All About Jazz

Home » Articles » Take Five With...

328

Take Five With Ondrej Pivec

AAJ Staff By

Sign in to view read count
Meet Ondrej Pivec:
Ondrej Pivec started his career as a classical pianist, but soon turned to jazz—he started to play the Hammond organ before he was 20 years old. He was inspired by such important organists such as Sam Yahel, Larry Goldings, Jimmy Smith, Larry Young and others. He has also taken lessons from the legendary English Hammond player Mike Carr and Italian organ virtuoso Alberto Marsico, and recently Yahel himself during Ondrej's stay in New York.



Ondrej's agile organ bass lines, played using his left hand and his feet on the Hammond organ pedals and his strong style and virtuosity while playing right hand solo are definitely appreciated by both local and international critics. As a leader or sideman Pivec has performed more than 500 concerts all over the Czech Republic and abroad, becoming one of the most remarkable musicians on the Czech jazz and fusion scene.



Instrument(s):
Hammond organ



Teachers and/or influences?
Teachers: Sam Yahel, Alberto Marsico, Mike Carr, Joey DeFrancesco.
Influences: all the teachers, Larry Goldings, Jimmy Smith.



Your teaching approach:
Sing the melodies you think of, be as musical as it gets. All the other advanced stuff comes after that. Practice your rhythm and time-feel, swing.



Favorite venue:
Blue Note—Dresden.



Your favorite recording in your discography and why?
Overseason (2008), because it was recorded in New York with Joel Frahm and Jake Langley.



CDs you are listening to now:
Brad Mehldau Trio, Live at Village Vanguard;
Sam Yahel, Truth and Beauty;
The Jackson Five, The Best of The Jackson Five;
Kurt Elling, Nightmoves

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

CD/LP/Track Review
Take Five With...
CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
The Green Card Album

The Green Card Album

Animal Music
2013

buy
Overseason

Overseason

Animal Music
2008

buy
 

Don't Get Ideas

Cube-Metier
2006

buy

Related Articles

Read Take Five with Isaiah Stewart Take Five With...
Take Five with Isaiah Stewart
by Isaiah Stewart
Published: July 18, 2018
Read Take Five with Francisco Quintero Take Five With...
Take Five with Francisco Quintero
by Francisco Quintero
Published: May 19, 2018
Read Take Five with Mark Haskins Take Five With...
Take Five with Mark Haskins
by Mark Haskins
Published: April 17, 2018
Read Take Five with Tarek Yamani Take Five With...
Take Five with Tarek Yamani
by Tarek Yamani
Published: April 12, 2018
Read Take Five With the Anansi Trio Take Five With...
Take Five With the Anansi Trio
by Mark Merella
Published: March 7, 2018
Read Take Five with Myriam Phiro Take Five With...
Take Five with Myriam Phiro
by Myriam Phiro
Published: March 2, 2018
Read "Take Five with Ralph Hepola" Take Five With... Take Five with Ralph Hepola
by Ralph Hepola
Published: August 28, 2017
Read "Take Five with Mark Haskins" Take Five With... Take Five with Mark Haskins
by Mark Haskins
Published: April 17, 2018
Read "Take Five with Francisco Quintero" Take Five With... Take Five with Francisco Quintero
by Francisco Quintero
Published: May 19, 2018
Read "Take Five with Debora Galan" Take Five With... Take Five with Debora Galan
by Debora Galan
Published: September 17, 2017
Read "Take Five with Chris Abelen" Take Five With... Take Five with Chris Abelen
by Chris Abelen
Published: February 13, 2018
Read "Take Five with Tarek Yamani" Take Five With... Take Five with Tarek Yamani
by Tarek Yamani
Published: April 12, 2018