My training on piano began at the age of 5; however, due to a love of not just Jazz, but black music in general (gospel, soul, R&B), I switched to Hammond Organ in my 20s and now play both.
I was fortunate enough to have been mentored by a number of legendary players of the instrument including Austin Mitchell, Sarah Vaughan's favorite accompanist and the first Afro-American to play Hammond Organ in a supper club in Philadelphia. I received my first "modern" lesson from Shirley Scott, then went on to intensely study composition and performance with Blue Note recording legend Big John Patton, an influential figure in the "Soul Jazz" movement of the 1960s.
You can hear some of my music here and read my profile here.
I also recommend reading the liner notes to REMEMBERING EDDIE JEFFERSON, my debut CD from 15 years ago produced by Lou Donaldson/Grant Green/John Patton drummer Ben Dixon if you really want to know how it all started for me.
In regards to my activity as a Hammond Organist, besides performing I was a factory demonstrator for Clavia's Nord Electro. After touring Europe in 2001, I moved to Tokyo (where I had lived on and off several years prior) and opened a Jazz organ room called Eddie's Lounge. --To me, Jazz organ music isn't merely about an instrument. It's all about a vibe and a scene, and part of my goal was to translate that vibe to funky, gritty, Showa era Downtown Tokyo culture, so that was the concept of my club. (The club quickly became a popular hangout for musicians, both professional and amateur from all over Japan.)
Aside from performing, I have been involved in the production of instructional materials for Jazz organ studies for over a decade and a half. At present, my biggest seller is Hammond Organ Bass Lines DeMystified. You can get it on Amazon by following this link.
Return to Philadelphia:
Most recently, I returned to the Philadelphia area. I am hoping to put my Hammond C-3 organ back at the Col. Charles Young Post where I once performed alongside the legendary Byard Lancaster, Please be sure to connect with me if you'd like to be among the first to find out when or where I'll be playing, or to get with me for a lesson. I'm looking forward to hearing from you!
The definitive text on Jazz Organ bass line walking and grooving by a master educator and performer. Eddie Landsberg, a protege of the late great Big John Patton and Shirley Scott, original Nord Electro factory demonstrator, and creator of "The Seven Secrets of Jazz and Soul" improv message method teaches you the basics of bass line construction and performance as only Eddie Landsberg can. Based on the theory that a Jazz organist isn't a keyboardist who happens to play bass, but rather a bass player who happens to play keyboard, the author proceeds to create the definitive text to applied Hammond organ bass counterpoint. By the time you finish the book, you WILL be able to get your groove on and apply it to a wide array of repertoire. --Experience Jazz Organ bass burning THE SECRETS WAY!!!