Sony GCS-1 SuperBetaMovie Industrial Camera in the field with Jon Hammond

Sony GCS-1 SuperBetaMovie Industrial Camera in the field with Jon Hammond – I wore out 3 of these cameras filming for my Public Access

TV Show The Jon Hammond Show on MCTV, MNN TV and now streaming – we are still on 34th year late Friday nights / early Saturday mornings

01:30 AM EST – 28 minute program, Music, Travel and Soft News

The camera was way ahead of it’s time! – Jon Hammond

John Entwistle of The Who with Jon Hammond and his Sony GCS-1 – John is playing one of his custom made Warwick Buzzard basses, pure ebony

WATCH GCS-1 Vintage Jon Hammond Show Here: Jon Hammond Show

Jon’s archive https://archive.org/details/JonHammondCIrca89JonHammondShowMCTVwEddieMoneyJohnEntwistleJoeBergerBonusKennyBridgeDiver

Action-packed vintage clip from the long-running (24th year) NYC cable-access TV show “The Jon Hammond Show” has classic opening with Video by LORI, Eddie Money spot filmed the night he did David Letterman with Ronnie Spector “Take Me Home Tonight”. Also a spot for Joe Berger’s Impromptu Video Movie with voice-over by Jon Hammond featuring John Entwistle (RIP) of the WHO & Jack Bruce of CREAM. This spot was a noble attempt at marketing that went awry. Joe unfortunately got ripped off by the people who were supposed to run the ad nation-wide 1989, but we’ve got it for you here..enjoy! ©2007 http://www.HammondCast.com *BONUS: Kenny the Belly-flop Bridge Swan Diver..ouch!

Betamax Wiki https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betamax

Betamax (also called Beta, and referred to as such in the logo) is a consumer-level analog videocassette magnetic tape recording format developed by Sony, released in Japan on May 10, 1975. [1] The first Betamax introduced in America was the LV-1901 console, which included a 19″ color monitor, and appeared in stores in early November, 1975. The cassettes contain .50 in (12.7 mm)-wide videotape in a design similar to the earlier, professional .75 in (19 mm) wide, U-matic format. The format is obsolete, having lost the videotape format war[2] to VHS. Betamax recorders ceased production in 2002, but the format’s cassette tapes were available until March 2016, when Sony discontinued them.[3]

Like the rival videotape format VHS (introduced in Japan by JVC in October 1976[4] and in the United States by RCA in August 1977[5]), Betamax had no guard band and used azimuth recording to reduce crosstalk. According to Sony’s own history webpages, the name came from a double meaning: beta being the Japanese word used to describe the way signals were recorded onto the tape, and from the fact that when the tape ran through the transport, it looked like the Greek letter beta (β). The suffix -max, from the word “maximum”, was added to suggest greatness.[6] In 1977, Sony came out with the first long play Betamax VCR, the SL-8200. This VCR had two recording speeds: normal, and the newer half speed. This provided two hours recording time on the L-500 Beta videocassette. The SL-8200 was to compete against the VHS VCRs which had 2 or 4 hours of recording time.[7]

Sanyo marketed a version as Betacord, but this was also referred to casually as “Beta”. In addition to Sony and Sanyo, Beta-format video recorders were manufactured and sold by Toshiba, Pioneer, Murphy, Aiwa, and NEC. The Zenith Electronics Corporation and WEGA Corporations contracted with Sony to produce VCRs for their product lines. Department stores like Sears (in the United States and Canada) and Quelle (Germany) sold Beta-format VCRs under their house brands, as did the RadioShack chain of electronic stores. Betamax and VHS competed in a fierce format war, which saw VHS come out on top in most markets.

n early 1985, Sony would introduce a new feature, High Band or SuperBeta, by again shifting the Y carrier—this time by 800 kHz. This improved the bandwidth available to the Y sideband and increased the horizontal resolution from 240 to 290 lines on a regular-grade Betamax cassette. Since over-the-antenna and cable signals were only 300–330 lines resolution, SuperBeta could make a nearly identical copy of live television. However, the chroma resolution still remained relatively poor, limited to just under 0.4 MHz or approximately 30 lines resolution, whereas live broadcast chrominance resolution was over 100 lines. The heads were also narrowed to 29 μm to reduce crosstalk, with a narrower head gap to play back the higher carrier frequency at 5.6 MHz. Later, some models would feature further improvement, in the form of Beta-Is, a high band version of the Beta-I recording mode. There were some incompatibilities between the older Beta decks and SuperBeta, but most could play back a high band tape without major problems. SuperBeta decks had a switch to disable the SuperBeta mode for compatibility purposes. (SuperBeta was only marginally supported outside of Sony, as many licensees had already discontinued their Betamax line.)[19][20]

