Miami, February 4, 2013 – Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Arts and Philosophy department continues its successful jazz series, Jazz at Wolfson Presents, at noon on Wednesday, Feb. 20, featuring Hammond B-3 organist Dr. Lonnie Smith. Musician, composer, performer, and recording artist Dr. Lonnie Smith has been a master of the Hammond B-3 organ for more than five decades. Born in Buffalo, N.Y., he was immersed in gospel, blues, jazz, singing, and playing the trumpet in his teens. In the late ’50s, music storeowner Art Kubera encouraged him to take up a Hammond organ, with which he found his musical voice. The “Doctor’s” first gigs were at Buffalo’s hottest jazz club, the Pine Grill. He worked alongside George Benson, whose quartet relocated to New York City, where they quickly earned a reputation as “jazz innovators”. In 1966, Smith made his first recording as a leader with Finger Lickin’ Good. Shortly thereafter, he was scooped up by saxophonist Lou Donaldson, with whom he appeared on Blue Note LPs, including the million-seller, Alligator Boogaloo. WHERE: MDC Wolfson Campus Auditorium 300 N.E. Second Ave., Room 1261