March 20, 2013:
Our latest CD, Dedicated, is doing extremely well on the US jazz charts. After slipping out of the Top10 on the CMJ charts (which track airplay on college stations across the country), it's back in this week at #7. And as of last week it is still in the Top10 on the JazzWeek charts, hanging tough at #6. It's been on the charts in the Top10 on JazzWeek for 6 weeks now!
Do you have your copy yet? Buy it at CDBaby, iTunes, Amazon, or The Big O Store!
January 24, 2013:
We're on iTunes! Yes, the new organissimo CD Dedicated is now available via iTunes. And for those that prefer a physical CD, you can order the disc at either our own Big O Store or CDBaby. Spread the love!
January 17, 2013:
Great news! The new CD, Dedicated, is here! If you pre-ordered a copy or participated in our Kickstarter campaign, your CD shipped this week! We can't wait to hear what you think about the new music. Please let us know over on our FB page.
If you haven't ordered your copy yet, what are you waiting for? Head over to the Big O Store right now and snag one!
December 14, 2012:
We are proud to announce that our fifth CD, Dedicated, is now at the duplicators! Five CDs and twelve years of playing together; not too shabby! You can pre-order the new CD direct from the Big O Store. Reserve your copy today and thank you for all your support!
October 17, 2012:
We did it! You did it! Thank you so very much for all your support, for your pledges, and for your help and hard work getting the word out there. Over 60% of our funding came via social media like Facebook. I know that wasn't just me pushing it, but you as well. Thank you!
Now for the fun part. I'm currently riding a bus on the way to Detroit Metro for two more weeks worth of touring with Janiva Magness, my last for 2012. While I'm in and out of various hotels and music venues in New Mexico, Colorado, and California, I'll be tweaking the rough mixes, mixing some of the bonus material, consolidating the artwork and credits, booking a photographer for our CD cover, booking the studio for the mixing and mastering, and getting ready to get this CD in your hands. It won't be long! Thank you again for all your support!
October 5, 2012:
Less than two weeks to go and we're nearly halfway there. Our Kickstarter is doing great but we still need your contribution to get our fifth CD produced and released. Thank you to all our wonderful fans for their support. You're going to love this disc. Check out the Kickstarter page for updated videos, extended song samples, and various levels of participation. Thank you! CLICK HERE!
September 21, 2012:
organissimo's fifth CD is in the wings and you can help! Check out our Kickstarter and help bring this new collection of funky organ-fueled grooves to the light of day! Entitled "Dedicated", the new CD features over 55 minutes of Hammond B3 goodness to make your feet tap and your head bop. Please consider participating today! Just click here!
April 29, 2012:
It's been a busy spring! organissimo frontman and organist extraordinaire Jim Alfredson has been touring heavily with Janiva Magness in support of her new CD Stronger For It (on which he also appears). The CD is getting a lot of amazingly positive reviews. In between stints on the road, Jim and organissimo are hard at work on a new CD! Look for more information soon including a release date and some pre-CD release bonus tracks!
January 7, 2012:
As we enter 2012, we mark 11 years of organissimo! We want to thank all of our fans for supporting us all these wonderful years! We're currently tracking our fifth album, to be released sometime in mid-2012 and before Jim hits the road with Ms. Magness again, we have a bunch of Michigan dates! Check the calendar, find us on Facebook, and Happy New Year!
June 2, 2011:
organissimo's Jim Alfredson recently talked with the Doodlin' Lounge about the band and it's future. You can hear the podcast by clicking here!
In other news, organissimo is on a summer hiatus while Jim tours with blues great Janiva Magness. organissimo is hard at work on a new CD, however, tentatively titled "Dedicated" and due in late 2011.
April 1, 2011:
It's no April Fool's joke! Jim Alfredson is featured in the May 2011 issue of Keyboard magazine. The article summarizes Jim's work with organissimo and his current touring with blues great Janiva Magness. Pick up your copy today!
In other news, organissimo is back in the studio writing and recording material for a brand-new CD. The band is looking at a tentative release in the fall. Stay tuned!
January 1, 2011:
Happy New Year! A new review of "Alive & Kickin" is up on the press page from the Chicago Examiner. The Examiner's esteemed jazz critic Neil Tesser has named "Alive & Kickin" one of the Top CDs of 2010!
