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RIP Dr. Lonnie Smith

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RIP, to a great organist. Hope my source is wrong.

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Just now, sgcim said:

RIP, to a great organist. Hope my source is wrong.

Indeed. I do hope this is just a rumor.

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Well, that sucks.

RIP Turbanator. I'll move my hand, not that I need to.

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I plucked this album from the cutout bin when I was in high school.  I love everything about this record.

 

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His latest (and I assume last) album, Breathe, was a wonder. RIP. 

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It is a terrible news.  RIP.

The Good Doctor visited Japan several times and I could catch some.  I heard that he really loves Japanese "Mugi Choco" (chocolate-coated wheat puff, cheap but good stuff).  Hope he can get tons of them up there.

My favorite in his later years:

 

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One of my favorites--it seems I was fortunate enough to see him live eight times, but never in the city where I live.

May 29, 2007: Jazz Standard, New York

January 31, 2014: Carver Center, San Antonio

May 1, 2014: New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival

April 25, 2015: New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival

July 30, 2016: Lensic, Santa Fe

September 29, 2017: Antone's, Austin

January 11, 2018: Jazz Standard, New York

April 25, 2019: Snug Harbor, New Orleans

 

 

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Rip Mr. Smith

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I saw Dr Lonnie in 2000 at the Brecon Jazz Festival, here. He's the only musician ever who got me so excited I couldn't help screaming.

RIP.

MG

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I first saw him with Lou Donaldson and he really impressed me. 

And I saw a film from German TV about Lou Donaldson with Lonnie Smith. There was a sound check without Lou and Lonnie Smith played a very fast version of Dizzy´s "Blue´n Boogie". That was first class bop on organ !!! 

I didn´t know he was "only 79" when he died. When I saw him around 2000, maybe due to that strange turban and that long an weird beard he looked much older than the maybe 50+ he was at that time. And he had that really hoarse voice like Miles Davis. 

I saw later fotos of him with a cane, so maybe he really had been  quite frail or sick for some times. 

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He didn't need the walking stick. Like the turban and the Dr, it was a commercial affectation.

MG

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43 minutes ago, The Magnificent Goldberg said:

He didn't need the walking stick. Like the turban and the Dr, it was a commercial affectation.

MG

 

Oh I see ! And not to forget his huge rings on his fingers. Some people might wonder how he could play with it, but I know how that is, since I also wear more rings than just my wedding ring:D

 

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Indeed. I like people with commercial affectations. Shows concern for the audience, as well as a potentially money-making gimmick.

MG

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1 hour ago, The Magnificent Goldberg said:

I saw Dr Lonnie in 2000 at the Brecon Jazz Festival, here. He's the only musician ever who got me so excited I couldn't help screaming.

RIP.

MG

This is very sad news, especially so as he was still active musically. It was around 2003-4 that I got to see him at the Jazz Cafe in London with Lou Donaldson. Very glad that I did. RIP, sorry that he is no longer with us.

One memory implanted in my mind is of him coming through the main door into the gig with a couple of Tesco carrier bags. Surreal. Also the beaming face of Steve Winwood stood next to me digging Lonnie’s playing.

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Very sad - his music was always worth your time. 

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Terrible news - my wife and I saw him at this great performance space in Delray Beach (bring your own anything was their motto, so people brought in takeout food with cold beer or wine). Great performance before a very appreciative crowd.

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August 2008, NYC, Charlie Parker Jazz Festival, Marcus Garvey's park, just before the Rashied Ali's set. A man with a smile bigger than life  finds its way to the seat right behind me, it's Dr. Lonnie Smith. I must have stared at him like 10 seconds until he gave me huge wink! Those little trivia that made that journey even more memorable.

Thank you for the music!

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The Dr. moniker was sort of like his saying I’m a doctor in bringing music to people. 

1 hour ago, Teasing the Korean said:

Was the turban inspired by Korla Pandit?

Here’s an article about him and the turban from an Indian arts site.

The Self-Styled Sikh Legend Of Acid Jazz

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Man, RIP to a legend. Can only wish I got to see him live. Damn. 

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When I saw that famous photo with Iggy Pop from when his last album came out I remember I thought he looks really much younger than Pop. But that can have something to do with Iggy Pop's lifestyle and with Smith wearing a turban. At the time I thought he was older, but I'll check now. They can easily be in the same age group. Iggy Pop is also in his 70s IIRC.

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