jazz: Bebop, Post Bop, Modal. Have also backed up numerous Jazz Fusion, R&B and Oldies acts. 30+ years of experience.

Piano Studies with: Jim McNeely, James Williams, Hal Galper, Ellis Marsalis, Rob Mullins, Dr. Walter Schenkman.
Organ studies with: Tony Monaco


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