Organ Master Dr. Lonnie Smith On His 50 Years in Jazz

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Hammond B3 legend Dr. Lonnie Smith is back on Blue Note with the album "Evolution." Jason Marck / WBEZ
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Hammond B3 legend Dr. Lonnie Smith is back on Blue Note with the album "Evolution." Jason Marck / WBEZ

Organ Master Dr. Lonnie Smith On His 50 Years in Jazz

Dr. Lonnie Smith is a master of the Hammond B3, an electric organ first featured in gospel music in the 1950s and later adopted by rock, R&B and jazz musicians. Known for his creative jazz, Smith has been called one of the forefathers of Acid jazz.

But as his website says, “no genre is safe.” Smith has put his own spin on everything from the Beatles to the Stylistics to the Eurythmics to Beck. His new record is called Evolution.

Morning Shift’s Tony Sarabia talks to Smith about his 50 years in jazz and hears a few tunes on the Hammond B3.