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Beth Hart on “Conan”

It’s always great to play real Hammond B3 – no “clonewheels” allowed… Yesterday I had the opportunity to play with vocalist and pianist Beth Hart on Conan.I played one of Lon Cohen’s Hammond B3’s, a 1959 with a percussion mod. I used my own Leslie 122, first modified by Al Goff and then worked on in LA by keyboard guru Frank Rich. I first played Hammond when I was about 6 yrs old at my grandma’s house. She had a M3, and she taught me the drawbars and the legato organ technique. She also taught me how to turn it…

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Downbeat Magazine – March, 2013 Wow! An profile article in Downbeat. I’ve been reading this mag since I was 14, I remember the transcribed solos in the back (“Spain” by Chick Corea from Light as a Feather, Zawinul’s “Euridice” from Weather Report), and of course all the feature articles and record reviews. I’m honored and frankly blown away. Writer Shaun Brady hits all the points, and took my hour-long, typically rambling interview and made it somehow work and make sense. Click for original article… Coastal Composer by Shaun Brady Conan O’Brien’s very public firing from “The Tonight Show” in 2010 not…

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Jazz Times: Northern Light— Scott Healy-Glenn Alexander Quartet Click for original article… The appealing music on this newly released CD was actually recorded in December of 1991 when pianist Scott Healy and guitarist Glenn Alexander went into a New York studio with bassist Kermit Driscoll and drummer Jeff Hirshfield and created these six tracks covering an economical 38 minutes. Unfortunately, both Healy and Alexander quickly got busy on other projects, with the pianist landing a full-time gig with the new Late Night with Conan O’Brien show, and the master tapes were shelved for over 20 years. In 2012 Alexander found…

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The first time I listened to “Hudson City Suite“, the latest recording from pianist/composer Scott Healy, the music blew me away.  Haven’t changed my opinion in the 4+ months the CD has been in rotation but am not sure why this review has taken so long (the word “laziness” comes to mind.)  Healy, who worked in Conan O’Brien’s “show” band when he started at NBC and his subsequent move to TBS, admits to being greatly influenced by Duke Ellington.  There are moments on the 9 tracks that make up the “..Suite” where one can notice that influence but what is…

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“Jazz Arranging for Keyboardists”, from Keyboard Magazine April, 2013

We do so much work with computers – we might forget how to write for real instruments. Jazz arranging, while it will never become a lost art, might loose some of the subtleties that the masters have taught us. I’ve been writing for Keyboard Magazine for almost ten years, and I’ve seen it go through many changes, many new formats, writers and editors. The current incarnation with Stephen Fortner as editor is, as Moe Green says, “bigger and swankier than any of the rub joints in Vegas”.  They recently brought back full, notated, lessons covering everything from basic technique to…

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Scott Healy Ensemble Returns to Vitello’s – March 27th at 8PM

I’m pleased to bring my band back to this great club on Wednesday, March 27th. We’re doing one set at 8PM. Vitello’s the best-sounding room in LA, and the piano is fantastic (a Steinway B). I have a great lineup: Jeff Driskill, Alex Budman, Tim McKay on reeds, Bill Churchville and Brian Swartz on trumpets, and the great Andrew Lippman and George Thatcher on trombones. This is an amazing group of LA musicians, who really “get” my music and my vibe. Someone once told me to never show up at a rehearsal without something new to play, so I’m working…

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