John Papa Gros: I remember my first gig that I played on Bourbon Street. There was a Hammond organ in the club.
I didn’t even know how to start it because it’s got a motor and everything. So I had to find another organ player down the street and ask him to come help me start it.
Once I got it up and running, I started playing. I’m like, this is how easy it is to make an organ sound when I was using all these digital boxes and things trying to just get a sound that sounds like all the Motown sounds, and all the Neville Brothers sounds and things like that. It really got to be a personal relationship that I have with the Hammond organ, which is completely different than the relationship I have with the piano, so it started at an early age.
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