That Dirty Thang
This short film recounts a few late night interviews and performances in Shanghai, China with Organist Bill Heid and Drummer Al Gordon. It showcases their talents and pays respect to the masters of the jazz organ genre.
Bill and Al grew up in Pittsburgh which was a mecca for jazz organ groups in the 60's. They met in Shanghai with a whole lot in common and often recalled one of the country's greatest organ clubs located in Pittsburgh by the name of "The Hurricane Bar". Located in Pittsburgh's Hill District, " The Hurricane" was a fire-engine red club with the mighty Hammond organ in a loft above the bar.
The club nightly featured Jimmy Smith, Jack McDuff, Jimmy McGriff, Lonnie Smith, Don Patterson, and all the great organ cats with some of the baddest organ drummers on the planet namely Joe Dukes, Ben Dixon, Randy Gelispie, and Billy James.
Loud clothing, hipsters and soul food with names like 'Shack Fried Chicken' and 'Brazilian Fried Shrimp' were as much a part of The Hurricane as the music.
Bill Heid and Al Gordon's nightly sessions playing and talking about the music they call "That Dirty Thang" is a unique look into the jazz organ group of today.
Special Thanks to David Turley, JZ Club Shanghai and the Blues Room.
Directed by Noemi Preiswerk
Cinematography by Yves Roy Vallaster
Interviewed by David Turley
Boom Operator Tony Chu
Location : Shanghai, China
Edited by Noemi Preiswerk
Color Grading & Finishing by Yves Roy Vallaster
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