press release

Avantgarde Jazz Festival presents Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio feat.
Jonathan Kreisberg & Jamire Williams
Rovinj, 30 May 2011 - Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio is the next great name of this year’s Avantgarde
Jazz Festival, and the concert of this jazz virtuoso, the famous organ keyboardist will be held
on 10 June on the terrace of Maistra's hotel Monte Mulini in Rovinj starting at 9 PM.
Dr. Lonnie Smith has the reputation as one of the best organists and the status of the
forefather of acid jazz, and his unique style and a rich musical opus include him among the
music icons. He has been one of the jazz scene leaders since 1969 when Down Beat critics
voted him as the best organist. Since then he has made an impressive career with more than
30 albums he recorded as a band leader. He played at the most prominent festivals and
cooperated with the famous jazz players such as Dizzy Gillespie, Randy Brecker, Ron Carter,
Lee Morgan, Joe Lovano, Lou Donaldson, Ron Holloway and Grover Washington Jr. He has
been very active in the last decade, releasing six solo albums and the Jazz Journalist
Association voted him Organ Keyboardist of the Year for several times - in 2003, 2004, 2005,
2008 and 2009. Dr. Lonnie Smith has promoted the organ sound in jazz for more than five
decades and we can easily say that his name has become the synonym for this instrument.
The concert starts at 9 PM, entrance opens at 20 PM.
Tickets for Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio can be purchased in Maistra’s hotels: Monte Mulini, Eden,
Park and Adriatic and at Eventim selling points and online at The presale
ticket price is 200 HRK and 160 HRK. Soon we will have more information on the tickets for
other concerts of the Avantgarde Jazz Festival.
This season, Avantgarde Jazz Festival, with Maistra as its general sponsor, will present some
of the most significant names of the world's jazz scene, enriching the cultural life and
tourism offerings of the town, gifting the local and international jazz audience with the
pleasure of listening to music at the prestigious locations in Rovinj.
After the performances by Julian Lage Group, Anat Cohen Quartet and Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio,
the audience will enjoy in three excellent jazz concerts. The first one will be held on 1 July in
hotel Monte Mulini by the New Gary Burton Quartet headed by Gary Burton, the musician
who presented his style of playing the vibraphone with four sticks and popularized the duet
format in jazz. One week after the performance of the New Gary Burton Quartet, on 8 July,
George Benson, one of the most famous pop and R&B singers and a supreme jazz guitarist
and a multiple Grammy Award winner, will hold a concert in the premises of the former
Rovinj Tobacco Factory. On 17 July the former Rovinj Tobacco Factory will host Return to
Forever IV, the leading group of the jazz fusion movement of the 70s headed by Chick Corea.
Avantgarde Jazz Festival is sponsored by: Maistra, Tourist Board of Rovinj, Zagrebačka
banka, Coca-Cola, Ožujsko, Jutarnji list, Otvoreni radio,,
Program of the 1st Avantgarde Jazz Festival:
10.06. Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio / Hotel Monte Mulini / 21:00 h
01.07. New Gary Burton Quartet / Hotel Eden lawn / 21:00 h
08.07. George Benson / Courtyard of the former Rovinj Tobacco Factory / 21:00 h
17.07. Return to Forever IV / Courtyard of the former Rovinj Tobacco Factory / 21:00 h
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