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Hammond B3 Pros and No Cons – An Short Interview

What’s So Great About a Hammond B3? Really, if you have to ask about the Hammond B3 you’ve got a lot of catching up to do–like about 50 years of history. But it’s not an easy instrument to play, made even more difficult if you move, rent, maintain or borrow one. Fortunately these days there are many alternatives. I endorse Hammond digital organs, basically their new line of digital B3’s. In this interview, Hammond artist rep Emiko asks me why I like the B3 (and by extension my new SK-2), and what my favorite toothpaste is. It’s pretty hard not…

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Interview for Film Music Media

Posted 1/4/1 at filmmusicmedia.com. Composer Interview: Scott Healy Scott Healy is a Grammy nominated composer, producer and performer who was recently nominated at the Grammy’s for his piece “Koko On The Boulevard”. Scott can also be seen weeknights on TBS as part of Conan O’Brien’s Basic Cable Band on Conan. Scott is a terrific talent and he shares how he got started in music, which eventually led to music composition. His album Hudson City Suite is an instrumental jazz album, and we talk a lot about writing an album like that versus writing film music. Scott talks about his approach, structure and execution…

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Gabriel Judet-Weinshel’s short film on Scott Healy’s “Hudson City Suite”

NYC filmmaker Gabriel Judet-Weinshel directed and edited this dramatic and compelling video, which is compiled from interviews, live session and location footage. This video documents the recording of Hudson City Suite, and delves into composer Scott Healy’s  process. Gabriel reveals Scott’s reverence to both the classical and modern jazz traditions, and how he was inspired by the iconic Ellington Suites to create a work that speaks “about” something. Shot at The Bridge Recording in Glendale, and on location in Jersey City, NJ, and NYC. For more of Gabriel Judet-Weinshel’s work, visit waxwingfilms.com.

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Americana the Beautiful

Notable LA Americana sightings in the last few days: Steve Martin and Edie Brikell blew everyone away with their tune on Conan last week. Steve drove the tune with a cool repeating lick on banjo–the rest of his touring band was there, plus a string quartet, and plus myself on piano and my Conan band mate Michael Merritt on bass. This Steve and Edie show were also headlining at the Hollywood Bowl later in the week. Then on Friday I went to the Bowl to hear Lyle Lovett and his Large Band…holy crap what a great band–four horns, lots of geetars,…

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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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