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Ms. Barbara Dennerlein

German Hammond B3 and Pipe Organist

Riveting Riffs Ltd

Riveting Riffs Ltd

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Riveting Riffs Magazine is also dedicated to the memory of my next closest friend Patches who I lost on December 20th, 2011. She was not all that big, but she had a great big heart and lots of love. Patches who had been Kent's cat passed away after a long... more

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Minnesota Public Radio

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MusicFest Vancouver

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Barbara Dennerlein Interview with Riveting Riffs Magazine 2009

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Barbara Dennerlein interview 2009 photo 1 Recently, Barbara Dennerlein, one of the funkiest jazz organists you will ever hear, took a few minutes out from her performances at MusicFest Vancouver, a world class annual two week celebration of classical, jazz and world music, to talk to Riveting Riffs Magazine about her music.
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I am happy that I had this chance," Dennerlein says, recalling her first major gig in a
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and in some cases have deeper roots within Afro beats, Dennerlein grew up with jazz music in her parents' home in Munich
Laughing, Dennerlein says, "It must be in my blood.
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People will recognize you and say, 'Oh this is Barbara Dennerlein.
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Barbara Dennerlein has indeed developed her own signature sound and approach to the Hammond B3 organ, whereas most organ ensembles include a bassist to lay down the bassline, or use their left hand to play the bassline on the keyboard, Dennerlein uses the foot pedals to play the bassline and she also incorporates the use of Midi technology to further enhance the listener's experience.
She explains why it is an advantage to free up her left hand, "If you use your left hand to play the bass sound, your right hand has to play both solo and comp, which is a little bit difficult with one hand, and that's why (some organists) have guitar players who comp their playing."
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organ and I build a contra bass sound from my pedal playing, which gives me a very nice bass sound," Dennerlein explains.
Some years ago, when Dennerlein was in the studio working on a recording, a well known trumpeter came in, a later in the session and after listening to one of the tracks, he complimented the contra bass player on his section, but the bassist had to confess that in fact it was not him playing, and the trumpet player had in fact been listening to the bassline that Dennerlein had created on her organ. It is just one of the fine compliments that she has been paid over the years by her peers.
Dennerlein's experimentation and creativity with her own compositions, however, goes beyond her innovations with the bassline, for she is considered to be an artist who blurs the lines between jazz and the blues and the various sub-genres of jazz music. In fact over the years, she has become just as comfortable playing a pipe organ in more classically oriented concerts. On the Hammond B3 she can play a strident up-tempo piece or she can find a deep funky groove, and at other times she treats her fans to a mellower jazz tune. She also confesses a fondness for bebop, while she appears to be equally at home in a more contemporary jazz setting.
It is easy to detect Barbara Dennerlein's love for her craft and the warmth that she exudes as she talks to you, make her instantly likeable.
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On her next CD music fans will really find an interesting and very special treat as Dennerlein composed the song "Organ Boogie," which you can preview at this website.
Even though Barbara Dennerlein had her own radio show in Germany, had a documentary made about her life and is continual demand for concerts, she continues to have a clear vision of what it means to be an artist, as evidenced by a comment that she made during our conversation, "I want to touch the people with my music, and if that works, and they are happy and they feel it, then that is heaven for me.


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Germany's Barbara Dennerlein

Barbara Dennerlein Photo 2014 front page Keeping up with German Hammond B3 and pipe organist Barbara Dennerlein is a lot like watching a dog chase its own tail. The dog will never catch its tail and you will never catch up with Barbara Dennerlein, so do not even try. In the six years or so that I have known her she seems to barely complete one project when she is onto the next or she is hopping on a plane as part of her tour schedule. Our recent chat with Barbara revealed that her activity level is just as high as ever. She had just finished making more of her music available through sheet music, she had a virtual pipe organ custom made and installed in her home and she was getting ready to return to Sweden to record a DVD (April 2014).
Barbara Dennerlein talks about her DVD project, "Last year I gave a concert in Sweden and it was at a very small place in northern Sweden at Piteå (in Norbotten County) and it is called Studio Acusticum.


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Barbara Dennerlein - 2014

German Organist Barbara Dennerlein Interviews with Riveting Riffs Magazine and Joe Montague
RR Logo German Blues Organist Barbara Dennerlein Dips Her Foot Into Latin Jazz
Barbara Dennerlein Photo One 2014 Keeping up with German Hammond B3 and pipe organist Barbara Dennerlein is a lot like watching a dog chase its own tail. The dog will never catch its tail and you will never catch up with Barbara Dennerlein, so do not even try. In the six years or so that I have known her she seems to barely complete one project when she is onto the next or she is hopping on a plane as part of her tour schedule. Our recent chat with Barbara revealed that her activity level is just as high as ever. She had just finished making more of her music available through sheet music, she had a virtual pipe organ custom made and installed in her home and she was getting ready to return to Sweden to record a DVD (April 2014).
Barbara Dennerlein talks about her DVD project, "Last year I gave a concert in Sweden and it was at a very small place in northern Sweden at Piteå (in Norbotten County) and it is called Studio Acusticum.
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When you listen to Barbara Dennerlein describe her music career, the artists that she sometimes collaborates with and her various projects you can hear the excitement in her voice and that excitement is contagious.
As for her Blues and Latin Jazz project, Barbara describes it as, "an experiment.
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Barbara Dennerlein has already moved on to Spiritual Movement No. 4, she explains, while laughing.
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For other musicians it presents some unique challenges adjusting to the timing of a pipe organ and Barbara Dennerlein explains why, " It is really different and it differs from pipe organ to pipe organ.
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Barbara Dennerlein Photo Two 2014
During our conversation Barbara Dennerlein mused about creating a composition involving both the Hammond B3 organ and a pipe organ. She on occasion will play both the Hammond B3 and the pipe organ during the same concert.
She talks about the challenges of switching back and forth between the two types of organs during the same concert.
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Anyone who has seen Barbara Dennerlein in concert or watched videos of her performances knows that she puts an incredible amount of energy and passion into her playing. What does she do to keep herself energized when she is not onstage and what does she do to just relax?
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Sheet music for Barbara Dennerlein's compositions can now be purchased through her website. She has published two books to date, one for the pipe organ and one for any C instrument. "When I started playing the Hammond organ I was using the Real book very much. It is almost like a Bible, because it contains so many Jazz standards and we decided to publish my compositions as a Real book as well," she says
Please visit the Barbara Dennerlein website. Return to our Front Page
Interview Published April 27th, 2014, All photos property of Barbara Dennerlein and are protected by copyright © All Rights Reserved Top Photo by Johannes Tichy


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Yesterday I received a limited edition copy of the new album by organist Barbara Dennerlein entitled Studio Konzert.

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The performance comprises Barbara on Hammond organ, synthesizer with Marcel Gutske on drums.
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There are seven tracks in all, three on side A and four on side B. The music itself is very much signature Barbara Dennerlein, and a reminder that she is one of the top innovators in the world of music (not that we need reminding), Barbara has a distinctive sound on the instrument, you hear it you know it's her on Hammond organ. The album contains a great selection of tracks including Organ Boogie from her previous CD Bebabaloo released in 2010.


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JLR Interview - Barbara Dennerlein

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Laurie Burnette interviewed German hammond organist Barbara Dennerlein September 2014 to discuss her career and current projects.

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