Toshihiko tells his story
how he came to the organ:
Hello, I'm Toshihiko Kankana. It's a great honor to be chosen as
'Organist of the month'. I'd like thank you very much to IAJO and
everyone in the Hammond organ world.
When I was 19, I encountered the organist, Mr. Jimmy Smith in LA. Before
the moment I had played only the piano. The sound surprised me a lot.
Then I became a roadie for Jimmy and brought his organ. When I was in my
twenties, I was in Harlem in New York. So I had many chances to play
the organ at many organ clubs there. At that time I was inspired by
Jack Mcduff, John Patton, and so many other organ players.
The organ is my second voice.