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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.

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DVD pre-view: Imagination and flair and sensitivity

August 20, 2014

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Last night, conductor Paul Mann sat down to watch a pre-release copy of the full film from Celebrating Jon Lord last April at Royal Albert Hall. That’s Paul’s disc in the photo.

‘While I was supposed to be signing things yesterday, I took four hours off to watch advance copies of the two concert films and the documentary. The director, Tim Sidwell, and his production company Toward Infinity has done a truly magnificent job, full of the kind of imagination and flair and sensitivity that Jon would have absolutely loved.

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Bruce Dickinson, Glenn Hughes + More Celebrate Jon Lord at Tribute Show

April 25, 2014

The death of Deep Purple keyboardist Jon Lord in 2012 was a big loss for those in the rock community, and to show how much respect he garnered, Iron Maiden‘s Bruce Dickinson, Yes‘ Rick Wakeman, Whitesnake‘s Mick Moody and Deep Purple’s Glenn Hughes, Ian Paice and Don Airey all took part in a special tribute to the musician.

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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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Free unreleased Jon Lord concert online

September 9, 2013

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The Trondheim Experiment is the title of a free web presentation of an unreleased Jon Lord concert from 2010 now available exclusively through JonLord.org.

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In front of a sold out cathedral, Jon’s then all-new album To Notice Such Things is performed in its entirety (missing only Air on the Blue String) with soloists Sveinung Lillebjerka on violin and Trine Knutsen on flute. Conductor Torodd Wigum was able to hand pick the musicians for the Lord Chamber Orchestra, and they perform and interpret Jon Lord’s music with skill and finesse.

Child in Time is performed for the first time with a children’s choir, a highlight for many in the audience, with Jon’s lengthy Hammond organ solo and breathtaking vocals by Steve Balsamo.

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Jon’s final Sunflower Jam out on DVD

August 20, 2013

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have announced the release of their long awaited DVD of highlights from their 2011 and 2012 jams at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

Including every track from Jon Lord’s final filmed live performance – at the 2011 Sunflower Jam – the DVD promises to be a veritable feast of goodies.

Possibly the most mouth watering track is Jon’s and Rick Wakeman‘s world premiered composition It’s Not As Big As It Was – along with Jon’s powerful work on Joe Bonamassa‘s The Ballad of John Henry – and Bourrée from the Sarabande album.

The double DVD includes two versions of Pictured Within; one with Jon and Steve Balsamo from the 2011 jam, which was moving enough; the second being Balsamo’s heartbreaking tribute to Jon filmed in 2012 a mere two months after Jon passed away.

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New photo book to celebrate Jon’s life

June 9, 2013

Today, Jon would have turned 72.

In his honour, below is an exclusive and previously unseen clip of Jon rehearsing Lazy with Doogie White and the DCRS in Essen, Germany on November 15, 2010.

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Jon’s family and management are planning a deluxe photo book to celebrate Jon’s life. It will contain lots of previously unseen photographs.

To accompany the photos, the editors are assembling anecdotes, quotes or reflections that people may have on Jon.

If there’s a story, a quote or a joke he told, anything that you would be happy to see printed in the book and attributed to you – it can be one line or 2 pages, whatever feels right – please send it to book@JonLord.org.

If you have a photo that you would like to share as well, this would also be gratefully received.

Happy birthday, Jon!

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