I am Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and African American and African Studies at University of Virginia. My research is in Black Religious Practice and Performance. I am researching a book project about the Hammond B-3 Organ and its use in Black Churches in the United States and internationally as well.
For one phase of my ongoing Hammond organ project and research, I am reaching out to musicians to ask to record a video or audio playing two songs – Oh Give Thanks (McAllister) and I’m So Glad Jesus Lifted Me (Traditional). Because musicians are known for their sound – Brooklyn or Chicago or Houston, for example – I want to document how musicians have their own styles, how they can play the same song differently, listening for chord progressions and diversions. Something like the #TwinkleTwinkleLittleStarChallenge.
If you are willing to do so, please send a video or audio recording to firstname.lastname@example.org … And please share with other musicians too! I am trying to collect as many samples as possible.
Thank you for your time.