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Wayne Smith Jr.

Nurtured in the legendary Philadelphia jazz scene, Wayne Smith, Jr.’s career as drummer is as promising as it is eclectic. After graduating from the famed Creative and Performing Arts High School, he went on to study at the world renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston. Eager to advance his music career, Wayne began performing regularly at staples of the Philadelphia jazz community including Chris’ Jazz Cafe and Ortlieb’s Jazzhaus. As his reputation grew, he branched out, performing in New York, Baltimore and Washington D.C alongside such well known musicians as Donald Byrd, Orrin Evans, Duane Eubanks, John Ellis, Stacy Dillard and Bootsie Barnes

Jazz Appreciation Month 2014 in Philadelphia: A Recap

Read "Jazz Appreciation Month 2014 in Philadelphia: A Recap" reviewed by Jason Fifield

This April was a month of truly spectacular music on all fronts in jny: Philadelphia. I know I missed a whole lot (see Philadelphia Jazz Project and Ars Nova Workshop) but here's my take. I kicked off the month with my trio Mischa Machez at our monthly First Friday Happy Hour at the Dog ...

November 2012: Three Blind Mice

Read "November 2012:  Three Blind Mice" reviewed by RJ Johnson

Three Blind MiceNovember 29, 2012TimePhiladelphia, PAAlthough the classic organ trio format has been popular within the jazz tradition since the hard-bop era, it has not always been known for creating adventurous new material. Organ trios are instead known for their soulful grooves, straight-ahead readings of jazz standards, and ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Jazz Bridge presents Three Blind Mice at the Society Hill Playhouse in Philly on March 15th

Appearing at Jazz at the Playhouse, will be the organ trio Three Blind Mice featuring saxophonist Victor North, organist Lucas Brown, and drummer Wayne Smith Jr. at the Society Hill Playhouse, 507 S. 8th Street in Philadelphia (19147) on March 15th. One Show: 7:30-9 p.m. Admission: $10/$5 for students. No advance sales. For info: 215-517-8337 or ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Lars Haake - "In the Picture"

In the Picture (released September 27, 2011) is the debut album of alto saxophonist Lars Haake. It features Haake plus the rhythm section of James Genus (acoustic bass), George Burton (piano/fender rhodes) and Wayne Smith Jr. (drums) as well as Oli Rockberger (backup vocals on track 3). In the Picture includes nine tracks, the first six ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Three Blind Mice Release Debut CD: "The Outsider"

Philadelphia, PA—Three Blind Mice is a Philadelphia-based organ trio, formed by Saxophonist Victor North along with Lucas Brown on organ and Wayne Smith Jr. at the drums. 2011 brings us their long-awaited debut album, The Outsider, which navigates predominantly through original music penned by Mr. North and Mr. Brown. The trio has been together for almost ...


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