Monday, October 24, 2016

802 Club Room Early Bird Musicians Jazz Standards Session Swingin' the house!

#WATCHMOVIE HERE: 802 Club Room Early Bird Musicians Jazz Standards Session Swingin' the house! Jon's archive Views 309 #309 Youtube 383 views #383 This video takes place in the Local 802 Musicians Union New York City with organist Jon Hammond and Richard Clements at the piano. Later joined on drums by Rudy Lawless. Traditional Monday night Jazz session, early birds warming up the bandstand in 802 Club Room. Early bird gets the worm...and the second mouse gets the cheese! — at Associated Musicians of Greater New York, Local 802 AFM Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs Early Birds, Local 802, Musicians Union, Jon Hammond, Traditional Jazz, Session, Sk1 organ, Piano, Drums, Richard Clements, Rudy Lawless H.264 download download 1 file OGG VIDEO download download 1 file QUICKTIME download download 1 file TORRENT download download 37 Files download 4 Original Jon's archive Views 197 #197 Youtube 59 views #59 Usage Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 Topics Six Year Itch, Louisville Kentucky, Jon Hammond Band, Organ, Soul Jazz Jon Hammond original composition "Six Year Itch" from Jon's album "Hammond's Bolero" - here in Louisville Kentucky at soundcheck with Ronnie Smith Jr. drums Alex Budman tenor saxophone John Bishop guitar Jon Hammond organ JH INTL ASCAP H.264 download download 1 file MPEG4 download download 1 file OGG VIDEO download download 1 file TORRENT download download 17 Files download 4 Original Run time 4 minutes 30 seconds Producer Jon Hammond Audio/Visual sound ENCORES: Louisville Kentucky Jazz Factory – JON HAMMOND Band Jazzin By Martin Z. Kasdan Jr. Last year San Francisco-based organist Jon Hammond joined his buddy, Louisville guitarist John Bishop, for a night at the Jazz Factory. Hammond has just released Late Rent, on Ham-Berger-Friz Records, available at,%20JON.htm if you can’t find it locally. In an e-mail to me, Hammond described this as “a record that took me 25 years to put together. The disc opens with “Late Rent,” a loping swinger and is followed by “Pocket Funk,” with a slightly Latin feel. “Late Rent” is reprised in a live take at the end of the CD. Lee Morgan’s funky “The Sidewinder” is the only cover tune on the album, although, as Hammond acknowledges in his liner notes, “White Onions” is “a bluesy Hammond/Finnerty composition reminiscent of `Green Onions.'” In closing, happy holidaze to one and all. You can send greetings to me at AFM Local 6 Member Profile JON HAMMOND: "WHERE'S THE GIG?" -- by ALEX WALSH Jon Hammond is a musician, composer, bandleader, publisher, journalist, TV show host, radio DJ, and multi-media entrepreneur. He currently travels the world, playing gigs and attending trade shows. THE EARLY YEARS Jon Hammond was born in Chicago in 1953. His father was a doctor and his mother was a housewife. They both played the piano. In 1957, his parents moved Jon and his four sisters to Berkeley, CA, where his father worked in a hospital as head of the emergency room. When he was nine, Jon started accordion lessons. “In those days, they had studios where parents would drop their kids off after school for tap dancing and accordion lessons. There were accordion bands and they would compete against each other.”
“Every time I see a musician walking down the street I say, ‘Hey, where’s the gig?’ Because it doesn’t matter what kind of music you play, if you’re carrying an instrument–going to a rehearsal, or coming back from a repair shop, whatever it is–we all need our gigs. And that’s what the union is all about. Hopefully, we can all keep working and be supportive of everybody’s gigs. There’s room for everybody.” Jon played his first gig at a senior citizens luncheon when he was eleven. Not only did he get a free lunch but he was paid $25 –a lot of money in those days. Jon says his father was supportive, but did not want him to pursue a music career. “He told me that music was a great hobby. He got me a wonderful professional accordion for my Bar Mitzvah, directly from John Molinari, one of the greatest accordionists who ever lived. It was a Guilietti Professional Tone Chamber accordion. That’s the accordion I won Jr. Jazz Champion on in 1966.” In high school, Jon attended a private boys school in San Francisco. He was a class clown, and when it got to the point where he was going to be expelled, Jon took his accordion and ran away from home. He immersed himself in the San Francisco music scene and started playing organ in several bands. By 1971 he was in a four piece rock group called Hades which shared a rehearsal space with Quicksilver Messenger Service. “I was friends with their manager, Ron Polte, who also managed guitarist John Cipollina. We got to open for his band, Copperhead.” Jon continued to play gigs in the Bay Area in different configurations, including a few gigs with a young Eddie Money. By this time Jon had become frustrated with the Bay Area scene. One night while playing a biker bar he got into a fight and his band didn’t come to his defense. “That was the last straw. I was angry and I said I wasn’t coming back.”
