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Jimmy Smith

Jimmy Smith wasn't the first organ player in jazz, but no one had a greater influence with the instrument than he did; Smith coaxed a rich, grooving tone from the Hammond B-3, and his sound and style made him a top instrumentalist in the 1950s and '60s, while a number of rock and R&B keyboardists would learn valuable lessons from Smith's example.

James Oscar Smith was born in Norristown, Pennsylvania on December 8, 1928 (some sources cite his birth year as 1925). Smith's father was a musician and entertainer, and young Jimmy joined his song-and-dance act when he was six years old. By the time he was 12, Smith was an accomplished stride piano player who won local talent contests, but when his father began having problems with his knee and gave up performing to work as a plasterer, Jimmy quit school after eighth grade and began working odd jobs to help support the family. At 15, Smith joined the Navy, and when he returned home, he attended music school on the GI Bill, studying at the Hamilton School of Music and the Ornstein School, both based in Philadelphia.

In 1951, Smith began playing with several R&B acts in Philadelphia while working with his father during the day, but after hearing pioneering organ player Wild Bill Davis, Smith was inspired to switch instruments. Smith bought a Hammond B-3 organ and set up a practice space in a warehouse where he and his father were working; Smith refined the rudiments of his style over the next year (informed more closely by horn players than other keyboard artists, and employing innovative use of the bass pedals and drawbars), and he began playing Philadelphia clubs in 1955. In early 1956, Smith made his New York debut at the legendary Harlem nightspot Small's Paradise, and Smith was soon spotted by Alfred Lion, who ran the well-respected jazz label Blue Note Records. Lion signed Smith to a record deal, and between popular early albums such as The Incredible Jimmy Smith at Club Baby Grand and The Champ and legendary appearances at New York's Birdland and the Newport Jazz Festival, Smith became the hottest new name in jazz.

A prolific recording artist, Smith recorded more than 30 albums for Blue Note between 1956 and 1963, collaborating with the likes of Kenny Burrell, Stanley Turrentine, and Jackie McLean, and in 1963, Smith signed a new record deal with Verve. Smith's first album for Verve, Bashin': The Unpredictable Jimmy Smith, was a critical and commercial success, and the track "Walk on the Wild Side" became a minor hit. Smith maintained his busy performing and recording schedule throughout the 1960s, and in 1966 he cut a pair of celebrated album with guitarist Wes Montgomery. In 1972, Smith's contract with Verve expired, and tired of his demanding tour schedule, he and his wife opened a supper club in California's San Fernando Valley. Smith performed regularly at the club, but it went out of business after only a few years. While Smith continued to record regularly for a variety of labels, his days as a star appeared to be over.

However, in the late '80s, Smith began recording for the Milestone label, cutting several well-reviewed albums that reminded jazz fans Smith was still a master at his instrument, as did a number of live performances with fellow organ virtuoso Joey DeFrancesco. In 1987, producer Quincy Jones invited Smith to play on the sessions for Michael Jackson's album Bad. And Smith found a new generation of fans when hip-hop DJs began sampling Smith's funky organ grooves; the Beastie Boys famously used Smith's "Root Down (And Get It)" for their song "Root Down," and other Smith performances became the basis for tracks by Nas, Gang Starr, Kool G Rap, and DJ Shadow.

