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Banlieues Bleues, 2018

Lucky Peterson Tribute to Jimmy Smith Banlieues Bleues, 2018


Jimmy Smith, the king of keyboard improvisation, left us in 2005, and it is important for us now to shine a light on the massive musical legacy he leaves behind, in the company of another expert in the matter, Lucky Peterson. The electric organ, Smith’s instrument of choice, takes center stage in this program that begins with Stevie Wonder’s 100 Ways.

Lucky Peterson, who passed away in 2020, is surrounded by choice performers: Nicolas Folmer on trumpet, Kelyn Crapp on guitar, and Ahmad Compaoré on drums. On stage at the Banlieues Bleues festival, the improvisation virtuosos explore together the works of Smith, with The Sermon and The Champ, Stevie Wonder, Muddy Waters, and Peterson himself!


  • Lucky Peterson | Organist, Singer
  • Nicolas Folmer | Trumpeter
  • Kelyn Crapp | Guitarist
  • Ahmad Compaoré | Drummer


  • Stevie Wonder, 100 Ways
  • Stevie Wonder, Ma Cherie Amour
  • Muddy Waters / Willie Dixon, Mojo
  • Jimmy Smith, The Sermon
  • Jimmy Smith, The Champ
  • Lucky Peterson, Blues Shuffle in E


  • Directed by:
    • Guillaume Dero
  • Venue: Espace Paul Eluard (Stains, France)
  • Production date: 2018
  • Production: © La Huit / Banlieues Bleues / TV78
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