Andi BirkeAndi, born 1976 in Borken/Germany, had his first keyboard contact aged seven when his parents gave him an old organ. In the course of his first music lessons he quickly found out that the traditional way he was taught went against his grain. He fell for the blues and became a fan of boogie-woogie pianists like Vince Weber or Axel Zwingenberger.
He began to explore this style on the organ and later on his piano. Beginning to learn the ropes in bands playing funk, gospel or rhythm'n'blues quickly led him to the Hammond organ sound and thus to the organ jazz with its greats such as Jimmy Smith, Larry Young or Lonnie Smith, who inspired him.
Andi took private harmony lessons and taught himself listening to music and playing it. In 2001, Andi founded his first organ jazz quartet "Whack'em!" (organ, guitar, saxophone and percussion). For some months, he was a student of John Hondorp, the Hammond professor. Presently,Andreas is engaged as an organ player in various projects and formations like "Whack'em !", "Orgasmic Jazzquartett", "Madrugada-Bluesband" or Gospel Soul Choir "Original Sinners".
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