The Story 

Originally a drummer, trumpet player and would-be rapper, Seattle-based Delvon Lamarr switched to Hammond B-3 organ at age 22 and formed his first trio in 2015. Since then his contemporary soul-jazz outfit, the Delvon Lamar Organ Trio (aka DLO3) has toured the U.S., performing at the Detroit Jazz Festival, Joshua Music Festival, Funk ’n’ Waffles Festival and the Monterey Jazz Festival. The threesome, featuring Lamarr on Hammond B-3, Jimmy James on guitar, and David McGraw on drums, began by playing a year-long weekly residency at Seattle's The Royal Room, where they woodshedded and developed their chemistry together on the bandstand. Their debut album, 2016’s Close But No Cigar, reached #1 on the Contemporary Jazz Albums chart and #3 on the Jazz Albums chart while their follow up, 2018’s Live at KEXP!, garnered similar acclaim. As Thomas Jurek wrote in “Their sound is marked by kinetic, driving grooves, funky breaks and close-listening improvisation.” DLO3 comes to the Last Exit Jazz Festival for the first time following an extensive tour of European jazz festivals. 

The Sound 

Rooted in ‘60s and ‘70s soul-jazz, funk and R&B, a la Booker T. & the M.G.’s. or Soulive, a typical DLO3 set ranges from earthy instrumental covers of Curtis Mayfield’s “Move On Up,” Burt Bacharach’s “Walk On By,” James Brown’s “Ain’t It Funky” and Big John Patton’s “Memphis” along with originals like the retro-sounding ‘70s funk number “Brotha James,” “Al Greenery,” “Tacoma Black Party” and “Hole in One.” 

Michael Kline