December 19, 2010:
Two new reviews are posted on the Press page. The first is from JazzTimes, our first review in that fine publication! Very proud of that one! The second is from All About Jazz. People are diggin' on Alive & Kickin'!
Also, Alive & Kickin' is part of jazz critic Neil Tesser's Top 10 Jazz CD's of 2010! If you haven't gotten your copy yet, what are you waiting for? Head over to the Big O Store and get yours today!
November 2, 2010:
Hello friends! Not much action here at organissimo.org, though the forums are still alive & kickin'! Speaking of the devil, our latest live CD "Alive & Kickin'!" is currently in heavy rotation on XM radio. Sales have been pretty good but we still have a lot in stock so if you're looking for a great holiday gift, look no further than the Big O Store!
In other news, we regrettably had to say farewell to guitarist Joe Gloss this summer. Joe is moving on to a new stage in his life and we wish him all the best. He's very happy in his new endeavor and that's all that matters. After some soul-searching, Randy and I have decided to forge ahead with a new guitarist, Ralph Tope. Check our schedule for some new dates. Whether we'll record a CD with this configuration remains to be seen; I am very busy due to my gig with Janiva Magness, but who knows what the future holds?
Thank you for your continued support and hopefully we'll see you somewhere down the road!
August 18, 2010:
New reviews of Alive & Kickin' are up on the press page. Keyboard Magazine, Cadence, Vintage Guitar and Guitar International magazine all have nothing but excellent things to say about the new live CD!
July 29, 2010:
There's a nice review in the August issue of Keyboard Magazine of Alive & Kickin'! And a new one in Cadence as well.
May 22, 2010:
Just got another very kind review of Alive & Kickin', this time from the Audiophile Audition website. Check it out here! Don't forget to order your copy of Alive & Kickin' and the complimentary DVD today!
May 6, 2010:
Jazz Inside Magazine just published a positive review of Alive & Kickin'! in the May 2010 issue. You can read it by clicking here. Get your copy of Alive & Kickin'! today via the Big O Store or CDBaby!
May 4, 2010:
The press page has a slew of new positive reviews for organissimo's latest disc, Alive & Kickin'! Head over there and read the raves and then buy a copy for yourself! Also, don't forget about the companion DVD!
April 7, 2010:
March 25, 2010:
February 20, 2010:
Pre-orders for the new live CD, ALIVE & KICKIN'!, are going well. Reserve your copy today! On the fence? Check out the latest video clip from the companion DVD! Click here to watch the clip and then click here to pre-order your copy!
February 1, 2010:
organissimo's new live CD, Alive & Kickin', is available for pre-order from the Big O Store. Reserve your copy today! There are four pre-order levels available, including two that come with a companion DVD! Head over to the Big O Store and check it out!
January 14, 2010:
Listeners of local eclectic radio station WYCE have voted organissimo as one of the Top 5 local bands of the decade. We're honored, humbled, and thankful for the continued support of our local fans and of course for WYCE. To read more, please click here.
And don't forget to follow organissimo on Facebook. Stay tuned for news about our upcoming live CD.
December 18, 2009:
If you've recently tried to order via the Big O Store you may have noticed that our Paypal implementation was not working. We moved servers on Monday and it has taken a few days to work the bugs out. We have implemented an Express Paypal payment system that makes it even easier to order. We hope you'll try us again. Please note, all orders placed during this period have gone through, you just didn't received an email receipt.
All organissimo titles are now only $12! And Jim Alfredson's limited edition solo disc "In Memorandom" is also shipping now! Only 39 copies left!
November 30, 2009:
organissimo's much anticipated appearance on WKAR's BackStage Pass will air on January 14th, 2010 at 8pm. A DVD will be available for sale soon after. Also, organissimo will be featured in the Christmas Special from BackStage Pass as well which will air on December 17th.
Check out the promo video for Season 2 on YouTube here.
November 21, 2009:
Its that time of year again! Check out the organissimo forums for some free holiday tunes performed by organissimo! CLICK HERE and download them now!
September 6, 2009:
Two new videos are on YouTube from our appearance live on the air at WBLV, Blue Lake Public Radio. Hear us do our tribute to the great Don Patterson on the original "Patterson's People" and also the classic ballad "Lament". Special guest Dr. Paul Brewer sits in on trombone.
