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A Tribute to Dr. Lonnie Smith

Read "A Tribute to Dr. Lonnie Smith" reviewed by Dave Kaufman


The great master of the Hammond B3 organ, Dr. Lonnie Smith, passed away in September 2021 at 79. Smith enjoyed a more than 50-year career at the vanguard of soul jazz. His influence extended far beyond that genre to electronic, hip-hop, and funk artists. Smith remained at the peak of his powers as a musician and a creative artist seeking to expand his vision and repertoire. Prior to his passing, he had been enjoying a late-career renaissance. In 2017, Smith ...

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Radio & Podcasts

Little Pat Blue

Read "Little Pat Blue" reviewed by Patrick Burnette


Mike's on the road and overwhelmed with work so it's up to Pat to come up with something to satiate the frothing demand for bastardly content. Back to the vinyl well he goes—first to talk about six Blue Note albums he discovered on his on-going record buying spree (enjoyable in whatever format you choose) and then to muse a little about how Blue Note is once again building a canon by selecting which albums get memorialized in all-analog vinyl and ...

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Album Review

Dr. Lonnie Smith: Breathe

Read "Breathe" reviewed by La-Faithia White


Dr. Lonnie Smith, guru of the Hammond B3 organ for over five decades, now releases eight songs, six of which were recorded live in 2017 at The Jazz Standard in New York City, during his seventy-fifth birthday. In December 2020, The Jazz Standard closed because of the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic which has taken the lives of many jazz clubs throughout the USA. The opening song, “Why Can't We Live Together," is a remake of the 1972 ...

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Radio & Podcasts

New Organ Combos - Dr. Lonnie Smith, Organissimo, Deep Blue Organ Trio and More

Read "New Organ Combos - Dr. Lonnie Smith, Organissimo, Deep Blue Organ Trio and More" reviewed by Russell Perry


In 1956, Jimmy Smith created the organ trio featuring organ, guitar and drums. Soon thereafter, his quartets with Lou Donaldson and Stanley Turrentine defined the organ—saxophone quartet sound. Today, these traditions live on and, although the instrumentation may vary slightly, the debt to Jimmy Smith's pioneering soul jazz trios and quartets is persistent. Playlist Host Intro 0:00 Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio “Mellow Mood" from Spiral (Palmetto 2:46 Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio “Up Jumped Spring" from All in My ...

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Radio & Podcasts

50th Anniversary Blue Notes for May

Read "50th Anniversary Blue Notes for May" reviewed by Marc Cohn


Time for 50th anniversaries of Blue Note recordings from May 1970 (logically enough!): Lonnie Smith's Live at Club Mozambique; Donald Byrd's Electric Byrd; Joe Williams' Worth Waiting For and the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra (Consummation). Then there's some 21st century music (Jane Ira Bloom, Andy Hunter, Tony Kofi and Brian Bromberg), as well as previously unreleased Eddie “Lockjaw" Davis--Johnny Griffin live at Seattle's Penthouse Club from 1962 and BN-22 (the original 78) with Meade Lux Lewis tickling the ivories. Enjoy ...

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In Pictures

Jazz dans la Nuit at The Montreal International Jazz Festival 2018

Read "Jazz dans la Nuit at The Montreal International Jazz Festival 2018" reviewed by Dave Kaufman


Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4jny: Montreal is a city known for its beautiful historic churches and cathedrals. Église du Gesù, a magnificent church situated in the heart of downtown Montreal, opened its doors in 1865. The basement in the church has housed an amphitheater dedicated to the arts for almost 100 years. It was renovated in 1992 and reopened as Le Centre de créativité du Gesù. The facility offers space for art ...

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Live Review

Still Dreaming and Dr. Lonnie Smith at Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland

Read "Still Dreaming and Dr. Lonnie Smith at Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan


Still Dreaming/Dr. Lonnie Smith Playhouse Square Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland, Ohio June 29, 2018 Now in its 39th year, Cleveland's Tri-C JazzFest has evolved over the years having started as an educational springtime event. Most recently, the action has shifted from the Cuyahoga Community College campus to downtown Cleveland's Playhouse Square complex. The event which now takes place in mid-June covers roughly three days and offers both free outdoor performances along with paid indoor shows ...


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