Hammond Legend Booker T Jones Plays Sydney & Melbourne April 2014

BOOKER T. JONES WITH VALERIE JUNE – THE FACTORY THEATRE
Factory Theatre, Sydney
26 April 2014
(02) 9550 3666

The Corner Hotel, Melbourne
25 April 2014
(03) 9427 9198

It’s taken five years to get him back to tour and Bluesfest Touring is thrilled to present BOOKER T. JONES with special guest VALERIE JUNE in two exciting sideshows.

It can be argued that it was BOOKER T. JONES who set the cast for modern soul music and is largely responsible for its rise and enduring popularity. On classic Stax hits like “Green Onions,” “Hang ‘Em High,” “Time Is Tight,” and “Melting Pot” the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Musicians Hall of Fame inductee and GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award recipient pushed the music’s boundaries, refined it to its essence and then injected it into the nation’s bloodstream.


He has recorded with the likes of Wilson Pickett, Ray Charles, George Harrison, Sam and Dave, Neil Young, Barbra Streisand and Bob Dylan and not to mention he features on his special guest Bluesfest Touring artist VALERIE JUNE’S latest album released this year.

“Sound the Alarm is the sound of summer” – The Boston Review

This time around BOOKER T. JONES will be bringing his 10th album, Sound the Alarm (2013) which sees sparkling collaborations with some of contemporary R&B’s most gifted young voices. ‘Sound the Alarm also marks his historic return to Stax Records, the Memphis soul label which he began recording at while he was still in school and helped put on the map in the 1960’s. In true form it has received rave reviews:

“Booker T. Jones is the consummate musician” – USA Today.

Universally recognised as one of the true architects of American soul music, we can’t wait to welcome this legendary musician back to the Bluesfest stage.

BOOKER T. JONES’s special guest is VALERIE JUNE.
Catchy, big melodies that just make you want to dance. This is everything you need to know about VALERIE JUNE, but we guarantee you’ll want to know more the minute you hear her vintage wail.

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In Session with Michel Benebig

Your Invitation to

“In Session with Michel Benebig”

at The Dome Bar Thursday 3rd October 2013 6PM

Michel with white FezCarlingford Music Centre, in conjunction with The Dome Bar (Sydney) announce a pre gig workshop with Jazz Blues Hammond Organist, Michel Benebig on Thursday 3rd October 6-7 pm followed by a fabulous evening of performance  from Michel (Noumea) and band, featuring Sydney guitarist Steve Brien, Sydney’s Andrew Dickerson on Drums, and Fabienne Shem Benebig (Noumea) on vocals.

In the workshop, Michel will share some of his techniques which have helped him become a driving force in the Hammond Organ Jazz field. He will answer your questions & share his playing insights. Michel will be playing the Hammond Mini B3 System with Leslie. This kind of interaction with such a great Hammond player is rare so please call Bill Ferguson on 02 9873 2333 (or email bill@carlingfordmusic.com.au)

Tickets for the workshop will cost $10 per person and will be held at the Dome Bar, which is located at Level 1, on the corner of Crown St and Cleveland St – right in the heart of Surry Hills, Sydney. Entry into the workshop will allow you to stay on for the evening performance of the Michel Benebig Band. This is a $5 dollar saving on the normal performance fee.

www.carlingfordmusic.com.au             www.domefunctions.com

http://hammondorgan.com.au/musicians/michel-benebig

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In Session with Michel Benebig at The Dome Bar Thursday 3rd October 2013

Michel with white Fez

Michel Benebig

Carlingford Music Centre, in conjunction with The Dome Bar (Sydney) are in the early stages of planning a pre gig workshop with Jazz Blues Organist, Michel Benebig on Thursday 3rd October 6-7 pm followed by a fabulous evening of performance  from Michel and band, featuring the great American guitarist Carl Lockett, Sydney’s Andrew Dickerson on Drums, and Fabienne Shem Benebig on vocals.

In the workshop, Michel will share some of his techniques which have helped him become a driving force in the Hammond Organ Jazz field. He will answer your questions & share his playing insights. This kind of interaction with such a great Hammond player is rare so please pencil this date in your diary now.

