HUNGRY 4 HAMMOND Event – Musical Tribute to Peter Shea


Friday, September 30, 2022


  • 📅 DATE: Friday, September 30, 2022
    🕑 TIME: 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM (Doors at 6:00 PM)
    🏟️ VENUE: FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre (Recital Hall) 
    🏟️ ADDRESS:  250 St. Paul Street, St. Catharines, ON
    💵 PRICE: Regular: $59 + HST
    💵 MAWS* DISCOUNTED PRICE:  $29 + HST ($30 discount) 
    *Musicians/Arts Workers/Students PROMOCODE:  HAMM-MAWS2022

First Ontario Performing Arts Centre

             250 St. Paul Street               St. Catharines, ON



$59 + HST

$30 DISCOUNT  for Musicians/Arts Workers/Students:  

Promo code:  HAMM-MAWS2022



On Sunday, August 21st, we all lost an amazing musician and individual to cancer. Peter Shea, co-founder of the TD Niagara Jazz Festival passed away early Sunday morning following his long and hard-fought battle with prostate cancer.

An incredibly talented drummer, pianist, and vocalist, Peter was a very well-known face in Niagara's music community. He was a familiar face at many festival performances, and often took the stage to perform with other guest musicians. His witty sense of humour and positive attitude touched many of us, and today we reflect on those memories that we had the privilege to share together.

This year, the festival's HUNGRY 4 HAMMOND series performance will be in tribute to Peter Shea, a remarkable man of many talents. The evening's performance will feature Organomix and Blackburn.

About Hungry 4 Hammond

Presented by the TD Niagara Jazz Festival, the HUNGRY 4 HAMMOND Series explores the world of the Hammond B3 organ and features performers that will bring it to life. Our guest artists for this series are from the Niagara Region and beyond.

History of the Hammond

Over two million Hammond organs have been manufactured since their 'birth' in 1935. Created by Laurens Hammond as a lower-cost alternative to the wind-driven pipe organ. The Hammond organ quickly became popular with jazz musicians and many organ trios started to form. Jimmy Smith's use of the Hammond B-3 inspired a generation of organ players, and its use became widespread in the 1960s and 1970s in virtually every genre of music, especially jazz.


Featured Artists


Led by Niagara based jazz musician and educator Randy Stirtzinger, and formed in 2015 the ORGANOMIX mandate is a simple one: to use the classic 1960’s Soul Jazz sound of organ, guitar and drums to explore the vast literature of the subsequent decades while maintaining the traditions of the original era.

Randy Stirtzinger: Hammond B3 Organ

Randy Stirzinger has been and still is to this day, a pillar of jazz music in the Niagara community. He has performed all over the region and beyond as a pianist, bass player and vibraphone player. He first discovered his passion for jazz when he heard Oscar Peterson’s ‘Hello Herbie’ album, Herbie Hancock’s ‘Maiden Voyage’ album and HH’s ‘Headhunters album’ around the of age 16. Since then he has never looked back. His first instrument is the bass guitar and later on came piano, vibes, latin percussion and then upright string bass. Some of his influences include: Milt Jackson, Cal Tjader, Tito, Mongo, Ray Brown, Don Patterson, to name just a few.

Graham Lear: Drummer

Graham Lear is a legendary drummer who has played with the likes of Santana, Gino Vanelli, Paul Anka, and REO Speedwagon just to name a few. An opportunity to hear his insight on ‘Drums and Bass’ is not to be missed.

“The anchor of any musical group is the rhythm section. In particular, the drums and bass. Nowhere is the interplay between these two more important and essential to the soloists than in jazz repertoire.
This session will demonstrate and discuss how these two instruments engage to influence jazz time and feel, in addition to setup, equipment, teachers, influences and jazz drum set technique.” Graham Lear

Roy Patterson: Guitar

Catching the tail end of the 1960s provided Nova Scotia guitarist Roy Patterson a broad palette of musical styles to draw from. He performed with local groups touring Atlantic Canada and in 1978 the 24 year old made the move to Toronto bringing along an intense practice routine and a burning desire to play. Since then Roy has performed with many of Canada’s elite, including Don Thompson, Terry Clarke, Doug Riley, The Bob Mover Quartet, Pat Labarbera and many other highly accomplished artists. His style has drawn comparisons with some of the most respected guitarists in North America, and his playing has taken him to Finland, Istanbul, Italy, Taiwan and the U.S.A.

Along the way, Roy earned a Master of Music degree and has taught at McGill University, the University of Toronto, workshops in Poland and Italy and is currently an adjunct faculty member at York University. For decades he was a regular contributor to the US quarterly, “Just Jazz Guitar.”

Roy’s interest in music extends beyond jazz to include an exploration of americana music with a jazz sensibility; part of an evolving trend that includes artists Bill Frisell, Victor Krauss, Julian Lange, Jim Campolongo, et al. Songs From My Father’s House (2014) displays a hybrid form of instrumental americana drawn from impressions of the music he heard on a daily basis on the radio growing up in rural Nova Scotia during the late 1950s, 60s and early 70s.


An obvious uniqueness that identifies and sets apart the band is that Blackburn is a band of brothers – literally. Duane (lead vocals), Brooke (guitar), Cory (drums) and Robert (harmony vocals and songwriting on the newest release) all share the Blackburn name; a name that has become truly connected to Toronto music history. Musically, the Blackburn name has been forever imprinted in our ears by Bobby Dean Blackburn, an R&B artist who gained legendary status in the Toronto music scene, performing the city circuit for over 30 years. Beyond the music, other history runs deep too. The Blackburn name is tied to the history of the Underground Railroad, and there is a direct connection to the musical talents that we know and listen to today. A thread of Soul in almost every track the band records. Blackburn received the Maple Blues Award for BEST NEW BAND in 2010, a JUNO nomination for BLUES ALBUM OF THE YEAR in 2016, Duane Blackburn received a Maple Blues Award nomination for KEYBOARD/PIANO PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2019 and in 2020, Cory Blackburn received a Maple Blues Award nomination for DRUMMER OF THE YEAR in 2020.

Add Cheese & Chacuterie for $19 + HST!
August 26th performance only