Pamela Rose & Wayne De La Cruz “Hammond Organ Party”; Thursday, February 6, 2014

Pamela Rose & Wayne De La Cruz Hammond Organ Party”
Thursday, February 6, 2014
Kuumbwa Jazz Center
6:30 PM: Pre-Concert talk with the artists and MC Doodlin’ Lounge Host Pete Fallico

“These are, quite simply, some of the finest Bay Area musicians banded together.” – Good Times

Vocalist Pamela Rose – of Wild Women of Song – and Hammond B-3 ace Wayne De La Cruz debut music from their new CD, Hammond Organ Party, with a stellar line up of Bay Area musicians, including the masterful talents of Charles McNeal on saxophone; Jeff Massanari on guitar, and Kent Bryson on drums. Together, Rose’s soulful singing and De La Cruz’s inspired keyboard wizardry lifts the Hammond Organ Party into the stratosphere of swinging jazz standards, classic R&B grooves, and funky soul jazz. From the bluesy swing of the Isley’s Nobody But Me to the melodic strains of Harry Warren’s September In The Rain, or the funky shuffle of Little Walter’s My Babe, the Hammond Organ Party brings it all back home. Join Pamela Rose, Wayne de la Cruz and Pete Fallico from KCSM and the Jazz Organ Fellowship for a Pre-Concert talk at 6:30 pm, as they discuss the Hammond B3 organ and its sound, style, and unique place in the history of jazz. Included with price of admission.

Pamela Rose grew up in Southern California where, as a youngster, she developed her love of singing. In the mid-’70s, Rose moved to the Bay Area to attend UC Berkeley. No stranger to the grits ‘n’ gravy soul jazz format, her first national tour experience was with Hammond B-3 great Merl Saunders, back in 1977. Afterwards, with guitarist Chris Cobb, she formed the Eights (later Wild Kingdom) to play Bay Area dance clubs. In a later collaboration, she and vocalist Glenn Walters (of the HooDoo Rhythm Devils) teamed up for the R&B duet “When A Man Loves A Woman,” before being asked to join Motown revivalists Zazu Pitts Memorial Orchestra, a popular “party band” of the ’80s. But, by the ’90s, Rose had gravitated back to her jazz inclinations, exploring the Great American Songbook standards and writing her own music. She toured Europe, headlined at the Copenhagen Jazz Festival, and released two recordings: On the Jazzy Side of Blue (nominated for two BAMMIE Awards) and Everytime I’m With You. Her next foray was a return to Hammond B-3 fueled soul-jazz with the release of You Could Have It All, featuring Jimmy Pugh of the Robert Cray Band. A fourth release, Just For A Thrill, features former Charles Brown guitarist Danny Caron.

Rose’s cohort in groove, Wayne De La Cruz, is one of the busiest keyboardists working in the Bay Area. As a youngster, his first instrument was the drum set, then the vibraphone. At age 14, he switched to piano and organ. He’s been gigging on the Hammond organ since he was 16, evolving from sideman to bandleader and establishing himself as a composer/arranger. Charles McNeal has led his own popular aggregations in the Bay Area for many years. His brilliant saxophone tone adds a soulful edge to the Hammond Organ Party in the tradition of Lou Donaldson and Maceo Parker. Jeff Massanari’s deft and tasteful guitar work has been featured with the Johnny Nocturne Band, Swing Fever, and numerous other Bay Area groups and artists. The Washington D.C. native is also a composer/bandleader with four critically-acclaimed recordings of his own. Rounding out the band is drummer Kent Bryson whose solid grooves have powered the rhythm sections of Lavay Smith & the Red Hot Skillet Lickers, Kim Nalle, and David “Fathead” Newman. With these veteran hard-swingers onboard, the Hammond Organ Party can’t help but rock the house.

Pamela Rose & Wayne De La Cruz “Hammond Organ Party”

DATE: Thursday, February 6, 2014
VENUE: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
ADDRESS: 320 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
TIME: 7:00 PM (Pre-Concert Talk at 6:30 PM – Included with price of admission)
PRICE: $22/Adv $27/Door
TICKETS: Logos Books & Records, 1117 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz (831) 427-5100 and online at:
MORE INFO: or 831-427-2227

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