Combine a world class blues and jazz guitarist, add a keyboardist who also knows more than a thing or two about bass grooves and a powerful drummer, and the result is a musical concoction existing where jazz and blues meet. In this case, you get Little Charlie and Organ Grinder Swing.
Little Charlie and Organ Grinder Swing — featuring Charles “Little Charlie” Baty on guitar, Lorenzo Farrell on organ and Jason Hansen on drums — will perform at The Palms Playhouse on Sunday, April 22. The show, which is part of The Palms’ Sunday Afternoon Jazz Series, will start at 3 p.m.
Baty, Farrell and Hansen played together in the iconic blues group Little Charlie and the Nightcats along with vocalist/harp player Rick Estrin. After Baty left the Nightcats in 2008, the Nightcats’ longtime bass player Farrell began exploring the Hammond organ — an emotive, evocative instrument closely associated with mid-century jazz as well as gospel and, later, with pop/rock acts like Procol Harum and Santana. The trio formed to pay tribute to 1950s-era organ trios led by such stars as Jimmy Smith, Brother Jack McDuff and Groove Holmes.
This special project enables the trio to explore a wide variety of music in an instrumental setting. Swing, bop, blues, Latin, and gypsy jazz all have a place in their repertoire. Improvisation, humor, dexterity, and the jazz spirit and a heavy dash of blues decorate their performances.
Little Charlie and Organ Grinder Swing’s 2016 release “Skronky Tonk” (released on the Eller Soul label) received much critical acclaim, including a four-star review in the prestigious jazz magazine Downbeat.
Tickets for Little Charlie and Organ Grinder Swing’s April 22 show at The Palms Playhouse are $22 and are available online via The Palms’ website and through Eventbrite as well as at Pacific Ace Hardware in Winters, Armadillo Music in Davis, Davids’ Broken Note in Woodland and at the door if not sold out.
For more information, visit palmsplayhouse.com and facebook.com/littlecharliesorgangrinderswing.