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Interview - Dr. Lonnie Smith

Dr. Lonnie Smith and the B3 have been linked for over a half century, since he was introduced to the instrument in his home town of Buffalo, New York back in the late 50s. As challenging as the instrument is, Dr. Lonnie Smith had a natural affinity for the instrument and was able to play it immediately.

Soon, the likes of Lou Donaldson and George Benson were taking notice, in a career that's seen Dr. Lonnie Smith play with many of the giants of jazz as well as leading his own groups for many many years, and being called the father of Acid Jazz.

Dr. Lonnie Smith was in town for the TD Toronto Jazz Festival on June 24th and stopped by the JAZZ.FM91 tent at Nathan Phillips Square to chat with Brad about his beginnings, how he chooses his diverse material and more.

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