May 10, 2008 – 6:11 am
In Chicago, all Hammond players are blind
Of course, buying jazz records is not enough. In Chicago, you have to go and see live music. Traditionally, it’s blues, though jazz is acceptable for the first time visitor. Especially when you’re me.
We had a flick through the local gig listings and ended up with a spot called the Green Mill, which had a vocal trio on that night. The singer was good – Kimberley Gordon was her name – and the guitarist (whose name escapes me) was more than competent – very Jim Hall, if you know what I mean (and if you don’t – it’s not important) – but the organist on the Hammond B3 was just amazing. His name is Chris Foreman.
I’ve only seen a Hammond in a jazz band live once or twice, but I’ve heard it a lot on record and I’m a really big fan. But to witness an absolute master was a real treat. A couple of beers, a good sound system and some incredible musicianship all make for a good night out.