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Dr. Lonnie Smith with Akiko Tsuruga
Jack Wilkins and Yves TorchinskyGene BertonciniRussell Malone and Gene BertonciniRussell MaloneRon AffifJohn di MartinoMatthew ParrishHouston PersonTivon Pennicott and Matthew JordellJohn Chin and Tivon Pennicott rehearse at The Jazz GalleryTivon PennicottJohn Chin Rehearses at The Jazz Gallery

Dr. Lonnie Smith, who Akiko Tsuruga describes as her mentor, came to Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola for Akiko’s performance on Monday, March 19. When Akiko introduced Dr. Smith from the bandstand, she talked about their breakfasts at IHOP in Harlem, and how much Dr. Smith likes “two eggs and American cheese.” Here, Dr. Lonnie Smith, WBGO radio personality, Rhonda Hamilton, and Akiko Tsuruga smile for the camera just following the first set.

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