Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio with Jonathan Kreisberg and Johnathan Blake

Fri, January 31, 2014

Jo Long Theatre | 8:00pm | $35

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. Always ahead of 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!” In 2012, Dr, Smith launched his own record label Pilgrimage Productions.

“A riddle wrapped in an enigma wrapped in a turban…Dr. Lonnie Smith is a phenomenal B3 burner who can light up a room with visceral intensity or lay down some of the nastiest funk ever played on an organ.”
Jazz Times

“Dr. Lonnie Smith remains remarkably cliché-free, even after five decades in the game…he retains an appetite for surprise and openness to new input.”
The Guardian