August 3, 2009:
July 31, 2009:
Check out organissimo on Pandora! www.pandora.com and type in 'organissimo'!
June 21, 2009:
organissimo had a fun and very successful mini-tour, hitting Rochester NY, Philly, and New Hope PA before returning home and hitting at the East Lansing Summer Solstice Jazz Festival last night. Up next: Detroit, Holland MI, and South Bend IN. Check out some pics of the tour via Joe's Facebook page: CLICK!
May 27, 2009:
organissimo is gearing up for a quick East Coast jaunt starting in Rochester NY on the 12th, Philadelphia on the 16th, and New Hope PA on the 17th. Check the schedule for more information!
May 13, 2009:
Lansing area fans, add this one to your calendar: May 22nd, 9pm - Small Planet in E. Lansing. organissimo, Root Doctor, and the Greg Nagy Band all on one bill, celebrating the release of Greg's new CD "Walk That Fine Thin Line". This is Root Doctor's only show in Lansing until late July and organissimo's only Lansing show until August. Greg's CD has already garnered some great reviews and is currently enjoying national airplay on blues radio (don't be surprised if it makes the Living Blues charts!)
You gotta be at the Small Planet on May 22nd!
April 8, 2009:
April 4, 2009:
April 2, 2009:
Groovadelphia is back in stock! Our third and by far most popular disc quickly sold out but we've got the second pressing in our hands.
Get your copy today either direct from Big O Records (click!), CDBaby (click!), or Amazon (click)! It's also available on iTunes!
February 19, 2009:
The 10th Annual WYCE Jammie Awards were a rousing success, with almost 1300 in attendance. organissimo came home with two awards, Best Jazz Album and Song of the Year, for Groovadelphia. Some video and a nice summation of the night can be found at John Sinkevics' blog (music writer for the Grand Rapids press) by clicking here. organissimo sends a big thank you to WYCE for their continuing support of local live music!
February 2, 2009:
January 6, 2009:
Two new articles are up on the press page. One is a very nice review of Groovadelphia from the December 2008 issue of Downbeat. Read it here. The other is an article about Groovadelphia and organissimo in general from the Lansing City Pulse. Read it here!
Happy New Year!
December 20, 2008:
organissimo's latest CD Groovadelphia is nominated for six (!!) 2009 WYCE Jammie Awards! The 2009 WYCE Jammie Awards will be held February 17, 2009 starting at 6pm at The Intersection in Grand Rapids.
Groovadelphia is nominated in the categories of Best Local Instrumental Album, Best Local Contemporary Artist or Group, Best Local Jazz Album of the Year, Best Local Jam or Funk Album of the Year, Best Local Song of the Year, and Best Local Album of the Year.
November 10, 2008:
Two new reviews of Groovadelphia and an interview with Jim Alfredson are up on the press pages. The reviews come from the Detroit Free Press and West Coast DJ Dick Crockett. The interview is from MetroTimes writer Charles L. Latimer's blog. Enjoy!
October 20, 2008:
All Music Guide added two reviews recently, one for organissimo's latest disc Groovadelphia and also another for the debut CD from 2003, Waiting For The Boogaloo Sisters. Both review can be found on the press page or by clicking here and here.
October 14, 2008:
After hitting #2, Groovadelphia pushed all the way to #1 on the CMJ charts for the week ending October 7th! We are extremely proud, to say the least! Come out to Chicago this weekend at Andy's and celebrate with us!
October 7, 2008:
We're proud to announce that Groovadelphia catapulted to the #2 spot on the CMJ jazz charts for the week of September 28th to October 4th. CMJ (College Music Journal) tracks airplay on college radio stations nationwide. Reaching #2 is quite a feat for an independently produced and released CD.
September 3, 2008:
August 1, 2008: A new article and a new review of Groovadelphia is up on the press page. The former appeared in Wednesday's City Pulse and the latter in Thursday's What's On section of the Lansing State Journal. Check 'em out!
July 13, 2008: The new organissimo CD, Groovadelphia, is here. If you've pre-ordered the disc, orders will begin shipping this week. If not, what are you waiting for? Head over to The Big O Store and order your copy today. There are only 14 Patron Level 1 units available, so don't delay!
