The Incredible Jazz Organist - Dan Fogel

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BIO

"This is what swinging is all about."
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Nat Hentoff

"Fogel is an artist deserving wider recognition."
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Downbeat Magazine

"Fogel's soothing accompaniment and grinding solos shows why he's respected by his peers."
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Jazziz Magazine

"Fogel is a highly cultivated jazz master backed by insight."
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The Sun

"One of the top jazz organists in the world. Very powerful, melodic. Dan is not one to compromise--constantly on the move, searching for greater expression."
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Atlantic City Press

"Fogel is an amazing and meticulous Craftsman at the keyboards. A reflective and intriguing musician."
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Atlantic City Weekly

"Dan Fogel is a super human talent:  relentless in his dedication...he can convert any listener to jazz within minutes."
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Oreo Productions

"Fogel has a big chordal style and he throws the full weight of his instrument into his comping and soloing. Heís a rhythmic demon at times, introducing all sorts of busy rhythmic surprises in the background. Organist Fogel is the main sparkplug."
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Owen Cordle, Jazz Times

"Danny can play his M.F. ass off!"
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Pat Martino (Jazz Guitarist)

"Exceptionally gifted, this guy can play!"
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Max Roach (5* Jazz Drummer)

"Recorded live in July 2006, at a nineteenth century church in Ventor, New Jersey, with no overdubs, it swings with overflowing energy, unstoppable till the final fade out, 15 West breezes through nine selections with force and eloquence. Fogelís 15 West, while furthering the tradition, stamps the music with his own personality as well. Nat Hentoff and Pete Fallico agree on the power of Fogelís work on the organ. 15 West will carry on the soulfulness of Mr. Fogel into the next generation."
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Bill Donaldson, Jazz Improv.

"Danny can play, he come through the ranks!"
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Jimmy McGriff (Jazz Organist)

"Danny plays the organ in the tradition of the Masters.  He can play!"
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Joey DeFrancesco (Jazz Organist)

"He exhibits a thirst for knowledge, and is very gifted.  He has his own style."
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Gene Ludwig (Jazz Organist)

Additional Links About Dan

Magazines:
2. JAZZIZ
 
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Rooted firmly in the organ tradition with the great Hammond B-3 jazz players like Jimmy Smith, Groove Holmes, Don Patterson, Jimmy McGriff, and Wild Bill Davis who emerged in the 1950s, Dan Fogel caught the B-3 bug early. Born June 21, 1948, in Atlantic City, NJ, Fogel came from a family deeply ingrained in the entertainment industry, being Jackie Gleason's second cousin and the nephew of Helen Forrest, a famed big-band singer who worked with Benny Goodman, Harry James, and Artie Shaw, among others. It was a natural step for Fogel to follow his path and first love music.

As a young child Fogel found an opportune job shining shoes in front of the legendary Club Harlem when he was only seven years old. By osmosis he couldn't help but soak up the fabulous sounds ó mostly jazz ó that came from the club.

Luminaries of the jazz organ Groove Holmes, Jack McDuff, Larry Young, Jimmy Smith, Don Patterson, Butch Cornell and Doc Bagby were Fogel's direct inspiration. As a young teenager, Fogel was able to shadow his idols and watch the depth and soul of this music "in the flesh." At the live shows Fogel experienced the thumping bass, clomping chords, sounds that twirled from the Leslie into Fogel's body had him hooked hard. It was after hearing Groove Holmes' B-3 version of "Misty," Fogel was forever hooked on the intoxicating sound of Hammond. Fogel started piano lessons at the age of ten, but it was the organ that called to him as his true love. With his parents' help and a whole lot of shoeshine money, Fogel purchased his first B-3 organ when he was 11.

Countless hours of dedication organ at Wonder Gardens in Atlantic City where he was the house band with classmate drummer Harvey Mason (formally with Herbie Hancock Ė 'Maiden Voyage') now with 'FOURPLAY'. Two years later Fogel emerged, made his debut and splashed into the scene like a tidal wave and was soon gigging regularly in the surrounding area on a myriad of gigs including the celebrated Kentucky Avenue, in Atlantic City, NJ, which was a hotbed for Jazz organists. Jazz Organ was not available as coursework in music colleges so it was on gigs and jam sessions where Fogel developed his "Grits and Gravy" style.

