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Organist Dr. Lonnie Smith and His Octet Perform November 21 at Schwab

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Organist Dr. Lonnie Smith and His Octet

Musician, composer, performer and recording artist Dr. Lonnie Smith, a master of the Hammond B-3 organ for more than half a century, fronts his “In the Beginning” Octet in concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, in Penn State’s Schwab Auditorium. Smith’s been featured on 70-plus albums—more than 20 as a bandleader—and recorded and performed with many of the greatest jazz, blues and R&B musicians of his time.


In addition to Smith, the octet features trumpeter Andy Gravish, tenor saxophonist John Ellis, alto saxophonist Ian Hendrickson-Smith, baritone saxophonist Jason Marshall, guitarist Ed Cherry, drummer Joe Dyson and conga player Kahlil Kwambe Bell.


The octet’s name was inspired by the title of a Smith composition on the group’s new album, which features original material that the organist wrote and recorded throughout his career on albums that are now out of print.


Tickets for the Center for the Performing Arts presentation are $42 for an adult, $15 for a University Park student and $32 for a person 18 and younger. Buy tickets online at or by phone at 814-863-0255. Outside the local calling area, dial 1-800-ARTS-TIX. Tickets are also available at four State College locations: Eisenhower Auditorium (weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.), Penn State Downtown Theatre Center (weekdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.), HUB-Robeson Center Information Desk (weekdays 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and Bryce Jordan Center (weekdays 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.). A grant from the University Park Allocation Committee makes Penn State student prices possible.


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