Dr. Lonnie Smith

Jazz
2:54 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

July Feature: Dr. Lonnie Smith

Over the years, many different instruments that were not part of the early ensembles have come to have a home in jazz. And their inclusion has added new textures and new approaches to the music. One of the more successful migrants into jazz has been the organ. From its roots in the church and early movie theaters (where an organist would provide accompaniment to silent films and entertainment in between them), the organ found a place in jazz thanks to early pioneers like Fats Waller (who had an early job in one of those movie theaters), CountĀ Basie, MiltĀ Buckner, and Wild Bill Davis.

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