All-Star Hammond Organ Summit to Be Presented at NAMM Expo

Concert celebrates 80th anniversary of company and initial Hall of Fame inductees

A “Sound Soul Summit” featuring several well-known Hammond organists will be presented at the upcoming NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) Expo in Anaheim, Calif. According to a press release from Hammond, the event/concert, co-sponsored by Keyboard Magazine, will take place at the Anaheim Hilton on Jan. 24 9:00 PM. The event celebrates the 80th anniversary of Hammond Organ, and the charter inductees into the Hammond Hall of Fame.

Featured artists will include Brian Auger and Oblivion Express, singer/songwriter Bill Champlin, the Jon Hammond Quartet featuring Bernard Purdie on drums, and Spock’s Beard keyboardist Ryo Okumoto. Jazz organists Jim Alfredson and Ron Oswanski will be joined by gospel artist Rev. Jimmie Smith for a tribute to Hall of Famer and jazz icon Jimmy Smith. A salute to Chicago rock will feature the original singers of the Buckinghams and Cryan Shames: Dennis Tufano and Tom “Toad” Doody, who will be joined by harmonica player Brandon Bailey. Former Etta James organist Gary Swan and Bruce Hornsby organist J.T. Thomas will salute Hammond Hall of Famer Billy Preston with members of the latter’s band. The show will close with Lynyrd Skynyrd keyboardist Peter Keys joined by Alex Nester in a rendition of Skynyrd’s hit “Free Bird” sans guitars. There will be special surprise guests as well.

Preceding the Concert Event Hammond will host an invitation-only reception honoring the Hammond Hall of Fame inductees, where Hammond will be awarded the Milestone Award from NAMM. Invitations will be available at the Hammond Booth #5100 at the NAMM Expo: Hammond Organ Co..