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Swingin' with the Hammond Organ

Hal Tsuchida

Label: Mons Records
Format: CD
Barcode: 4260054555758
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Catalog number: MR 874575
Releasedate: 17-04-15
- Hal Tsuchida from Yokohama, Japan, is a jazz and blues organist, pianist, composer and arranger.

- As a band member, he got to know numerous festival stages from Chicago to Baltimore to Portland, and founded his own jazz organ trio.

- The idea for the present album Swingin' with the Hammond Organ began to blossom in Hal Tsuchida. When asked for the reasons, he answered "together with my friends from Germany and the Czech Republic, who love the sound of Hammond organ jazz as much as me, I wanted to retrace my musical path and to unite our experiences and differing traditions on a CD. 
 
- Swingin' with the Hammond Organ can with justification be called a 'favorite songs collection' which documents the authentic sound, the unique groove and the musical brilliance of this extraordinary band. 
Hal Tsuchida from Yokohama, Japan, is a jazz and blues organist, pianist, composer and arranger. His career as a professional musician began while studying jazz piano under Willie Pickens at the Northern Illinois University. This was followed by a master's degree in composition and a Performance Certificate from DePaul University. Thus equipped, he delved deep into the Chicago jazz and blues scene, playing with artists such as Billy Branch, Eddie C. Campbell, Bo Diddley, George Freeman, and Phil Guy to name but a few. As a band member, he got to know numerous festival stages from Chicago to Baltimore to Portland, and founded his own jazz organ trio. For eleven years, the US jazz and blues scene was the creative heart of his work. In 2006, his debut album Midnight Shuffle was released, followed by Next Time You See Me in 2010.
In June 2010, Hal Tsuchida returned to Japan where he earned his status as a jazz and blues organist, and where his musicianship was recognized and praised at numerous clubs and festivals.
In July 2013 he decided to move to Berlin. The European jazz and blues scene with its diversity of musical trends magically attracted him. He quickly became a part of this electrifying scene and began to contribute and develop his cosmopolitan experiences. He met musicians with a similar musical background to his own, musicians who shared his love for Hammond organ jazz and blues and who replenished it with their musical feeling.
The idea for the present album Swingin' with the Hammond Organ began to blossom in Hal Tsuchida. When asked for the reasons, he answered "together with my friends from Germany and the Czech Republic, who love the sound of Hammond organ jazz as much as me, I wanted to retrace my musical path and to unite our experiences and differing traditions on a CD. During my time in Chicago, I often played in bands that were heavily influenced by the sound of the 50's and 60's. This strongly influenced me as well. My heroes on the organ are legends such as Jimmy Smith, Jack McDuff, Jimmy McGriff, Don Patterson and Richard "Groove" Holmes. I come from this tradition and wanted to adapt this typical sound for Europe and make it tangible".
And that is what Hal Tsuchida (Hammond organ) with his allies Torsten Goods and Libor Šmoldas (guitar), Tobias Backhaus and Tomáš Hobzek (drums) and Karel Ruzicka Jr. (tenor saxophone) have so impressively and thrillingly succeeded in doing. Their patent remedy is as simple as it is ingenious: "I want to pay my tribute to those who have so heavily influenced my style on the Hammond organ. We took songs by legendary Hammond organ players and composers from their genre, then interpreted and recorded them our way. There are songs by Jimmy Smith like 'I'll Drink To That' and 'Off the Top' alongside jazz standards such as 'These Foolish Things', pure blues numbers like 'Midnight Creeper' or 'Tyrone' by Larry Young, as well as the Motown hit 'What's Going On' by Marvin Gaye.
Swingin' with the Hammond Organ can with justification be called a 'favorite songs collection' which documents the authentic sound, the unique groove and the musical brilliance of this extraordinary band. 
Jazz and blues organist, pianist, composer, and arranger. He studied jazz piano with Willie Pickens at Northern Illinois University where he earned a Bachelor of Music in Performance (Jazz Studies). He earned a Master of Music in Jazz Studies (Composition) and a Performance Certificate from DePaul University.

He has performed with many musicians including Billy Branch, Eddie C Campbell, Bo Diddley, Little Arthur Duncan, George Freeman, Phil Guy, Jeff Hamilton, Harold Jones, Bob Lark, RJ Mischo, Joe Moss, Nick Moss, Pinetop Perkins, Tim Ries, Lynwood Slim, Little Mack Simmons, Ira Sullivan, Junior Watson, Phil Woods, and the list goes on. As a blues pianist, he has been playing with numerous bands. He has performed at the Chicago Hope Festival (w/ Bo Diddley & Billy Branch, 2000), the Chicago Blues Festival (w/ Rob Stone, 2002), the Waterfront Blues Festival in Portland OR (w/ Phil Guy, 2002 and w/ Nick Moss, 2002), the Baltimore Blues Festival (w/ Nick Moss, 2002), the Taste of Chicago (w/ Phil Guy, 2008), and several other festivals as well. He has recorded the CDs "Got a New Plan" (w/ Nick Moss, Blue Bella Records, 2001), and "Movin' Out" (w/ Chicago Blues Angels, Blue Bella Records, 2001). He has appeared on the Fox Chicago Morning News (w/ Bo Diddley, 2000), and the blues shows Speakin' of the Blues on TV (w/ Arthur Duncan, 2002 and w/ Eomot RaSan, 2003).

He has studied jazz organ with Tony Monaco and Chris Foreman, and he has been leading his jazz organ trio. He released his first CD "Midnight Shuffle" (2006) with his jazz organ trio. He has regularly played with the George Freeman Trio for three years. He has performed with his jazz organ trio at the jazz festival Jazz in the Park in Gary IN (2008, 2009) and The 14th Annual Chicago Asian American Jazz Festival (2009). He released his second CD "Next Time You See Me" (2010) with his jazz organ trio.

As a composer and arranger, he provided several arrangements and one of his original compositions in the Afro-Cuban style to the NIU Latin jazz ensemble. He has recorded four of his original compositions for the CD "Midnight Shuffle."

After living in the US for 11 years, he moved to Japan in June 2010. He was active as a musician and an educator. He has performed at many clubs and festivals including Shinjuku Traditional Jazz Festival (2010, 2013), Yokohama Jazz Promenade (2011), Chiba Bayside Jazz Festival (2011), Asagaya Jazz Festival (2011, 2012), Takasago Jazz Festival (2012), and Shinjuku Spring Jazz Festival (2012, 2013).

In July 2013, he moved to Berlin, Germany. He has already played in Czech Republic, Italy, Norway, Slovakia, Sweden as well as Germany and performed with well-known musicians including Torsten Goods, Tony Lakatos, Nils Landgren, Magnus Lindgren, Bjørn Solli, Peter Weniger and Petter Wettre. His new CD "Swingin' with the Hammond Organ / Hal Tsuchida & European Friends" will be released by Mons Records in the spring 2015.