Legendary Jazz Organist To Perform In Monmouth

MONMOUTH — The master of the Hammond B-3 organ is coming to Monmouth.

Dr. Lonnie Smith will let his fingers and feet do the talking when he and the Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio perform Friday night at Rice Auditorium as part of the Western Oregon University Smith Fine Arts Series.

Smith, 72, is an unparalleled musician, composer, performer and recording artist. Considered an authentic master and guru of the Hammond B-3 organ for more than five decades, Smith has been featured on more than 70 albums and has recorded and performed with a virtual “who’s who” of the greatest jazz, blues and R&B giants in the music industry.

Consequently, he has often been hailed as a “legend” and a “living musical icon,” and as the most creative jazz organist by a number of music publications.

Smith was named the “Organ Keyboardist of the Year” in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008 and 2009 by the Jazz Journalist Association.

In 2012, Smith launched his own record label, Pilgrimage Productions. His most recent CD is 2013’s “In The Beginning, Volumes 1 & 2.”

During Friday’s performance, Smith will be joined onstage by guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg and drummer Colin Stranahan.

Friday’s concert is the second to last in the 2014-15 Smith Fine Arts Series. Jose James and the American Metropole Orchestra wrap up the season with a performance April 11.

 If You Go …

Who: Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio.

What: Part of the 2014-15 Western Oregon University Smith Fine Arts Series.

When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Where: Rice Auditorium, Western Oregon University, 345 N. Monmouth Ave., Monmouth.

Admission: Adults, $25 in advance, $28 at the door; students, $11.

For more information: Call 503-838-8333; wou.edu/sfa; send an email to fineart@wou.edu.

Polk County Itemizer-Observer