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Jimmy Smith Dies

Jimmy Smith, the Hammond B3 icon who creatively revolutionized the instrument’s use in jazz, died of apparent natural causes on Tuesday, February 8, at his home in Scottsdale, Ariz. Funeral arrangements are pending.

“Jimmy was one of the greatest and most innovative musicians of our time. I love the man and I love the music. He was my idol, my mentor and my friend,” fellow Hammond B3 artist and friend, Joey DeFrancesco said yesterday.

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