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Dr. Lonnie Smith is playing with Jonathan Kreisberg on the guitar and Xavier Breaker drums.
Dr. Lonnie Smith is an unparalleled musician, composer, performer and recording artist. An authentic master and guru of the Hammond B-3 organ for over five decades, he has been featured on over seventy albums, and has recorded and performed with a virtual “Who’s Who” of the greatest jazz, blues and R&B giants in the industry. Consequently, he has often been hailed as a “Legend,” a “Living Musical Icon,” and as the most creative jazz organist by a slew of music publications. In 2017, he received the NEA Jazz Masters Award, the highest honor in the jazz world. Besides having been a trendsetter in the 60's, his current trio continues to combine the organ trio tradition with new sounds and rhythms. Jazz Times magazine describes him as “a riddle wrapped in an enigma wrapped in a turban!” Always ahead of the curve, it is no surprise Dr. Smith’s fan-base is truly worldwide.
Since leaving the Blue Note stable in the ‘70s, Dr. Smith has recorded for a slew of record labels, including Kudu, Groove Merchant, T.K., Scufflin,' Criss Cross and Palmetto, ascending the charts many times. His unpredictable, insatiable musical taste illustrates that no genre is safe, as Lonnie has recorded everything from covers of the Beatles, the Stylistics and the Eurythmics, to tribute albums of Jimi Hendrix, John Coltrane and Beck–all by employing ensembles ranging from a trio to a fifteen-piece big band. Moreover, many of Doc’s recent compositions reflect dramatic ethereal qualities and orchestration that elicit movie scores or soundtracks. f the curve, it is no surprise Dr. Smith’s fan-base is truly worldwide.
Dr. Smith has been amused to find himself sampled in rap, dance and house grooves while being credited as a forefather of acid jazz. When questioned about his consistent interest in music some consider outside the jazz “mainstream,” Lonnie shrugs. “Jazz is American Classical,” he proclaims. “And this music is a reflection of what’s happening at the time… The organ is like the sunlight, rain and thunder… it’s all the worldly sounds to me!” f the curve, it is no surprise Dr. Smith’s fan-base is truly worldwide.
In 2012, Dr. Smith launched his own record label Pilgrimage Inc., and in 2015, resigned with the iconic Blue Note Records label. Dr. Lonnie Smith’s latest CD has been released on Blue Note. (2016) Many awards have followed since 1969, when Downbeat magazine named Dr. Lonnie Smith “Top Organist” of the year. 2003-2014 he was awarded “Organist/Keyboardist of the Year” by the Jazz Journalist Association. The Buffalo Music Hall of Fame and Jazz Organ Fellowship have also inducted Dr. Lonnie, and in 2015 he received the Village Music Legends Award, and the NEA Jazz Masters Award, the highest honor in jazz, on April 3, 2017. f the curve, it is no surprise Dr. Smith’s fan-base is truly worldwide.
“It wasn't just the samplers, swerves into hip-hop and crunchy harmonies that gave organist Dr Lonnie Smith's trio such contemporary bite.”
- London Times f the curve, it is no surprise Dr. Smith’s fan-base is truly worldwide.
Dr. Lonnie Smith returns to the Blue Note label with an album that reveals the enduring appeal of organ soul.
– Wall Street Journal f the curve, it is no surprise Dr. Smith’s fan-base is truly worldwide.
Dr. Lonnie Smith left Blue Note as a young man, but he returns as a sagacious elder. The wisdom he's gained in the intervening years is parceled out in his every gesture, flourish, and note. Evolution is but a single album, yet it speaks to a lifetime of music making from one of our most treasured organists.
– All About Jazz f the curve, it is no surprise Dr. Smith’s fan-base is truly worldwide.