June 18, 2008: The Groovadelphia Promo video is up on YouTube. It features pictures from the recording session as well as approx. 90 second audio previews of four of the new tunes. Check it out at YouTube.com right now.
Groovadelphia Patron Pre-orders are still in effect, but Patron Level 4 is running low! Better get in while the getting's good! Click here to enter the Big O Store!
June 12, 2008: The new organissimo CD is available for pre-order at the newly re-designed Big O Store! If you are a previous customer of the Big O Store, you'll need to re-register. But don't worry, it's very easy to do!
The new organissimo CD is titled "Groovadelphia" and features 9 new original tunes. With beautiful photographs by local artist Jim Colando, the new CD looks as good as it sounds! Recorded over the course of 6 days at Jim Alfredson's home studio and mixed and mastered by the briliant ears of Glenn Brown, "Groovadelphia" is nothing short of a milestone for organissimo.
To pre-order the CD and find out how you can get organissimo to play in your own home head over to the Big O Store today!
May 28, 2008: A new article is up on the press page from South Bend's InMichiana magazine. It details our gig at Trios in March. A big thank you to the South Bend Tribune for the heads-up! You can read it on the press page.
May 21, 2008: We're going back to the studio to do the final mixes on the new CD. The release has been bumped up (hopefully) to mid-July or so. Soon we will be opening up a special shop on the Big O Records site for pre-orders. Stay tuned!
May 1, 2008: Tracking is complete for the new organissimo album. We head into Glenn Brown Productions on Monday to begin the mixing. We're still aiming at a late summer / early fall release. Soon we'll be accepting pre-orders and you can even be a sponsor for the new disc! Details soon.
March 8, 2008:
We recently had a very great gig in South Bend. I met a wonderful organist of the older generation (back when there where organ rooms!) You can read all about it and see pics by clicking here!
February 22, 2008: If you haven't yet, check out our videos on YouTube! See organissimo in action! Click here!
January 4, 2008: Happy 2008! We found the following video on YouTube of a group in Berlin, Germany covering our original song Bleeker. Check it out here. And then check out our version from the 2006 Detroit International Jazz Festival on YouTube here.
More recording and writing is happening this weekend. We'll keep you updated!
December 28, 2007: The new year is almost upon us! This Sunday organissimo heads into the studio to begin work on their long-awaited third CD. Keep checking back for updates and special events.
December 10, 2007: Happy Holidays! organissimo would like to thank everyone for their continued support. It ain't easy making a living playing jazz in this day and age. Remember that you can download some FREE holiday music from our forum just by clicking here and following some simple instructions. If you have any problems, don't hesitate to email. Have a great holiday season and happy New Year!
September 12, 2007: Check the forums for some pics of the B3 Blowout at the 2007 Detroit International Jazz Festival! Click here!
July 1, 2007: The forums are back! Log-in and check out the new look!
June 21, 2007: The festival season is upon us and organissimo just performed at a small but mighty one: The 2007 East Lansing Summer Solstice Jazz Festival. Go to the media page and get yourself some FREE mp3s from the show. That's right, they are free! Just scroll down towards the bottom.
The festivals continue. Check the schedule for all of our upcoming shows!
April 23, 2007: As mentioned in the email to our list members, we've got a new video up on the site from our appearance at the 2006 Detroit International Jazz Festival. It's our version of the great Jimmy Smith classic blues shuffle, "Back At The Chicken Shack". Check it out over on the media page or on YouTube.
April 22, 2007: You may have noticed a slight website re-design. We just changed a few colors and added a new picture up top. We also added two pictures to the photos page of us at the Tel-Aviv Jazz Festival. And there's a link up top to our myspace page.
What about that log-in tab? More news on that later...
March 6, 2007: It is with great sadness that we mourn the untimely passing of a true friend of the art community here in Lansing, Mr. Robert Busby. Robert was the owner of The Creole Gallery, probably the only hip, true listening room in Lansing for jazz, folk, and world music as well as live poetry, theatre, and of course a beautiful gallery space for visual art. We attended the moving memorial service today at Dart Auditorium on the campus of LCC. I think the entire greater Lansing art community came out. The entire auditorium was full, as well as at least two overflow rooms. We saw fellow musicians, painters, poets, writers, fans, friends, and family. An amazing event. Robert was truly loved. We in organissimo loved him as well.
