There’s still time to nominate local icons for Best of D.C.
Since most of the inventors and tweakers of jazz have gone to that great Village Vanguard in the sky, the odds of seeing something real, something with heat and soul and dynamo, are pretty slim. So don’t miss tonight, when Jimmy Smith plugs in his Hammond organ, an instrument he revolutionized in the ’50s and ’60s. After one serious show, a honcho from Blue Note came up to him backstage and could only shout: “Yeah!” Smith was signed on the spot. Since then, he’s banged out classics such as “The Sermon,” and “The Champ,” the latter of which features about 50 choruses. Smith can do out-there blues; straight-up, feel-good jazz; and breakbeats. And now he gets his Santana moment with his latest album, dot com blues, a collaboration with, among others, Etta James, Dr. John, and B.B. King. See Smith. Just see Smith so you can remember what a Hammond should sound like. He plays at 6:30 p.m. at the 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $25. (202) 393-0930. (Jason Cherkis)