General Public tickets › Members tickets ›

Greg Hatza ORGANization

Greg Hatza ORGANization

Event Type: music/performance, jazz

Fri Apr 7 8pm
$20, $17 mbrs | + $3 at the door General Public tickets › Members tickets ›

Overview

Overview Greg Hatza ORGANization

Kicking off a month of jazz organ, Greg Hatza is a local master who lays down a seriously thick organ groove.

A native of Reading, Pennsylvania, now residing locally, Greg Hatza’s musical instincts came to him as early and as naturally as the ability to walk. Before he took formal lessons, he was 4-years-old when he started picking out blues and boogie woogie tunes on the piano.  The Hammond B-3 became his life’s obsession as a teenager, when a friend turned him on to records by Jimmy Smith, Jimmy McGriff, Ray Charles, and Johnny Hammond Smith

Because there were no jazz organ instructors at the time, Greg was largely self-taught, picking up most of his insider knowledge from the organ players at jam sessions at a local club called the Grand Hotel here in Baltimore. Baltimore Colts football great and jazz fan Lenny Moore met Greg at the Grand and asked the teenager to perform at a club he was opening in Baltimore.  Moore became Greg’s manager and Baltimore became Greg’s home.  The organist played at the club for four years and was something of a young jazz lion himself, recording two albums for MCA subsidiary label Coral Records, The Wizardry of Greg Hatza and Organized Jazz.

In the late sixties, Baltimore was still an organ town and had its share of great players.  It was here that Greg really got a chance to hone his jazz organ skills by playing with the best musicians in town.  Lenny’s club was a great stopping point for national jazz artists who came to Baltimore to perform.  It was here that Greg met his mentor Jimmy Smith and got to play with him. Smith later advised Greg on his soon to be recorded albums.  

Greg currently serves as the Choir and Music Director at St. Gregory the Great Church in Baltimore. This will be the formal release party for the Greg Hatza ORGANization newest recording “Digging Up My Roots.”

8pm | $20, $17 mbrs | + $3 at the door

You Might Also Like:

3rd Annual Django Festival  

3rd Annual Django Festival

Fri Feb 23, 8pm

The Charm City Django Jazz Fest returns for another weekend of...

Recalibrating: Performance by resident artist Adam Rosenblatt  

Recalibrating: Performance by resident artist Adam Rosenblatt

Sat Mar 24, 7pm

Recalibrating: Performance by resident artist Adam Rosenblatt Sound...

A/V Cart  

A/V Cart

Sun Apr 8, 7pm

Local experimental film and music performance combine to put a light...

Irish Music Masters Concert: 7th Annual Irish Trad Fest  

Irish Music Masters Concert: 7th Annual Irish Trad Fest

Sat Apr 14, 8pm

TRIAN, the Irish traditional music super trio featuring Liz Carroll (...

Fractal Cat Celebrates Bicycle Day - 75th Anniversary  

Fractal Cat Celebrates Bicycle Day - 75th Anniversary

Thu Apr 19, 8pm

Following the Summer of Love show, Fractal Cat returns celebrating...

Dina Martina: Fine Avec Me  

Dina Martina: Fine Avec Me

Thu May 24, 8pm

“Performance art never looked so good!” – Whoopi Goldberg “Absolutely...

Learn about our shows & events!

Mailing List Signup »

Social Media:
Facebook Twitter InstagramYouTube
We are here thanks to donors like you!

Upcoming Events

View Full Calendar ›