Fogel holds true to the tradition and vocabulary of Jazz organ keeping the authenticity of time and the soulful connective punctuation taught to him by his idols. Being there and learning from the originators of this art form has given him the platform from which he conveys his message. Fogel's style of playing incorporates the licks that have been passed down from the Masters in addition to incorporating his own voice into the mix. Fogel is not a newcomer in the scene creating complete mimicry. He is from the scene of the Masters, playing alongside or along the same tour route as Larry Young, Groove Holmes, Don Patterson, Jimmy McGriff and in the past Jimmy Smith. Fogel continues his legacy of grinding solos and greasy down-home groovin' with techniques he has developed with the Leslie tone cabinet that have created his own unique style while still honoring the genuineness of the instrument by purposely not using compression. digital options and recording live with no overdubs.

Fogel continues to use the Atlantic City area as a home base. Over the years Fogel has worked with such jazz notables as Pat Martino, Odean Pope, Billy James, Eddie McFadden, Sunny Murray, Cecil Payne, Tony Ventura, Rufus Harley, Monette Sudler and Harvey Mason. Fogel has released six albums on his own Laughing Waters imprint: Movement de la Mer (1983), Naked Flowers (1986), Something Like That (1996), Oracle (2001), Soul Eyes (2004), and 15 West (2006). 15 West was recorded in 2006, but was not released until 2007. Many of these same artists were in the recording studio with Fogel. In fact, for 15 West, Fogel has captured the Boss Trio heritage with a guitarist who was deeply involved in the Jazz Organ combo scene 'back in the day'. O'Donel Levy welcomed Fogel's invitation and truly enjoyed every minute back in the organ/guitar marriage. "He used to play with Ellington and he was Jack McDuff's guitarist for many years, he was also called by his ole' buddy George Benson to fill for him when he couldn't make it", says Fogel. "O'Donel has twenty or twenty-five records on Groove Merchant. I had no idea when we called him in. We were like bread and butter. He said he never thought he would be playing like this again."

Finding the perfect guitar match for an organist can sometimes be a difficult task, as Fogel suggests: "It was very hard for me to find a guitarist that really swings. This guy O'Donel really has the vintage, the age, the experience, the finesse and the groove." Fogel's most recent choice for his drummer has also been fortuitous. Drummer, Webb Thomas whose resume includes backing for Pat Martino, Uri Caine, Odean Pope, Greg Osby, Kevin Eubanks, Jimmy Heath and George Benson. For the tenor seat Fogel picked Pete Chavez, who has appeared on recordings for Saheb Sarbib, John Patton, John Zorn and Mike Stern.

For Dan Fogel, Jazz Organ has been a way of life, not just a side hobby. He is thought to be one of the last real Jazz Organists around who has not strayed from the music he grew up with and learned to play so masterfully. His commitment to this heritage is heard in his latest release 15 West and clearly continues the history of this rare genre played out on Hammond B-3 organ. It's this recapitulation of heritage and commitment to authenticity that keeps the Jazz organ tradition alive and not forgotten in modern times. The real twist on this CD is that it is performed by true masters of the era who are living and breathing monuments still alive and able to share this magical art form in today's times.

UPDATE:
1. Check Downbeat Magazine's Critics Poll in additional link section "next rising star on a Hammond B3 Organ"
2. CD "15 WEST" went on to be voted #1 at WRTI's Maureen Malloy's "HOT 11 COUNTDOWN" and was the only recording that was voted #1 for 2 consecutive weeks!


In 1960, at the age of 13, Dan debuted at the Wonder Gardens in Atlantic City, and by 1962, age 15, was playing there professionally. The rest is history.  From 1969 to Present, Dan has toured around the U.S. and played at the following venues:

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CANDLELIGHT LOUNGE -- Trenton, NJ (Jazz Masters Series)

CAPE MAY PRESBYTERIAN JAZZ CHURCH -- Cape May, NJ ( Jazz Masters Series)

JOCKEY CLUB -- Atlantic City, NJ

RAMADA INN -- Tampa, FL

FRANKIE MASTERS -- Philadelphia, PA

TRUMPETS -- Montclair, NJ

GARDINER'S BASIN -- Atlantic City Jazz Festival
(w/ Chris Columbo)

NJ JAZZ FESTIVAL (APPLE FARM)  -- Elmer City, NJ
(w/ Herbie Mann)

THE CHELSEA PUB -- Atlantic City, NJ

SIR WINSTON'S HOUSE OF JAZZ -- Camden, NJ

THE SALOON -- Camden, NJ

THE GASLIGHT -- Mt. Holly, NJ

"WE THE PEOPLE" JAZZ FESTIVAL -- Penns Landing, Philadelphia, PA
PHILADELPHIA'S 200 YEAR BICENTENNIAL
(Performed for President Ronald Reagan)

THE GATEWAY THEATRE -- Somer's Point, NJ
(Performed live in concert)

