Lenny Robinson's Organic Trio
If you like your jazz with a Hammond flavor, then the Organic Trio is right up your alley. With Harry Appelman on Hammond, Marshall keys on saxophone and Lenny Robinson on drums, this group tackles both the traditional organ repertoire (Jimmy Smith, Jack McDuff, Jimmy McGriff, etc.) as well as musical directions not necessarily associated with the organ (Wayne Shorter, Freddie Hubbard, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Keith Jarret, etc). Add in some original compositions and you have a very powerful combination. Let's meet the guys.
Harry Appelman (organ) was born in Hinsdale, Ill. in 1961. He attended both the University of Illinois and the New England Conservatory. He has lived and worked in Boston, New York and Washington, D.C. A partial list of credits would include Dakota Staton, Keter Betts, the Artie Shaw Orchestra, Brian Lynch, Jeanie Bryson, Valery Ponamarev, Don Braden, Vincent Herring, Gary Thomas, The Woody Herman Orchestra, Sam Newsome, Eddie Allen and others. He has also led his own groups on both piano and organ.
Marshall Keys (saxophone) was born in Washington, D.C. in 1955. He attended both Howard University and the University of the District of Columbia. He has traveled and performed extensively with various artists in a number of different countries. A partial list of artists would include Jimmy McGriff, Jimmy Witherspoon, Clark Terry, Jimmy heath, frank Wess, Branford Marsalis, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, Bill Cosby, Keter Betts and Bill Cosby. Marshall was the first musical director for LETTUMPLAY; a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of jazz in Washington, D.C. He has also been a mentor with Concerned Black Men, a national non-profit organization that partners inner city school children with professional men and women with diverse backgrounds. He also leads his own groups and will have his first CD as a leader released shortly.
Lenny Robinson (drums) was born in Philadelphia, Pa. in 1956. He attended both Peabody Conservatory and Morgan State University in Baltimore, Md. He also was in the 26th Army Band of New York. Since that time, he has performed and traveled extensively with many artists. A partial list would include Roy Hargrove, George Coleman, Archie Shepp, Vanessa Rubin, Jeane Carne, John Hicks, Kenny Kirkland Don Braden Larry Willis, Bill Cosby, Buster Williams, Ahmad Jamal and Lou Donaldson. He was also a member of Stanley Turrentine's band up to Stanley's passing. Lenny is the leader of the 'Organic Trio' as well as the co-leader of 'ThreeForAll'. He also produces CDs through his production company 'Intrinsic Value Productions'.