Dr. Lonnie Smith

Dr. Lonnie Smith is the ranking Jazz maestro of the Hammond B3 Organ, in particular since the loss of the great Jimmy Smith in 2005.   Dr. Lonnie Smith returns with his first release on Blue Note in 45 years, Evolution.   In his first go-round on Blue Note he cut sides with the great sax man Lou Donaldson, among others.

Benedict Smith/courtesy of the artist

Those of you who made it to last week's Friday Jazz At The High event with Ike Stubblefield know the power of the mighty Hammond B-3 organ.  You won't want to miss JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater from NPR this weekend on WCLK.  Show will air at 6:00am Saturday and 7pm Sunday on Atlanta's Jazz Station.

This week's performance features Smith and his trio live at the Kennedy Center Jazz Club in Washington, D.C.