Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio

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Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio
OriginSeattle, Washington, U.S.
GenresSoul jazz
Years active2015–present
LabelsColemine
Websitedlo3music.com
MembersDelvon Lamarr
Jimmy James
Doug Octa Port
Past membersDavid McGraw
Colin Higgins

Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio, also known as DLO3, is an American soul-jazz group founded in 2015. The band has released two albums. Their debut album titled Close But No Cigar charted at number one on the U.S. Contemporary Jazz Albums chart.

Career[edit]

Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio was founded in 2015 by band's manager Amy Novo. The group originally consisted of keyboardist Delvon Lamarr on Hammond B-3, guitarist Colin Higgins and drummer David McGraw. Soon after guitarist Jimmy James replaced Higgins. All members had been active instrumentalists in the Seattle music scene.[1][2] Originally a drum and trumpet player, Lamarr switched to organ at age twenty two.[3] He said he picked up the instrument naturally by observing organ keyboardist Joe Doria.[2] James and McGraw had previously co-founded The True Loves, a Seattle-based soul band.[4]

The band has toured in the United States and abroad and has performed in several music festivals including the Detroit and the Monterey Jazz Festivals.[1][5] The trio's debut album Close But No Cigar was released in March 2018. The album reached number one on the U.S. Contemporary Jazz Albums chart and number three on the U.S. Jazz Albums chart.[6][7] In April 2018 the band released a live album titled Live at KEXP! It reached number 10 on the Jazz Albums chart.[8] In 2018 the band toured nationally and in Europe in support of the albums.[5] In late 2018 drummer Doug Octa Port replaced McGraw.[9]

Style[edit]

The band's music is rhythm-based and rooted in the 1960s and 1970s soul-jazz, funk and blues styles, reminiscent of Booker T. & the M.G.'s.[1][4][10] The songs are typically developed by improvisation over organ grooves. Bandleader Lamarr described it as "soul music with a strong jazz influence".[3] He credits their sound to the chemistry of the band members.[2]

Discography[edit]

LP/CD releases

  • Close But No Cigar (Novo Productions, 2016; reissue: Colemine, 2018)
  • Live at KEXP! (Colemine, recorded May 13, 2017 [released 2018])

Singles

  • "Concussion" // "Memphis" (Colemine, 2017)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Thom Jurek. "AllMusic: Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio – biography". AllMusic. Archived from the original on October 20, 2018. Retrieved October 20, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Jake Uitti (November 19, 2017). "Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio – interview". artisthome.org. Archived from the original on October 20, 2018. Retrieved October 20, 2018.
  3. ^ a b Dusty Henry (May 24, 2017). "Local Artist Spotlight: Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio". KEXP-FM. Archived from the original on August 30, 2017. Retrieved October 20, 2018.
  4. ^ a b Abe Beeson (March 20, 2017). "The DLO3 Brings the Soul-Jazz Good Times". KNKX. Archived from the original on April 10, 2018. Retrieved October 20, 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio pushing its smooth sound beyond the 206". seattletimes.com. February 16, 2018. Archived from the original on June 16, 2018. Retrieved October 21, 2018.
  6. ^ Breen, Mike (August 28, 2018). "Recommended Cincinnati Concerts: Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio at MOTR Pub (Sept. 1)". Cincinnati CityBeat. Archived from the original on August 28, 2018. Retrieved November 2, 2018.
  7. ^ "Billboard: Jazz Albums chart – March 17, 2018". billboard.com. March 17, 2018. Archived from the original on October 20, 2018. Retrieved October 20, 2018.
  8. ^ "Billboard: Jazz Albums chart – May 5, 2018". billboard.com. May 5, 2018. Archived from the original on October 20, 2018. Retrieved October 20, 2018.
  9. ^ "Delvon Lammar Organ Trio official website – about page". dlo3music.com. October 2018. Archived from the original on October 20, 2018. Retrieved October 20, 2018.
  10. ^ Simon Sweetman (March 6, 2018). "Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio: Close But No Cigar". offthetracks.co.nz. Archived from the original on October 20, 2018. Retrieved October 20, 2018.

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