I just had to go. It was phenomenal. John Ellis and Logan Richardson were there. I loved the trumpet. I think the trombone was the musical director. Dr. Lonnie Smith was so entertaining. He has 2 drum pads on each side of the keyboard that has an African drum sound. There was also a special guest percussionist that sat in from time to time. He was in the audience when he wasn't playing, so I suspect he was a one night, perhaps one set, special guest.
I loved the experimentalish piece. I think it was called Beehive. I also loved the funk piece. Actually, all of it was great. We even got a little encore because we wanted more.
John Ellis – tenor saxophone, bass clarinet
Kyle Wilson – tenor saxophone
Logan Richardson – alto saxophone
Max Seigel – tuba, trombone
Corey King – trombone
Dr. Lonnie Smith – Hammond B-3 organ
Jonathan Kreisberg – guitar
Jamire Williams – drums
When Dr. Lonnie Smith led a blazing big band for some special New Year’s Eve appearances at Jazz Standard, Ben Ratliff of the New York Times said it “sounded superfine. What I heard operated on two settings: nasty funk and wine-dark ballads. That was enough…song after song, he dug a valley in the music and spread out…” Now the Doctor is IN with a brand–new nonet (or “little big band”) featuring top–shelf soloists like saxophonists John Ellis and Logan Richardson alongside Lonnie’s stalwart accompanists Jonathan Kreisberg (guitar) and Jamire Williams (drums).