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2013 Festival Preview: Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival

The Hammond B-3 organ takes center stage at the 4th annual MAJF

Tim Warfield and Pat Bianchi at Cape May Jazz Festival
Gregory Porter

The fourth annual Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival, scheduled for Feb. 15-18, produced by the Jazz Academy of Music, will spotlight the classic Hammond B-3 organ with a performance by tenorman Paul Carr, B-3 player Pat Bianchi, guitarist Bobby Broom and drummer Byron Landham.

“We wanted to dedicate the entire festival to the history of the organ because it’s undergoing a resurgence now,” said Carr, the president of the Jazz Academy of Music and one of the leading organizers of the festival. He said that the performance will aim to give a short history of the organ in jazz, followed by grooves that made the organ so popular in the ’50s and ’60s, and some original compositions. “It’s a very flexible instrument,” he said.

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