legendary Jimmy Smith, godfather of the jazz organ, is the latest star to be signed up to
play Coventrys 1999 Jazz Festival in August. He flies in from the United States to
play the Hotel Leofric on the evening of Friday 27 August -his first ever gig in the
Its quite a coup for the festival. Philadelphia-born Smith is regarded as one of
the greats of jazz, the innovator who put the Hammond organ on the map. Its more
than 40 years since his debut release for Blue Note Records but after 60 albums hes
still at the top.
Hes credited as a major influence on a whole generation of British musicians,
from Stevie Winwood to John Mayall and Georgie Fame.
For his Coventry gig hell be joined by drummer Clark Tracey, son of keyboard
legend Stan Tracey and soon to feature in the forthcoming film "The Talented Mr
Jimmy Smith completes the list of headliners for the five-day festival, which features
Georgie Fame, Martin Taylors Spirit of Django, Jazz Jamaica and King Pleasure and
the Biscuit Boys, among many others.
Roy Brunt, a member of the organising committee, said,
"It really is a coup. Jimmy Smith is the Frank Sinatra of the jazz organ
both the instruments greatest ambassador and its greatest interpreter. Hell be
playing for the first time ever in the Midlands."
To reserve tickets phone 01203 832303.