Something Like That
Dan Fogel is a jazz organist. Utilizing an instrument that has been basically ignored by serious musical practicioners, Fogel takes the B-3 Hammond organ into uncharted realms of freeform jazz. Unlike the chaos of many jazz avant garde expressionists, Fogel's developed melodies and smooth, self-assured execution clearly states that he is among the very small handful of jazz organists to appear on the scene since the 1960's. His creative renditions and unique original compositions all evoke a romantic sentimentality while managing to satisfy serious jazz critics' desire for complex musical equations. Fogel originally began to study the basics of piano at the age of 10, but quickly outdistanced his teacher. Although underage, he frequently slipped into black nightclubs of Kentucky Avenue in Atlantic City, and not long thereafter he made his first appearance at the age of 15 at the Wonder Gardens. Now a 44 year veteran of the jazz organ, Fogel has performed with such luminary jazz musicians as Sunny Murray, former drummer with John Coltraine and Cecil Taylor; Monette Suddlet, the first lady of jazz guitar; Khan Jamal, vibraphone player; Rufus Harley, the originator of jazz bagpipes; Cecil Payne; Oden Pope and Harvey Mason, of Headhunters fame, and recently recorded with drummer icon Billy James orld famous organ drummer, formally with the late jazz organist Don Paterson.