Primary Instrument: Band/orchestra
Celebrating the classic jazz combo configuration of the Hammond B3 organ, guitar and drums, and the Black- American experience through music, Chris Foreman, Greg Rockingham and Bobby Broom bring a modern sensibility to a musical timepiece.
The Deep Blue Organ Trio began its journey in 1992 playing engagements at Chicago's Cotton Club and Back Room. At the Cotton Club, a weekly gig which lasted for two years, the group began to develop its sound and musical connection. A connection which in large part began in the 1970s, when as teenagers Chris, Greg and Bobby were studying the organ jazz sounds which would soon become classic. My dad was an organ player who recorded and traveled a bit says drummer Rockingham, and I played in his group from about the age of nine until I left for Interlochen Arts Academy for high school. So, my love of organ music and my knowledge of organ maintenance comes from him. Foreman began playing at the organ at age five. As a kid, I was especially attracted to the organ players that I heard on the jazz radio station. I was fascinated by the variety of sounds that the instrument could produce. Guitarist Broom's first love in jazz was organist Charles Earland's 1971 release, Black Talk. During my teens as I continued listening and learning about jazz, I realized the common practice of the pairing of the organ and guitar through the great combinations of Wes Montgomery with Mel Rhyne, Jimmy Smith with Wes or Kenny Burrell and Pat Martino with Don Paterson, explains Broom....
Awards:"Folk Music" - 2008 Chicago Music Award, Best Jazz CD
With his superb showing on their debut, Foreman stands to advance to the front ranks of the elite B3 burners on today's scene. Jazz Times
Among the world 's most prominent purveyors of the organ trio tradition. Lee Hildebrand
Goin' To Town/Live t the Green Mill (Delmark Records, 2005)
Folk Music (Origin Records, 2007)
Wonderful! (Origin Records, 2011)
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