In 1988, Sony would again push the envelope with ED Beta, or “Extended Definition” Betamax, capable of up to 500 lines of resolution, that equaled DVD quality (480 typical). In order to store the ~6.5 MHz-wide luma signal, with the peak frequency at 9.3 MHz, Sony used a metal formulation tape borrowed from the Betacam SP format (branded “ED-Metal”) and incorporated some improvements to the transport to reduce mechanically induced aberrations in the picture. Beta ED also featured a luminance carrier deviation of 2.5 MHz, as opposed to the 1.2 MHz used in SuperBeta, improving contrast with reduced luminance noise.[21]

Sony introduced two ED decks and a camcorder in the late 1980s. The top end EDV-9500 (EDV-9300 in Canada) deck was a very capable editing deck, rivaling much more expensive U-Matic set-ups for its accuracy and features, but did not have commercial success due to lack of timecode and other pro features. Sony did market Beta ED to “semiprofessional” users, or “prosumers”. One complaint about the EDC-55 ED CAM was that it needed a lot of light (at least 25 lux), due to the use of two CCDs instead of the typical single-CCD imaging device. The Beta ED lineup only recorded in BII/BIII modes, with the ability to play back BI/BIs.[22]

Despite the sharp decline in sales of Betamax recorders in the late 1980s and subsequent halt in production of new recorders by Sony in 2002, both Betamax and SuperBetamax are still being used by a small number of people. New cassettes are still available for purchase at online shops and used recorders are often found at flea markets, thrift stores or on Internet auction sites. Early format BetaCam cassettes—which are physically based on the Betamax cassette—continue to be available for use in the professional media.

Comparison with other video formats[edit]

Size comparison between a Betamax cassette (top) and a VHS cassette (bottom).
Below is a list of modern, digital-style resolutions (and traditional analog “TV lines per picture height” measurements) for various media. The list only includes popular formats. All values are approximate NTSC resolutions. For PAL systems, replace “480” with “576”. Note that listed resolution applies to luminance only, with chroma resolution usually halved in each dimension for digital formats, and significantly lower for analog formats.

Resolution based on the quality with a standard Kell factor of 0.7:[citation needed]

350×480 (250 lines per picture height): Umatic, Betamax, VHS, Video8
420×480 (300 lines per picture height): Super Betamax, Betacam (professional)
460×480 (330 lines per picture height): Analog Broadcast
590×480 (420 lines per picture height): LaserDisc, Super VHS, Hi8
700×480 (500 lines per picture height): Extended Definition Betamax
Pal Systems,

350×576 (250 lines per picture height): Umatic, Betamax, VHS, Video8
420×576 (300 lines per picture height): Super Betamax, Betacam (professional)
460×576 (330 lines per picture height): Analog Broadcast
590×576 (420 lines per picture height): LaserDisc, Super VHS, Hi8
700×576 (500 lines per picture height): Extended Definition Betamax
[23][not in citation given]

Digital formats Quality based on the resolution with a standard Kell factor of 0.7:[citation needed]

352×240 (240 lines per picture height): Video CD
480×480 (330 lines per picture height): SVCD
720×480 (504 lines per picture height): 4:3 DVD, Anamorphic Widescreen DVD, DV, miniDV, Digital8
720×360 (504 lines per picture height): Letterbox Widescreen DVD
1280×720 (896 lines per picture height): AVCHD-lite (720p)
1440×1080 (1080 lines per picture height): miniDV (high-def variant)
1920×1080 (1344 lines per picture height): (1080i/p) AVCHD, Blu-ray, HD DVD
Tape lengths[edit]
Both NTSC and PAL/SECAM Betamax cassettes are physically identical (although the signals recorded on the tape are incompatible). However, as tape speeds differ between NTSC and PAL/SECAM, the playing time for any given cassette will vary accordingly between the systems. Other unusual lengths were produced from time to time, such as L-410.

