Barbara Dennerlein interviews & notes

Barbara Dennerlein


If you search YouTube for “hammond b3 organ jazz” and sort by view count, not only does she occupy the top two spots, but an astounding four of the top five videos! Even if you eliminate “jazz” from your search, she’s at number two just behind Billy Preston, and she still has two videos in the top five.

Fittingly, in 2014 she was inducted into the freshman class of the Hammond Hall of Fame. First round inductees were identified as the pioneers, innovators, and trailblazers who possessed “The Sound,” “The Soul,” and were “The One.” The sound signified that candidates had an immediately recognizable personal style and sound that had become influential over time. The soul signified that inductees had integrated the use of the Hammond in a unique way in whatever genre they represented. The one signified that inductees were identified primarily as Hammond players.

Now the YouTube B3 sensation has released a HQ DVD, and she’s been busy with interesting projects since we last spoke (you’ll find those interviews if you scroll further down this page.) As usual, there are plenty of audio clips for your enjoyment.

To listen to the interview click the play button or download the MP3


BONUS AUDIO — As mentioned in the interview above, while still a teenager, Barbara played an unrehearsed gig in a Munich jazz club with two English musicians from the Hugo Strasser Band (Alan Waterson /drums and Eric Stevens / bass.) Recorded at the Schwabinger Spritzen on April 9, 1983 by Hans Dennerlein. May only be used with the permission of

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BARBARA DENNERLEIN (earlier interview from 2012)

barbara Barbara Dennerlein is a superlative Hammond B3 player, the first person honored as Germany’s Ambassador of Jazz. On the week of her fortieth birthday German television did a retrospective and rebroadcast several concerts she had done over the years, and she was invited to be the sole studio guest on a special “Best of” show with Harald Schmidt [Germany’s David Letterman.]

She’s recorded with an eighty piece orchestra, but she is also at home doing a funky concert as a duo with organ and drums. She’s aware of her musical legacy and the reputation she’s established, but she’s also open to challenges outside of jazz — from Bach to blues.




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Print Interview

READ OUR EXTENSIVE CAREER RETROSPECTIVE INTERVIEW @ ALL ABOUT JAZZ (sorry no audio available) This is one of my most read interviews.

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Videos related to 2016 Interview

4 of the top 5 search results for “Hammond B3 Organ Jazz” when sorted by view count


Start watching closely 25 seconds into this clip and you will see the “mysterious head” appear — which was mentioned during the interview.




Clip about the Christmas Soul album

Mentioned in the interview, her first national TV appearance

Mentioned in the interview, Ohne Filter

Mentioned in the interview, ZDF Jazzclub


Posted on August 25, 2016, in Interview Notes, Uncategorized and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on Barbara Dennerlein interviews & notes.

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