Jon in the early 70s Jon moved to Boston in 1973 to attend the Berklee School of Music. He also got a gig playing in Boston’s Combat Zone backing up burlesque shows. When Jon saw one of his idols, pianist Keith Jarrett play in New York he told him he was going to Berklee and asked him for advice. “Keith looked me right in the eye and said ‘Berklee can be very dangerous for your music.’ It was like he popped this huge bubble. Years later I came to understand what he was talking about. You have to learn the fundamentals, but the music itself comes from a much deeper place. They can’t teach that, you have to find it yourself.” When Jon’s teachers began sitting in on his gigs in Boston, he questioned why he was in school if the teachers were coming to play with him. He quit school, moved to Cape Cod and started playing with bandleader Lou Colombo. “He did all the private parties for Tip O’Neill. We played what they used to call the business man’s beat. On the gig it was forbidden to swing. It was like swing cut in half. So if you tried to go with the four, Lou would say, ‘Don’t swing it, don’t swing it.’ He pounded it into my head night after night.” LATE RENT In 1981 Jon took a trip to Paris where he broke through his writers block and wrote some of his best music. He returned to New York with his new tunes and started a production company with the idea of getting a record deal for a friend that had played on a #1 hit record. After months of pounding the pavement with no results, Jon realized he had better work on his own music before his money ran out. He took the last of his savings, including his upcoming rent money, and went into the studio to record what came to be known as “The Late Rent Sessions”. The session had Todd Anderson on tenor sax, Barry Finnerty on guitar, Stephen Ferrone on drums, and Jon on B3. They recorded at Intergalactic, the last studio that John Lennon recorded in. Jon had no luck getting a record deal for his new project, but he did get gigs in New York with his band Jon Hammond and the Late Rent Session Men.
Jon Hammond Band Onstage at NAMM, 2014: Joe Berger, Dom Famularo, Alex Budman, Koei Tanaka, Jon Hammond n 1982, Jon found out about public access television and the idea that anyone could produce a show and get it on TV. He started broadcasting on Manhattan’s public station in 1984. “I decided I was going to produce a radio show on TV. The first episodes showed just my tapping foot and my voice. It was a gimmick. We had graphics that were synchronized to go with the music. It worked out well. People dug it.” Within a few weeks, Jon was interviewed and featured in Billboard Magazine. The Jon Hammond Show was considered an alternative to the clips on Cable TV. “MTV was still in its infancy. We had a concept that was revolutionary. My phone started ringing and we were the hot kids on the block.” LIVING ABROAD Jon continued to play gigs in New York and produce his TV show. In 1987, he went to his first trade show (NAMM) where he was introduced to Mr. Julio Guilietti, the man who built his accordion. He then began traveling to trade shows and making contacts with musicians and companies around the world, including Hammond Suzuki. “They gave me the Hammond XB-2, the first really powerful portable Hammond organ. Glenn Derringer, one of my all-time heroes, presented it to me. I got one of the first. Paul Shaffer from the Letterman Show got the other. At the time there was only one EXP-100 expression pedal–we had to share the pedal. I used the pedal for my gigs and when Paul needed it I would bring it over to him at 30 Rockefeller Center on my bicycle.” In the early 90s, when his New York gigs began drying up, Jon was encouraged to go to Germany. “It was a hard time. My father had just died and there were very few gigs. I got the XB-2 organ right when I needed it, so I decided to take a chance. I bought a roundtrip ticket to Frankfurt with an open return. I went with 50 bucks and stayed for a year. When I came back, I had 100 bucks.” Jon stayed at a friend’s house and played a borrowed accordion on the street until he could get a band together. “I played on the street until my fingers turned blue and would collect enough money to get some fish soup. After about two weeks I got a call—I had put a band together and had 3 gigs coming up. A TV show had heard my story and wanted to do a story on me. At the first gig 19 people came; the second only 15 people came. Then I got the little spot on TV. When I came to the third gig people were lined up down the street. When I walked up I thought they were having an art exhibit. When they said, ‘No, they’re waiting for you.’ I choked up, I couldn’t even talk. So I’ve been playing there every year since. The people in Germany really saved my musical career at a time when very few things were happening for me in New York or San Francisco. I have a really good following in Europe. I keep busy as a musician in the States, playing hospitals and assisted living places, but my band dates I pretty much play overseas.” Jon’s Late Rent Sessions was eventually released on a German label and received modest airplay. During the 90s he travelled back and forth to Europe, spending a year playing gigs in Paris, and eventually settling in Hamburg. Since then he has released two more albums and has played gigs in Moscow, Shanghai, and Australia. With the help of the internet, Jon is able to produce his TV show anywhere. PRESENT DAY In the mid-2000s Jon produced Hammondcast, a radio program for CBS that aired in San Francisco at four in the morning and was rebroadcast before Oakland A’s games. “When the baseball games played in the afternoon, my show would play for about 20 minutes and then it was pre-empted. I had a lot of fun with that.” His guests included Danny Glover, Barry Melton from Country Joe & the Fish, and many local people. “It took me awhile to figure out that I had permission to broadcast anything I wanted. I could play the London Philharmonic or Stevie Wonder. My tag line was ‘Hello, Hello, Hello! Wake up or go back to sleep…’” Today, Jon continues to visit tradeshows and is determined to keep doing everything he does as long as he can. “I made a pact with my longtime co-producer, guitarist Joe Berger, that we are going to go to these trade shows until we are little old men with canes.” Jon has released four CDs
Jon Hammond Entertaining on Excelsior Accordion in Bernal Heights SF Neighborhood Center -- photo by Cheryl Fippen Local 6
Jon's archive Views 637 #637 Youtube 323 views #323 Annual 2010 Musikmesse Warm Up Party in Jazzkeller Frankfurt hosted by Jon Hammond Band Tony Lakatos tenor sax Jon Hammond XK-1 organ and remarks Giovanni Gulino drums Melody Without Name 2010 jazzkeller Frankfurt aka Hungarian Soul Stew special thanks Eugen Hahn Jazzkeller Frankfurt Team, Musikmesse, Waichiro Tachikawa Suzuki Hammond, Michael Maier Falkenstein Hammond Deutschland, Video Camera by Jennifer Note: This is Jon Hammond's 24th consecutive Musikmesse. Jon's next Musikmesse Warm Up Party in jazzkeller Frankfurt will be Tuesday night April 5, 2011 - April 4th 2017 on Tuesday night always 25-jähriges Firmenjubiläum! 512KB MPEG4 download download 1 file MPEG4 download download 1 file OGG VIDEO download download 1 file TORRENT by Jon Hammond Usage Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs Topics Musikmesse, Warm Up Party, Jazzkeller, Frankfurt, Joachim Hildebrand, TecAmp, Thomas Eich, Waichiro Tachikawa, XK-1, XK-3c, Organ, HammondCast, ASCAP, KYOU Radio, Local 802 Musicians Union Producer Jon Hammond Jon's archive Youtube Marshall Stax host of "Next Big Thing" program spins "Pocket Funk" by Jon Hammond Band on KALX 90.7 FM - Musicians: Lutz Büchner saxophone, Ernst-Friedrich Fiete Felsch saxophone, Michael Leuschner trumpet, Joe Berger guitar, Heinz Lichius drums, Jon Hammond organ Hosted by Marshall Stax. Every Monday night from 6 pm to 7 pm Jon's archive Youtube of Jon Hammond Band at XK-5 Organ Debut Hammond Organ USA Party SoundCheck Nashville: Kayleigh Moyer drums, Chuggy Carter congas percussion, Joe Berger guitar, Jon Hammond at the new XK-5 organ - Summer NAMM 2016 fifth Sound Soul Summit Hammond Organ USA co-sponsored by Keyboard magazine and SoundCheck Nashville LLC, Nashville - Event: "the first public showing of Hammond’s new XK-5 organ and Heritage Series expanded systems, which represent the cutting edge of technology applied to recreating the precise touch, feel, and sound of the classic Hammond B-3. Music Director Mark Prentice will lead a top Nashville-based rhythm section (Charlie Morgan and Mike Severs) supporting the Hammond Artist All-Stars, including the living jazz legend Dr. Lonnie Smith, Grammy nominee Paul Brown, Red Young, Jon Hammond, Peter Gallinari, Kevin McKendree (Brian Setzer, Joe Bonamassa) and Yates McKendree, the Reverend Jimmie Smith, and Kim Tibbs. Robby Robinson (musical director for Frankie Valli) will be on hand, as will Jim Alfredson, Gary Swan, Christian Matthew Cullen, and this year’s DownBeat Critic’s Choice Poll winner Brian Charette, and more. It’s very rare that this many accomplished Hammond organists get to play together, so the excitement level among the musicians is as high as it is for the audience. It’s even rarer to experience players from different genres jamming together. As in past years, some surprise guests are sure to turn up. Four years after the first Sound Soul Summit, attendees still remember it as a highlight of their NAMM experience." Producer Jon Hammond Language English Vimeo FaceBook Video Club Room, Associated Musicians of Greater New York, Local 802, AFM, Early Bird, #JazzPiano #JazzOrgan #Standards #HammondOrgan