RIP Robert Busby. May your vision live on in our hearts and deeds.
February 26, 2007: We made it back safe and sound from Tel-Aviv, Israel. The festival was fantastic! Pictures are posting in the following thread on our forum. <Click here> Speaking of the forum, if you're not a member, please consider joining!
February 13, 2007: Don't forget that we have a myspace page. Be friends with organissimo! We don't send out pointless events or bullentins, either.
December 8, 2006: Many people have emailed us asking, "Is Waiting For The Boogaloo Sisters... out of print?" Well, yes... but it is coming back into print soon. We've had to change duplicators and the process of getting the old artwork around has taken longer than expected. But the disc is at the duplicators now and should be in our hands in a few weeks. Thank you for your patience and understanding! It will be available at CDBaby.com and is currently available on iTunes and other download sites.
December 1, 2006: Don't forget, you can enjoy some free holiday music from organissimo just by clicking here! 'Tis the season!
October 19, 2006: Just put up a new video. It's from the 2006 Muskegon Summer Celebration back in July. You can see the new Hammond Suzuki XK System in it! Neat-o! It's in windows media format on this site, or you can watch it on YouTube. Check the media page for more.
October 16, 2006: Our East Coast tour was a fantastic success! We came home with only five copies of "Waiting For The Boogaloo Sisters..." left, completely selling out of "This Is The Place". We were met with much enthusiasm everywhere we played, including Washington DC, Virginia Beach, Baltimore, and of course Philadelphia. We all fell in love with Philadelphia and can't wait until our return in January for the Philadelphia Museum of Art's Art After 5 series!
October 12, 2006: In a two-part review for JazzTimes.com of this year's Detroit International Jazz Festival, writer and critic Bill Milkowski briefly mentions our set. We are the only "local" band to be mentioned in the article. Not a bad feat.
Milkowski writes, "The local B3 trio Organissimo invigorated the organ trio tradition with a fresh takes on the genre on Saturday afternoon at the same stage. Their eclectic set ranged from classic shuffles to Latin-tinged grooves to an inventive take on Frank Zappa's Peaches En Regalia.
The full article can be read by clicking here. It is in two parts. Part two (which contains the above quote) can be found here.
September 7, 2006: We had a nice article written about us in the run-up to the Chicago Jazz Festival. It appeared in Chicago Jazz Magazine and is archived on the press page.
August 21, 2006: A new date was added for organissimo's East Coast Tour. We will be appearing at Chris' Jazz Cafe in Philadelphia on October 4th. See the schedule page for all the tour dates. And for email reminders of upcoming gigs, CDs, and other news, please sign up for the organissimo email list.
August 9, 2006: It would appear that CDBaby.com has worked out some sort of deal with Amazon.com to sell CDs. That's the only explanation we can think of as to why our first disc, "Waiting For The Boogaloo Sisters..." is now available on Amazon.com. It's a little pricey compared with buying direct from CDBaby, but if someone prefers Amazon, now they have that option. CDBaby has not made any announcement about this, but it seems like their entire catalogue is up on Amazon. This is great news, as it replaces the deal between CDBaby and Tower Records going the way of the dodo.
August 8, 2006: A new video is up on Youtube.com! Filmed during the recording sessions for "This Is The Place", the video shows an alternate take of the song "Tenderly" that did not get used for the record. Hiding in the back corner you can even see our friend Bill Vits laying down some percussion!
And in case you missed it, there is also some live footage of the band playing at the Firefly Club in Ann Arbor on youtube as well. Both videos are also available on the media page.
August 4, 2006: Welcome to the newly re-designed organissimo website! We hope you enjoy the new look. Please email us with any concerns or questions.
April 25, 2006: organissimo is nominated for a Detroit Music Award under the category Outstanding Jazz Recording. We're very proud of just being nominated and we'll see if we win on May 18th.
March 30, 2006: organissimo has been awarded Best Jazz Band by Real Detroit Weekly's 2006 The Real Best of Detroit. Check out the blurb on the press page.
March 6, 2006: Unbeknownest to us, former New York Times writer/critic and Detroit Free Press alum Elvis Mitchell mentioned organissimo in an article about Detroit for Southwest Airlines in-flight magazine Spirit. It is archived on the press page. A big thank you to forum member spinlps for the heads-up!
