Chester Thompson Trio
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Chester Thompson
Tower of Groove

Chester Thompson Trio

w/ Howard Wiley & Ron E. Beck

SEP 28–29 | Organ Grooves

Sep 29, 2019
Joe Henderson Lab

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One of the most revered Hammond organists alive, Chester Thompson has led a charmed musical life – writing, recording and performing for four decades with two of the legendary bands to emerge in the 1960s and 1970s, Tower of Power and Santana. Arriving in the Bay Area in 1969, Thompson worked with stalwart San Francisco saxophonist Jules Broussard before forming his own quartet, eventually releasing his aptly named 1971 debut, Powerhouse, on the Black Jazz label. 

Thompson recorded eight albums over his 26 years with Santana, and contributed greatly to their 1999 commercial zenith Supernatural, which sold over 30 million copies and won nine GRAMMY awards, including Album of the Year. Upon leaving the Santana fold in 2009, Thompson dove headlong back into jazz and released his follow-up to Powerhouse, entitled Mixology, featuring Bay Area saxophone great Howard Wiley.

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He served a 10-year stint with Oakland-based funk phenomenon Tower of Power beginning in 1973, composing most of the band’s instrumental tunes and touring relentlessly before leaving to explore new horizons with Santana.

…one soulful, strong, compassionate musician who can play it all ... blues, church, jazz, African, classical, sweet funk, intelligent, elegant, proud, no nonsense, you name it.

Carlos Santana

…one soulful, strong, compassionate musician who can play it all ... blues, church, jazz, African, classical, sweet funk, intelligent, elegant, proud, no nonsense, you name it.

Carlos Santana

Personnel

Chester Thompson Hammond B3 organ
Howard Wiley saxophones
Ron E. Beck drums

Fast-fingered, ferociously swinging.

San Francisco Chronicle on Chester Thompson

Personnel

Chester Thompson Hammond B3 organ
Howard Wiley saxophones
Ron E. Beck drums

Fast-fingered, ferociously swinging.

San Francisco Chronicle on Chester Thompson

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