Hammond B-3 Organ Jazz at its Hottest! 2011 WCMA Winner Best Jazz Recording of the Year
The Night Crawlers are a quintet of Vancouver musicians dedicated to preserving the sound and vibe of the great 1960s Hammond B3 organ bands. Inspired by the music of Brother Jack McDuff, “The Mighty Burner” Charles Earland, Big John Patton, and Booker T and the MG’s, the Night Crawlers play gritty, soulful, down home music that’s all about having a good time.
Led by critically acclaimed drummer Jesse Cahill the band features a who’s who of the Vancouver Jazz scene with Cory Weeds on alto sax, Steve Kaldestad on tenor sax, Dave Sikula on guitar and Chris Gestrin behind the Hammond organ.
The band’s first CD, Presenting, was nominated for Album of the Year at the National Jazz Awards in 2009 and received 3.5 stars in Downbeat Magazine. Their latest recording, Night Crawlers With Big Band Sound - Down In The Bottom, was released on CD and LP in January 2011 and recently won a Western Canadian Music Award for Best Jazz Recording of the Year. Down in the Bottom has enjoyed much critical acclaim and reached #11 on the JazzWeek Charts in the U.S.
With a combination of grit and soul, plus successful collaborations with music legends such as Red Holloway, David “Fathead” Newman and Jim Byrnes, the Night Crawlers have been making fans all across the country. The spectacular sound of the Hammond organ, the power of a nine-piece horn section, and the irrepressible drumming of band leader Jesse Cahill never fails to whip audiences into a frenzy.
Here’s what Ken Micallef of Down Beat Magazine had to say about “Presenting”:
“It's hard to make a bad organ trio record, given the associations a whirring Leslie can conjure in our collective jazz perception. But when organ grinder Chris Gestrin mans the Hammond, a great record emerges. Gestrin plays with Vancouver, BC's Night Crawlers, exponents of the holy grail of 1960's organ swing. Recorded live at Vancouver's Cellar Nighclub, the operative word on Presenting is authenticity, from mixing the recorded digital files on 2–inch tape to sweltering performances of material by Big John Patton, Jack McDuff and Horace Silver. The Night Crawlers play like a decades-old organization, possessing the swagger, muscle and greasy swing feel of yesteryear's great. This live record is practically a time machine.”
The Night Crawlers are:
Cory Weeds - Alto Sax Steve Kaldestad - Tenor Sax Dave Sikula - Guitar Chris Gestrin - B3 Organ Jesse Cahill - Drums
Live at Cory Weeds' Cellar Jazz Club
The Night Crawlers with special guest Jim Byrnes
at Cory Weeds' Cellar Jazz Club