For NTSC only, BI is standard speed, BII is 1/2 speed, BIII is 1/3 speed
Common tape lengths
Tape label Tape length Recording time
ft m BI BII BIII PAL/SECAM
L-125 125 38 15 min 30 min 45 min 32 min
L-165 166 2/3 51 20 min 40 min 60 min (1 h) 43 min
L-250 250 76 30 min 60 min (1 h) 90 min (1:30 h) 65 min (1:05 h)
L-370 375 114 45 min 90 min (1:30 h) 135 (2:15 h) 96 min (1:36 h)
L-500 500 152 60 min (1 h) 120 min (2 h) 180 min (3 h) 130 min (2:10 h)
L-750 750 229 90 min (1:30 h) 180 min (3 h) 270 min (4:30 h) 195 min (3:15 h)
L-830 833 1/3 254 100 min (1:40 h) 200 min (3:20 h) 300 min (5 h) 216 min (3:36 h)
Home movies [edit]
Two-piece camera/VCR systems rapidly displaced Super 8 mm film as the medium of choice for shooting home movies and amateur films. These units included a portable VCR, which the videographer would carry by a shoulder strap, and a separate camera, which was connected to the VCR by a special cable. At this point, Beta had several advantages over VHS systems. The smaller Beta cassette made for smaller and lighter VCRs.

However, consumers wanted a one-piece solution. The first one-piece consumer camcorder, the Betamovie, came from Sony. A major requirement for a one-piece camcorder was miniaturizing the recording head drum, and Sony’s solution to this involved a nonstandard video signal which would become standard only when played back on full-sized VCRs. A side effect of this was that Beta camcorders were record-only: consumers saw this as a major limitation.

VHS manufacturers found a better solution to drum miniaturization (it involved four heads doing the work of two). Because it used standard video signals, VHS camcorders could review footage in the camcorder and copy to another VCR for editing. This shifted the home movie advantage dramatically away from Beta, and was a primary reason for the loss of Beta market share: owners of Beta VCRs found that a VHS camcorder would allow them to copy and edit footage to their Beta deck – something that Betamovie could not do. If rental movies were not available in Beta, they could rent them in VHS and use their camcorder to play them. Owners of VHS VCRs could also choose a variant camcorder format called VHS-C. This used a miniaturized cassette to make a camcorder smaller and lighter than any Betamovie.

Sony could not duplicate the functionality of VHS-C camcorders, and seeing the rapid loss of market share, eventually introduced the Video8 format. Their hope was that Video8 could replace both Beta and VHS for all uses. For more information, see the article on camcorders.[24]

End of production[edit]
On November 10, 2015 Sony announced [25] that it would no longer be producing Betamax video cassettes. Production and sales ended March 2016 after nearly 41 years of continuous production.

Jon’s archive https://archive.org/details/6842260604

Hello New York! Jon Hammond Show 28 Minutes Preview 06/04 MNN TV – First segment: Jon Hammond’s annual musikmesse Warm Up Party in the world famous jazzkeller Frankfurt – LATE RENT Jon Hammond Theme Song – Jon Hammond Band: Peter Klohmann tenor, Giovanni Totò Gulino drums, Joe Berger guitar, Jon Hammond organ – Video: Tino Pavlis – Second segment: First playing of the Todd Anderson arrangement of “Lydia’s Tune” by Jon Hammond – Organist Jon Hammond composed this song in Paris France after flying there aboard Air France Concorde in year 1981, played here now with Meeting House Jazz Orchestra – #hammondcast Arranged and Conducted by tenor saxophonist Todd Anderson. Bob Rosen (tenor) presiding over the Music Program at Friends Seminary​ 230 year old school established on Manhattan’s East Side – David Zalud trumpet, Greg Ruvolo trumpet, Jim Piela saxophone, Pat Hall, Art Baron​, Alfredo Marques trombones, (guitar solo): David Acker guitar, Mike Campenni drums, Charles Lee alto, more names coming! Thank you for playing my song and those listening and watching this Podcast folks! Jon Hammond​ ©JON HAMMOND International ASCAP http://www.HammondCast.com/
TV Producers of Manhattan Neighborhood Network [MNN]​ – Manhattan Neighborhood Network​ – Associated Musicians of Greater New York, Local 802 AFM​ of Greater New York, Local 802 AFM AFM Local 6 PROFILE http://afm6.org/member-profile/jon-hammond-wheres-the-gig/ — with Alfredo Marques, Bob Rosen, Greg Ruvolo, Todd Anderson, Mike Campenni, Art Baron, David Acker, Charles Lee and AFM Local 6 at Friends Seminary.
3rd segment: Jon Hammond Band​ – Czechoslovakian Salsa Song by Jon Hammond (organ) Video Tino Pavlis
Note: https://www.facebook.com/notes/jon-hammond-band/best-party-of-the-year-jon-hammonds-annual-musikmesse-warm-up-party-in-jazzkelle/1107482975950736
Best Party of The Year! Jon Hammond’s annual musikmesse​ Warm Up Party in Jazzkeller​ Tuesday April 5th 2016 celebrating 30 years
Jon Hammond​ – organ Joe Berger​ – guitar Peter Klohmann​ – saxophone Giovanni Totò Gulino​ – drums Mr. Hammond has toured worldwide since 1991 using the incredible Sk1 organ by Hammond Suzuki..™ “Classic Hammond Sound…In A Suitcase!” The Jon Hammond Show is a funky swinging instrumental revue, featuring top international soloists. The show has universal appeal. Big Hammond orgel sound – 100% organic
©JON HAMMOND International – JJ Guitars​ Suzuki Musical Instruments​
4th segment: As Seen On MNN TV The Jon Hammond Show – Filmed in High Definition – Pocket Funk with NDR Horns – Jon Hammond Band special Auster Jazz Series – musical director Michael Leuschner trumpet, Lutz Büchner tenor saxophone, Ernst-Friedrich Fiete Felsch alto saxophone, Funky Heinz Lichius drums feature on this one, Joe Berger guitar, Jon Hammond organ + bass http://www.HammondCast.com/ special thanks dankeschön to Knut Simon and Lukas Aaron Hambrecht AutoBild Redaktion Team for bringing the Borgward, Nicolai Ditsch for operating the camera (also a fine drummer) and all the Hamburg people who came to this party session, Auster Bar Team Frank Blume & Torsten Wendt – support from Musik Rotthoff, Joe Berger is playing Futhark Guitars, Jon Hammond the Sk1 Hammond manufactured by Suzuki Musical Instruments – Auster Bar Hamburg Eimsbüttel #hammondcast

