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Jon Lord’s 75th

June 9, 2016

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Today we celebrate what would have been Jon Lord’s 75th birthday.

His music continues to excite, exhilarate and endure.

Please share your thoughts and memories on Jon and his music.

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Jon Lord enters the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with Deep Purple

April 9, 2016

 

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Last night in New York, a classic 1970s image of Jon Lord adorned the backdrop as Deep Purple was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Present at the induction were Ian Paice, Jon Lord’s wife Vicky LordRoger Glover and Ian Gillan (see photo below) together with David Coverdale and Glenn Hughes. Also inducted were Ritchie Blackmore and original singer Rod Evans.
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US premiere for Jon Lord’s To Notice Such Things

March 20, 2016

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The premiere Stateside performance of Jon Lord’s To Notice Such Things will take place on May 29 in Rochester, NY. Read the rest of this entry »

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In memory of Keith Emerson

March 11, 2016

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Keith Emerson has passed away. Here he is pictured with Jon Lord in Japan, 1993.

Together with Rick Wakeman of Yes, Keith Emerson and Jon Lord formed a musical triumvirate of inspirational keyboard maestros that shot to prominence in the early 1970s.

Emerson broke new ground with Emerson Lake & Palmer where he would alternate between piano, Hammond organ and his pioneering work on the Moog synthesizer, the early and very large versions of which often dominated his side of the stage with their tangled cables and numerous controls.
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Concerto score now out

March 2, 2016

C4G&O score frontpageJon Lord’s signature work, Concerto for Group and Orchestra from 1969, is finally seeing its first-ever print publication. Meticulously edited by conductor Paul Mann, the score has reached its definitive form, representing the final step on its almost fifty-year journey.

The score for Concerto for Group and Orchestra is available now from De Haske Publishing, joined by a newly revised edition of Jon’s Sarabande suite. Order here.

The Concerto first came to life under humble circumstances during the summer of 1969. Late at night after concerts with Deep Purple, Jon would burn the midnight oil as he composed the work straight into full score on large sheets of manuscript paper spread out on the floor of his West London flat. Eventually, his efforts would book-end his career as a composer.

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Jon Lord: New keyboards & organ anthology

January 11, 2016

Organ book 2016

Keyboards & Organ Anthology is a brand new music book offering note-for-note transcriptions of 14 career defining songs from Jon Lord.

Organ book 2016 CITThe songs included are: Burn, Child in Time, Fireball, Here I Go Again, Highway Star, Hush, Knocking at Your Back Door, Lazy, Perfect Strangers, Rat Bat Blue, Rubber Monkey, Smoke on the Water, Space Truckin’, Woman from Tokyo.

Shown right an excerpt from Child in Time. Click to enlarge.

Available directly from Hal Leonard, you can order the book and take a closer look inside the book on their website.

Order now

 

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Pictured in Norway

December 8, 2015

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Brand new exclusive photo book – Jon Lord in the Nidaros Cathedral 2010 –  takes you behind the curtain on Jon Lord‘s final concert at Trondheim’s imposing Nidaros Cathedral in Norway.

Photographer and life long Jon Lord and Deep Purple afficionado Trond J Strøm was given access to the final dress rehearsal for Jon Lord’s concert at Nidaros on May 23, 2010. He managed to capture that day’s rehearsals with atmospheric portraits of Jon, singers Steve Balsamo and Nathalie Lorichs and the orchestra and the backing band, which consisted of members from progressive rock band Opeth.

‘Experiencing Jon’s music at such close proximity under such private circumstances was astounding’, remembers Trond J Strøm today and mentions in particular hearing Child in Time performed for the one and only time ever with a large childrens choir. Read the rest of this entry »

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Poland, Japan and Norway remembers Jon

October 12, 2015

Around the world, fans and admirers of Jon Lord’s music are continuing to celebrate his legacy.

This Fall sees at least three tribute shows in Norway, Poland and Japan. More details below.

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