The first hour of “Living Jazz” will pay tribute to Dr. Lonnie Smith, the beturbaned master of the Hammond B3 organ, who turns 79 on Saturday. We’ll hear Dr. Lonnie as a leader and in concert with everyone from George Benson to Iggy Pop. Smith, by the way, was named an NEA Jazz Master in 2017 and has just been ranked as the top jazz organist in Downbeat magazine’s latest Critics Poll.
The show’s second hour will be devoted to some really good new releases. We will listen to more of guitarist Julian Lage’s terrific new “Squint” album, as well as new historical releases by Roy Hargrove and Mulgrew Miller, John Coltrane and Miles Davis, and a new Deluxe Edition of singer Madeleine Peyroux’s wonderful “Careless Love” album. We’ll finish off with a good sampling of drummer Ches Smith’s new “Path of Seven Colors” album, which offers a jazz take on Haitian Vodou music. “Living Jazz” airs Fridays from noon to 2 p.m.
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