Jon Hammond hair illuminated in the Fillmore lights like a hair aura standing at his trusty Hammond XB-2 organ going through the house system via 2 direct input boxes
L to R: James Preston - drums, Jon Hammond - organ, Barry Finnerty - guitar in Jon's dressing room
backstage at The Fillmore. Jon is holding a surprise bucket of Moet Champagne with card sent back
to him by old friend Bob Barsotti of Bill Graham Presents, thanks a million Bob!
The card said: Dear Jon: Welcome to The Fillmore!
Jon Hammond touching sign with his own name on his dressing room door backstage at Bill Graham's
Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco CA
FLASH! Jazz Great Jon Hammond takes the new Hammond SK1 on its maiden voyage onstage in Germany. Congratulations to Jon for being the first ever to play our new model on a gig! Great job, Jon, and your band too! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fd3XEp0-BaE
Jon began his musical career at age 12 in the San Francisco Bay Area playing organ and accordion in bands and solo engagements, first recording studio dates 1968 when he met Robert Moog who personally delivered the Moog III to San Francisco Radical Laboratories where Jon was working at the time and jamming daily with members of Quicksilver Messenger Service, he next joined original rock band Hades with which he played until moving East to attend Berklee.
Playing 7 nights a week in Boston's notorious Combat Zone next lead to touring with successful show band Easy Living and then became house organist at the exclusive Wychmere Harbor Club Cape Cod MA where he played private parties for Tip O'Neill Speaker of The House. Returning to SF for a reunion concert in 1980 with Eddie Money and members of Tower of Power, next Jon moved to Europe where he lived and played for a number of years, still playing annually where he has an enthusiastic following. Jon began hosting his own TV show "The Jon Hammond Show" in 1984 and is now in 27th year on cable TV in Manhattan and heard daily on KYOU Radio HammondCast Show with regular appearances at international trade shows.