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Dr. Lonnie Smith

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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. 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

News: Birthday

Jazz Musician of the Day: Dr. Lonnie Smith

Jazz Musician of the Day: Dr. Lonnie Smith

All About Jazz is celebrating Dr. Lonnie Smith's birthday today! 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 ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Kresten Osgood, Ronnie Foster, Melissa Stylianou, Ghost Horse & More New Releases

Read "Kresten Osgood, Ronnie Foster, Melissa Stylianou, Ghost Horse & More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


An Hammond B-3onanza! Ronnie Foster is back, with a reissue of Two-Headed Freap and the first new album in almost four decades, Reboot, and so is the Gentle Giant of Danish jazz drummer-turned-Hammond player Kresten Osgood. A compare and contrast between Gerald Clayton and Melissa Stylianou, Gene Bertoncini and Ike Sturm, as well the new gems ...

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Article: In Pictures

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 ...

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Article: Under the Radar

A Different Drummer, Pt. 7: Rudy Royston’s Higher Calling

Read "A Different Drummer, Pt. 7: Rudy Royston’s Higher Calling" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


A look at Rudy Royston's resume tells you that the drummer should be more recognized. Royston has racked up credits with Nate Wooley, Jon Irabagon, Tom Harrell, Aruán Ortiz, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Bill Frisell, JD Allen, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Ron Miles, Noah Preminger, Ben Allison, Tim Ries, Alex Sipiagin, Linda May Han Oh, Bruce Barth, Don Byron, ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Jake Sherman Gets Sexy

Read "Jake Sherman Gets Sexy" reviewed by Leo Sidran


Jake Sherman is everywhere at once and yet somehow maintains a certain air of mystery. There he is singing romantic '80s inspired jams. Here he comes making a jazz Hammond organ record at Dizzy's Club and jamming with Larry Goldings. Don't look now but he's hanging out in LA with his friends in Scary Pockets, or ...

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Article: Profile

Johnathan Blake: un batterista ai vertici

Read "Johnathan Blake: un batterista ai vertici" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Accolto tra i lavori migliori dell'anno dalle massime riviste internazionali Homeward Bound, è il quarto disco di Johnathan Blake e il debutto con l'etichetta Blue Note. L'album ha finalmente evidenziato le doti di compositore e leader del 45enne batterista di Philadelphia, figlio del violinista John Blake Jr., noto partner di McCoy Tyner, Archie Shepp, James Newton, ...

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Article: Year in Review

2021: The Year in Jazz

Read "2021: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling


The jazz world continued grappling and adjusting in year two of the COVID-19 pandemic. International Jazz Day again went virtual for the most part. Singer Tony Bennett put the final stamp on his touring—and likely recording—career after his Alzheimer's disclosure. Trumpeter Irvin Mayfield was headed to federal prison. The National Endowment for the Arts welcomed four ...

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Verve & Blue Note Today 2021

Label: Verve Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Freedom; Nights In Havanna; The Eleven; Pick Up Your Burning Cross; F Maj Pixie (Squarepusher Remix); Reclamation; Travelin'; Dismal Swamp; Saint Rose; Warm Embrace; Segunda; Mother Nature; 713; Respond; Frank's Tune;

Album

Breathe

Label: Blue Note Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Why Can’t We Live Together; Bright Eyes; Too Damn Hot; Track 9; World Weeps; Pilgrimage; Epistrophy; Sunshine Superman.


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