Lonnie Liston Smith Celebrates 40 Years of Expansion

Lonnie Liston Smith "Expansions"The iconic jazz, soul, and funk pioneer Lonnie Liston Smith, who will celebrate his 75th birthday in late December, is coming to London. With his signature keyboard sound and tons of classic albums in tow, this is surely one of the hottest tickets this month. Lonnie has worked with and written for Pharoah Sanders, Gato Barbieri, and Miles Davis before embarking on a solo career in 1974.

His landmark album, or maybe it is better to say one of his landmark albums, the 1975 anthemic “Expansions”, catapulted him into stardom. In the 70s, he discovered a then 16 year old bassist who later turned up on his 1978 LP “Loveland” and his 1979 LP “A Song For The Children”: Marcus Miller. Also, Lonnie is one of the most sampled musicians.

The evening at London’s Brooklyn Bowl at the O2 will be hosted by Gilles Peterson. Mark your calendar for November 20th.

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