Carl Lockett USA

Carl Lockett USA

We will keep you updated as more information comes to hand. Contact Bill Ferguson at Carlingford Music Centre bill@carlingfordmusic.com.au or phone 02 9873 233 for more information

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Hammond USA Introduces the New XK-1c July 10, 2013

XK1c due in Australia late 2013

XK1c hopefully due in Australia late 2013

It’s Summer NAMM Show time in Nashville this week. This is the 2nd largest Trade show for the release of new Musical Instruments in The USA. Hammond USA have announced the release of a new  model – The Hammond  XK1c, which will be available in the USA in September 2013. The XK1c will supersede the very successful XK1. The specs show an SK1 like instrument with no additional sounds. In other words Just organ sounds.

Australian availability will almost certainly be late in 2013, if it is released at all. This is due to the C.E Mark which is required before an item can be imported into and sold in Australia. USA distribution doesn’t always guarantee that a product will be sold in Australia. If the European distributors of Hammond and Leslie don’t take up the instrument then the item will never be submitted for CE Mark certification. This means a product may never be legally sold in Australia (This has, so far, been the fate of the Leslie Pedal released at the Winter NAMM Show in California in January 2013). So, we will have to wait and see what happens.

It seems to me that a product as saleable as the XK1c would be well received in Europe and Australia. But this would depend also on the pricing. We would hope the pricing would be similar or lower than  that of the now superseded, XK1.

This is how The US Hammond website announced the release-

“Introducing the smallest and lightest Genuine Hammond Organ. There was a time when the roaring sound of a genuine Hammond B3 Organ and Leslie Speaker required a moving van with burly movers, and room enough on stage to stand 4 regular musicians. Those days are truly now behind.

The new Hammond XK1c, to be unveiled at the upcoming Summer NAMM show in Nashville (July 11-13), provides the full majesty and versatility of the industry standard B-3 in a compact package weighing just 16 pounds (7.25 kg).

Following the lead of the wildly popular SK series of ultralight keyboards, the XK-1c uses the same Virtual Tonewheel “engine” as Hammond’s flagship B3-mkII Console Organ, with all the traditional elements, such as Hammond’s original Chorus/Vibrato and Touch-Response Percussion. The latest digital Leslie™ is also onboard, completing the classic setup, which is one of the most desired pieces of gear for any keyboard player in any genre of music.

The XK-1c features extensive customization capabilities, allowing the Organ to be tailored into replicating any Hammond/Leslie vintage, with all settings stored in each patch. Most common aftermarket “Hot Rod” modifications are possible within the editing facilities, as well. A wide variety of different Hammond tones are contained in the factory patch library. There are 64 Factory patches and 64 User-programmable patches available.

In addition to the Drawbar Profiles, the sounds of two of the most popular transistor combo organs are included, along with 28 equivalent ranks of Classical Pipe Organ sounds. The Combo Organ and Pipe Organ voices may be fully registered in traditional fashion via the Drawbar controls.

Hammond USA Director of Sales and Marketing Gregg Gronowski says: “The XK-1c’s diminutive size is shocking when compared to its massive tone, but one touch of the traditional waterfall keyboard tells the truth that the XK-1c is the real deal, not a clone or imitation, but a genuine Hammond Organ, worthy of the name and the legacy of nearly 80 years.”

Available in USA September 2013″

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Terry Lawless Plays Hammond SK2

terry_lawlessTerry Lawless

Band / Affiliation: U2 / Pink
Product: SK2

“The SK2 has now become my “single keyboard”. I used to have to take two boards to cover a gig. The new voices in the SK2 exceeded my expectations. The pianos can be bright enough to cut through a rock and roll band, while the electric pianos remain fat and punchy for R&B. The extra voices cover what I need and I can’t wait to go to the internet to explore even more. Of course, the Hammond screams! But I always had to drag along something else to do those extra parts. No more. Now I pull up a patch that has exactly what I need on both manuals, sometimes extras on top, sometimes on the bottom, sometimes just two glorious Hammond voices – without a bunch of connecting cables and routing voodoo. Now I have my full keyboard arsenal in a bag on my back, I can make that grand entrance like the guitar players! WooHoo! Thanks for turning me on to the new revolution in keyboards.

“P.S. It is the perfect hotel room keyboard.”

Hammond SK2

Hammond SK2

Terry Lawless is a keyboardist, saxophonist, flautist, MIDI sound designer, digital audio specialist, Macintosh programmer and keyboard technician who has been on production teams with music royalty.

He has worked over 10 years as keyboardist / programmer for the legendary Irish rock band, U2. Before that he had the pleasure of touring for over two decades with the biggest names in the music business.

Contact

www.terrylawless.com

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