DELVON LAMARR ORGAN TRIO
DELVON LAMARR ORGAN TRIO
September 15 @ 8:00 pm
Thursday, September 15, 2022 at 8:00 p.m.
This is a General Admission – All Seated Show
Tickets: $25.00 Advance/$30.00 Day Of Show
Gold Circle: $40.00 Advance/$45.00 Day Of Show
Tickets go on sale Friday, July 15th.
Soul-jazz groove-machine Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio—or as it is sometimes referred to,
DLO3—never would have happened without years and years of crummy gigs, and
Delvon’s staunchly supportive wife, Amy Novo.
The story goes that Hammond b3 organist Delvon would regularly lug his 400-pound
instrument from venue to venue barely breaking even to play other people’s music, and
Amy just got tired of it. She fiercely believed in Delvon’s talents, and, eventually, she
made an offer he couldn’t refuse: If Delvon picked the musicians, she would take care of
all the business surrounding it.
“I was watching an amazing talent being marginalized. He would be getting paid like
$75 a gig and be spending $60 in gas to cart around his instrument, sometimes even
renting a U-Haul. It wasn’t fair,” says the self-made music mogul who may be the first
person to legally own a band. “For years, Amy had been telling me to step out from
being a sideman. This was a natural move. Now, I can just play music and not worry—
it’s been a welcome relief,” Delvon says.
The Seattle-based trio’s music is best described as “feel good music.” DLO3 conjures
the smoky 1960s jazz stylings of Jimmy Smith and Baby Face Willette, and the snappy
soul strut of Booker T. & The M.G.’s, The Meters, Dr. Lonnie Smith, and Charles
Earland. Within DLO3’s distinct jazz stew, are also dashes of Motown, Stax Records,
blues, and cosmic Jimi Hendrix-style guitar. It’s an aesthetic that only these three could
muster, as these are the sounds and vibes imprinted in the trio’s DNA.
The band features Delvon Lamarr, a self-taught virtuosic musician with perfect pitch
who taught himself jazz and has effortlessly been able to play a multitude of
instruments. On guitar is the dynamo Jimmy James who eases through Steve Cropperstyle chanking guitar, volcanic acid-rock freak-out lead playing, and slinky Grant Greenstyle jazz. From Reno, Nevada is drummer Dan Weiss (also of the powerhouse soul and funk collective The Sextones). Dan’s smoldering pocket-groove drumming locks in
the trio’s explosive chemistry.
Live, the band is telepathically musical, easing through improvisational ideas, grooves,
and extended jams with silken swagger. The exhilarating live experience also
showcases the band’s deep personal connection with witty between-song repartee,
vignette song stories, and unpredictably dynamic flights of in-the-moment musicality.
This live connection carries over into the studio and into the band’s compositional
approach. Much of the band’s recorded repertoire is written on the spot, during
soundchecks, on the bandstand, and in the studio. The trio’s trusted connection makes
for a wellspring of soulful ideas ever present.
The three-piece group started in May, 2015 at Amy’s behest, and since then has issued
two Billboard-charting albums and a 45. In the near future, DLO3 will be releasing a
bevy of new music come fall and winter 2020.
It’s rare for an instrumental band playing trad jazz-inspired music to make such waves in
the post-auto tune era. But the three-piece has quickly made a name for themselves
through incendiary live performances, including a feature on Seattle’s KEXP’s “Local
Artist Spotlight”; a live performance at Upstream Music Festival broadcast by KEXP that
garnered over 7 million views; and numerous national and international tours and
Other select highlight include their debut album, Close but No Cigar, nabbing the
Billboard ranks of #1 Contemporary Jazz and #3 Jazz Album, and their Live at KEXP!
hitting #10 Jazz Album and #20 Heatseekers Album. Performance highlights include
DLO3 appearances on Adult Swim’s “Live on Fish Center,” a Day Trotter Session, and a
live recording at Paste Magazine studios. In addition, the group has performed at
Montreal Jazz Festival, live on Parisian TV, and at the 71st Monaco Red Cross Ball
which featured John Legend. The trio has also earned coverage from Rolling Stone
(Italy), Chicago Tribune, and Seattle Times. In addition to these accolades, DLO3 also
enjoys the pleasure of being part of the hip Colemine Records family, and being booked
by the powerhouse Kurland Agency.
Besides prodigious talent and a rare chemistry, one secret to DLO3’s success has been
manager/den mother Amy Novo who heads up Novo Productions LLC. Amy is
affectionally referred to as “Shortcake” by the band, and has been called “mafia” by
some industry professionals, resulting in the modified nickname, “Shortcake Mafia.” She
lives up to the image with sharp business instincts, fierce determination, almost
maternal love of her band, and a charismatic and passionate approach to connecting
with fans and industry professionals. Amy was born into a musical and creative family,
and she has a deep appreciation and understanding of music and the artist’s way. Prior
to DLO3, though, she didn’t have music biz experience, but her instincts and her strong
DIY enterprising ethos have made DLO3 a global groove phenomenon.
It’s been a profound journey for DLO3. Years ago, Amy would hear Delvon lament about
fearing being the local legend who never went anywhere. Today, through her tireless
work ethic, and his bottomless talent, the power couple have taken the Delvon Lamarr
Organ Trio beyond their wildest dreams. “I used to listen to the old jazz greats and think
about their European travels. For years, I thought it would never happen for me, and
then Miss Novo made it happen. Without her we would still be in the basement,” Delvon
marvels. Amy adds: “I’m not a salesperson—I can only do something I believe in—but
Delvon is so talented, and I am passionate about keeping his music alive. I fight for the
artists I work with.”