I was happy to be a part of the Hammond Hall of Fame performances at NAMM 2014. Check out my trio doing one tune..
My current choice for a portable clone organ is the Hammond SK2. I moved from the Nord C1 to the SK2 after playing around with it a little at the 2010 Frankfurt Music Messe show. The SK2, like the C1, is also fairly portable and light. Weighing in around the 35lb mark, the SK2 actually fits into the exact same gig and flight case that my C1 fit into. It offers all the standard features that you would expect from a Hammond Clone as well as an on-board synth that allows you to use a manual on the organ to trigger the patches from the synth.. You can play the synth patches by themselves or combine them with the drawbar settings.
On the Leslie side of my portable rig is a Leslie 3300. The 3300 is a great new leslie. It comes with a 300 Watt solid-state amp which also includes a Vacuum tube preamp which is adjustable. The 3300 includes a 3 band EQ as well as adjustments for the horn volume as well as a volume control for Tube Level, and the sub bass line out. You can also turn the tube completely off in desired. It includes a standard 11 and 8 pin connector as well at 1/4″ line output jacks. The 11 pin allows direct connecting to any organ with a 11pin leslie output like a Hammond B3P or even the new Nord C2D. A couple other very nice features on the 3300 include a 1/4″ line output jack to drive a powered sub-woofer if your in need of some extra strong bass re-enforcement. I also use my SK2 with my classic Leslie 147 via a Trek C-1A Combo Pre-Amp Pedal.
Trumpets Jazz Club, Deer Head Inn, & The Falcon host December’s Moon CD Releases:
Ron Oswanski Quartet
Ron Oswanski – Hammond Organ
John Abercrombie – Guitar
Tim Ries – Saxophones
Ian Froman – Drums
Friday July 26th – Trumpets Jazz Club, Montclair NJ.
Saturday July 27th – Deer Head Inn, Delaware Water Gap, PA.
Wednesday July 31st – The Falcon, Marlboro, NY.
In case your not familiar with “The Rain Song”, here’s the original and some back ground info.. Be sure to check my version of it on
“The Rain Song” is a ballad song from English rock band Led Zeppelin‘s fifth album Houses of the Holy, released in 1973. “The Rain Song” is a ballad of over 7 minutes in length. Guitarist Jimmy Page originally constructed the melody of this song at his home in Plumpton, England, where he had recently installed a studio console. A new Vista model, it was partly made up from the Pye Mobile Studio which had
New York Times Review from the Jazz Standard
I was thrilled to be a part of this amazing week of music!! Ever since her very first recording, I’ve been a huge fan of her music!
Oswanski to release December’s Moon on Palmetto Records
Let me borrow a page from the Belgian surrealist artist Rene Magritte by saying: This is not an organ record.
As you may know, Magritte famously painted a picture of a tobacco pipe, floating mid-canvas, with the advisory “Ceci n’est pas une pipe” (“This is not a pipe”) emblazoned across the bottom. Among other intents, Magritte meant to confound the observer’s expectations – as does Ron Oswanski with this album. It may look like an “organ jazz” record, but trust me: this is anything but.