Producer Jon Hammond
Language English

Youtube https://youtu.be/HHyh9Hqj_bE

Jon Hammond with his trusty Sennheiser HD 25-1 headphones

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Duo Gig today: Marc Baum & Jon Hammond after the gig with dueling famous Remin Kart-A-Bag wheels, it’s a wrap folks!

Jon’s archive https://archive.org/details/HeadPhoneLateRentYachtklubLife

Jon Hammond Band – Head Phone Late Rent Yachtklub Life! Hans Romanov Presents:

Giovanni Totò Gulino drums, Peter Klohmann tenor sax, Joe Berger guitar, Jon Hammond Sk1 Hammond organ – Video: Tino Pavlis, Photos by Andreas Meer, Audio: Johannes Napp,
Silvio Cappucci http://www.HammondCast.com

Producer Jon Hammond
Language English

Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0

Youtube https://youtu.be/eIXnz0ZkaVI

Vimeo https://vimeo.com/166112020

Facebook video https://www.facebook.com/jonhammondband/videos/1282307858464675/

I’ll be playing the new Hammond XK-5 Organ in Nashville next week with some good friends at the Hammond organ event on night of June 23rd – from my good friends at Suzuki Musical Instruments​, my friend Masato Tomie is one of the main development engineers – sounds and plays just like the old B3 with multi-contact 3×3 waterfall keys…brilliant! We are going to get real funky at SoundCheck Nashville​ Studios – Jon Hammond​
Hammond Flexi-B Top Secret Organ
with 9 contact keyboards! – Jon Hammond at musikmesse with Suzuki Musical Instruments Prototype Debut

With Joe Berger guitar, Kayleigh Moyer drums and Chuggy Carter percussion – here the new XK-5 as Jon Hammond plays his hits “Get Back in The Groove” “Pocket Funk” “Late Rent” !

Hammond XK-5 aka Flexi-B Top Secret Organ Programmable Multi Contact Keys with MTW 1 Modeled Tone Wheel Generator

Hammond Flexi-B Top Secret Organ
with 9 contact keyboards! – Jon Hammond at musikmesse with Suzuki Musical Instruments Prototype Debut

Jon’s archive https://archive.org/details/MichaelFalkensteinAndJonHammondMusikmesse

Jon’s archive https://archive.org/details/MichaelFalkensteinAndJonHammondMusikmesse

Masato Tomie is also guitarist of Black Market Band with Kunio Miyauchi !

