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Master Class with Robert Shahid: Jazz Musician Lonnie Liston Smith


BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) — Jazz, soul and funk musician Dr. Lonnie Liston Smith joins Robert Shahid for a special segment on Master Class.


Lonnie, born in Richmond, Virginia, is described as one of contemporary music’s most versatile musicians. 


The musical icon recently received a honorary doctorate degree from his alma mater Morgan State University.


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The two discuss years spent at the HBCU, Lonnie’s remarkable musical journey and so much more! 


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Philadelphia native Robert E. Shahid grew up with a constant musical influence. His mother sang opera, his aunt composed and played piano, his grandfather sang in the famed Philadelphia Male Chorus, and his uncle was a legendary vibraphonist for Dave Brubeck, Lynn Hope, and Red Prysock. With those musical influences, Robert studied drums in high school and, after graduating from Florida A&M University, later founded The New Philadelphia Jazz Quintet.