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. Lonnie Smith has consistently been a leading force in jazz since 1969 when critics for Downbeat magazine hailed him as â€˜Top Organist of 1969.â€™ More recently he has been selected as â€˜Organ Keyboardist of the Yearâ€™ by The Jazz Journalist Association in 2003, 2004 and 2005.
There is so much more to the man, I caught up with him after a period out on the road and I kept it brief so he could just relax.