Thursday, April 16, 2009

Now's the Time: Lonnie Smith

Organist Lonnie Smith will almost certainly make it funky at the Blue Room Monday.

Kansas City has a long and illustrious affiliation with jazz organists. Everette DeVan and Ken Lovern are among our town's current mainstays. The legendary Mary Lou Williams played some organ. Big John Patton was born in Kansas City. Charles Earland died at a local Holiday Inn in 1999.

Videos with higher production values exist, but I appreciate the nasty feel captured on this clip of Smith in action.

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