- Eddie Landsberg
Eddie Landsberg (born
October 2 1971) is a Tokyo-based, Philadelphia-born jazz organist, best known for his innovative endeavours into jazz education and his "jazz evangelism", which has involved establishing jazz bandstands and educational clinics around the world, including Eddie's Lounge, his home base and jazz organ bar located in downtown Tokyo. He received his first lesson from the late Shirley Scott, then underwent mentoring from the off-center jazz legend Big John Patton. Landsberg also acknowledges heavy influences from organists Freddie Roach and Wild Bill Davis.
Landsberg's unique behaviour includes insisting that the bandstand in his venue be placed in the center of the room instead of front stage, forcing all musicians to look directly at each other so they can make better eye contact and
communicationhaving created what he describes as the first method in jazz to describe the secrets of soulful playing. Landsberg has also summed up the rules of jazz harmonyby breaking them down into seven simple rules of thumb which he calls "The 7 Secrets of Jazz and Soul". He has also produced a video on Jazz and Gospel music instruction called the "7 Secrets Jazz Organ Workshop".
An interesting personality and character, as he grows in local (and growing international) recognition, yet remaining oddly reclusive outside of his web presence, Landsberg has built a reputation among those who know him as a hard and solid swinger, first rate entertainer, and innovative jazz educator, as well as a producer and collaborator capable of turning out very listenable CDs with cleverly picked legends from the world of jazz.
His first CD "Remembering Eddie Jefferson" was co-produced by
Blue Noterecording artist Ben Dixonand also featured bebop vocalist Giacomo Gatesand James Spaulding, and made National Jazz charts across the United States. His follow up CD "Man With A Groove" was produced and recorded in Sweden and featured a demo track for Clavia's Nord Electro 73 keyboard and also used as background music for a DVD produced by the Tokyo Weekender magazine celebrating the opening of the Roppongi Hillsshopping complex as well as background music for a Yamahaexhibition video. A third CD "Them That Swingeth", featuring members of Jack McDuff's Heating Station as well as Jazz guitar legend Royce Campbell was nominated as "recommended listening" on HMV's in-store listening stations in Japan.
Landsberg has also been credited as an assistant Vocal Producer and has written lyrics for
Special Others("Good Morning" rel. Nov. 2007), a J-Pop/Jam Band that records for VictorEntertainments's Babestar record label and currently is involved in the production of a series of Jazz Play-a-long CDs
* [http://www.eddielandsberg.com/ Official Site]
* [http://www.youtube.com/EddieLandsberg Eddie Landsbergs Youtube profile]
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