Gene tells his story
how he came to the organ:
In my senior year in high school, after hearing Bill Doggett and his wonderful group
playing honky tonk, I decided then that I wanted to play organ. A few years later, I
had a chance to hear Jimmy Smith playing live and that finalized my decision. Shortly
after that experience, I purchased my first organ, a Hammond M-100 and leslie speaker.
48 years later, I now own 5 organs and am still in love with "The Beast". I have released
LP's, 45's and now 5 CD's and I still practice everyday. It is important to stay in the books,
learning new tunes. There are many excellent young Hammond players on the scene today, so
hopefully the tradition of jazz organ will stay strong for many years to come.
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