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Little Charlie’s Organ Grinder Swing is a trio consisting of Little Charlie Baty on guitar, Lorenzo Farrell on organ, and Jason Hansen on drums. The three played together in the iconic group Little Charlie & the Nightcats along with vocalist/harp player Rick Estrin. After Baty left the Nightcats in 2008, Lorenzo Farrell began exploring the Hammond organ, and the trio formed to pay tribute to 1950s-era organ trios led by such stars as Jimmy Smith, Brother Jack McDuff and Groove Holmes.
Their 2016 release “Skronky Tonk” on the Eller Soul label received much critical acclaim, including a 4-star review in the prestigious jazz magazine Downbeat. This special project enables the trio to explore a wide variety of music in an instrumental setting: swing, bop, blues, Latin, and gypsy jazz are all components of their repertoire. Improvisation, humor, dexterity, and the jazz spirit define their performances—all with a heavy dash of blues.