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Jon Lord book sale ends July 20

July 17, 2015

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All Those Years Ago, Jon Lord’s photo book, sells now for £150 incl. worldwide postage. Offer ends July 20. Order now.

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– You have to feel to improvise

July 17, 2015

– Classical music is meat and drink to me!

In this highly recommended uncut interview footage, Jon discusses some key elements in his musical life – the influence of and connections between classical music and rock music; discovering improvisation; and his first experiences with rock’n’roll.

Jon mentions Dave Brubeck, Oscar Peterson, Charlie Parker and Miles Davis as some of his heroes of improvisation that he studied. But at heart, Jon believes improvisation is not something you learn.

Later in his career Jon would perform Brubeck’s Unsquare Dance at his own concerts.

The footage comes from Canadian film maker Sam Dunn‘s archives of interviews prepared for his documentaries on the history of heavy rock music, and has been pulled out to coincide with the third anniversary of Jon’s passing yesterday.

Thank you very much to Mr. Dunn for opening his archives like this.

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Instant Karma: Remembering Jon Lord

July 16, 2015

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Today is the third anniversary of Jon’s sad passing. Rather than mourn, he would have wanted us to celebrate with music.

This clip has never been shown before. A relaxed Jon Lord onstage in his local community near Henley on Thames in June 2009, celebrating Armed Forces Day with a band that included a few of his mates.

It had been a sunny day until sometime during the band’s performance, and the clip opens with Jon quiping about the weather forcing the band to curtail their performance – ‘health and safety all that, innit?’ – before he introduces John Lennon‘s Instant Karma and featuring a short but sweet solo on the Hammond.

A contemporary report published on Steve Balsamo’s forum says: Read the rest of this entry »

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Beyond The Notes: Two new works added

July 16, 2015

beyond-notes_31xdwcftj4l_ss500_1Scores of six of the ten pieces from Jon’s 2004 album Beyond The Notes are already published, and two more have now been added to our list of available online scores.

A Smile When I Shook His Hand (Full score and piano reduction) The Sun Will Shine Again (2004 & 2009 versions) (Full scores and piano-vocal scores)

As with the earlier scores, the only extant source materials were Jon’s often sketchy and incomplete guides intended for his own use in the studio. For these new performing editions, Paul Mann has painstakingly reconstructed the music based on the finished recordings and whatever instructions were left by the composer.

Each work appears in both full score and piano reduction.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Jon Lord book sale tonight

July 11, 2015

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Signed postcard 400At midnight tonight (GMT time), we open our special commemorative sale of All Those Years Ago, the Jon Lord photo book.

For a five day period ending on July 16, 2015 (see update below), the third anniversary of Jon’s passing, the book will sell at £150 incl. world wide delivery.

Update: book sale ends July 20, 2015.

As a special bonus, the first 25 copies will come with a postcard signed by Jon Lord. Jon had signed these while on tour, and they recently came to light among our stock. See an example to the right.

Also available will be the Jon Lord Signed Edition of All Those Years Ago. See top photo. Signed by Jon Lord, these will sell at £300, and there are five copies only.

The signatures were signed by Jon, when the California Jam Books were produced. Jon signed them 3 weeks before he died.

Both editions will be available only from JonLord.org. As always, a portion of the profits will be donated to Jon’s favorite charity The Sunflower Jam.

Special commemorative offer ends July 20 2015.

Orders can be placed from midnight tonight (GMT time): JonLordShop.org

More details about All Those Years Ago.

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Special sale: Jon Lord photo book

July 6, 2015

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For the third anniversary of Jon’s passing on July 16, Rufus Stone Ltd. Editions have kindly arranged a special commemorative sale of All Those Years Ago, the Jon Lord photo book for JonLord.org.

Starting July 12 2015, the book will sell at £150 incl. world wide delivery.

Also available will be the Jon Lord Signed Edition of All Those Years Ago. Signed by Jon Lord, this edition is restricted to five copies only. These will sell at £300.

Both editions will be available only from JonLord.org. As always, a portion of the profits will be donated to Jon’s favorite charity The Sunflower Jam.

Special commemorative offer ends July 20 2015.

If you would like either book please place your order at: JonLordShop.org

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Revised version of Sarabande piano score

July 2, 2015

sarabande1a note from Paul Mann:

The previously available piano score of Jon Lord’s Sarabande has recently been subjected to a substantial revision. All those who have already purchased the score from our Score Shop are entitled to receive the updated version for free.

To receive your free copy, please send a copy of your email and Paypal receipt to scores@jonlord.org

New customers can find the Sarabande score here.

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Jon Lord rarity published

June 24, 2015
Paul Mann's private collection of bound Jon Lord scores. Print-your-own copies available at our Scores shop.

Paul Mann’s private collection of bound Jon Lord scores.
Print-your-own copies available at our Scores shop.

Jon Lord’s archives continue to yield surprises large and small.

As conductor Paul Mann works his way through Jon’s comprehensive output, most new updates to the list of available scores are previously heard pieces already available on CD or album, but here is now a genuine rarity – Sir John, His Galliard – a four-minute piece for piano, 2 violins, viola and cello that was previously kept as a gift among friends.

– It is one of Jon’s richest and most charmingly beautiful short pieces, even though it was only composed for a single performance at a private party. Even under such circumstances, Jon lavished all his care and craftsmanship on it, and what could so easily have become something to be heard once and then forgotten about, is actually a significant composition, says Paul Mann.

Only performed once, at a surprise birthday party for Sir John Mortimer in 2002, the piece remains unrecorded. It was recently found among Jon’s archives and has now been diligently engraved and made available through our Scores Shop.

Read also Paul Mann’s full notes on the piece.

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