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American Organist, Dr. Lonnie Smith Died At 79

Dr. Lonnie Smith Died
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American jazz Hammond B3 organist who was named an NEA Jazz Master in 2017, Dr. Lonnie Smith has died at the age of 79.

American jazz Hammond B3 organist who was a member of the George Benson quartet in the 1960s. He recorded albums with saxophonist Lou Donaldson for Blue Note before being signed as a solo act. He owned the label Pilgrimage.

“Doc was a musical genius who possessed a deep, funky groove and a wry, playful spirit,” Don Was, Smith’s collaborator and Blue Note president, said in a statement. “His mastery of the drawbars was equaled only by the warmth in his heart. He was a beautiful guy and all of us at Blue Note Records loved him a lot.”

American Organist, Dr. Lonnie Smith Died At 79