The Hammond Brothers, with Phil Haynes on drums and Steve Adams on Hammond B3 organ, will perform at “Jazz at the Genetti” on Tuesday, March 9 at 9pm. Joining the Hammond Brothers is New Jersey guitarist Jim Yanda.
Jim Yanda had his earliest professional experience as a Western Swing guitarist performing in Iowa honky tonks near his family’s farm. In high school, Yanda began incorporating the sounds of Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, and the Allman Brothers. During his years at Coe College, the guitarist explored the contributions made by Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Pat Martino. Yanda has lived in Chicago and later, New York, where he formed his trio with Phil Haynes and Drew Gress. He composes, performs, and records from his home in New Jersey. Phil Haynes was based in New York for 20 years and is featured on more than 50 LP and CD releases by numerous American and European record labels. The international media have compared his drumming to masters Jack DeJohnette, Roy Haynes and Elvin Jones, and his compositions have been compared to Duke Ellington, Charles Ives, Charles Mingus and the Art Ensemble of Chicago. Now living in central Pennsylvania, Haynes performs regularly throughout the state. He has played with numerous artists including: Ralph Alessi, Don Byron, Jack Dejohnette, Ingrid Jensen, David Liebman, Kenny Wheeler, and Andrea Wolper. Haynes is Bucknell University’s Kushell Jazz Artist-in-Residence. Steve Adams is well-known in the area as a pianist and composer. In addition to performing with his trio, he performs regularly with a number of local jazz bands, including Jazzin’ and B.D. Bop. Adams has performed with musicians including David Liebman, Nelson Hill, Virginia Mayhew, Jim Pugh, Tony Marino and George Rabbai.
“Jazz at the Genetti” is a series of live jazz performances each Tuesday that include local and touring jazz artists. Other concerts in March will feature Zeropoint Big Band on March 16, the Captain’s Jazz (guitar/sax) on March 23, and Eddie Severn (trumpet) with the Steve Rudolph Trio on March 30. Performances begin at 9pm and are in the Genetti Hotel’s 4th Street Grille & Ale House in Williamsport. Admission for the Hammond Brothers with Jim Yanda is $4 (students $3). Phone 326-6600 for reservations. “Jazz at the Genetti” is sponsored by For Men Only and Lipstick salons. For more info about “Jazz at the Genetti” visit www.billtownjazz.com.
Submitted by Vivian Severn