In 1995, Smith returned to Verve Records for the album Damn!, and on 2001's Dot Com Blues, Smith teamed up with a variety of blues and R&B stars, including Etta James, B.B. King, Keb' Mo', and Dr. John. In 2004, Smith was honored as a Jazz Master by the National Endowment for the Arts; that same year, Smith relocated from Los Angeles to Scottsdale, Arizona. Several months after settling in Scottsdale, Smith's wife succumbed to cancer, and while he continued to perform and record, Jimmy Smith was found dead in his home less than a year later, on February 8, 2005. His final album, Legacy, was released several months after his passing. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
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souldrb
As host of The Chuck Blake Show in Raleigh, NC (WLLE Radio), in the 70s & 80s, I had the pleasure of introducing Jimmy Smith to many listeners who were unaware of him. Needless to say, his music was undoubtedly the most requested. I was, and still am, fascinated at the degree of mastery Mr. Smith displayed on the Hammond B3, and am still in possession of some moldy oldie 33rpm vinyl discs (which have been transferred to CDs for posterity, and those late night moods.
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I first saw jimmy smith at the club baby grand in Wilmington, De 1959
hjtheartist2 2 2
I first seen him w/orange sweeter w/a black shirt & pants. ....�� very COOL.
an
In 1958, I was about 9 years old when I first heard The Sermon and somehow I knew this was special; have been listening to Jimmy since and still think (and know) he's special. I bet when you arrive in Heaven you'll hear Jimmy on their B-3 welcoming you home.
What a great Organist I would like to hear him on a big ole Pipe Organ. :0))
WOW Mr Smith in always in the grove!!! He was a master of that B3. I sure enjoy that sound he gets out of it. It's great he recorded so much. Paul from Chi town.
Surprising how Jimmy makes a church instrument sing in the jazz
idiom? He's his own sermon on the mount?
fastcar49
This is a good group of artists
I wish there were more organ players!!! Jimmy was & the BEST!!!
Hersh just love it. He is the best.
Hey I love Jimmy Smith. His playing is onbelieveabl e .
Fantastic Music!
cef1953
I was complimentin g you on your writing. It's all good
Cef 1953? WhT is your problem?
prov31_rubyl a d y
All night y'all. Just all night long with this B3.
cef1953
Have gun will travel.... you are a poet!!
When I go clubbin I go where they have the older music playin' I love jimmy smith as I have a b3. I played with a blue's band in indianaplois in at a supper club I love porterhouse steaks rare . Girls who are sweet and nice wear pantyhose and heels and sip beer.p
cef1953
Jimmy! You have greatly enhanced my life!!!!
i did not read of Mr. Smith's cpllaboratio n with one Gil Davis ,I think the guy's name is who blended horns with Jimmy Smith's organ on some pieces that were juat inspiring. Maybe it was Gil Evans...I will look it up on Wiki and get back with you!
hnryroan
nothing in the world like jazz music
zendood
Root Down is Root Downtown !
There should be a giant statue of Jimmy playing the B3 next to Rushmore - his groove was that monumental! One of a kind with many imitators.
This is just excellent!!! ! ! ! ! ! !
c.taylor059
Nothing like the B3!!
joylady90056
I could listen to Jimmy Smith all day loooooong!!! !
Mmm..h e a v y!
toddthachef
man this makes u wanna go on a road trip feel the car up
Fantastic!
Jimmy Smith, brought me into the world of jazz before i was 14yrs old, the best thing to happen to me,made me become a sax player with all his callaboratio n s with Stanley Turrentine,I will always and forever be a Jimmy Smith fan!!!
webersf
I've always loved Jimmy Smith! He and Bobby Hutcherson thrill me!
kenkreps
As a freshman music major in college, someone handed me a Jimmy Smith album and said, Here, see what you think of this. WOW is what I thought of it. I thought organs were just for church until I head this masterful musician. Headphones on, a Jimmy Smith CD playing, and a good glass of wine is a great way to end the day. Johann Sebastian Bach ruled his side of the organ and Jimmy Smith ruled his side. I feel so very fortunate that we had them both.
j.crawford74
When I was about 9 or 10 years old my uncle would play Jimmy Smith almost non-stop and mix in Bird, Coltran, Loius Armdtrong, and Ray Charles. I really didn't appreciate the music knowledge he was giving me then; BUT NOW oh man I'm grateful for all the memories.
edward_levin n l
love'm....
GREAT GOOD TO BOP ON
Another thank You daddy moment !! my Dad was the jazz man, thank you for sitting us down and saying listen ! those days in the 50's and 60's. wow you vision back then . Jimmy your #1 fan was Jerome StClair Charles.
rain852
I even love the album art... 60s Barbie Fashion Plates!
mdcjhata
jimmy smith is the greatest jazz organst
webersf
Jimmy Smith is to the organ as Bobby Hutcherson is to the vibes
anthony.hami l t o n 0
I grew up on Jimmy Smith! My grandfather was a huge fan, and he used to wake us up with him every morning! Now I own all of his collection, I love it!
pclavesilla
Jimmy Smith is the Hammond B-3 !!!!! I learned the Guitar just so I could Jam with the B-3 with a big honk'in leslie What a sound !!! Ohhh My !
colbowski
Jimmy Smith's my man, I want to give him a pound!
jimmy,the master of the b3,enough said.
jimmy smith is the bomb........ . .
Jimmy Smith,God bless him, is a consummate musician!
TOTALLY SICK........ . . H i s album "Further Adventures of Jimmy and Wes", with Wes Montgomery, was my first jazz LP, and I bought a Hammond B-3 because of him. He was simply the best that has ever lived.
Two words: Root Down.
I have to concur with everybody here. I'm a hammond organ player, and even with all the players around these days, Jimmy's legacy still rules the craft. There is and was nobody out there who defined the hammond more.
Jimmy Smith reminds me of my now deceased Father. He would play him endlessly therefore forever making me a fan of the Hammond Organ.
Jimmy Smith was the very first Jazz artist I listened to back n 1969 when I was a high school Senior. I can't remember the LP, but, "Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf was on it. Now I don't listen to anything but jazz........ As a result of him I took up music with the trumpet being my principal instrument & that led to many other instruments including the piano.
Michael Tanner
Jimmy Smith was like a GOD on his intrument. Simply amazing!! One time I saw him in NY at the Blue Note with Kenny Burrell on guitar, a drummer and a sax player. Just astounding ENERGY coming outta that man! I also LOVE the stuff he did with Wes Montgomery "James and Wes". Look it up cuz it smokes!
Seen everybody else including Joey D, and nobody else comes close to "the Master" Jimmy Smith.
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