THE LAST SHOE LOUNGE -- Atlantic City, NJ

THE HIDEOUT JAZZ LOUNGE -- Atlantic City, NJ

LT'S RESTAURANT -- Northfield, NJ

EL PESCATORE RESTAURANT -- Ocean City, NJ

KENTUCKY AVENUE JAZZ FESTIVAL -- Atlantic City, NJ

SMITHVILLE JAZZ FESTIVAL -- Smithville, NJ

PIPING PLOVERS ACOUSTIC MUSIC SOCIETY JAZZ VESPERS -- Ventnor, NJ

CONCERTS ON THE BEACH SERIES -- Somers Point, NJ

CHET'S LOUNGE -- Mays Landing, NJ

SLIM COOPER'S LOUNGE -- Philadelphia, PA

ORTLIEB'S -- Philadelphia, PA

GOLDIE'S -- Camden, PA

OMAR'S -- Margate, NJ

CLUB MARGATE -- Margate, NJ

COTTON CLUB -- Camden, NJ

CHRIS' JAZZ LOUNGE -- Philadelphia, PA

MARGATE PERFORMING ART CENTER -- Margate, NJ

CHICKEN BONE BEACH w/ HOUSTON PERSON -- Atlantic City, NJ

THE SAMUEL ADAMS SUMMER JAZZ CONCERT SERIES (GREGORY'S) -- Somers Point, NJ


Television Appearances

1987 Russell Cerminara's Channel 6 "Stepping Out" Celebrity Show
1987-88 March of Dimes Telethon
2000 Jazz Central Discovery Showcase - Black Entertainment TV
2001 Angela Moore "The World of Mystical Angela" - The Music of Dan Fogel

Artists Worked With

Pat Martino
World's greatest jazz guitarist alive

Billy James
World's greatest organ drummer -- Prestige Records, 17 yrs., drummer for Ella Fitzgerald

Harvey Mason
Drummer for Herbie Hancock and Fourplay

Sunny Murray
Drummer for John Coltrane

Cecil Payne
Former Saxophonist with John Coltrane

Eddie McFadden
Guitarist for Jimmy Smith -- Blue Note Records

Oden Pope
Jazz Saxophonist for Max Roach

Tony Ventura
Jazz guitarist and son of world famous Saxophonist, Charlie Ventura

Rufus Harley
World's Only Jazz Bagpipe Player

Monnette Sudler
First Lady Jazz Guitarist

Richie Cole
Alto Saxophonist

Sam Reed
Tenor Saxophonist

O'Donel Levy
Guitar Master formerly with Duke Ellington


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Currently, Dan's music is represented by 150 sales representatives covering approximately 300 record stores and 150 radio stations throughout the United States.  A few of his more popular CDs, "Something Like That," "Soul Eyes," and "15 West" are available here.  He is currently receiving regular airplay on WRTI, FM a jazz station based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

On WRTI, "Tempo Radio" - Jazz Hot 11
Running up the charts!
"Willow Weep For Me"
15 WEST
Laughing Waters
Jan.  2, 2006 - #9
Jan.  9, 2006 - #7
Jan. 16, 2006 - #5
Jan. 23, 2006 - #6
Jan. 30, 2006 - #5
Feb.  6, 2006 - #1


Discography

Movement de la Mer
1983 Laughing Waters (Hammond B-3 organ)

Naked Flowers
1986 Laughing Waters - DF-1 (piano and organ)

Something Like That
1990 Laughing Waters - LW-CD246 (Hammond B-3 organ)

ORACLE
2001 Laughing Waters - DF-2 (piano)

SOUL EYES
2004 Laughing Waters - DF-8272 (Hammond B-3 organ)

15 West
2006 Laughing Waters - DF-1949 (Hammond B-3 organ)


Sold-Out Performances

  1. "A One-Night Stand with the Dan Fogel Band" -- Gateway Theatre, Somers Point, NJ.  Sold-out to capacity (300 people).  Contact: Eric Taber at (609)926-3593.

  2. "Dan Fogel in Concert" -- Piping Plover Acoustic Music Society, Ventnor, NJ.  Sold-out to capacity (150 people). Contact: Eric Taber at (609)926-3593.

  3. "Jazz Organist Dan Fogel and His Trio" -- Fred and Ethel's Lantern Light Tavern, Smithville, NJ.  Restaurant and lounge were filled to capacity.  Contact: Kathleen Astin at (609)652-0544.

Dan Fogel's classical background and experience performances live and recordings with exceptional artists make him one of the most talented jazz masters of the Hammond B-3 organ performing today.  Jazziz Magazine has listed his birthday.

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