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Vintage Jon Hammond Show Cable Access TV Program Music Travel Soft News

#WATCHMOVIE HERE: Vintage Jon Hammond Show Cable Access TV Program Music Travel Soft News Jon's archive Views 448 #448 JON HAMMOND Show MNN TV this classic clip includes Jon's signature tune "Late Rent" with Video by LORI with Jon's studio band Steve Ferrone drums, Barry Finnerty guitar, Todd Anderson sax and Jon Hammond at B3 organ. When I Fall In Love in Jazzkeller Frankfurt with Tony Lakatos tenor sax, Giovanni Gulino drums, Joe Berger guitar, Jon Hammond at XK-1 organ and Introduction Pocket Funk annual Musikmesse Warm Up Party © as seen on MNN TV Producer Jon Hammond Youtube 2,432 views #2432 Excerpt from the long-running JON HAMMOND SHOW now in 23rd year on Time Warner in New York and RCN. Jon's classic opening with VIDEO by LORI and theme song "LATE RENT" performed by house band: STEPHEN FERRONE-drums, TODD ANDERSON-sax, BARRY FINNERTY-gtr., JON HAMMOND-B3 Organ and partial segment of Jon's band performing "POCKET FUNK" in Frankfurt Red Light District club INTIM BAR with drummer JAMES PRESTON (of SONS OF CHAMPLIN), SGT. AL WITTIG-sax (US AIR FORCE), BF-gtr., JON HAMMOND-XB-2 Organ/Bass All Rights Reserved ©JHINTL JON HAMMOND International Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs Topics MNN TV, Hammond Artist, XK-1, XK-3c, B3 organ, Jazzkeller, HammondCast, Local 802 Musicians Union, ASCAP Network, KYOU Radio 512KB MPEG4 download download 1 file MPEG4 download download 1 file OGG VIDEO download download 1 file TORRENT download download 37 Files download 4 Original Jon's archive Views 57 #57 Youtube 32 views #32 Usage Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 Topics MNN TV, #ASCAPEXPO, Jon Hammond, Public Access, Melody, Hammond Organ, Sk1, B3, Accordion, Musicians Union, Local 6, Local 802 Jon Hammond with ASCAP's Seth Saltzman - Protect Your Music! - ASCAP I Create Music Expo Hollywood CA Jon Hammond in concert Behind the Beat with Landesjugendjazzorchester Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in Zeughaus Wismar Hillary took the Trump Chump to the Shed last night! No doubt about it: Jon Hammond television interview with the great Roy Clark in Nashville! Jon Hammond: Late Rent by Steve Rosenfeld Jon Hammond says "the fingers are the singers.’" The latest CD from this exceptional and soulful Hammond organist is the proof. "Late Rent" draws on decades of great recording sessions and top live performances to showcase his own playing and many top jazz and funk artists. It shows why the Hammond organ is one of the most enduring electric instruments and why Hammond is one of its best players. Late Rent Label: Ham-Berger-Friz Records Genre: Jazz All Jon Hammond profiles… The Late Rent Story Jon Hammond waited half his life to make this CD – starting with being an underground TV host. Swingin’ Funky Jazz & Blues Jon Hammond describes his style of music and how he learned to play it. Two Hot Tracks Jon Hammond recalls one of his first songs – from age 15 – and a great Sunday session. Sonny’s Advice A little advice on melody from a great sax player went a long way. H.264 download download 1 file MPEG4 download download 1 file OGG VIDEO download download 1 file TORRENT download download 28 Files download 5 Original Producer Jon Hammond Audio/Visual sound, color Language English Jon's archive Views 45 #45 Youtube 24 views #24 Usage Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 Jazzkeller, Frankfurt, Musikmesse, Warm Up Party, Hammond Organ, Jon Hammond Band, Jazz, Blues Note from Jon Hammond Video: Tino Pavlis​ Best Party of The Year! Jon Hammond’s annual musikmesse​ Warm Up Party in Jazzkeller​ Tuesday April 5th 2016 celebrating 30 years Jon Hammond​ – organ Joe Berger​ – guitar Peter Klohmann​ – saxophone Giovanni Totò Gulino​ – drums Mr. Hammond has toured worldwide since 1991 using the incredible Sk1 organ by Hammond Suzuki..