The Bowery Presents
Steely Dan

Steely Dan

Deep Blue Organ Trio

Sat, July 20, 2013

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

CMAC (Canandaigua, NY)

Canandaigua, NY

$96, $66, $46, $30.50 advance lawn / $35 day of show lawn

This event is all ages

Steely Dan
Steely Dan
Legendary jazz-rock icons Walter Becker and Donald Fagen have announced that STEELY DAN will hit the road again in 2013, taking their Mood Swings: 8 Miles To Pancake Day Tour to over four dozen stops throughout North America.

Concertgoers can expect an evening of the same high-level of musical excellence that garnered raves from fans and critics alike, and which was described by the LA Times thusly: "Everyone gathered Friday evening was a believer — and they were treated to something close to rapture." The Chicago Sun-Times raved "This was different. This was live. This was vibrant. This was a cascade of color carried along by Fagen, Becker, eight brilliant supporting musicians and three superb backing vocalists."

Onstage, Donald and Walter will be joined by those same eight brilliant supporting musicians, now appearing as The Bipolar Allstars (featuring Keith Carlock on drums, Freddie Washington on bass, Jim Beard on keyboards, and Jon Herington on guitar), along with The Borderline Brats — three sublime, soulful songbirds. Together, they will treat audiences to selections from The Dan's extraordinary four-decade catalog, rich with infectious tunes, bodacious harmonies, irresistible grooves, and sleek, subversive lyrics, punctuated by blazing solo work and rich ensembles. As always with the adventurous Fagen and Becker, a few surprises may be in store as well.
Deep Blue Organ Trio
The music of Stevie Wonder left an indelible imprint on the minds of Bobby Broom, Chris Foreman, and Greg Rockingham while they were growing up in the 1960s and ‘70s. Although all three musicians would come to focus on jazz as adults, rather than on pop and R&B, Wonder’s songs were simply too sophisticated, melodically and harmonically, to forget. With Wonderful!, the Chicago-based Deep Blue Organ Trio’s fourth CD and second for Origin Records, guitarist Broom, organist Foreman, and drummer Rockingham pay homage to Wonder with nine of his compositions rendered anew in the jazz organ trio tradition of which they have become among the world’s most prominent purveyors.

Broom, Foreman, and Rockingham first played together in 1992 and officially formed the Deep Blue Organ Trio in 2000. Wonderful! is their fourth, U.S. jazz chart topping recording, following 2004’s, Deep Blue Bruise and 2006’s Goin’ to Town: Live at the Green Mill, both on Delmark Records, and 2007’s jazz radio favorite and Chicago Music Award winning, Folk Music on Origin Records. For nine years from 2003-2012, when not on tour, they were the Tuesday night attraction at Chicago’s historic Green Mill Lounge. Currently they can be seen on Tuesday nights in Chicago at Andy’s Jazz Club in Downtown Chicago.

Greg Rockingham practically has the Hammond B-3 organ running through his veins. Born in Waukegan, Illinois, on September 29, 1959, he is the son of organist David Rockingham, leader of the David Rockingham Trio, which scored a national pop hit in 1963 with a boogaloo-flavored instrumental titled “Dawn.” Greg began sitting in with the trio when he was 5 and was a regular member from age 9 to 16. After graduating high school, he toured for eight years with the Guy Lombardo ghost band and for eight months with the Glenn Miller ghost band, then spent a decade with Charles Earland, on whose albums Blowing the Blues (1997) and Jazz Organ Summit (1998) he appeared. He owns two Hammond B-3 organs, as well as four Leslie speakers, and maintains and transports the organ and speakers to all of the Deep Blue Organ Trio’s gigs for longtime friend Chris Foreman.

Foreman, who was born blind in Chicago on September 16, 1957, started playing piano at age 7 but became enamored of the jazz organ as a teenager. “I was fascinated with the sound of the organ and how different sounds could be obtained from it,” he explains. He made his recording debut in 1981 on blues guitarist Albert Collins’s Don’t Lose Your Cool album and later cut two CDs with the Mighty Blue Kings. Inspired by such organ greats as Jimmy McGriff, Jimmy Smith, Jack McDuff, Charles Earland, Richard “Groove” Holmes, and Dick Hyman, Foreman is something of a historian of organ jazz.

Bobby Broom, perhaps best known for his membership in tenor saxophone titan Sonny Rollins’s band in the early and mid-1980s and again from 2005 to 2010, was born in Harlem on January 18, 1961. He got his first taste of jazz at around age 10 when his father brought home a copy of organist Charles Earland’s Black Talk album. Some years later, in the late Eighties and early Nineties, Broom worked as Earland’s guitarist and appeared on his albums Front Burner (1988) and Third Degree Burn (1989). His other sideman credits include work with trumpeters Tom Browne and Hugh Masekela, Kenny Burrell’s Jazz Guitar Band, five nights with Miles Davis, five and a half years with Dr. John, tours with saxophonist Kenny Garrett’s Quartet, and bassist Ron Carter’s Golden Striker Trio. Since 1981, Broom has recorded 10 albums under his own name for the GRP, Arista, Criss Cross, Premonition, Delmark, and Origin labels.

Foreman and Rockingham had been playing together for several years in various bands before they met Broom. “There’s a chemistry that the three of us have that’s special,” the guitarist says. Foreman concurs. “We listen to each other,” he states. “Some things we don’t even talk about. If you don’t talk about it so much and just let the music happen, then it happens. Sometimes the results are amazing, sometimes they’re funny, sometimes surprising. That’s what I like about it—the chemistry, the camaraderie.”

That special chemistry is quite evident as Broom, Foreman, and Rockingham lovingly reinterpret nine selections from the Stevie Wonder songbook on their new Origin Records release. Their organ jazz take on his music, to borrow from the CD‟s title, is truly wonderful!

Award-winning music biographer David Ritz, who wrote the booklet notes for Wonderful!, was blown away when he first saw Deep Blue at the Green Mill. “I broadcast the good news to all my friends,” Ritz writes. “I said, “Chris Foreman is the baddest organist in the land. He breathes blues like we breathe air. Bobby Broom is killing me with his outlandish chops and ridiculously good taste. Greg Rockingham has the pocket all sewn up. These guys are playing ballads that have me weeping, blues that have me moaning, grooves that have me jumping.”

Besides appearing at leading jazz clubs in the U.S. such as Scullers in Boston, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola in New York, Yoshi’s in San Francisco and Jazz Alley in Seattle, and at festivals in the U.S. and Europe, in recent years the Deep Blue Organ Trio has been chosen to be opening guest for Steely Dan concert tours— a highlight of their long and rewarding career as a trio.
Venue Information:
CMAC (Canandaigua, NY)
3355 Marvin Sands Drive
Canandaigua, NY, 14424