Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio
Dr. Lonnie Smith, organ; Jonathan Kreisberg, guitar;
Ben Perowsky, drums
Saturday, July 3 | 8 pm | Dinkelspiel Auditorium
Tickets: $28 general | $16 students | TAKE 5!
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You might never have seen organist Dr. Lonnie Smith perform live - you
might not even have heard his name - but chances are you've
heard his music. Hip-hop artists from Run DMC to the Wu-Tang
Clan have incorporated snippets of his classic recordings into their
tracks, making him one of the most sampled jazz artists ever. It's
easy to see why Dr. Smith's music speaks just as powerfully to
a new generation as it did in the '60s and '70s: the sound
of his Hammond B3 organ is the epitome of grooving soul, an incredibly
powerful and versatile instrument.
Dr. Smith commands its full sonic
range in every performance, whether supporting a soloist with quietly
purring chords, pounding out a funky vamp, or pulling out all the stops
(literally) to make the instrument roar. In the words of JazzTimes,
Dr. Smith can "light up a room with visceral intensity or lay
down some of the nastiest funk ever played on an organ" and "one
of the most influential organists to ever man the helm of a Hammond
Dr. Smith's recent album Rise Up shows the iconic organ master
at the top of his form. Along with an all-star band including Stanford
Jazz veterans Peter Bernstein and Donald Harrison, he tears into a
set of originals, jazz classics, and surprising covers. From sanctified
blues to outrageously funky grooves, Dr. Lonnie Smith's inimitable
soul-jazz sounds are as potent as ever, and his Stanford performance
is not to be missed!
Dr. Lonnie Smith – "Bemsha Swing"
Dr. Lonnie Smith – "Zimbabwe"
Dr. Lonnie Smith – "Jungle Soul"
Dr. Lonnie Smith – "Willow Weep for Me"
Lonnie Smith at the Jazz Standard, 2007
Smith performing live with Lou Donaldson
Supported in part by Bruce Powell.