George Papageorge - Hammond B-3 organ
George Papageorge is a blues, jazz, funk and rock organist, keyboard player based in New York City. First acitve in the early 1990s, Papageorge toured, recorded, and co-wrote music for soul singer Mighty Sam McClain and soul-jazz guitar legend Melvin Sparks, among many others. Always delivering energetic performances both on stage and on over 25 recordings, Papageorge has supported the most soulful and driven artists as a sideman.
2015 introduces Papageorge's debut recording "Snowstorm Blues" with guitarists Randy Johnston and Matt Chertkoff and drummers Vince Ector and Brian Floody.
All of the nine tunes were performed in a trio setting and two were written by Papageorge. Notable tracks include "Cocaine," written by the recently deceased J.J Cale and made famous worlwide by Eric Clapton. This rendition has a funky soul-jazz pulse. From the Beatles' Hard Day's Night, the tune "And I love Her" is given a soulful treatment. Other highlight include a dramtaic Hammond solo on the Johnie Taylor breakthrough number one hit, "Whose Making Love," and a well crafted organ solo on "Heaven." Papageorge's influences include Charles Earland, Jimmy Smith and Booker T. Jones.
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