Youtube https://youtu.be/VF7WXWHv1a4

Jon Hammond Band​ getting funky with Head Phone Live in Jazzkeller​ – Jon’s annual musikmesse​ Warm Up Party with Giovanni Totò Gulino​ drums, Joe Berger​ guitar, Peter Klohmann​ tenor saxophone, Jon Hammond​ at the Hammond Sk1 organ – Jon Hammond uses Sennheiser​ Momentum headphones with in-line mic remote http://www.HammondCast.com – Video Directed by Tino Pavlis​ Sennheiser Momentum​

Michael Falkenstein with Prototype Hammond Flexi-B

Hammond XK-5 aka Flexi-B Top Secret Organ Programmable Multi Contact Keys with MTW 1 Modeled Tone Wheel Generator

Accordions Worldwide Breaking News: Jon Hammond Funk Unit Featured, Summer NAMM, Nashville, Tennessee – USA
by Holda Paoletti-kampl

Jon Hammond Funk Unit Featured, Summer NAMM, Nashville, Tennessee – USA by Holda Paoletti-kampl

http://www.accordions.com/news.aspx?d=27-May-2016&lang=en#art11769

Sylvia Pagni, Holda Paoletti-Kampl, Jon Hammond in Musikmesse Frankfurt

Jon Hammond, Holda Paoletti-kampl Accordions Worldwide Editor http://accordions.com/, Joe Berger, Nello Gabrielloni in halle 3.0 at Musikmesse

Accordion Radio News http://accordionradio.com/news.html

Jon Hammond Funk Unit Featured, Summer NAMM, Nashville, Tennessee – USA
by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

Jon Hammond’s Hammond Funk Unit quintet is performing a 40 minute set of his original compositions as part of the Summer NAMM Showcase at the famous Music City Center, Nashville.

The concert is on Friday June 24th, 2pm to 2.40pm. California-based Jon Hammond is a jazz musician and radio presenter, best-known nowadays as an organist who regularly uses accordion in his group and for hospital and old folks concerts (picture below).

Jon Hammond wrote:
“Three of the musicians are Nashville based: R Barber (trombone), Louis ‘Flip’ Winfield (drums), Cord Martin (tenor saxophone) plus my long-time guitarist Joe Berger and myself on Hamond organ – both Joe and myself are officially from New York City, although I am also in California a lot – I’m still a New Yorker!

There is a very strong chance that Lee Oskar will be joining us as Special Guest. I can’t guarantee that Lee will be onstage with us. We recently talked about doing it when we met at the ASCAP Pop Awards in Hollywood last month. He told me that he will be there and is going to try to make it, so we are going to have the stage set up for that, we have played together several times over the years.

Lee was an award recipient at the ASCAP Pop Awards and besides being the original member of the legendary band WAR, he manufactures his own line of Lee Oskar Harmonicas that have been very popular with Blues and Rock performers for years.

Here we are in Hollywood a couple of weeks ago, with Lee wearing the medal he was awarded.”

Jon’s archive https://archive.org/details/GetBackInTheGrooveJonHammondBand

Jon Hammond Band Facebook https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=940444542651010

Youtube http://youtu.be/eKZ8vQGJq8Y

Jon Hammond’s composition “Get Back in The Groove” very special performance Jon Hammond Band in Jazzkeller Frankfurt Jon’s annual musikmesse Warm Up Party with many close friends in attendance – Tony Lakatos on tenor saxophone, Joe Berger guitar, Giovanni Totò Gulino drums, special guest Lee Oskar harmonica, Jon Hammond organ / bass

