Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio
INNtöne Jazzfestival 2019
INNtöne Jazzfestival 2019
Background information
OriginSeattle, Washington, U.S.
GenresSoul jazz
Years active2015–present
MembersDelvon Lamarr
Jimmy James
Dan Weiss
Past membersDavid McGraw
Colin Higgins
Doug Octa Port

The Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio, also known as DLO3, is an American soul-jazz group founded in 2015. The band has released two albums. Their debut album, titled Close But No Cigar, charted at number one on the U.S. Contemporary Jazz Albums chart.


The Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio was founded in 2015 and originally consisted of keyboardist Delvon Lamarr (Dumas) on Hammond B-3, guitarist Colin Higgins and drummer David McGraw. Soon after guitarist Jimmy James (Williams) replaced Higgins. All members had been active instrumentalists in the Seattle music scene. With the help of Lamarr's wife, Amy Novo (AKA "Shortcake Mafia"), acting as manager and booking agent, the group was solidified.[1][2] Originally a drummer and trumpet player, Lamarr switched to organ at the age of 22.[3] He said he picked up the instrument naturally by observing organist/keyboardist Joe Doria, whose band Lamarr was drumming in at the time.[2] James and McGraw had previously co-founded "The True Loves", a Seattle-based nine-piece soul band.[4]

The DLO3 has toured in the United States and abroad and has performed in several music festivals including the Detroit and the Monterey Jazz Festivals.[1][5] The trio's debut album Close But No Cigar was originally released in 2016 (on CD), and was re-released in March 2018 (on both LP and CD) by Colemine Records. The album reached number one on the U.S. Contemporary Jazz Albums chart and number three on the U.S. Jazz Albums chart.[6][7] In April 2018, the band released a live album titled Live at KEXP! (on both LP and CD) that was recorded May 13, 2017. It reached number 10 on the Jazz Albums chart.[8] In 2018 the band toured nationally and in Europe in support of the albums.[5] In late 2018, drummer Doug Octa Port replaced McGraw.[9] Drummer Michael Duffy joined the band for their 2019 European Tour.[10] New drummer, Dan "Vanilla" Weiss (from "The Sextones") joined in 2021. As of August 2022, drummer Julian MacDonough will be replacing Weiss.

On January 29, 2021, the group released their sophomore studio album I Told You So via Colemine Records. The album debuted atop multiple Billboard Charts: number one on the Contemporary Jazz Album chart, number three on the Jazz Album chart, number four on the Tastemaker Album chart, and number 12 on the Heatseeker Album chart. Glide Magazine wrote that the "unrelenting, intoxicating grooves of the Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio are everything one would want from an organ trio – a pinch of late 1960's soul-jazz, some elements of more modern funk, and a riveting, magnetic swagger that just won't let go".


The band's music is rhythm-based and rooted in the 1960s and 1970s soul-jazz, funk and blues styles, reminiscent of Booker T. & the M.G.'s and The Meters.[1][4][11] plaid room records says... "the DLO3 specialize in the lost art of 'feel good music'. The ingredients of this intoxicating cocktail include a big helping of the 1960s jazz organ stylings of Jimmy Smith and Baby Face Willette; a pinch of the snappy soul strut of Booker T. & The M.G.’s and The Meters; and sprinkles Motown Records (Detroit), Stax Records (Memphis), the blues, and some cosmic Hendrix-style guitar. It’s a soul-jazz concoction that goes straight to your heart and head makes your body break out in a cold sweat. Live, the band’s fiery and intuitive chemistry is unstoppable, brimming with improvisation, instant composition, imaginative takes on classic tunes, and a booty-shaking back catalog of soulful gems". bandcamp also injects... "feel good music? It's a booty-shake blend of 1960s soul-jazz, slinky New Orleans funk, vintage instrumental soul, and a splash of acid-rock guitar". The songs are typically developed by improvisation over heavy organ grooves. Bandleader Lamarr described it as "soul music with a strong jazz influence".[3] He credits their 'sound' to the chemistry of the band members.[2]


LP/CD releases

  • Close But No Cigar (Novo Productions, 2016; reissue: Colemine CLMN-12019, 2018)
  • Live at KEXP! (Colemine CLMN-12020, recorded 5/13/17 [released 2018])
  • I Told You So (Colemine CLMN-12028, 2021)
  • Cold As Weiss (Colemine CLMN-12029, 2022)
  • Live In Loveland! (Colemine CLMN-12027, recorded 4/21/18 [released 2022])

45rpm vinyl singles

  • "Concussion" (Colemine CLMN-150 A, 2017)
  • "Memphis" (Colemine CLMN-150 B, 2017)
  • "Fo Sho" (Colemine CLMN-199 A, 2020)
  • "Inner City Blues" (Colemine CLMN-199 B, 2020)
  • "Jimmy's Groove (Pt. 1)" (Colemine CLMN-207 A, 2021)
  • "Jimmy's Groove (Pt. 2)" (Colemine CLMN-207 B, 2021)
  • "Cold As Weiss" (Colemine CLMN-224 A, 2021)
  • "Fried Soul" (Colemine CLMN-224 B, 2021)


  1. ^ a b c Thom Jurek. "AllMusic: Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio – biography". AllMusic. Archived from the original on October 20, 2018. Retrieved October 20, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Jake Uitti (November 19, 2017). "Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio – interview". Archived from the original on October 20, 2018. Retrieved October 20, 2018.
  3. ^ a b Dusty Henry (May 24, 2017). "Local Artist Spotlight: Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio". KEXP-FM. Archived from the original on August 30, 2017. Retrieved October 20, 2018.
  4. ^ a b Abe Beeson (March 20, 2017). "The DLO3 Brings the Soul-Jazz Good Times". KNKX. Archived from the original on April 10, 2018. Retrieved October 20, 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio pushing its smooth sound beyond the 206". February 16, 2018. Archived from the original on June 16, 2018. Retrieved October 21, 2018.
  6. ^ Breen, Mike (August 28, 2018). "Recommended Cincinnati Concerts: Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio at MOTR Pub (Sept. 1)". Cincinnati CityBeat. Archived from the original on August 28, 2018. Retrieved November 2, 2018.
  7. ^ "Billboard: Jazz Albums chart – March 17, 2018". March 17, 2018. Archived from the original on October 20, 2018. Retrieved October 20, 2018.
  8. ^ "Billboard: Jazz Albums chart – May 5, 2018". May 5, 2018. Archived from the original on October 20, 2018. Retrieved October 20, 2018.
  9. ^ "Delvon Lammar Organ Trio official website – about page". October 2018. Archived from the original on October 20, 2018. Retrieved October 20, 2018.
  10. ^ "Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio". Kurland Agency. Archived from the original on May 27, 2019. Retrieved June 11, 2019.
  11. ^ Simon Sweetman (March 6, 2018). "Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio: Close But No Cigar". Archived from the original on October 20, 2018. Retrieved October 20, 2018.

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