We interviewed Delvon Lamarr, who is on tour in Brazil

For the first time, the Brazilian public will be able to enjoy the delicious shows at the Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio. Formed in 2015 in Seattle, the trio makes an infectious mix of soul, jazz and funk with a 1960s vibe. After years of trying to be part of bands that didn’t succeed, leader Delvon, following the advice of his wife and manager, Amy New, set up his own band.

He chuckles that Amy got tired of hearing him complain and declared “make your own band, I’ll do the rest.” Luckily for us, it was heard and the trio broke out in hits, with 3 records released, Live at KEXP! (2018), Close But Not Cigar (2018) and the most recent I told you so (2021, Colemine Records).

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currently the DLO3 It is formed by Delvon Lamarr (Hammond B3), Jimmy James (guitar), Dan Weiss (drums) and makes a delicious Stax cocktail with Motown, a dash of Jimmy Smith, seasoned with Booker T. and The MG’s e The Meters. The chemistry between the musicians is very good and all these influences are interpreted and mixed to create a very distinctive sound. Lamarr, very nice, gave an interview to this column:

Adriana Arakake – A few years ago, Herbie Hancock declared that jazz had returned to being underground, now your album is a success, it’s number one on Billboard and you guys have traveled to so many places in the world, taking your music. What do you think has changed?

Delvon Lamarr “Well, I agree with Herbie on that, but not entirely. The difference is that we don’t just do jazz, of course we are very influenced by jazz, but we cross several boundaries of sounds that appeal to audiences. If you think about bebop, pure jazz, for example, it really is underground these days, but let’s not forget that there are a lot of people doing different things based on jazz. People like Robert Glasper, Cory Henry… they are jazz, but not just jazz.

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AA – Is the public getting back to liking jazz? Even if it’s not pure jazz?

DL What a difficult question (laughs). Maybe… It depends on the type of jazz. People struggle with instrumental music these days. People can’t relate to the song like they used to and it has changed so much that a lot of people don’t seem to understand the song without vocals.

AA – Jazz is the expression of the struggle for freedom and rights of black people, once I read that the artist that most influenced you was Coltrane, has anything changed since Alabama, for example? Or are we exactly at the same point?

DL – I would not say that we are exactly at the same point, as there are still unresolved issues. Definitely not like before, but there are still problems. If you take, for example, the right to vote, it’s something that people have fought for decades in the past, for equal rights. Today blacks and women vote, this is different. Some things stay the same, others don’t. It’s like when someone has a problem, but they don’t admit they have it and then that problem can’t be fought, that’s exactly how we are today.

AA – What do you think about Brazilian music?

DL – I don’t have much experience with Brazilian music, mainly because I don’t know who to listen to, what to listen to. I’ve already listened to João and Astrud Gilberto with Stan Getz, but I didn’t go deeper because I don’t know where to start. If you can give me some tips, I’ll be very happy and I’d love to know what to listen to.

Of course I promptly gave the tips and hope he enjoyed it. DLO3’s concerts will take place here in São Paulo, at the renowned venue Bourbon Street, today November 10th, within the schedule of the Bourbon Street Fest, which will also feature the concerts of Jon Cleary Trio (11) e Gary Brown (14). And on the 13th and 14th, in the traditional Rio das Ostras Jazz and Blues Festival. The festival takes place from November 12th to 15th and will have countless incredible attractions such as Eric Gales, Azymuth, Black Rio, Keith Dunn & The Simi Brothers, between others.



Adriana Arakake

Adriana Ararake is a DJ and an expert in Jazz, Soul and Blues for Music Non Stop.

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We interviewed Delvon Lamarr, who is on tour in Brazil