Press Release

For Immediate Release 

 

Event Date: September 19, 2015

 

Pittsburgh's Kente Arts Alliance to Present Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio

 

Dr. Smith has been amused to find himself sampled in rap, dance and house grooves while being credited as a forefather of acid jazz. When questioned about his consistent interest in music some consider outside the jazz “mainstream,” Lonnie shrugs. “Jazz is American Classical,” he proclaims. “And this music is a reflection of what’s happening at the time… The organ is like the sunlight, rain and thunder…it’s all the worldly sounds to me!”

 

 

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, August 17, 2015 - On Saturday, September 19, 2015 at 8 pm, Kente Arts Alliance will present Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio at the New Hazlett Theater, 6 Allegheny Square East, Northside, Pittsburgh, PA 15212.  
  
Dr. Lonnie Smith is an unparalleled musician, composer, performer and recording artist. An authentic master and guru of the Hammond B-3 organ for over five decades, he has been featured on over seventy albums, and has recorded and performed with a virtual “Who’s Who” of the greatest jazz, blues and R&B giants in the industry. Consequently, he has often been hailed as a “Legend,” a “Living Musical Icon,” and as the most creative jazz organist by a slew of music publications. Jazz Times Magazine describes him as “a riddle wrapped in an enigma wrapped in a turban!” Always ahead of the curve, it is no surprise Dr. Smith’s fan-base is truly worldwide. 
 
Dr. Smith has been amused to find himself sampled in rap, dance and house grooves while being credited as a forefather of acid jazz. When questioned about his consistent interest in music some consider outside the jazz “mainstream,” Lonnie shrugs. “Jazz is American Classical,” he proclaims. “And this music is a reflection of what’s happening at the time… The organ is like the sunlight, rain and thunder…it’s all the worldly sounds to me!”
 
Worldly awards have followed. Downbeat Magazine has named Dr. Smith as “Top Organist” of the year. Dr. Lonnie Smith has also won a plethora of critics’ polls as the world’s premier organist/keyboardist. Moreover, he was recently inducted into the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame, as well as the Jazz, Organ Fellowship’s Hall of Fame. In 2012, Dr.  Smith launched his own record label Pilgrimage Productions. The Healer, a live recording of Doc’s trio is the first release on his label.
 
General admission is $30 - $40. Tickets are available online: 
www.showclix.com, by phone: 888.71.TICKETS or 888-718-4253; or at these locations: Dorsey’s Records (Homewood), Stedeford’s Record Shop (Northside), Jamil’s Global Village, East Liberty.
 
Kente Arts Alliance is a non-profit arts organization (501 (3) ©) that was established in 2007.  Since then it has presented some of the music world’s most legendary performers including Pharoah Sanders, The Last Poets, and Hugh Masekela, Roy Haynes, and Randy Weston.
 
For more information visit: 
www.kentearts.org  or call 412.322.0292.
 
The program is made possible in part by generous grants from The Heinz Endowments, Advancing the Black Arts in Pittsburgh Fund. 

 

 

 Media Contact    

 

Media Contact: Mensah Wali

Email: mensah@kentearts.org

Phone: (412) 322-0292

 

Kente Arts Alliance

1212 Manhattan Street, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15233

Web: www.Kentearts.org

 

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CALENDAR LISTING:

Event Name: Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio

Event Date: September 19, 2015

Event Location: New Hazlett Theater, 6 Allegheny Square East, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15212

Admission: $30 - $50

Web: www.Kentearts.org

Contact: Mensah Wali, mensah@kentearts.org, (412) 322-0292

Description: Dr. Lonnie Smith is an unparalleled musician, composer, performer and recording artist. An authentic master and guru of the Hammond B-3 organ for over five decades, he has been featured on over seventy albums, and has recorded and performed with a virtual “Who’s Who” of the greatest jazz, blues and R&B giants in the industry. Consequently, he has often been hailed as a “Legend,” a “Living Musical Icon,” and as the most creative jazz organist by a slew of music publications. Jazz Times Magazine describes him as “a riddle wrapped in an enigma wrapped in a turban!” Always ahead of the curve, it is no surprise Dr. Smith’s fan-base is truly worldwide. 

 

 


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