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Jon Lord lecture in Paisley (Scotland)


Very short notice, but I only just got an email about this....

Subject: Deep Purple Keyboard Player Jon Lord to speak at UWS

UWS Commercial Music Department are delighted to announce a very special guest lecture from a true rock icon, former DEEP PURPLE keyboard legend, JON LORD.

The lecture will take place on Thursday 24th of February at 2pm in the Brough Hall, Paisley Campus. The lecture is free and open to all UWS students as well as members of the public but seats are limited so please apply quickly to book your place.

The lecture will cover Jon's career and especially focus on improvisation and musicianship which was a key part of his position in Deep Purple and something that is still at the centre of his performances today.

Having someone of Jon's stature, experience and success coming to UWS is very exciting and something we hope everyone will enjoy.

Those wishing to attend the lecture should complete the online registration form at ][sign in to see URL] and you will be notified by email if you have been given a place.




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Interesting news, thanks. Let's hope we'll get to read a transcription of the meeting.
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Thanks, Big J!
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I went to the lecture today.

There were two Hammonds on the stage, a full-size and a cut-down one, plus a Leslie cabinet. Jon had been leading a workshop before the lecture that was for the university students only. I was hoping he would play a bit during the lecture, but unfortunately not.

The "lecture" took the form of a 20 minute interview, followed by an open Q&A session. Jon was interviewed by Allan Dumbreck, the Head of Music at the university, and the interview touched on Jon's influences, his incorporation of classical music into rock, and improvisation. Jon spoke at length about Graham Bond, who was a major influence in applying the Hammond into a rock context. He also made some interesting observations about improvisation in classic music, which was apparently part and parcel of music in the 19th century.

I felt a bit out of place during the interview, as I was *ahem* considerably older than most of the audience, and I thought I was the only Purple fan there. However the Q&A session sparked several questions from the floor and it became apparent that there were some Purple diehards in the audience.
Questions that were asked included :-

How did the Purple style change from the Mk 1 "Deep Purple" album to "In Rock"? Jon made the usual comment about Mk1 being "five guys in search of a sound".

What is Jon's favourite Purple album and line-up? Made In Japan and Mk II.

Was Jon proud of the fact that the "beast" sound is virtually impossible to emulate on modern synthesisers? Yes! He thanked the questioner for asking that question.

How do you increase "left-hand independence"? Jon recommended a couple of books (can't remember the names, unfortunately).

He was also asked about rocking the Hammond on it's base - he says that's the question he has been most asked along the years. Someone asked if he knew of any good young B3 players, and he said it was a contradiction in terms emoticon. He did, however, effuse about Barbara Dennerlein. He also made positive comments (when asked about modern bands) about Muse and Duffy.

The "loudest band in the world" record was mentioned, and Jon says this is because the road crew took the full American tour rig (designed for 15,000 arenas) into the Rainbow theatre in London (1,500 capacity). This was by accident, or due to the road crew having hangovers!

Jon says he only has half normal hearing in his left ear and seems to partially blame Glenn Hughes for this! emoticon He called Glenn a "doink" kind of player, which is hard on the ears. I presume he means Glenn's attack on the bass strings, combined with the Rickenbacker "twang"?

He was also asked about Mk IV and was very complimentary about Bolin.

I was going to ask a question about what Jon thought about Gillan's comments on Ritchie's improvisational ability, but I thought it maybe wasn't appropriate.

All in all, it was a very interesting hour or so. I forgot to take my camera, but it was videoed, hopefully for public access.



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Thanks for the report. I would have gone if there was a bit more notice, but as he didn't actually play anything I'm glad I didn't! I'm sure it was a good event, but it would have been an expensive trip just for an interview.

Now, if the workshop had also been open to the public...!


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My younger brother went to the whole thing yesterday, the morning was the Hammond masterclass thing, whereby they had 8 or 9 people using the C3s that were set up there. As he told me last night, in walks Jon Lord, starts playing, then asks if it can be turned up, goes over to the PA and cranks everything up full bore! My bro then got the privilege of a quick jam with the master himself, apparently he was the first one to volunteer. How awesome was that!!! He then chatted with Jon about his compositional input on the Machine Head album and also about the jamming/competing with [sign in to see URL] Jon and Ritchie still keep in touch with each other. Jon then signed my brother's Hammond organ dissertation he did at university. Think the afternoon lecture was more of a public thing, wish I had been there myself! Not a bad day at all by the sound of it.... emoticon
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Interesting that Jon has now worked closely with two Scottish further education institutions in just over the last year or so. He worked with students at Stevenson College on a major undertaking in 2009 that lead to them performing alongside Jon his Concerto for Group and Orchestra at the Usher Hall in Edinburgh. Keep it up Jon! emoticon
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I emailed the university and they have said that "Yes we do have plans to put the video on the UWS website and perhaps also as a podcast to download at some point.".



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quote:

benjy9 wrote:

...My bro then got the privilege of a quick jam with the master himself...



Jammy bugger! Thanks for the info!



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