™ “Classic Hammond Sound…In A Suitcase!” The Jon Hammond Show is a funky swinging instrumental revue, featuring top international soloists. The show has universal appeal. Big Hammond orgel sound – 100% organic - Jon's birthday cake by Saray Pastanesi​ Jon Hammond Band​ H.264 download download 1 file MPEG4 download download 1 file OGG VIDEO download download 1 file TORRENT download download 23 Files download 5 Original Producer Jon Hammond Language English Bringing Back Sony Tape Recorder Audio Transfer Project Jon Hammond rock band Hades 1971 recordings Archive at CHRS Radio Clinic at California Historical Radio Society, Elmo disassembles Jon Hammond's TC-366 tape deck on the bench from Kozo Ohsone Sony Tape Recorder Division to play back 40 year old archive recording Berkeley El Cerrito based band HADES recorded live at Provo Park in Berkeley and at rehearsal garage on Carlson Blvd. Richmond recorded on a TC-366 sound on sound reel to reel tape deck, here is the machine on the bench with Elmo:
Elmo discussing remedy for glazed pinch roller with radio engineer Art Lieberman:
AMPEX 354 Tape Deck in KRE dubbing studio:
CHRS President Steve Kushman at the GATES Audio Board transferring from Analog to Digital:
Sony TC-366 project machine: HammondCast 19 starts out in Frankfurt Germany recording in AFN Europe Headquarters on one big tube microphone featuring Hungarian tenor saxophone star TONY LAKATOS, now a member of the HR Radio Big Band. And a slow rainy day Blues featuring guitarist JOE BERGER and RAY GRAPPONE drums, Jon on the XB-2 organ/bass. Also a 35 year-old recording of my old rock band HADES and a shout out to the bass player STEVE WRIGHT who is recuperating from a stroke and heart attack but is now starting to speak again, get better Steve! From there to 1995 recording in LE BAR BAT NYC playing Jon's tune "Pocket Funk". A song I recorded with Eddie Money that is close to Eddie's heart: "I've Been Lovin' You Too Long" for all the Eddie Money freaks out there. I just saw Eddie in NY and he's doin' fine, still touring in a city near you! And finally ending up back in AFN Europe Headquarters playing Jon Hammond's theme song: "LATE RENT", dedicated to YOU of KYOU the your Rent will never be Late! HADES R to L: Steve Wright bass vocals, Jimmy Thorsen guitar vocals, Dave Danza drums, Jon Hammond organ electric piano
Jon's archive Some Serious Bad Hombres!: Roland Barber - trombone, trumpet, sea shell Cord Martin​ - tenor saxophone Chuggy Carter​ - percussion Louis Flip Winfield​ - drums Lee Oskar​ - harmonica Joe Berger​ - guitar Jon Hammond​ - organ + bass 2PM EST Jon Hammond Funk Unit kicking it off on the Nissan Stage at Summer NAMM Show Nashville Music City Center​ Facebook Video #NAMMShow #SummerNAMM #NissanStage #suchanastylady #badhombres #putinspuppet #yourethepuppet #NOYOURETHEPUPPET #cantwaitforSNL #badhombre vs #badhombres #Unbeleivable Bad Hombre Joe Berger! *photo courtesy CNN Jon Hammond Funk Unit on Nissan Stage Nashville Music City Center Summer NAMM Show showcase: H.264 download download 1 file MPEG4 download download 1 file OGG VIDEO download download 1 file TORRENT download download 23 Files download 5 Original Producer Jon Hammond Language English WALL OF LESLIE SPEAKER SOUND 2215 HIGH POWER 3300 WOOD VERSION 3300w Keyboard Products Super Leslie Jon Hammond 3 x LS-2215 Leslie's with Hammond Sk1 Organ - Jon Hammond: Leslie LS-2215 Info Mono Solid State 200W RMS/300W Peak Preamp Stereo mini mixer Inputs 2x 1/4" TR keyboard inputs, auto sensing between passive/active 2x 1/4" TR instrument inputs, auto sensing between passive/active 2x 1/4" TR auxiliary inputs 2x 1/4" TRS effects return inputs 1x 1/4" TRS effects return / power amp input 1x XLR mic input 1x 1/4" mono mic input Outputs 1x 1/4" TRS stereo headphone output 2x 1/4" TR outputs 2x XLR outputs, each with ground 2x 1/4" TRS effect send outputs 1x 1/4" TRS effect send / slave amp output (send only provides right channel audio out to slave amp for stereo) Channels and Controls Instrument: Low, mid, high, volume Keyboard: Low, mid, high, volume Microphone: Low, mid, high, volume Auxiliary: Volume Phones: Volume Master: Low, mid, high, volume Tweeter 2x 4" mid to high frequency drivers Woofer 1x 15" low frequency driver 2x bass ports, front and rear My 1959 Hammond B3 organ with custom built Super Leslie Speaker by the late great Bill Beer of Keyboard Products - just to the right of the Leslie box & flight case is my well-traveled original Hammond XB-2 in the 'weekend warrior case', it was not lightweight and not designed for heavy travel - but with the help of lots of gaffer tape and stickers I went around the world with that organ numerous times - can't beat the mighty B3, but it won't fit in a taxi cab don't ya' know! - Jon Hammond *Note: It was a LONG weekend for the Weekend Warrior Case