Jon’s archive https://archive.org/details/6842260604

Hello New York! Jon Hammond Show 28 Minutes Preview 06/04 MNN TV – First segment: Jon Hammond’s annual musikmesse Warm Up Party in the world famous jazzkeller Frankfurt – LATE RENT Jon Hammond Theme Song – Jon Hammond Band: Peter Klohmann tenor, Giovanni Totò Gulino drums, Joe Berger guitar, Jon Hammond organ – Video: Tino Pavlis – Second segment: First playing of the Todd Anderson arrangement of “Lydia’s Tune” by Jon Hammond – Organist Jon Hammond composed this song in Paris France after flying there aboard Air France Concorde in year 1981, played here now with Meeting House Jazz Orchestra – #hammondcast Arranged and Conducted by tenor saxophonist Todd Anderson. Bob Rosen (tenor) presiding over the Music Program at Friends Seminary​ 230 year old school established on Manhattan’s East Side – David Zalud trumpet, Greg Ruvolo trumpet, Jim Piela saxophone, Pat Hall, Art Baron​, Alfredo Marques trombones, (guitar solo): David Acker guitar, Mike Campenni drums, Charles Lee alto, more names coming! Thank you for playing my song and those listening and watching this Podcast folks! Jon Hammond​ ©JON HAMMOND International ASCAP http://www.HammondCast.com/
TV Producers of Manhattan Neighborhood Network [MNN]​ – Manhattan Neighborhood Network​ – Associated Musicians of Greater New York, Local 802 AFM​ of Greater New York, Local 802 AFM AFM Local 6 PROFILE http://afm6.org/member-profile/jon-hammond-wheres-the-gig/ — with Alfredo Marques, Bob Rosen, Greg Ruvolo, Todd Anderson, Mike Campenni, Art Baron, David Acker, Charles Lee and AFM Local 6 at Friends Seminary.
3rd segment: Jon Hammond Band​ – Czechoslovakian Salsa Song by Jon Hammond (organ) Video Tino Pavlis
Note: https://www.facebook.com/notes/jon-hammond-band/best-party-of-the-year-jon-hammonds-annual-musikmesse-warm-up-party-in-jazzkelle/1107482975950736
Best Party of The Year! Jon Hammond’s annual musikmesse​ Warm Up Party in Jazzkeller​ Tuesday April 5th 2016 celebrating 30 years
Jon Hammond​ – organ Joe Berger​ – guitar Peter Klohmann​ – saxophone Giovanni Totò Gulino​ – drums Mr. Hammond has toured worldwide since 1991 using the incredible Sk1 organ by Hammond Suzuki..™ “Classic Hammond Sound…In A Suitcase!” The Jon Hammond Show is a funky swinging instrumental revue, featuring top international soloists. The show has universal appeal. Big Hammond orgel sound – 100% organic
©JON HAMMOND International – JJ Guitars​ Suzuki Musical Instruments​
4th segment: As Seen On MNN TV The Jon Hammond Show – Filmed in High Definition – Pocket Funk with NDR Horns – Jon Hammond Band special Auster Jazz Series – musical director Michael Leuschner trumpet, Lutz Büchner tenor saxophone, Ernst-Friedrich Fiete Felsch alto saxophone, Funky Heinz Lichius drums feature on this one, Joe Berger guitar, Jon Hammond organ + bass http://www.HammondCast.com/ special thanks dankeschön to Knut Simon and Lukas Aaron Hambrecht AutoBild Redaktion Team for bringing the Borgward, Nicolai Ditsch for operating the camera (also a fine drummer) and all the Hamburg people who came to this party session, Auster Bar Team Frank Blume & Torsten Wendt – support from Musik Rotthoff, Joe Berger is playing Futhark Guitars, Jon Hammond the Sk1 Hammond manufactured by Suzuki Musical Instruments – Auster Bar Hamburg Eimsbüttel #hammondcast

Producer Jon Hammond
Language English

Youtube https://youtu.be/HHyh9Hqj_bE

Jon Hammond with his trusty Sennheiser HD 25-1 headphones

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Duo Gig today: Marc Baum & Jon Hammond after the gig with dueling famous Remin Kart-A-Bag wheels, it’s a wrap folks!

Sony Betamax, Super Betamax, Public Access TV, Jon Hammond Show, #HammondOrgan #NAMM #musikmesse #Nashville

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JON HAMMOND Instruments: Organ, Accordion, Piano, Guitar Attended: Berklee College of Music 1974, City College San Francisco Languages: English, German *Jon is currently Host of daily CBS radio program HammondCast on KYOU & KYCY 1550AM 7 days a week. *Performing in Hospitals, Nursing Homes & Prisons every month in addition to concerts world-wide. *Musician: Jon Hammond is one of the premier B3 PLAYERS in the world. Jon has played professionally since age 12. Beginning as a solo accordionist, he later played Hammond B3 organ in a number of important San Francisco bands. His all original group HADES opened shows for Tower of Power, Quicksilver Messenger Service and Michael Bloomfield. Eddie Money and Barry Finnerty became musical associates. Moving East he attended Berklee College of Music and played venues as diverse as Boston's "Combat Zone" in the striptease clubs during the '70's and the exclusive Wychmere Harbor Club in Cape Cod, where he was house organist and developed a lasting friendship with House Speaker Tip O'Neill. He also toured the Northeast and Canada with the successful show revue "Easy Living", and continued his appearances at nightclubs in Boston and New York. Subsequently Hammond lived and traveled in Europe, where he has an enthusiastic following. *TV/Video Producer: In 1981 Jon formed BackBeat Productions. Assisted by Lori Friedman (Video by LORI), the innovative TV show "The Jon Hammond Show" became a Manhattan Cable TV favorite.
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