Encouraged and supported by wife and manager Amy Novo, the Seattle-area talent founded the Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio in 2015. James is a founding member of this powerhouse jazz/R&B/rock/blues unit, and a year later McGraw’s substitute gig turned into a full-time membership. Later in 2016, the three recorded and released their debut album, Close But No Cigar.
Remarkably, Lamarr didn’t take up that beast of instrument until he was in his early twenties. A drummer and trumpeter, he took a gig keeping time for organist Joe Doria and, according to a kexp.org interview, was smitten with his boss’ Hammond B3.
Through consistent gigging and a shared musical kinship, the Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio has brought authority and good feeling to its performances. The three musical brothers sound as one, with audiences in communion with that swing and groove.