Brooklyn Center for The Performing Arts Presents Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio 2017 by Photojournalist Lisa Pacino
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College, New York Presents the Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio, February 25, 2017, 8PM. A pre-show discussion and Q&A with Dr. Lonnie Smith will be held at 7pm in the Kumble Lobby. This performance will be held at the Kumble Theater, located at Long Island University’s Brooklyn campus, NOT at the Walt Whitman Theatre.
Dr. Lonnie Smith, Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, New York, July 20, 2012. Photo by Lisa Pacino
Dr. Lonnie Smith is an American jazz master of the Hammond B-3 organ for more than five decades; he is an unparalleled figure in the soul-jazz movement. In 1966, he and George Benson formed the George Benson Quartet. After recording several albums with Benson, he became a solo recording artist playing with other prominent artists. Recently honored by the National Endowment for the Arts as a 2017 Jazz Master, the nation’s highest award in jazz, he has been featured on more than 70 albums and has performed with a virtual “Who’s Who” of the greatest jazz, blues, and R&B giants in the industry. Always ahead of the curve, his unpredictable, insatiable musical taste has led him to record everything from covers of the Beatles, the Stylistics, and the Eurythmics, to tribute albums of Jimi Hendrix, John Coltrane, and Beck. Performing with his trio, Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio, the good doctor gives a generous dose of funky soul and deep jazz sounds. Smith has performed at several prominent Jazz Festivals with artists including Grover Washington, Jr., Ron Carter, Dizzy Gillespie, Lou Donaldson, Ron Holloway, and Santana. He has also played with musicians outside of jazz, such as Dionne Warwick, Gladys Knight, Etta James, and Esther Phillips. He was named the “Organ Keyboardist of the Year” in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, and 2014 by the Jazz Journalist Association. Recipient of the 2017 National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Jazz Masters Fellowship, the highest honor that our nation bestows on jazz artists. Selected as a living legend making exceptional contributions to the advancement of jazz.
This engagement of Dr. Lonnie Smith is made possible through the Jazz Touring Network program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Tickets: $35. —Brooklyn Center
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Below is our photo gallery slide show of the 2012 Curtis Mayfield Tribute with Dr. Lonnie Smith in attendance. The slide show has a “pause” button and three speeds (slow, medium, fast). You may also go directly to our Website to view the photos there.