Skip to main content

Dr. B3 - The Soul of the Music

  • Howard Goldstein, Director
  • Ed Barreveld, Producer

A man with a long beard, wearing dark attire and a turban, playing an organ

About the Project

Dr. B3 - The Soul of the Music tells the amazing story of the late Hammond organist Dr. Lonnie Smith - from childhood doo-wop singer to becoming a National Endowment of the Arts Jazz Master. It was the kindness of the owner of a local music shop in Buffalo that landed Lonnie ownership of a mighty Hammond B3. In Buffalo’s vibrant 1960s Jazz scene word of Lonnie’s talent spread quickly and one night when Lonnie was offered to play the organ by Brother Jack McDuff, Lonnie caught the ears of McDuff's 20 year old guitarist George Benson. Within a short time Lonnie and George caught the ear of Columbia Records exec John Hammond and became recording artists and the rest, as they say, is music history! Dr. Lonnie Smith’s story will be told through archival and contemporary concert footage. interviews with collaborators such as George Benson, Lou Donaldson, Don Was, Rudy Van Gelder and fans like Iggy Pop and John Medeski.