Dr. Lonnie Smith Evolution Quintet

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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. Smith’s fan-base is truly worldwide.

Sunday, Sep 25, 2016

"Jazz in the District"

Doors: 6 | Start: 7

Dr. Lonnie Smith Evolution Quintet

Dr. Lonnie Smith: Organ
Jonathan Kreisberg: Guitar
John Ellis: Tenor Saxophone
Maurice Brown: Trumpet
Joe Dyson: Drums

Dr. Smith is a wonder: crucially subtle, he never imposes until it’s really time for him to step forward, and then he shapes his solos — which grow cathartic and up to five minutes long, as in “Psychedelic Pi”— with a beautiful sense of long-form design, as if he can see the whole thing plotted out in front of him.”

- The New York Times

“Mr. Smith is emblematic of jazz-organ tradition and yet is also an exception. His approach to the instrument is quirky and personal, without much adherence to convention. He summons mystery or humor as befits the moment.”  

- Wall Street Journal

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