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Robert Kennedy is a Hammond organist and pianist born and raised in the American South who is now proud to be a part of the Hammond organ’s resurgence in the San Francisco area. His first foray into music in the bay area was in 1988, playing piano in the Stanford University Jazz Band and studying jazz piano with the great jazz pianist, band director, and educator Bill Bell.
Robert was a founding member of the groups Hip Pocket Jazz Quintet and Double Funk Crunch. His new album Closer to Home features tunes by ten different composers and takes a step toward the jazz Hammond organ’s traditional home territory: hard bop, soul jazz, blues, and gospel. Among his many inspirations Robert counts the playing of Jack McDuff, Billy Childs, Larry Goldings, Herbie Hancock, and Tony Monaco.
The ensemble is Robert Kennedy - Hammond B-3 Organ, Trrence Brewer -Guitar:, Ben Torres - Tenor Saxophone and Cody Rhodes – Drums.
The tracks are Wild Bill, Dat Dere, Robert’s Reflection, Come On, Come In, Do You Know a Good Thing (When You See One)?,Sista Rissy, Rakin’ and Scrapin’, Carrot Cake, Sandu, and Alligator Strut.
Robert re-establishes the importance of the Hammond organ in today’s jazz scene. Grady Harp, January 18