Happy Birthday to "The Queen Of The Hammond B-3"

Article Contributed by Shore Fire Media | Published on Wednesday, March 15, 2023

This week marks what would have been the 89th birthday of the iconic organist Shirley Scott, who WRTI praises for combining "ebullient soulfulness with a graceful, pianistic touch laced with an edge of Philly grit."

This year on Record Store Day (April 22) Jazz Detective, the label of Downbeat Producer Of The Year Zev Feldman, and Reel to Real Records, the partnership between Zev and Vancouver-based impresario and musician Cory Weeds, will deliver a trio of hard-hitting, previously unissued LP releases — including Shirley Scott’s Queen Talk: Live at the Left Bank (Reel to Real / out digitally on April 28).

Hear Shirley Scott’s “Like Someone In Love”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XiFAqimYzkc

So named because of Scott’s sobriquet “the Queen of the Hammond B-3,” this gig showcases the organ originator’s soulful style in a trio format with Left Bank regular George Coleman and drummer Bobby Durham, captured at the Famous Ballroom on Aug. 20, 1972; the gifted jazz vocalist Ernie Andrews sits in on three of the album’s 10 numbers. As the late jazz organ star Joey DeFrancesco said of Scott: “Her legacy is her tremendous contribution to jazz organ — that will live on forever...She has some great records, but live is a whole other thing because the people are so free to go in whatever direction they like. When you have the cast of musicians like this to do it with, the sky is the limit — and it all shows on this recording.”