THE HAMMOND BROTHERS:
THE earthy, electrified & blues drenched ‘PENNSYLTUCKY’ JAM BAND Phil Haynes co-leads with composer & guitarist JAMES YANDA. Their collaborative debut recording, ORGANICITY, presents PA native organist/composer Stephen Adams in a soulful program of original material. Teamed now with young international B-3 sensation, PAUL “The Lion” BRATCHER, the Hammond Brothers collectively grow anew the storied Hammond trio tradition.
“NO MORE OUTS”
“The rural grit of this modern territory band unmistakably both lauds and extends
the great Hammond Organ lineage.”
Paul “The Lion“ Bratcher
The future SOUL of the organ
THE HAMMOND BROS.
w/ Jim Yanda
guitarist / co-leader
& Steve Adams
“BLUES FOR ISRAEL”
a native of Harrisburg Pennsylvania began playing piano at age 11. He began his study of jazz at Bishop McDevitt High School where he performed under David Knott. Bratcher continued at Messiah College where he earned his B.S. in Music Education, studying with Bruce Barth, Cyrus Chestnut, Kirk Reese and Tim Warfield. Continuing his education at Michigan State University with Rodney Whitaker, he earned a plethora of both teaching and playing opportunities. As a teacher, en route to receiving his M.M. in Jazz Studies, Bratcher worked at MSU Community Music School in Detroit, both as jazz piano instructor and ensemble director as well as a guest clinician for numerous high schools in Michigan.
As an artist, in addition to the Hammond Brothers, Bratcher has shared the stage with Rodney Whitaker, Diego Rivera, Etienne Charles, Michael Dease, Wes Anderson, Jeff “ Tain” Watts and Branford Marsalis. Recently, he has participated in three State Department tours spanning such countries as South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Canada, and Uruguay as well as recorded an album with rising Detroit star Anthony Stanco. Bratcher currently serves on faculty at the Levine School of Music in Washington D.C., the State Street Academy of Music in Harrisburg, PA, as well as Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania.
grew up as the youngest son of a dairy farming family outside of Anamosa, Iowa. His earliest professional experiences included the dance halls of NE Iowa, performing both kinds of music – Country AND Western. By the time he was in high school, gigging garage Rock bands added to his stylistic influences, as Yanda fell in love with guitarists Jimi Hendrix , Eric Clapton, and Jimmy Page. He graduated from Coe College in 1982, where he was introduced to jazz and avant garde 20th Century notated music by maverick trumpeter & university mentor, Paul Smoker. Yanda then spent time in Chicago’s North side jazz scene for several years before moving to New York to live and work with longtime roommate, Phil Haynes. Since that time, Yanda has recorded his own music on Regional Cookin, released recordings with Phil Haynes & Free Country, Damon Short’s National Group, and the open music ensemble Moral Hazard with Herb Robertson.
A 20 year veteran New York based artist, Phil Haynes is featured on more than 65 LP, DVD and CD releases by numerous American and European record labels. His recording credentials include many of the seminal musicians of this generation: saxophonists Anthony Braxton, Ellery Eskelin, and David Liebman; trumpeters Dave Douglas, Herb Robertson, and Paul Smoker; bassists Mark Dresser, Ken Filiano, and Drew Gress; keyboard artists David Kikoski, Denman Maroney, and Michelle Rosewoman; vocalists Theo Bleckman, Nicholas Horner, and Hank Roberts; violinist Mark Feldman, and the composers collective Joint Venture.
Current Haynes touring ensembles include his: romantic ‘jazz-grass’ string band, Free Country, featuring vocalist/cellist Hank Roberts; definitive saxophone trio, No Fast Food, w/ NEA jazz master David Liebman; bluesy organ unti, The Hammond Brothers, as well as the classic piano trio, Day Dream, a cooperative w/ Yamaha artist Steve Rudolph.
I grew up in Philly & the organ was my 1st axe — after the accordion.
Do you still have your Hammond?
I sold my rig as soon as synthesizers came out.
I really only like the real thing.
Ohhh . . .
Sweet tunes — listen to this — you could tour Europe.
Man — I’d be totally honored.
A Burnin’ organ trio from Pennsyltucky, of all places?
Live, unedited studio footage:
“No More Outs”
~Jim Yanda, composer