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Cecilia Smith

Short Bio - Cecilia Smith Cecilia Smith is currently one of the leading vibraphonists of Four Mallet Technique. She has toured nationally and internationally. She has recorded and performed with several renown artists including: Gary Bartz, Greg Osby, Milt Hinton, Alan Dawson, Randy Weston, Donald Harrison, Hubert Laws, Mulgrew Miller, Donald Byrd (trumpet), Cassandra Wilson, and Digable Planets. She has released 5 independent c.d.’s on the national and international level and one Japanese release titled: CARMEN R&B. Her current c.d. is called DARK TRIUMPH (DT). DT Exposes Cecilia’s compositional abilities, through the use of full rhythm section, a 23 piece string ensemble and Boy Sopranos From the Boys Choir of Harlem. She is currently the Artistic Director of the MARY LOU WILLIAMS RESURGENCE PROJECT (MLWRP)

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Jazz a Special Focus of APAP 2010

Jazz plays a featured role in the run-down of APAP 2010 programs and events, thanks to our partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts' NEA Jazz Masters Program and Jazz at Lincoln Center. Those in the business of making and presenting jazz have witnessed many changes, challenges and opportunities in recent years--all of which will ...

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30th Annual Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland

Read "30th Annual Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland" reviewed by Matt Marshall

30th Annual Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland Cleveland, Ohio April 23-May 3, 2009 Now in its 30th year, the Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland has always prided itself as much on its educational offerings as its concerts. The festival's Web site touts it as “the largest educational jazz festival in the country." This emphasis on ...

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Cecilia Smith: Chronicle Of A Life Embraced

Read "Cecilia Smith: Chronicle Of A Life Embraced" reviewed by Jason Crane

On the new episode of The Jazz Session, Jason Crane interviews vibraphonist and composer Cecilia Smith. Smith's new project, Dark Triumph (CEA Music, 2005) chronicles the life of her aunt, Victoria Lancaster Smith, through spoken word, improvisation, orchestral arrangements, members of the Boys Choir of Harlem, and a jazz rhythm section. This ambitious album originated when ...

Dark Triumph

Label: CEA Music Company
Released: 2006
Track listing: Birth Spring; Spring/The Darkest Child; Seating by Color; Too Light a Negro for Me--A Love Story; New Birth--Spring; Grief and Disasters; An African American in Rio Frio Costa Rica; Africa Remembered; From Confusion to Order/Spring.

Dark Triumph: The Life of Victoria Lancaster Smith

Label: CEA Music Company
Released: 2006
Track listing: Black Spring, Spring: The Darkest Child, Seating By Color, Too Light A Negro For Me: A Love Story, New Births:Spring, Grief And Disasters; An African American In Rio Frio Costa Rica; From Confusion To Order: Spring; Dark Triumph!

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Cecilia Smith: Dark Triumph: The Life of Victoria Lancaster Smith

Read "Dark Triumph: The Life of Victoria Lancaster Smith" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

For some reason, after listening to Dark Triumph, I am reminded of a 1967 Impulse! album by Oliver Nelson titled Musical Tribute to JFK: The Kennedy Dream. Although it took Nelson several years to compose and record original material to memorialize the Kennedy White House years, his use of soundbites from JFK's speeches, mingled with his ...

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Cecilia Smith: Dark Triumph

Read "Dark Triumph" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Victoria L. Smith was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1931. She was the first black nurse hired in St Charles Hospital in Toledo, Ohio. She served in the Red Cross and the Peace Corps. By the measure of fame and popular recognition, she is an ordinary woman, but by another measure--the real and truthful one--she is ...


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