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Lou Donaldson - 100% match to Lonnie Smith

Genres: Funk Jazz Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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1 November 1926, Badin, North Carolina, USA. Donaldson started on clarinet but, while playing in a band in the US Navy alongside Willie Smith and Clark Terry, he switched to alto saxophone. In the early 50s he was in New York, playing with Thelonious Monk, Horace Silver, Blue Mitchell, Art Blakey and other leading jazzmen. In 1954 he and Clifford Brown joined Blakey’s J Read more

Jimmy McGriff - 99% match to Lonnie Smith

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Jazz R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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James Herrell, 3 April 1936, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Encouraged by a musical home environment (both his parents were pianists), by the time he left school, McGriff played not only piano but bass, vibes, drums and saxophone. He played with Archie Shepp, Reggie Workman, Charles Earland and Donald Bailey in his youth, but after two years as an military policeman in the Read more

Reuben Wilson - 87% match to Lonnie Smith

Genres: Funk Jazz
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Richard "Groove" Holmes - 84% match to Lonnie Smith

Genres: Blues Jazz Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Richard Arnold Holmes, 2 May 1931, Camden, New Jersey, USA, d. 29 June 1991, St. Louis, Missouri, USA. A self-taught organist, early in his career Holmes worked along the east coast. A 1961 recording session with Les McCann and Ben Webster resulted in widespread interest in his work. He toured and recorded throughout the 60s, achieving widespread acceptance among mainstream Read more

Grant Green - 79% match to Lonnie Smith

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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6 June 1935, St Louis, Missouri, USA, d. 31 January 1979, New York City, New York, USA. Heavily influenced by Charlie Christian, guitarist Green first played professionally with tenor saxophonist Jimmy Forrest and made his recording debut on organist Brother Jack McDuff’s classic 1960 session, The Honeydripper. Although noted particularly for his work in organ-guitar-dr Read more

Bobbi Humphrey - 75% match to Lonnie Smith

Genres: Easy Listening Jazz R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1970s
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Donald Byrd - 75% match to Lonnie Smith

Genres: Disco Funk Jazz R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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9 December 1932, Detroit, Michigan, USA. In the early 50s Byrd studied trumpet and composition and also played in bands during his military service. Later in the decade he was frequently called upon to record with leading bop musicians, including John Coltrane, Jackie McLean, Phil Woods, Sonny Rollins, Art Blake, Kenny Clarke and Gigi Gryce (with whom he co-led the Jazz Lab Read more

Big John Patton - 74% match to Lonnie Smith

Genres: Jazz
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12 July 1935, Kansas City, Missouri, USA, d. 19 March 2002, Montclair, New Jersey, USA. Unusually for a Hammond organ master, Patton was not born in Philadelphia. His mother played piano in church, and Patton took the instrument up in 1948. He played in the Lloyd Price band from 1954-59, quitting just as Price topped his 1952 hit ‘Lawdy Miss Clawdy’ with a string o Read more

Jimmy Smith - 69% match to Lonnie Smith

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Jazz Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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James Oscar Smith, 8 December 1925 (1928 is also cited by some sources), Norristown, Pennsylvania, USA, d. 8 February 2005, Scottsdale, Arizona, USA. The sound of the Hammond Organ in jazz was popularized by Smith, often using the prefix ‘the incredible’ or ‘the amazing’. He became the most famous jazz organist of all times and possibly the most influenti Read more

Brother Jack McDuff - 65% match to Lonnie Smith

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Blue Mitchell - 57% match to Lonnie Smith

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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Richard Allen Mitchell, 13 March 1930, Miami, Florida, USA, d. 21 May 1979, Los Angeles, California, USA. Mitchell’s early professional career found him playing trumpet in a number of R&B bands, including that led in the mid-50s by Earl Bostic. Later in the decade he worked briefly with Cannonball Adderley in New York, and then joined Horace Silver’s band, an e Read more

Bobby Hutcherson - 55% match to Lonnie Smith

Genres: Jazz Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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27 January 1941, Los Angeles, California, USA. After formal tuition on piano, Hutcherson switched to playing jazz vibraphone when he heard records by Milt Jackson. He worked briefly on the west coast then, in 1961, moved to New York, where he established himself as an inventive, forward-thinking musician. He played with many of the outstanding artists of the 60s, among them Read more

Charles Earland - 54% match to Lonnie Smith

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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24 May 1941, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, d. 11 December 1999, Kansas City, Missouri, USA. Earland began his musical career, playing saxophone, while still at school. First on alto and then tenor, he played with a number of bands and soon after graduation joined the small band led by organist Jimmy McGriff. Later, he formed a band of his own using the currently popular o Read more

Johnny "Hammond" Smith - 54% match to Lonnie Smith

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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John Robert Smith, 16 December 1933, Louisville, Kentucky USA, 4 June 1997, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Not be confused with the legendary swing promoter and talent spotter John Hammond Jnr. , Johnny ‘Hammond’ Smith (sometimes known simply as Johnny Hammond) is one of the giants of the soul jazz Hammond organ. Born the year the instrument was invented, he studied piano Read more

Ronnie Laws - 50% match to Lonnie Smith

Genres: Easy Listening Funk Jazz
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Ronald Laws, 3 October 1950, Houston, Texas, USA. Laws played the saxophone from the age of 12, growing up with the musicians who were to become the Crusaders - the band with which his brother Hubert Laws played. Ronnie studied at the Stephen F. Austin State University and then at Texas Southern University. When he was 21 he moved to Los Angeles, where he worked with Von Rya Read more


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