Wednesday, June 6, 2007

"Killer B3" & Easter Sunday

We are finally in the homestretch of shooting for "Killer B3." It has been almost three years since we began this project. Talk about a lot of work.

We knocked out one of our bigger shoots on Easter Sunday. If you are a fan of the B3, you understand that gospel music is a big part of the instruments success. Joe and I spent Easter Sunday at church in St. Petersburg, Florida shooting Shawn Brown work his magic.

Since we are funding "Killer B3" from our own pockets, this was kind of a down and dirty shoot. We didn't compromise quality, we just got creative in getting the job done. We used four cameras and decided to go with only one camera operator. Yeah, just one camera operator.

We figured it was best if Joe worked a roaming camera and we could set several other cameras in fixed positions. Our friend Peggy was nice enough to come out and work sound for us. We love Peggy!

We did a two hour scout of the church on Saturday and spent another two hours prepping everything before the Sunday service. This turned out to be a great idea because this particular church shares its space with several other congregations throughout the day.

The service was just over an hour long and it turned out to be a very special shoot. First, it was just great to be in church on Easter Sunday. Second, Joe's family came to the service. They have come to several of our larger shoots. I think it is safe to say they have become huge fans of the Hammond B3 Organ and "Killer B3."

Joe and Peggy did most of the work on this shoot. I spent most of my time enjoying the service. It's amazing how Shawn and his playing of the B3 Organ took an already spiritual event to a completely new level. People were worshiping aloud, raising their hands and tapping on tambourines. The choir wasn't large, but they were mighty. The B3 is the perfect instrument to compliment their sound.

At one point during the middle of the service, Joe and I whispered to one another that this was the best shoot we had done so far. We both really connected to all the emotion expressed by the people. It was clear that the B3 was playing a huge role in helping people connect with their faith. In fact, Pastor Mike told us he specifically brought in the Hammond Organ from his old church because he enjoys the sound so much more than an electronic keyboard.

By far the best part of the day was after the shoot. That's when me Shawn, Joe and Joe's family all went out for Easter dinner at a local soul food restaurant. The dinner and the family atmosphere was something special for all of us.

We just can't wait to put all this great video together and share it with everybody!

That's all for now. As always, thanks for supporting "Killer B3." A big thanks to Pastor Mike and everyone else at Norwood Community Church in St. Petersburg, Florida. We will keep you posted on the progress of Sorry, these things take time and money. In the meantime, if you're still hanging on, join our myspace page at  Like us on Facebook @!/pages/Killer-B3/109154005771358

Talk to you soon,
Murv & Joe
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Wednesday, March 21, 2007

"Killer B3" Travels to New York to Meet Hammond B3 Legend Jimmy McGriff - Plus New Video!

Greetings B3 Fans,

We have a lot of exciting things happening with "Killer B3." Joe and I just spent five days in New York City getting close with one of the Hammond B3's greatest legends, Jimmy McGriff.

It was a life changing trip for everyone. We not only had an opportunity to get some great elements for the documentary, but we really got a chance to know Jimmy McGriff a lot better.

While Jimmy has some health issues, he still finds the strength to wiggle his fingers on the B3. His wife says anytime Jimmy performs at a show it helps his spirit. She told me it gives him something to look forward to even though he can't play like he used to.

Our trip to New York also brought us together with Dr. Lonnie Smith. Dr. Lonnie is one of the most expressive musicians to film and most thought provoking people to talk to. Dr. Lonnie was gracious
enough to take a picture with me right after one of the late shows. I found out Dr. Lonnie is a big fan of comedy. Since I am also a stand-up comedian, I'm sending Dr. Lonnie my live comedy CD.
I hope he likes it.

Hammond B3 player Shawn Brown and saxophone player Mike McAuther also made the trip to New York. They even got a chance to jam on the same stage as Jimmy McGriff, Dr. Lonnie and Rubin Wilson. It was a night full of amazing performances. You get a chance to check it out in the documentary.

We found a little time to hang out and get to know the Big Apple. I could have taken a job at a top television station in New York about 10 years ago. I've always wondered if passing up that gig was the right decision. After being in New York for just a few hours I realized some of why I didn't take the job.

While I love the culture and the great things that go on in New York, I had a tough time dealing with the cold weather. I had an even tougher time getting used to waiving down a taxi cab. अत times I felt like I was hitch hiking! We did learn after a day or two that living in New York is all about finding that place or space where you're comfortable. We did find a few places that were really cool.

Anyway, we're getting ready to get heavy into logging the 150 or so hours of tape we've shot for "Killer B3". It wont be fun, it wont be pretty, but it's got to be done and it will be worth it!

We'll keep you posted on our website It's being built as we speak or should I say blog. Please checkout our youtube channel @ for exclusive clips from Killer B3.  Also, like us on Facebook @ For those of you still hanging on to myspace, we've got a pretty cool
clip of Shawn Brown up on there that is getting great feedback. We've even added a new clip in this blog.

We'll holla at you later and I'll keep you posted on what's new and exciting.
Murv & Joe - "Killer B3"
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Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Hammond B3 Documentary in Production

Our apologies to those of you who have been trying to find this blog for the past few days. For some reason the blog just disappeared and it's taken a day or two to figure out the problem. We've also lost the ability to post photos on the blog for the time being.

If you love music and are inspired by those connected to it, you'll love "Killer B3." "Killer B3" is a documentary film about one of the most complicated instruments in the world, the Hammond B3 Organ. This film introduces you to many influential and accomplished Hammond B3 musicians. Also, a look behind the scenes at the amazing technology used to create the Hammond B3 and the story of an aging and literally dying breed of B3 players makes "Killer B3" a must see project that is long overdue.

Joe Bamford and I (Murv Seymour) have been documenting the history and future of the Hammond B3 Organ for more than two years. Joe has over 15 years of experience as a videographer and editor and I have a 20 year background as a television reporter. We have an unstoppable passion to tell the story of the Hammond B3 and the people that breath life into this one of a kind organ.

From its name, you probably know nothing about the Hammond B3 Organ. But once you hear its screaming sound or see its unique table like legs, you'll never forget it. The sound of the Hammond B3 Organ can be subtle or strong and is present in gospel, blues, jazz, rock, reggae, soap operas, and many other styles of music.

Who's in "Killer B3" you ask? We're still in production, but so far we've received input from Jimmy McGriff, Jimmy Smith, Jr., Dr. Lonnie Smith, Brian Auger, Tony Monaco, Reuben Wilson, Shawn Brown, and the list is growing.

We're in the early stages of putting the word out about "Killer B3." We definitely need the support of all Hammond B3 fans and music lovers. We're new to blogging, but are going to try and keep everyone informed about the progress of this great project.

We do have a website but as of 3/10/07 it is still under construction. In the meantime check out our youtube channel @  Like Killer B3 on Facebook

Thanks for your support!
Murv & Joe - "Killer B3"
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