folks!: Very Special Concert in Suzuki Hall, First Time Koei Tanaka Harmonica In Duo with Jon Hammond B3mk2 Organ and High Power Leslie model 3300W and W stands for Wood! - Jon Hammond Jon Hammond at the Hammond Organ with Manji Suzuki President Founder of Suzuki Musical Instruments Corp. LTD in Hamamatsu Japan Jon's archive Jon's archive Views 612 #612 Youtube 4,257 views #4257 Priceless film inside WNEW 1130AM New York with 2 Radio Legends: Al JAZZBEAUX COLLINS and SCOTT MUNI on JON HAMMOND'S HammondCast: Hear Scott Muni tell Jazzbeaux about his days at "WABeatlesC" on the date commemorating when the Beatles first hit the shores of USA! As previously broadcast on Jon's TV show The Jon Hammond Show (24th year) and HammondCast on CBS' KYCY/KYOU 1550AM San Francisco California. Enjoy! *Official site: c)2006 Usage Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs Topics WNEW, Jazzbeaux, Scott Muni, HammondCast, BEATLES, WABeatlesC 512KB MPEG4 download download 1 file MPEG4 download download 1 file OGG VIDEO download download 1 file TORRENT download download 16 Files download 5 Original Producer Jon Hammond Scott Muni wiki Scott Muni (May 10, 1930 – September 28, 2004, aged 74) was an American disc jockey, who worked at the heyday of the AM Top 40 format and then was a pioneer of FM progressive rock radio. Rolling Stone magazine termed him "legendary" Born Donald Allen Muñoz in Wichita, Kansas, Muni grew up in New Orleans. He joined the United States Marine Corps and began broadcasting there in 1950, reading "Dear John" letters over Radio Guam. After leaving the Corps and having considered acting as a career, he began working as a disc jockey; in 1953 he began working at WSMB in New Orleans. His mentor was Marshall Pearce. In 1955 he began broadcasting at station WAKR in Akron, Ohio, and after that worked in Kankakee, Illinois. Career[edit] Muni then spent almost 50 years at stations in New York City. He became a Top 40 broadcaster at 570 WMCA in the late 1950s, just before the start of their "Good Guys" era, and did a number of record hops in the New York area. In 1960, he moved to rival Top 40 station 770 WABC. There he did an early evening show called "Scotland's Yard" and was among the first WABC DJs to capture the attention of the teenage audience for which the station would become famous. He also participated in the competition to cover The Beatles on their first visits to the United States, and thus began a long association with them. In 1965, Muni left WABC and ran the Rolling Stone Night Club while doing occasional fill-in work for WMCA. Muni had explored some opportunities beyond radio: for a short time he co-hosted a local weekly television show on WABC-TV 7 with Bruce "Cousin Brucie" Morrow, and he would go on to record the spoken single "Letter to an Unborn Child", about a soldier with a premonition, which was released in 1967 to little acclaim. Muni decided to return to radio, and in 1966, he joined 98.7 WOR-FM, one of the earliest stations in the country to program free-form Progressive Rock music. The progressive format did not last at that station. In 1967 Muni moved to 102.7 WNEW-FM, which had been running a format of pop hits and show tunes, hosted by an all-woman staff. This time, the Progressive Rock format really took hold, with WNEW-FM becoming a legendary rock station. Muni stayed there for three decades as the afternoon DJ and sometimes program director. Muni was described by fellow WNEW-FM DJ Dennis Elsas as "the heart and soul of the place". Under assorted management changes during the 1990s WNEW-FM lost its way, and in 1998 Muni ended up hosting a one-hour noontime classic rock program at WAXQ "Q104.3", where he worked until suffering a stroke in early 2004. Muni's low, gravelly voice was instantly recognizable and often lampooned, both by other disc jockeys and by impressionists such as on Imus in the Morning. He was often known to his listeners by the nicknames "Scottso" or "The Professor", the latter to emphasize both his rock expertise and his age difference with most of his audience. While he sometimes spoke in roundabout phrases and succumbed to progressive rock radio clichés such as "That was a tasty cut from ...", he also conveyed on the air and in his professional relationships a gruff immediacy that was a by-product of both his time in the Marines and his earlier Top 40 skills. A bizarre exchange occurred in August 1972 when a hostage-holding bank robber called Muni on the air and engaged him in a long, often nonsensical conversation; the two peppered their post-hippie speech with discussions of Bob Dylan music and