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Richmond, Virginia, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2014

Richmond, Virginia, United States
Established on Jan, 2014
Band Jazz Funk




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"Expansions" ::Stetsasonic - "Talkin' All That Jazz"

"Devika (Goddess)" ::Digable Planets - Pacifics"

"A Garden of Peace" ::Jay-Z - "Dead Presidents II"

"A Garden of Peace" ::Mary J. Blige - "Take Me as I Am"

"Bridge Through Time" ::Jay-Z - "Understand Me"

"A Garden of Peace" ::Stacie Orrico - "Is It Me"

"A Garden of Peace" ::Total - "Rain"

"A Garden of Peace" ::O.C. - "You and Yours"

"A Garden of Peace" ::ABN-"I Miss My Dawg (I Gotta Survive)"

"A Garden of Peace" ::Nikki Jean - "Exit Sign"

"A Garden of Peace" ::Grifta (Dubstep act) - "Curbside on YouTube"

"A Garden of Peace" ::Duo Infernale - "Feeling Blue"

"Mystical Dreamer (A Tribute To Miles Davis)" ::Three 6 Mafia - "Smoke If U Got It"

"Quiet Moments" ::Scienz Of Life - "Yikes!"

"A Chance for Peace" ::Shape of Broad Minds - "Let's Go"

"A Chance for Peace" ::La Fouine - "Tomb pour elle"

"Quiet Moments" ::Malcolm Mclaren - "World Famous" (Ft. World's Famous Supreme Team)

"A Garden of Peace" ::Young Jeezy - "Leave You Alone"



The Great Lonnie Liston Smith is one of contemporary musics most versatile musicians. In a career that spans some 40 years, he has been heard in a variety of context as a featured sideman for some of Jazz musics most illustrious leaders before stepping out to reveal his own original concepts as a bandleader in the mid 70s. He is a keyboardist of the first rank and has influenced a generation of young players that have acknowledged his rhythmic urgency (swing), harmonic acumen and composing skills.

Lonnie was born in Richmond, Virginia into a musical family. His father was a member of the Gospel Group, The Harmonizing Four. In 1945, Eleanor Roosevelt invited The Harmonizing Four to sing at the White House following the death of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

gospel groups as The Dixie Humming Birds and The Soul Stirrers with Sam Cooke, being frequent visitors at his familys home.

Lonnie began performing in the Baltimore area where he became adept at backing vocalists such as Ethel Ennis and visiting dignitaries like Betty Carter. While attending Morgan State University, he began performing with his peers, Gary Bartz (alto saxophonist), Grachan Moncur (trombonist), and Mickey Bass (on upright bass). After college, Lonnie moved to New York City and began performing with the top vocalists, such as, Betty Carter and Joe Williams. Soon after, Lonnie joined Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers and after The Jazz Messengers, he got a call to perform with drummer, Max Roach, which was unusual because Max rarely used a pianist in his ensemble enjoyed a 2 year stay with Rahsaan Roland Kirk, and recorded 2 records with Rahsaan entitled, Please Dont Cry Beautiful Edith on Verve Records and Here Comes the Whistleman on Atlantic Records. Lonnies next 3 jobs were perhaps the most important stepping stones in his career. He got the call from Pharaoh Sanders in 1968 and made his mark in one of the most visible ensembles of the day. Pharaoh who had worked with John Coltrane until his death in 1967, was (and still is), an intense creator who was extending the boundaries of improvised music. Lonnie and Pharaoh created spontaneously at every moment. Lonnie, also began to experiment with electric keyboards and created a rich Cosmic sound to support Pharaohs impassioned tenor saxophone flights. Lonnie composed a COSMIC 21st Century 12 bar Blues entitled, Astral Travelling, which appeared on Pharaohs Thembi CD. Lonnies compositions for Pharaohs other CDs Upper Egypt, Karma, The Creator Has a Master Plan, Summum, Bukmun, Umyun, and Jewels of Thought were essential to the bands sound early 1972, Lonnie and Gato were performing in Rome, Italy and one night the movie director, Bernardo Bertolucci, stopped by to discuss the sound track for the movie, Last Tango in Paris. In 1973 Lonnie received the important call to join the Miles Davis ensemble. Lonnie recorded 2 CDs with Miles, On The Corner and Big Fun. Lonnie said working with Miles Davis was his greatest experience and joy. Miles was a genius on stage and off stage because Miles has produced more band leaders than any other musician in the history of creative music

In 1974, Producer, Bob Thiele, signed Lonnie to a solo recording contract. Astral Traveling and Cosmic Funk were Lonnies first 2 CDs. However, it was his album (CD) , Expansions that broke Lonnie into the major leagues as a worldwide leader. The CD was a breath of fresh air in 1975 as it combined solid Jazz playing with creative crossover elements that did not dilute the music. While many of Lonnies contemporaries were making records that were artistically bankrupt, (fusion music at this time had become big business), his CDs retained warmth and fire. He recorded several more albums in this vein, including Visions of a New World and Renaissance before he was approached by CBS. Lonnie continued to make good records for them as well, Loveland, Exotic Mysteries, Song for the Children and Love Is The Answer. Years later Lonnie renewed his association with Bob Thiele again, who had a distribution deal with CBS, and once again recorded well received albums, Silhouettes, Rejuvenation, and Dreams of Tomorrow. Also, during this time period, Lonnie discovered a young, 16 year old bassist, Marcus Miller. Lonnie also appeared on the Jazz Explosion All Star Tours with Stanley Turrentine, Freddie Hubbard, Roy Ayers, Jean Carne, Angela Bofil, Stanley Clarke, Gato Barbieri, Tom Brown, Wayne Henderson, Jon Lucien and Ronnie Laws, and kept his audience through incessant roadwork. In the 90s, Lonnie got involved with Guru Jazzmataz Volume One (Rap meets Jazz) and was discovered by an all new young audience. Lonnie also has had two hit singles with Mary J. Blige and Jay-Z . Mary J. Blige sampled Lonnies composition A Garden of Peace in her Grammy winning single, Take Me As I Am.