Primary Instrument: Organ, Hammond B3
Lonnie Gasperini a soulful jazz organist from the state of Rhode Island has recently moved to New York City where he continues to take his passion for organ jazz to another level. Part of his history includes opening for or performing with Artists such as Lou Rawls Hal Crook, Diamond Centofanti, Joe Lovano, Joe Lee Wilson, Percy Sledge, Dr. Lonnie Smith, George Benson, Melvin Sparks, Al Street, Ron Alif, Jimmy McGriff, Jack McDuff, Seleno Clarke, Nate Lucas, Rueben Wilson, Eddie Landsberg, Don Williams, Wynton Marsalis, Diane Reeves, Max Lucas, Herbie King, Harold Jones, Thurman Barker, Idris Mohammed,Herlin Riley, Lon Ivey, Tootsie Bean, Patience Higgins, Donald Harrison,Igmar Thomas, Jerry Weldon, Rick Britto, Sam Morrison, Greg Abate,Jim Rotondi, Peter Bernstein, Jim Robittaile, Wyton Marsalis, Chris Botti, Thurman Barker, Joe Farnsworth, Fukushi Tainaka, John Chiodini, Randy Caldwell, Billy Osborne, Lavern Sims, Semenya McCord, Juanita Dixon, Michelle Cruz, Renuad Penant, Taro Kamura, Masami Ishikawa, Pete Calo, Nat Harris, Joe Friedman, John Weber, Joe Ferguson, Pete Farmer, Jesse Jones, Bill Thompson, Arnie Cheatham, Art Hazard, Willie Love, Bill Lowe, Danny Draher, and many others.
Lonnie Gasperini was born into a musical family and started out on the accordion at age 6 greatly influenced by his uncle Tulio Gasperini who was a master of the accordion and well known internationally. On the other side of the family his mother's brother Bob Pellicio played drums and formed the Bob Pell Trio in which Lonnie's aunt was the vocalist. It was his trip to California at age 13 that found him sitting in a club drinking Shirley Temples while listening to tunes like Girl from Ipanema and Satin Doll that sparked his interest in jazz. In the mid sixties while still playing accordion he also took up drums while dabbling on a Farfisa organ, Fender Rhodes and piano in which he used these skills to later record an Album entitled Joint Effort with the group Cannabis which toured in the late 60's throughout Texas..This album was reissued on CD by Gearfab record's in the US and also distributed by Comet record's in Europe and among other European record labels. featured on this album was Lonnie's tune Only Rock in Stock. In the early 70's Lonnie started playing more Gospel, Blues, R&B and Jazz with various bands and the Hammond B3 organ was his main instrument. He formed his own band The What's Up band which consisted of tenor sax, B3 organ and drums. Later on he hired baritone sax man Art Hazard and added a vocalist Lavern Sims. This band continued to play for 15 years until Lonnie reinvented his band, The Lonnie Gasperini Organ Trio which was made up of a guitarist, organ and drums. This Trio still plays today throughout New England and NYC and occasionally tours in Florida, California and Chicago which feature's different guitar players and drummers,
Some recent recordings featuring Lonnie as a sideman include: Off the Cuff by The Scott Gordley Trio, Saturday Night, Sunday Morning by drummer Mark Teixeira. Groovin In The Galaxy by guitarist Jeff Terra which features Lonnie's tune Grooves Blues Masami Ishikawa by The Masami Ishikawa Trio along with drummer Fukushi Tainaka which includes Lonnie's tribute to Fukushi, Blues for Fukushi. World Full of Blues by Duke Robillard Broken Hand by The Tim La Fazia Trio includes Lonnie's tune People Keturah by Keturah Burgess Thurman Barker Rediscovered by drummer Thurman Barker
Lonnie's own recordings: Turn Up The Gas by Lonnie Gasperini Organ Trio available at www.cdbaby.com/cd/gasperini North Beach Blues by Lonnie Gasperini Organ Trio
Lonnie's original Funk tune, Witch Doctor is on Dr. Lonnie Smith's CD Jungle Soul on Palmetto Records and was released at The Jazz Standard (NYC) in July 2006.
* North Beach Blues was recorded live in San Francisco at the famed Purple Onion and released by Doodlin Record's by Pete Fallico,
* Thurman Barker Rediscovered. Thurman is a professor of Jazz at Bard College who played and recorded with Cecil Taylor, Sam Rivers to name just a few. Lonnie was chosen for this project which includes sax man Sam Morrison former Miles Davis sideman. This CD shows a different side of Lonnie..progressive jazz in a hip organ trio.
Lonnie is currently working on a New Project which caters to Organic Funk!
Some recent performances in NY include The Shrine, Cleopatra's Needle,The Bluenote, Lenox Lounge, Showmans, Sugarbar, BethelWoods Jazz Festival, The Garage, The Knitting Factory, Smoke, Robin's Nest
Lonnie hosts Organ Jazz workshops throughout the New England and NYC area. Children participants have ranged in age form 5 to 18 providing a stage for children to work side by side with professional musicians during live performances in an instructional setting.
Lonnie Gasperini continues the great organ tradition of Jimmy Smith, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Jimmy McGriff, Charles Earland, Groove Holmes, Jack McDuff and Larry Young. His music is an exciting blend of American roots and what's happening now. ♪ ♫ ♪