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Lonnie Liston Smith

Primary Instrument: Organ, Hammond B3

Born: December 28, 1940    

Lonnie Liston Smith

The Great Lonnie Liston Smith is one of contemporary music’s most versatile musicians. In a career that spans some 40 years, he has been heard in a variety of context as a featured sideman for some of Jazz music’s most illustrious leaders before stepping out to reveal his own original concepts as a bandleader in the mid 70’s. He is a keyboardist of the first rank and has influenced a generation of young players that have acknowledged his rhythmic urgency (swing), harmonic acumen and composing skills.

Lonnie was born in Richmond, Virginia into a musical family. His father was a member of the Gospel Group, “The Harmonizing Four”. In 1945, Eleanor Roosevelt invited “The Harmonizing Four” to sing at the White House following the death of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Lonnie remembers such gospel groups as “The Dixie Humming Birds” and “The Soul Stirrers” with Sam Cooke, being frequent visitors at his family’s home....
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  • Cosmic Funk & Spiritual Sounds - The Best Of The Flying Dutchman Years

    Palmetto Records
    2012
  • Expansions / Visions Of A New World (Phase I)

    Palmetto Records
    2010
  • Original Album Classics

    Palmetto Records
    2009
  • Explorations

    Palmetto Records
    2002
  • Expansions / 'Til You Take My Love

    Palmetto Records
    2001
  • Transformation

    Palmetto Records
    1998
  • Exotic Mysteries - Loveland

    Palmetto Records
    1998
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