The pianist Jimmy Smith died at the age of 79. Here is all you want to know, and more!
Biography - A Short Wiki
Famous for his work on the Hammond B-3 electric organ, this 20th-century jazz musician and leader of The Jimmy Smith Trio recorded over a hundred albums, many of them Billboard ranked, and was the 2005 recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Award.
He spent his childhood in Norristown, Pennsylvania, and later lived in California and Arizona. His marriage to Lola Smith produced children named Jimmy, Jia, and Connie.
Legendary jazz organist Jimmy Smith died Tuesday night from natural causes at his home in Scottsdale, Arizona, according to his spokesperson. He was seventy-nine years old.
I did my first recording. It was called The Champ.
I just came from Aspen, Colorado and they had fifteen kids I played for and they all played horns.
I always had the facial hair so I looked older than I was.
All the colleges I played, most of the colleges, they were white.
I heard Mr. Wild Bill Davis. I heard him play in 1930 and he told me that it would take me fifteen years just to learn the pedals, the pedals of the organ and I got mad.