Jazz April Birthday: Organist Jimmy McGriff

Apr 3, 2013

One of the most popular jazz and blues organists, Jimmy McGriff was born in Philadelphia, a city which was known for its many great Hammond B-3 players:   Jimmy Smith, Trudy Pitts and Charles Earland, to name just a few.

McGriff was solidly based in the blues and gospel, and often described himself as a blues player as opposed to a jazz player.  He played jazz as dance music.

"Jimmy Smith is the jazz king on the organ, but when it comes to blues, I can do things where he can't touch me."  --Jimmy McGriff

Some of the most soulful jazz you'll ever hear can be found on McGriff's recordings with saxophonist Hank Crawford.