Birth Name: James Oscar Smith
Birth Place: Norristown, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Years Active: 1956-2005
Genres: Soul Jazz, Hard Bop, Mainstream Jazz, Jazz-funk, Jazz Fusion
Jimmy Smith (December 8, 1928 – February 8, 2005) was a jazz musician whose performances on the Hammond B-3 electric organ helped to popularize this instrument. In 2005, Smith was awarded the NEA Jazz Masters Award from the National Endowment for the Arts, the highest honors that the United States bestows upon jazz musicians.
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