1956 to 2005
December 8, 1925 in Norristown
February 8, 2005
Philadelphia, PA, United States
US jazz organist
Jimmy Smith (1925-2005) was a jazz musician whose instrument was the Hammond B-3 electric organ. Born James Oscar Smith on 8th December 1925 in Norristown, Pennsylvania, United States. Smith was influenced by both gospel and blues. He first achieved prominence in the 1950s where his recordings became popular on jukeboxes before there were commonly used terms to describe his unique musical flavor. In the sixties and seventies he helped create the jazz style known as soul jazz. Smith employed a unique technique to emulate a string bass player on the organ.