February 8, 2006: We're proud to announce that we were given two awards at the 7th Annual WYCE Jammie Awards last night including Best Jazz Album and Best Album of the Year for "This Is The Place". A very big "Thank You" to WYCE and our fantastic Grand Rapids fans!
January 3, 2006: Happy 2006! As a nice start to the new year, organissimo is featured on NPR's Open Mic series! Check it out by clicking here!
December 3, 2005: We got a nice unsolicited plug from Blaise Lantana, Jazz Director for KJJZ in Phoenix, AZ. To read, click here!
December 2, 2005: We played the HotHouse in Chicago on Nov. 30th. Today the Chicago Tribune published a concert review of that show by noted critic Howard Reich. To read it, go to the press page!
November 28, 2005: A new short article by Chicago jazz critic / radio host / writer Neil Tesser appeared in this week's Chicago Reader about our upcoming show at the HotHouse and the new record. Read it on the press page!
November 8, 2005: "This Is The Place" is reviewed in the current issue of Chicago Jazz Magazine! To read the review check out the press page by clicking here!
November 2, 2005: THIS JUST IN : organissimo will open the 2005-2006 WGVU Jazz Night series at it's new location, Z's Restaurant & Bar on November 17th!
October 24, 2005: organissimo's track "Pumpkin Pie" is available as a free download on All About Jazz today! Click here for more details.
October 22, 2005: organissimo plays Baker's Keyboard Lounge this Saturday and will be recording the gig for a possible LIVE release later next year!
October 13, 2005: Two more new articles about organissimo came out today in the Lansing State Journal. Check out the press page for more details!
October 12, 2005: Two new articles about organissimo came out today in the NOISE and the City Pulse. Check out the press page for more details.
October 2, 2005: "This Is The Place" got a 4/5 star review on the All Music Guide online! To read the review, click here!
September 27, 2005: "This Is The Place" is reviewed on All About Jazz! To read the review, click here!
September 26, 2005: organissimo's East Coast Tour in October just got another date: We'll be at The Skybar in Somerville (Boston) on Oct. 7th! Go to the schedule page for more info.
September 22, 2005: This just in... an interview with Jim Alfredson appeared on Sept. 9th in the Kalamazoo Gazette. It has been archived on the press page for your reading enjoyment!
September 20, 2005: organissimo will be appearing at Martyr's in Chicago on Oct. 18th. October is shaping up to be a full month for us! Check the schedule page or click on the calendar at the left for more info!
September 19, 2005: "This Is The Place" held fast at #6 on the CMJ charts! We're very proud of the CD's continued success!
September 7, 2005: "This Is The Place" stayed at the #25 spot on the JazzWeek charts and but moved up to #6 on the CMJ charts this week! Look at the company we're in (click here)!
September 1, 2005: "This Is The Place" moved up to the #25 spot on the JazzWeek charts and also moved up to #12 on the CMJ charts!
August 29, 2005: "This Is The Place" debuted on the JazzWeek charts at #29 this week! That's the highest debut on the charts!!
August 24, 2005: The organissimo press kit has been updated to reflect our new release! If you need it, it's on the press page!
August 19, 2005: WCMU's Jamie Lynn Gilbert recently interviewed organissimo's Jim Alfredson about the new record. The interview has been archived and is available on the media page.
August 18, 2005: "This Is The Place" moved up to #15 on the CMJ Top-40 Jazz Charts this week!
August 12, 2005: Our latest CD review via the Aug. 3 edition of JazzWeek is now posted on the press page!
August 12, 2005: A nice write-up about the new CD and our upcoming show at Baker's Keyboard Lounge appeared in the Detroit Free Press this morning!
August 12, 2005: The website Hammondbeat.com has setup a page for us and will feature some reviews of the new disc soon!!
August 9, 2005: "This Is The Place" was CMJ's number 2 add for its first week! That means more stations added our CD to their playlist than any other CD (even on the big labels!) save for one!
August 5, 2005: The new CD is available via CDBaby! Order your copy today!!!
August 1, 2005: "This Is The Place" is the featured release on www.radioiojazz.com all this week! Go to the site and "click to listen" to hear full tracks from the new CD!
July 12, 2005: The CD is at the duplicators! The official release date is August 8th! We'll be putting up samples soon! PRE-ORDER YOUR COPY TODAY!!!