ISHMAEL WADADA LEO SMITH trumpet-player, multi-
composer and improviser has been active in the creative
music for over thirty years. His theory of Jazz and World
music was significant
in his music development as an artist and educator.
Born in Leland, Mississippi, Smith's early musical life began
in the high school
concert and marching bands. At the age of thirteen, he
within the Delta Blues and Improvisation music traditions.
He received his
formal musical education with his father, the U.S. Military
(1963), Sherwood School of Music (1967-69), and
As an Improvisor-Composer, Smith has studied a variety of
(African, Japanese, Indonesian, European and American)
and has developed a
Jazz and world music theory, and a notation system to fully
music which he calls "Ankhrasmation".
He has taught at the University of New Haven 1975-'76, the
Studio in Woodstock, NY