requests to hear the Grateful Dead. Muni specialized in playing records from up-and-coming, or sometimes just-plain-obscure, acts from the United Kingdom on his weekly Friday "Things from England" segment. He also hosted the syndicated radio programs Ticket to Ride and Scott Muni's World of Rock. Muni often referred to "we interviewed so and so," making reference to himself and either "Black" Earl Douglas or another producer. Indeed, Muni was friendly with many of the musicians whom he played, and they would often stop by the studio to visit on-air. He played poker in the studio with the Grateful Dead, and he would let Emerson, Lake & Palmer browse the station's huge record library and put on whatever they liked. An oft-related story tells that he was interviewing Jimmy Page when the guitarist suddenly passed out from the aftereffects of the Led Zeppelin lifestyle. Muni calmly put on a record, revived Page, and completed the interview on the studio floor. Muni was close to John Lennon and his family, and after Lennon's murder he vowed to always open his show with a Lennon or Beatles record, a pledge that he kept for the balance of his career. In addition to radio broadcasting, Muni also did voice-over work for radio and television; the most known were a commercial for Rolaids antacid ("How do you spell relief?") and promos for Monday Night Football. His voice is also heard giving the introduction on the 1971 live albums Chicago at Carnegie Hall and Melanie at Carnegie Hall. Muni also voiced many Radio & TV commercials such as Rolaids, JCPenney, Ricoh, etc. He also voiced episodes of NBC's Friday Night Videos during 1985-86 and also voiced promos for ABC Sports which included boxing events on Wide World of Sports as well as Monday Night Football, the USFL on ABC, the Pro Bowlers Tour, the Sugar Bowl, the 1994 Stanley Cup Playoffs & Auto Racing including the Indy 500. Personal life[edit] Muni had three children with his first wife and two with his second wife, to whom he was married from 1966 until his death in 2004. Death and legacy[edit] He died on September 28, 2004 at the age of 74 in New York City and is buried in St. Gertrude's Roman Catholic Cemetery in Colonia, New Jersey. Muni is included in an exhibit display of important disc jockeys at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The DJs at Q104.3 keep Muni's promise to New York listeners and still start their noon hour with the "12 o'clock Beatles Block". Muni was inducted into the Rock Radio Hall of Fame in the Legends of Rock Radio-Programming" category for his work at WNEW in 2014. AP Obit for Scott Muni 'The Professor' of rock Scott Muni dies - Posted 9/29/2004 3:17 PM Updated 9/29/2004 3:24 PM Large Size Movie File:'s%20Jon%20Hammond%20Band%20Feb.%209,%201994.m4v Jon's archive CNN iReport Youtube Facebook Video by Jon Hammond Usage Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 Topics Jazzbeaux Collins, Al Jazzbo Collins, Jon Hammond, Yoshi's Oakland, Bennett Friedman, James Preston, Barry Finnerty, #HammondOrgan #AFMLocal6 #MusiciansUnion On Air with Jazzbo Collins and Yoshi's Jon Hammond Band Feb. 9, 1994 - Preston pretty much kicked ass on this gig! -- Oakland CA -- original Yoshi's Oakland​ Gig Feb. 9th 1994, just after being on-the-air with Al "Jazzbo" Collins​ - watching the film now, sounds real good - Jon Hammond​ / Jon Hammond Band​ (quartet) - thanks Jason Olaine​ for the hit - James Preston​ drums (R.I.P.) Bennett Friedman tenor, Barry Finnerty​ gtr., Jon Hammond Organ Group​ all original music ©JON HAMMOND International Member ASCAP - AFM Local 6​ - Associated Musicians of Greater New York, Local 802 AFM​ Yoshi's Oakland​ didn't have any decent lights in those days! Jon Hammond​ - *Note: Broadcasting Legend Al Jazzbeaux Collins opens this film at KCSM 91.1FM, greatly missed!! - Jon Hammond Organ Group​ - Albert Richard "Jazzbo" Collins (January 4, 1919 – September 30, 1997) was an American disc jockey, radio personality and recording artist who was briefly the host of NBC television's Tonight show in 1957. Al "Jazzbo" Collins Al "Jazzbeaux" Collins Born Albert Richard Collins January 4, 1919 Rochester, New York Died September 30, 1997 (aged 78) Marin County, California Born in Rochester, New York in 1919,[1] Collins grew up on Long Island, New York. In 1941, while attending the University of Miami in Florida, he substituted as the announcer on his English teacher's campus radio program, and decided he wanted to be in radio. Collins began his professional career as the disc jockey at a bluegrass station in Logan, West Virginia; by 1943, he was at WKPA in