Jazz in the Neighborhood is pleased to announce that the musicians at this event will be paid in part through the Guaranteed Fair Wages Fund, a pilot program being undertaken by Mario Guarneri to ensure that performers receive guaranteed compensation regardless of ticket sales (and with no tip jar!)
The Lorca Hart Organ Trio – featuring Brian Ho on organ, Mike Scott on guitar and Lorca on drums – is rooted in the classic Jazz organ sound (Jimmy Smith, Larry Young, Jazz Standards and Be Bop) but also explores more contemporary elements (originals, John Scofield, Joshua Redman, John Ellis, R+B and pop compositions) to create it’s own unique musical identity.
Lorca Hart –
Drummer Lorca Hart grew up in Taos, New Mexico in a musical family. He is the son of drumming titan Billy Hart. However, he has been carving out his own niche on the instrument. In high school he started to perform and focus on Jazz. He attended California Institute of the Arts from 1992-96, studying with Albert “Tootie” Heath, Joe La Barbera, Charlie Haden, Wadada Leo Smith, and many others.
Since that time Lorca has worked consistently in a variety of musical situations, performing with many of the West Coast’s (and beyond) finest artists including : Ralph Moore, Carmen Lundy, Freddie Hubbard, Calvin Keys, Stanley Jordan, Craig Handy, Kyle Eastwood, Herman Riley, Azar Lawrence, Red Holloway, Plas Johnson, John Heard, Danny Grissett, Justo Almario, Bennie Maupin, Hugh Masekela, Bobby Rodriguez, the Clayton Brothers, Anthony Wilson, and Julian Lage.
Brian started playing piano at age five and began to teach and play in bands at age 16. It was also that same year where he learned to play Hammond Organ in a predominately African American Church where he played raucous hymns and soaring gospel. After spending his college years at UC Davis, he moved back to the San Francisco Bay Area to pursue a career in jazz. Since then he’s gained critical acclaim and is one of the first call Hammond Organists players in the Bay Area. He’s been playing throughout the country as a leader and sideman.
“Brian Ho is a Bay Area Organist that I’m really digging these days. He’s sounds good, doing some cool stuff, and keeping the tradition alive…the future of jazz organ is in good hands.”
– Joey DeFrancesco
In 2012 Brian released his debut recording, Organic, which charted on the CMJ and Jazzweek charts. The album features Calvin Keys on guitar, Oscar Pangilinan on sax, and Lorca Hart on drums. Brian was also on the Calvin Key’s 2015 release, “Close Enough For Love” that went to number 15 on the Jazzweek charts.
Some of the notable places he has performed is the Stanford Jazz Festival (multiple performances), SF Jazz, San Jose Jazz Festival (multiple performances), Belize Jazz Festival, Healdsburg Jazz Fest, Yoshis (Oakland, SF), Benecia Jazz Festival, Sonoma Jazz Festival, Sequoia Room @ North Coast Brewing, and Cafe Stritch. He’s also had the opportunity to play or record with Richie Cole, Calvin Keys, Akira Tana, Mimi Fox, Paul Bollenback, Sylvia Cuenca, Josh Jones, Leon Joyce, Dave Ellis, Melicio Magdaluyo, Annie Sellick, Christian Tamburr, Peppe Merolla, Chuck McPherson, Bob Kenmotsu, Tony Peebles, Terrence Brewer, Lorca Hart, Clifford Brown III, Rick Vandavier, Wally Schnalle, Oscar Pangilinan, Maikel Garcia, Nicholas Bearde, Jason Lewis, and many more.
Mike Scott –
Guitarist Mike Scott plays with equal parts energy and spirit, lyricism, swing, creativity, a soulful and expressive touch, and always with a well crafted sense of rhythm. Mike is currently a full-time faculty member at Fullerton College. At Fullerton Mike teaches both private lessons and courses in guitar study, History of Jazz and Rock Music and directs a jazz combo.
Some performance highlights include performing with Stevie Wonder at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, with Monica Mancini and the New York Pops Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, as well as performances with some well known names in jazz, including Seamus Blake, Matt Wilson, Abraham Laboriel, Vince Mendoza, Darek Oles, Larry Koonse, Josh Nelson and Ben Wendel.
Tickets available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-lorca-hart-organ-trio-tickets-31726716463