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Organist Jim Alfredson and guitarist Joe Gloss originally met at Michigan State University in 1997. Together they co-lead various groups. In early November of 2000 organissimo was born after teaming up with drummer Randy Marsh. His experience as an organ drummer and leadership served as the last piece of the puzzle. In the years since, organissimo has had an influence on other organ groups and is recognized as one of the premiere organ-based trios worldwide. In 2010 guitarist Joe Gloss left to pursue a career in the medical field and was replaced by young Detroit guitarist Ralph Tope, whose soulful contribution can be heard on "Dedicated", the latest CD release

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The Doctor’s New Year’s Eve Warmup

Read "The Doctor’s New Year’s Eve Warmup" reviewed by Marc Cohn

The confluence of the stars. Our “listeners' favorites" show and the infamous DrJ New Year's Eve warmup together! How greasy could it be? Well, very. We've got some of your favorites from Shows 341-350 as well as some funky stuff from older shows that got you resonated. No disco, though... sorry. But you can still crank ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Sco in Baton Rouge, Okazaki vs. Monk, Sax-less Trane covers & more

Read "Sco in Baton Rouge, Okazaki vs. Monk, Sax-less Trane covers & more" reviewed by Marc Cohn

This week we fired up the locals for the super John Scofield Baton Rouge concert on October 4th; did a Miles Okazaki/Thelonious Monk compare & contrasts with two of Monk's most challenging compositions; played sax-less Trane covers from guitarist Simone Manunza & Jessica Williams solo at the 88s; and spun some 21st century jazz that caught ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

C. Andrew Hovan's Best Releases of 2017

Read "C. Andrew Hovan's Best Releases of 2017" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

The landscape is constantly changing when it comes to the viability of jazz recordings in our world of free downloads and pervasive internet exposure. Add to that a propensity these days for media to tout anything that is a bit off-center and right wing as the next greatest thing. Much of what passes for jazz these ...

Blue Beatles – Mick Kolassa / Mark Telesca And Organissimo

Read "Blue Beatles – Mick Kolassa / Mark Telesca And Organissimo" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

The Beatles songbook has been coming into blues and jazz focus over the last decade as evidenced in the recordings The Blues White Album (Telarc, 2003) and Let It Be Jazz: Connie Evingson Sings The Beatles (Summit Records, 2003). Two recent records pop to the surface reprising this interest. Mick Kolassa & ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Organissimo: B3tles: A Soulful Tribute To The Fab Four

Read "B3tles: A Soulful Tribute To The Fab Four" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

When one thinks of jazz cities responsible for contributing some of the music's most important artists, Detroit is always a name that pops up at the top of the list. A short list of icons who hail from the city would have to include Ron Carter, the Jones Brothers, James Carter, Pepper Adams, Louis Hayes, and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Organissimo: B3tles: A Soulful Tribute To The Fab Four

Read "B3tles: A Soulful Tribute To The Fab Four" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Guitarist Grant Green was one of the early birds on this: turning Beatles tunes into soulful jazz workouts, with his I Want to Hold Your Hand (Blue Note, 1965), featuring Hammond organ master Larry Young on the B3, recorded a little over a year after the Fab Four's musical invasion of America. But it was mostly ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

2016 Hope College Jazz Organ Summit

Read "2016 Hope College Jazz Organ Summit" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

Jazz Organ Summit Hope College Holland, Michigan September 9-10, 2016 Located in Western Michigan along the banks of Lakes Michigan and Macatawa, the small college town of Holland is not the type of place you might imagine for a gathering of musicians, students and jazz organ aficionados. Nonetheless, this quaint spot ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Tony Monaco: Taking Jazz Organ to the Summit

Read "Tony Monaco: Taking Jazz Organ to the Summit" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

Columbus, Ohio native Tony Monaco is primed and ready to place jazz organ in a whole new spotlight. Although he has been a playing musician for most of his life, it has been during the past sixteen years that he has made the biggest strides as an artist. A gifted educator with a unique approach to ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

West Michigan's Free Weekend-Long Jazz Festival Announces 2016 Lineup

West Michigan's Free Weekend-Long Jazz Festival Announces 2016 Lineup

GRandJazzFest presented by DTE Energy Foundation has announced the performance lineup for the fifth annual festival being held Saturday, August 20, and Sunday, August 21, at Rosa Parks Circle in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Eleven diverse acts are on tap for West Michigan’s only free, weekend-long jazz festival. The performance lineup: Saturday night headliner / main headline ...


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