Pittsburgh, moving in 1945 to WIND in Chicago and in 1946 to Salt Lake City's KNAK. In 1950, he relocated to New York where he joined the staff of WNEW and became one of the "communicators" on NBC's Monitor when it began in 1955. Collins made several appearances on The Tonight Show with Steve Allen in the early 50s (and even briefly took over the show after Allen's departure; see below). In 1953, Allen adapted several nursery rhymes (including Little Red Riding Hood) into jazz-flavoured recitations, with Collins on vocals and Lou Stein on piano. "Jazzbo" The name "Jazzbo" derived from a product Collins had seen, a clip-on bowtie named Jazzbows. Just as Martin Block created the illusion that he was speaking from the Make Believe Ballroom, Collins claimed to be broadcasting from his inner sanctum, a place known as the Purple Grotto, an imaginary setting suggested by radio station WNEW's interior design, as Collins explained: I started my broadcast in Studio One which was painted all kinds of tints and shades of purple on huge polycylindricals which were vertically placed around the walls of the room to deflect the sound. It just happened to be that way. And with the turntables and desk and console and the lights turned down low, it had a very cavelike appearance to my imagination. So I got on the air, and the first thing I said was, "Hi, it's Jazzbo in the Purple Grotto." You never know where your thoughts are coming from, but the way it came out was that I was in a grotto, in this atmosphere with stalagtites and a lake and no telephones. I was using Nat Cole underneath me with "Easy Listening Blues" playing piano in the background. The Tonight Show and later work In 1957, NBC-TV installed him for five weeks as the host of the Tonight show when it was known as Tonight! America After Dark in the period between hosts Steve Allen and Jack Paar.[2] Also in 1957, Collins starred in (as himself) an episode of NBC radio's science fiction radio series X Minus One. By 1959, he was with KSFO in San Francisco, hanging out with the beatnik hipsters in North Beach. On-air, Jazzbo would say that he was broadcasting "from the purpleness of the Grotto", often mentioning his assistant "Harrison, the long-tailed purple Tasmanian owl". On the TV side, Collins hosted "The Al Collins Show," that aired mornings on KGO-TV. The format included light talk and guest appearances by local celebrities such as Moe Howard of The Three Stooges. Later in the 1960s, he was the host of Jazz for the Asking (VOA), and he worked with several Los Angeles stations during the late in the decade: KMET (1966), KFI (1967) and KGBS (1968). He officially changed the spelling of his name to Jazzbeaux when he went to Pittsburgh's WTAE in 1969. He moved to WIXZ in Pittsburgh (1973) before heading back to the West Coast three years later. While in Pittsburgh, he briefly hosted a late night television show entitled "Jazzbeauxz (with a 'z') Rehearsal", an eclectic sampling of anything that caught Collins' interest at the time, including a long-running hard-boiled-egg spinning contest. He conducted the program from a barber chair, as he had on a previous TV show. "Stinking badges"[edit] A popular segment on his show was the "no stinkin' badges" routine, a play on the famous exchange in the 1948 film The Treasure of the Sierra Madre. Al would politely request that the main guest for that day don a Mexican bandit costume, complete with ammo belts crossing the chest, six-guns in holsters, a huge sombrero and large fake mustache. The guest then had to pose in front of cameras and for the TV audience. With pistols pointing at the camera lens the guest had to say (with emphasis) "I don't got to show you no stinkin' badges." If the guest did not say it with sufficient sinister tone Collins made him or her repeat it until in Al's opinion the guest got it right. 1970s and beyond[edit] In 1976 Al Collins returned to San Francisco, working at KMPX, followed by a three-year all-night run at KGO which drew callers throughout the West Coast; he always opened his program with Count Basie's "Blues in Hoss Flat". He also worked a late night shift at KKIS AM (in Pittsburg, California, ironically) in 1980. After a stint in New York and WNEW (1981), Jazzbo was back in San Francisco at KSFO (1983) and KFRC (1986). Then came one more run at WNEW (1986–90), then KAPX (Marin County, California) in 1990, and finally a weekly jazz show at KCSM (College of San Mateo, California) from 1993 to his death. Al Collins died on September 30, 1997, at the age of 78, from pancreatic cancer. 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