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‘The sheer range was breathtaking’

April 24, 2014

Jeremy Irons by Moth Clark CJL

‘The evening reminded everyone there, including many who had travelled from around the world, that nothing in our civilisation has a greater, more pervasive or longer lasting influence than music in all its forms.’

Jon Lord’s local paper, The Henley Standard, reports from Celebrating Jon Lord at Royal Albert Hall on April 4 with Philip Collings, a loal resident from Jon’s hometown of Henley-on-Thames, giving his impressions of the concert.

The photo shows actor Jeremy Irons as he read the Thomas Hardy poem, Afterwards, over Jon Lord’s piano composition – performed by conductor Paul Mann. Photo by Moth Clark

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Greek tribute concert to Jon

November 13, 2013

Under the title Before I Forget To Notice Such Things, the Jon Lord Tribute Band and the Hellenic Musica Viva string ensemble performed a live tribute to Jon Lord in Piraeus, Greece on November 10.

Watch below samples of the evenings delightful performances of Jon’s music – including a rousing rendition of Bach Onto This arranged for rock band and string ensemble.

Soldier of Fortune + Bourree + Sarabande:

Organ solo + Bach Onto This part 1:

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Afterparty at Sunflower 2012: Thank you, Jon

September 20, 2012

If Sunflower Jam 2011 was the unofficial crowning glory for Jon and his career, then this year’s Sunflower Jam at London’s Royal Albert Hall on Sunday Sep 16 was both the wake and the afterparty. Jon’s singer Steve Balsamo paid a moving tribute to the missing maestro, and everybody else made sure the music stayed vibrant.

Rasmus Heide’s report:

Planet Rock‘s Nicky Horne introduced the evening’s musical programme and pointed out that all of the music would be dedicated to ‘someone who sadly can’t be here, Jon Lord.’

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Review: From darkness, a light of hope

November 16, 2011

Jon’s From Darkness to Light at Nürnberg‘s Meistersingerhalle, Germany on Nov 13 2011.

Review by Rasmus Heide

A gorgeous, contemplative 25-minute prayer piece for choir, piano and strings, From Darkness To Light engulfs the mature crowd of concert goers at Nürnberg’s Meistersingerhalle on Sunday night.

2011 has been a stunning year for Jon; several Blues Project shows; a stack of Concerto concerts in Europe and Russia; a victorious Sunflower Jam at London’s Royal Albert Hall (complete with fierce bluesrock jam with Joe Bonamassa, a buoyant Bourree, the deeply personal beauty of Pictured Within and much more); and most recently a preciously delicate presentation of To Notice Such Things at a small rural church in Sussex…

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Lord & Wakeman world premiere at Sunflower Jam

July 9, 2011


The Sunflower Jam 2011 will be remembered for one of Jon Lord’s most rewarding appearances of 2011 – musically daring and performed with sharp excellence.

On an evening already rife with musical talent, Jon Lord shared the stage with Rick Wakeman for the pair’s brand new composition It’s Not As Big As It Was (allegedly about the music biz although it was preceeded by jokes about old age and prostate problems). This was without a doubt The Sunflower Jam’s musical crown jewel benefitting the good cause of helping children suffering from cancer. Donations are still welcome.

This is Rasmus Heide’s report:

Jon Lord appears onstage after almost an hour of excellent music from the likes of Danny Bowes (Thunder), Gary Brooker, Joe Bonamassa and Newton Faulkner. These gentlemen (and woman) have entertained the crowd with blues and rock classics that fare very well, particularly Gary Brooker’s rendition of A Whiter Shade of Pale and Joe Bonamassa’s Thrill is Gone. However, Jon will proceed to seize the show and push up the excitement level several  notches.

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Review: „Burn Salem, Burn!“

June 28, 2011

Jon Lord at Schloss Salem, Salem, near Bodensee, Germany – June 19 211.

“It was great to watch Jon during the first part of the Concerto – sitting quietly behind his Hammond, he listened to the orchestra very closely, and every now and then he nodded in approval. But when the time for the band came, he almost exploded in a burst of music. Giving cues to the young musicians of the ‘band’, playing like a man possessed during his solo, he was clearly the centre of everything ‘up there’.”

Monika Schwarz caught Jon Lord in Salem last week. This is her report. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Rottweil review: ‘Finally, a real Lord’

May 26, 2011


Neue Rottweiler Zeitung has reviewed Jon Lord Blues Project’s concert there on May 14.

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Read the English translation

Photo: Elke Reichenbach, NRWZ

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Review: Success in Rottweil!

May 15, 2011

Jon Lord Blues Project: Rottweil, Alte Stadthalle, International Jazz Festival, Germany – May 14 2011

Review by Bo Olsson

It must be hard to be Jon Lord, because everything that you do is expected to be better than what anyone else does. And everything should be wonderful, magical and world-class. But you know what? When it comes to Mr Lord it always is. The Maestro has done it again…

Rottweil on May 14 was an evening of pure genius that gave us more than we could have asked for. The music was a great mix and the musicians, well what can I say? The Maestro as always a delight to see. Delivering amazing solos and music from that Hammond and he was also fast to spread the credit to the rest of the band.

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