Dr. Lonnie Smith's "Evolution"

Dr. Lonnie Smith's "Evolution"

Sun, July 9, 2017

6:00 pm


Dr. Lonnie Smith - Hammond B3 organ
Freddie Hendrix - trumpet
John Ellis - tenor saxophone
Jonathan Kreisberg - guitar
Joe Dyson - drums

Dr. Lonnie Smith's "Evolution"
Dr. Lonnie Smith's "Evolution"
Dr. Lonnie Smith is an authentic Master of the Hammond B3 organ. For over five decades he has furthered the sound of Jazz Organ, created a worldwide fan-base, and revealed his musical talents on over seventy albums.

Today, his name is truly synonymous with the instrument. Jazz Times magazine recently described him as "a riddle wrapped in an enigma wrapped in a turban!" This kind of description suggests the level of complexity that he exhibits in his music and the pure amazement that it elicits. Lonnie Smith has consistently been a leading force in jazz since 1969 when critics for Downbeat magazine hailed him as 'Top Organist of 1969.' More recently he has been selected as 'Organ Keyboardist of the Year' by The Jazz Journalist Association in 2003, 2004 and 2005. Born in Buffalo, New York, Lonnie was blessed with the gift of music and gained an exposure to gospel, blues and jazz through his mother at an early age. In his teens, he went on to sing in several vocal groups including his own, "The Supremes," formed long before Diana Ross used the name.

Lonnie also played the trumpet at school, and was a featured soloist, but upon possessing his own organ he immediately immersed himself in studying it with no instruction other than Jimmy Smith and Bill Doggett records and paying rapt attention to the church organ. Within months his proficiency attracted the attention of local musicians and so began his ascent into jazz history. His inspired interpretation of an eclectic sampling of musical types explains in part his broad appeal and why he has been in constant demand from his earliest gigs to his most recent club appearances. Revered throughout the world and popular among many disparate groups, his unique stylings and prolific output have elevated him to the status of living musical icon. Lonnie's irrepressible energy infuses his music and audience with the joy that he has always found in creating and performing.
Venue Information:
Dazzle @ Baur's
1512 Curtis St.
Denver, CO, 80202