Ike Stubblefield

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Ike Stubblefield was born in Toledo, Ohio, June 7, 1952, and at age 3 was already reaching for the piano. He was soon playing his big sister's piano lessons by ear, a sign of his talent to come. Ike is a musician's musician, best known for being a modern master of the Hammond B3 organ.[1]

Musical career[edit]

Ike Stubblefield started his career in 1968 playing keyboards with the Motown Review greats like The Four Tops, Martha Reeves, The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and Rare Earth. Getting back to his roots on Hammond B3 organ in 1970 and with his vast understanding of music and feel, Ike Stubblefield performed live on stage from 1970-1975 with George Benson, B.B. King, Ike and Tina Turner, Curtis Mayfield, Al Green, Eric Clapton, Rod Stewart, The Jerry Garcia Band, Johnny Adams, Bobby Caldwell, Boz Scaggs, Esther Phillips and The Pointer Sisters, to name a few. During that time, he lived in San Francisco, New York and London.

From 1976-1988 Ike worked as a studio musician, composer, songwriter and producer with such artists as Quincy Jones, Phil Spector, Jim Capaldi, Wendy Waldman, Larry Lee, Allan Blazek, Kevin J. O'Brien, Esq. ('84-'88), Giorgio Moroder, Michael O’Hara, Allan Rich, Tom Whitlock, Bill Szymczyk, Tracie Spencer, all while perfecting his Mini Moog Techniques learned from his mentor George Duke... Ike was scoring music for films and T.V.: Best of the Best (1989) with Eric Roberts, James Earl Jones and Sally Kirkland, as well as Summer Job, in addition to commercials and countless shows for the BBC and CBC.

In 1990, Ike moved to Vancouver, Canada and helped start a great music scene with The Purple Onion, a huge two-story warehouse club with three separate music venue rooms, where he performed with his band, Is Not Was, and booked the rooms with other top Canadian and international artists. The Purple Onion is still going strong today. In 1995, he moved to Seattle, re-forming his band, Is Not Was, a Hammond B3 organ quartet, that performed at Jazz Alley and other main event venues throughout Seattle and Portland.

Ike decided to move back to his roots - Toledo and Detroit – in 1997 to help out the local music scene. After winning Two "People Choice Awards" for Jazz and R&B... He opened a club called Yikes Supper Club in his Toledo hometown, where he brought all of his years of experience together. He called on his pals to help launch it, including Rodney Dangerfield, who came for the grand opening. During its first year, organ greats Jack McDuff, [Joey De Francesco] and Jimmy McGriff, as well as such other stellar performers as Jenna Mammina and Dave McMurray performed at the club.

In 2001, after running a club and trying to stay active in the music business became a bit too much, he moved to Atlanta, where he found a home at Café 290, a jazz hot spot in Sandy Springs. Bringing the Hammond B3 sound back to Atlanta, Ike was greeted with open arms, performing at Variety Playhouse, The Roxy, The Dogwood Festival, and working with Sonny Emory, Sam Skelton, Count M'Butu, The Derek Trucks Band, Jeff Sipe, Caroline Aiken, Jimmy Herring, Col. Bruce Hampton, Bobby Lee Rodgers, The Codetalkers, Francine Reed and Susan Tedeschi.

In 2004 Ike went back to Europe for an extended tour of Germany, Spain, France and England, as well as recording with and producing various artists throughout the continent. He returned to Atlanta in 2005 and was inducted into the city’s downtown Hard Rock Café location’s Hall of Fame with the first Hammond B3 on display on a wall in any Hard Rock Café worldwide. He also filled in for Billy Preston on organ during Eric Clapton’s winter European tour.

In 2005 Ike also met David Neel, owner of a new club called The Blue Room, located in the Buckhead area of Atlanta. The two soon joined forces to create the only Hammond B3 venue on the East Coast outside of New York City (with the exception of The Orbit Room in Toronto ) to showcase the art of the Hammond B3 organ.with his Pal's Joey De Francesco,Jimmy McGriff, John Medeski,Brian Auger The Blue Room features live music Monday through Saturday, with the official grand opening on March 24 and 25 featuring legendary drummer Bernard "Pretty" Purdie and the Groove Masters (Reuben Wilson on Hammond B3 organ and Grant Green Jr.] on guitar). Ike and David also created an "All Star Hit" (jam session) at The Blue Room on Monday nights, where Hammond B3 meets grand piano on a full back line stage, where all styles of music are welcome and old school networking can help bring the music scene in Atlanta closer together.

In 2010, after recording Organ & Keyboards on 9 tracks in a Cee Lo Green recording session... Ike is re-inventing himself, drawing on his 47 years in the music business. Combining his roots with musicians and Artist like Sonny Emory, Jeff Sipe, Marcus Williams, Little John Roberts, J.Fly and Yonrico Scott as his first choice of drummers in Atlanta, he is also collaborating with Jeff Coffin and Freddy V. on sax; Grant Green Jr.,Jimmy Herring,Bob Sabellico and Derek Scott on guitars; plus Oteil Burbridge and Felix Pastorius on bass to help kick start his new CD. Slated for the top of 2011, Ike will also be adding his B3 Organ, Keyboards, old school Moog techniques and vocals to the mix. Ike Stubblefield can be found performing live with all of the above worldwide, and, having recently moved to Athens, Georgia, he jams all over this music city with the likes of Randall Bramblett, John Keane, and other Athens music luminaries.

Having Fun with a B3 & Drums Duo or B3 Power Trio, his dedication to keeping the true Hammond B3 sound alive stays Strong....

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As well as co-producing and playing on Michael Allman's "Hard Labor Creek" in 2009. Son of Gregg Allman.

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