Evolving Life Narrative
Summary of accomplishments...
Pete Fallico was kind enough to write liner notes for my key CDs. I think he did a wonderful job telling my story, so if you want to know about what I'm about, please have a read...
Remembering Eddie Jefferson
Them That Swingeth
I was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA one of the major centers of Jazz and Soul music, and became interested in Jazz after accidentally turning the radio dial too far to the left one fateful Saturday at the age of 14. I also discovered the music of James Brown, Fela Kuti and The Ohio Players around that time, and began listening to Gil Scott Heron and Frank Zappa. You might say, I blame a listener long before becoming a player, cutting school to get my hands on all the vinyl I could. Not happy with just collecting music, I also dreamed of one day playing it. Having had studied classical piano since the age of 5, I went to South Philly's Settlement Music School where I began my journey.
My college years gave me trysts at Temple University and Goddard. (I finally graduated from Thomas Edison State College with a Bachelors Degree in Music.) I did a lot of research into the Schillinger Method as well as other alternative methods of Jazz Improv under a protege or Yusef Lateef while at Goddard, and began to develop my "7 Secrets of Jazz & Soul" teaching method.
Concurrently, thanks to introductions from friends, by the time I became interested in the Hammond Organ, I was lucky to be able to go on to study briefly with Shirley Scott, then intensely with Blue Note recording legend Big John Patton, who'd become a major figure in my life.
What followed from there was an intense musical journey to discover the roots of my instrument. I met Joe Dixon and the kind folks at the Col. Charles Young Post on Sharpnack Street in Philly and began playing some amazing sessions with "The Horn of Philadelphia" Byard Lancaster and other members of Philly's Jazz elite. I also recorded my REMEMBERING EDDIE JEFFERSON CD with Giacomo Gates and James Spaulding (co-produced by Ben Dixon). It played on over 100 radio stations, coast-to-coast on NPR and made the high 20s on the national Jazz Charts. A second CD, "Man With A Groove" followed in wake of a tour of Sweden, where I also went up north, and became one of the original factory demonstrators for the NORD ELECTRO.
Shortly after that, I returned to Japan where I opened Eddie's Lounge, a Jazz organ venue which received a ton of local and national media attention. During that time, I also returned to the States to record "THEM THAT SWINGETH", my second collaboration with Jack McDuff Drummer Rudy Petschauer. (The first was a gospel organ instructional video featuring the late Sugarman 3 guitarist Coleman Mellett.) "Them That Swingeth" also had significant radio play, as well as in store distribution throughout Japan and was featured on the HMV listening station.
In 2004, I collaborated with the J-Pop group SPECIAL OTHERS. I coached and wrote lyrics for two of their albums. I took a break from music, but revived Eddie's Lounge briefly, and in addition to hosting sessions, began to work on my singing and drumming as well, and continuing to teach and develop Jazz Improv resources.
Currently, I am a Rutgers Grad Student where I've already done research into "Jazz Liner Notes as Critical Responsa", and am in the process of returning to Philadelphia with my wife, a Japanese opera singer, and my three dogs.
I hope you'll explore my site and if you enjoy my music and teachings connect. Whether you want to listen to me, study with me, or even play with me, I'm eager to hear from you.
EDDIE'S LOUNGE photo gallery is here.
I have also had almost 20 years of experience teaching English as a Foreign Language, Language Arts and other academic subjects. Please click here for information on academic tutoring.
Remembering Eddie Jefferson
Man With A Groove
Them That Swingeth
Jazz Organ Bass Lines Demystified
"Eddie plays with a sincere and reverent nod to history and tradition. His appreciation for those who made their contributions and yet received minimal acknowledgment from the music industry, is revealed in this latest quest to perform the music he truly loves in life. Eddie feels that far too many organists lean toward Jimmy Smith and fail to understand the rambunctious and raucous swing style of those who preceded Jimmy. "Back in the day", says Eddie, "People were dancing with the Jazz they heard. I want my music to be fun and joyous like that...and this album leans towards this". Eddie feels that it's not just about show-off solos but also more about the feeling one can create...and the humanistic thrill Jazz Organ can elicit."
Hammond Organ Bass Lines DEMYSTIFIED. On sale at AMAZON.