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The Legacy Of The 'Otherworldly' Everette DeVan

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Courtesy Everette DeVan
Everette DeVan passed away last month at the age of 71.

Last month, legendary Kansas City jazz organist Everette DeVan passed away at the age of 71.

He was one of the mainstays of Kansas City's storied jazz community, known for his playing of the Hammond B-3 organ. One of his mentees, vocalist Eboni Fondren, says the way he played his organ was "otherworldly."

"He made sounds come out of that organ that were just... I think it had its own spirit. It was its own person, that organ."

Fondren joined Up To Date to take a look back on what DeVan meant to jazz in Kansas City, and the musical influence he had on her.

  • Eboni Fondren, vocalist with Eboni & The Ivories, former vocalist for Everette DeVan
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