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Contemporary Arts Center and New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival Foundation present a Jazz Journeys concert: Lonnie Smith and Herlin Riley

About Lonnie Smith:
Dr. Lonnie Smith is an authentic Master of the Hammond B3 organ. For over five decades he has furthered the sound of Jazz Organ, created a worldwide fan-base, and revealed his musical talents on over seventy albums. Today, his name is truly synonymous with the instrument.   Lonnie has recorded and performed with Randy Brecker, John Abercrombie, Marvin “Smitty” Smith, Ronnie Cuber, Kenny Garrett, Lenny White, Reuben Wilson, Lee Morgan, David ‘Fat Head’ Newman, King Curtis, Blue Mitchell, Joe Lovano, Jimmy McGriff, Frank Foster, Ron Carter, Grover Washington, Jr., Dizzy Gillespie and virtually anyone else you care to name. A prolific creative force and innovator, his musical evolution has included recording everything from tribute albums to Jimi Hendrix and John Coltrane to straight-ahead jazz, funk and acid-jazz recordings.

Jazz Times magazine recently described him as “a riddle wrapped in an enigma wrapped in a turban!” This kind of description suggests the level of complexity that he exhibits in his music and the pure amazement that it elicits.


About Herlin Riley:
Herlin Riley is a master drummer.  Born in 1957 in New Orleans, Riley began playing the drums at age three.  Riley as recorded with Marcus Roberts, Dr. John, Harry Connick, Jr, George Benson, Benny Wallace, mark Whitfield, among others.  In the spring of 1988 he joined Wynton Marsalis’ touring and recording group, which he performed with through its disbanding in late 1994.  He also performed on the first Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra U.S. tour in the fall of 1992.  Riley is a regularly featured musician at Jazz at Lincoln Center. 


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