John Medeski

I don’t know why I haven’t mentioned John Medeski before now… perhaps, in my defense there are just heaps of great pianists out there. Medeski, however, is one that I really like… he is jazz, he is funky, he is avant-garde, he is classical, he is crazy and atmospheric, he really plays it all.

For the ones that don’t know him, John Medeski is an American jazz keyboard player and composer. A veteran of New Yorks 1990s avant-garde jazz scene and he is very well known for being part of “Medeski Martin & Wood Trio”.

He plays the acoustic piano and an eclectic array of keyboards, including the Hammond B3 organ, melodica, mellotron, clavinet, ARP String Ensemble, Wurlitzer electric piano, Moog Voyager Synthesizer, Wurlitzer 7300 Combo Organ, and Yamaha CS-1 Synthesizer (a kids’ toy), among others. When playing acoustic piano, Medeski plays the Steinway piano exclusively and is listed as a Steinway Artist.

If you like the hammond sound mixed with funky riffs and crazy jazzy chords, you’ll really wanna watch this video from a solo during a Medeski, Martin & Wood show:

And please please check this super funky hammond riff… you won’t be able to stop groovin’ to it!

Let us know what you think and who your favorite keyboard or piano players are!

Luis Tovar

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Dr. Lonnie Smith

An unparalleled musician, composer, performer and recording artist.

Born in Buffalo, New York, Lonnie was blessed with the gift of music. Through his mother, he was immersed in gospel, blues and jazz at an early age.

An authentic master and guru of the Hammond B-3 organ for over five decades, he has featured on over seventy albums, and has recorded and performed with a virtual “Who’s Who” of the greatest jazz, blues and R&B giants in the industry. Consequently, he has often been hailed as a “Legend,” a “Living Musical Icon,” and as the most creative jazz organist by a slew of music publications. Jazz Times magazine describes him as “a riddle wrapped in an enigma wrapped in a turban!” Always ahead of the curve, it is no surprise Dr. Smith’s fan-base is truly worldwide.

If you haven’t heard the Dr. you will definitely love his style and it will make you feel good! He definitely is a healer!

And now see him playing with his new Hammond toy:

I hope you dig it!