Album:...This Is The Place!
The Hammond B3 organ has been a big part of jazz since the 50s with legends like Jimmy Smith, Groove Holmes and Jimmy McGriff. Organissimo is one of several bands that continue that tradition. Organist and group leader Jim Alfredson is from Lansing, MI. His father played the organ so not surprisingly, Alfredson learned to play at an early age. He formed Organissimo in 2000 with guitarist Joe Gloss and drummer Randy Marsh. There is no bass in this trio. Gloss is also from Lansing. He started out in bluegrass but later turned to jazz. Marsh is from Grand Rapids. His father Arno Marsh played tenor sax with Woody Herman and Stan Kenton and his mother Mary Lou Marsh was a jazz singer. Organissimo has been recording on their own label since 2003. Smokin' Section is from the 2005 CD ...This Is The Place!. Gloss left in 2010 and their current guitarist is Larry Barris. Alfredson was in the band Root Doctor and he has toured with singer Janiva Magness. Marsh also plays with singer Paul Vornhagen. Organissimo's latest CD Dedicated was released in 2013. Fans of the Hammond B3 organ should check them out. Here's Organissimo performing Smokin' Section at For The Music Only in New Hope, PA June 17, 2009.