Jimmy Smith
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1925-12-08
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Biography

One of the most influential Hammond organists in jazz, Smith began as a pianist. He started playing in the Philadelphia area, where he also studied music in the late 1940s and early 1950s. He came to New York and appeared ...

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Jimmy Smith
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf (Part 1)
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Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf (Part 1) Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf (Part 1) Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf (Part 1) Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf (Part 1)
Jimmy Smith, Bernie Glow, Thad Jones, Grady Tate, Ray Alonge, Earl Chapin, Jimmy Cleveland, Bill Corea, Phil Kraus, Jimmy Maxwell, Jimmy Smith, Don Butterfield, Urbie Green, Tony Studd, Snooky Young, James Buffington, Billy Byers, George Duvivier, Marky Markowitz, Ernie Royal & Kenny Burrell
Main Title From "The Carpetbaggers"
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Main Title From "The Carpetbaggers" Main Title From "The Carpetbaggers" Main Title From "The Carpetbaggers" Main Title From "The Carpetbaggers"
Oliver Nelson & Jimmy Smith
Hobo Flats
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Hobo Flats Hobo Flats Hobo Flats Hobo Flats
Jimmy Smith & Lalo Schifrin
The Cat
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The Cat The Cat The Cat The Cat
Jimmy Smith
Back At The Chicken Shack
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Back At The Chicken Shack Back At The Chicken Shack Back At The Chicken Shack Back At The Chicken Shack
Jimmy Smith
Got My Mojo Working
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Got My Mojo Working Got My Mojo Working Got My Mojo Working Got My Mojo Working
Jimmy Smith
The Carpetbaggers (Theme from)
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The Carpetbaggers (Theme from) The Carpetbaggers (Theme from) The Carpetbaggers (Theme from) The Carpetbaggers (Theme from)
Jimmy Smith
Back At The Chicken Shack
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Back At The Chicken Shack Back At The Chicken Shack Back At The Chicken Shack Back At The Chicken Shack
[traditional] & Jimmy Smith
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
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God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Jimmy Smith
The Christmas Song
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The Christmas Song The Christmas Song The Christmas Song The Christmas Song
James Lord Pierpont & Jimmy Smith
Jingle Bells
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Jingle Bells Jingle Bells Jingle Bells Jingle Bells
Jimmy Smith & N/A
WALK ON THE WILD SIDE
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WALK ON THE WILD SIDE WALK ON THE WILD SIDE WALK ON THE WILD SIDE WALK ON THE WILD SIDE
Jimmy Smith
Organ Grinder's Swing
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Organ Grinder's Swing Organ Grinder's Swing Organ Grinder's Swing Organ Grinder's Swing
SMITH, JIMMY & OLIVER NELSON, Oliver Nelson & Jimmy Smith, Oliver Nelson's Orchestra & Jimmy Smith
Peter and The Wolf
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Peter and The Wolf Peter and The Wolf Peter and The Wolf Peter and The Wolf
Jimmy Smith & Jimmy Smith
Walk On The Wild Side
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Walk On The Wild Side Walk On The Wild Side Walk On The Wild Side Walk On The Wild Side
Jimmy Smith & Oliver Nelson
Walk On The Wildside
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Walk On The Wildside Walk On The Wildside Walk On The Wildside Walk On The Wildside
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Biography

One of the most influential Hammond organists in jazz, Smith began as a pianist. He started playing in the Philadelphia area, where he also studied music in the late 1940s and early 1950s. He came to New York and appeared at the Cafe Bohemia in 1956, which sparked his national and international career.

Smith established a small group that had no bassist (he played the basslines himself with his feet on the organ pedals), but usually featured guitar and drums, as well as often adding a tenor sax. His principal associates included drummer Donald Bailey, guitarist Kenny Burrell, and saxophonist Stanley Turrentine.

The group recorded widely for the Blue Note label - not least because the company's co-proprietor Francis Wolff was a great Smith fan, and encouraged his career. Smith remains a master of the slow build, settling into a blues groove and adding excitement and tension over chorus after chorus.

In the late 1970s he briefly ran a club in Los Angeles, and his recording and touring career had a slightly bleak period in the mid-1980s, but he returned to form and to mastery of the international stage in 1989. In the 1990s he has been a firm favourite on the world club and festival circuit, with annual visits to London's Jazz Cafe among the fixtures in his calendar.

Smith worked to produce a distinctive sound on the Hammond, and his style is widely imitated, not least among the school of Philadelphia players who have emerged in his shadow.

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