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September 14, 2012

Jazz organ legend Dr. Lonnie Smith to perform in Lafayette

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The jazz ensemble Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio will perform at the Long Center for the Performing Arts at 8 p.m. Oct. 5.

This performance is presented by Purdue Convocations and includes a preshow discussion that begins at 6:45 p.m. Don Seybold, host of "Inside Jazz" on WBAA Radio, and organist Jamie Newman will discuss the art of the jazz organ trio.

Simultaneously legendary and enigmatic, Dr. Lonnie Smith is one of the most original voices on the Hammond B3 organ - the classic instrument heard throughout jazz, rock and gospel music. He arrived on the scene in the 1950s during the heyday of the jazz organ trio format, in which the organ is joined by guitar and drums. Now 70, Smith remains an innovative and influential force in modern music, especially as he finds his riffs sampled and remixed by current rap, house mix, acid jazz and dance artists. No genre is safe from his own transformative touch, as Lonnie has reimagined the music of The Beatles, John Coltrane, Beck and Eurythmics, and even released a tribute album to Jimi Hendrix. His trio is rounded out by colleagues Jonathan Kreisberg and Jamire Williams.

Smith has performed on more than 100 albums, his most recent being this year's "The Healer."

Tickets are $26 for adults and $19 for those 18 and younger, Purdue students, and Ivy Tech Lafayette students. Tickets are available at Elliott Hall and Stewart Center box offices at 765-494-3933 or 800-914-SHOW. Tickets are also available through Ticketmaster outlets. Discounted tickets for groups of 10 or more can be ordered at 765-496-1977.

Initiated in 1902, Purdue Convocations was one of the first professional performing arts presenters in the United States. Each year, Convocations offers the region 20-30 performances of widely varying genres: Broadway-style shows, theater, dance, children's theater, world music, jazz and chamber music, along with rock, pop, country and comedy attractions. With a vision for connecting artists and audiences in artistic dialogue and for drawing in academic discourse, Purdue Convocations aims to promote frequent exposure to and familiarity with human cultural expression in a multitude of forms and media.

Source: Abby Eddy, Purdue Convocations director of marketing, 765-494-9712, aeeddy@purdue.edu

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