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Bobby Cressey is a jazz musician, composer and organist with the San Diego Padres baseball team and San Diego Gulls ice hockey team, amongst other gigs. In part 1 of this interview we dig deep into the baseball side of things, as well as covering Bobby’s formative years. Part 2 of the interview can be found here.
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Discussion topics covered during the show (links will open in new tab):
Developing a passion for music and scoring the gig as organist with the San Diego Padres
Why Baseball is a big deal in the US and the role of the organist (here’s a great history of it)
Differences in organists around the league
A typical game day for an organist
Bobby plays Take Me Out to the Ballgame
Dealing with song requests (and requests to have a go at playing the organ!)
Los Angeles is Burning – Bad Religion
Not Bobby Cressey but here’s Freebird played on organ
Playing organ at ice hockey (San Diego Gulls)
Keeping in touch with other sports organists
Bobby’s rig at baseball games
A deep discussion of Bobby’s organ rig and the Electone D-80
As an aside: Electone Museum website
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[…] In Part 2 of our interview with Bobby Cressey, we talk about his jazz and ska projects, composing, tips for younger players and a whole lot more. Part 1 can be found here. […]