Dazzle presents Dr. Lonnie Smith's "Evolution" on Sunday, July 9 at 6pm and 8:3pm. Featuring: Dr. Lonnie Smith - Hammond B3 organ, Freddie Hendrix - trumpet, John Ellis - tenor saxophone, Jonathan Kreisberg - guitar and Joe Dyson - drums.
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. Smith was named a NEA Jazz Master in 2017.
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.