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Based in New York City, Chris Smith has performed with a diverse group of jazz musicians including the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Dick Oatts, Frank Wess, Ryan Kisor, Jay Anderson, Donny McCaslin, and Tony Malaby. His drumming has been featured in venues such as The Village Vanguard, Blue Note, Telluride Jazz Festival, and Smalls. Chris maintains a performance schedule in NYC while also performing throughout the country. Dedicated to jazz research, his latest book The View from the Back of the Band: The Life and Music of Mel Lewis is available in hardcover and e-book through the University of North Texas Press

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New York Japanese Jazz Festival 2019

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New York Japanese Jazz Festival Smoke Jazz & Supper Club New York, NY June 25-27, 2019 The Japanese people's love for jazz, rock, blues and other forms of music with African-American roots has been well established for decades. Working bands and musicians at all levels of fame regularly make the Land ...

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Christmas Roundup 2016: Aguankó, Jeff Collins, & Vinnie Zummo

Read "Christmas Roundup 2016: Aguankó, Jeff Collins, & Vinnie Zummo" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

It's that time of year again. While some people genuinely love holiday records, others are just looking for some alternative to have available for self-defense against the onslaught of traditional holiday pop music. Regardless of what camp you're in, here are two new releases, plus three that are new to me: Latin jazz, mainstream jazz, bossa ...

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Ben Haugland Quintet at The Falcon

Read "Ben Haugland Quintet at The Falcon" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

Ben Haugland Quintet The Falcon Marlboro, NY August 13, 2015 In any given jazz performance, nothing exists in isolation, everything is subject to multiple influences, and each act or gesture has a genuine purpose. The weight of the music's tradition, the rapport and mutual respect of the players, the aura ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Ben Haugland: A Million Dreams

Read "A Million Dreams" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

During the course of A Million Dreams, pianist Ben Haugland's second date as a leader, most of the trappings of a typical mainstream jazz record are present and easy to identify. Not unlike a lot of young leaders who are fusing their own creative aspirations with an allegiance to the tradition, Haugland penned four of the ...

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The View from the Back of the Band: The Life and Music of Mel Lewis

Read "The View from the Back of the Band: The Life and Music of Mel Lewis" reviewed by Chris Smith

The following is an excerpt from “Chapter 13: Opening Night at the Village Vanguard" of The View from the Back of the Band: The Life and Music of Mel Lewis by Chris Smith (University of North Texas Press, 2014). In November of 1965, Thad and Mel quickly put together a list of the ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Chris Smith: At The Intersection Of Scholarship, Performance and Pedagogy

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In the introduction to his book Jazz Matters (University Of California Press, 2010), David Ake writes about bringing “together the practical side of making jazz, the pedagogical side of teaching it, and the academic side of writing about it." (p. 12) “Nothing but good," Ake adds, “can come if we increase the numbers of scholars who ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEW

The View From The Back Of The Band: The Life And Music Of Mel Lewis

Read "The View From The Back Of The Band: The Life And Music Of Mel Lewis" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

The View From The Back Of The Band: The Life And Music Of Mel Lewis Chris Smith 399 pages ISBN: #978-1-57441-574-2 University Of North Texas Press 2014 “Good drummers were a rarity and that's all there was to it. There's no ego problem involved, it's just there weren't ...

The Right Riot

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2014

NEWS: RECORDING

Jazzedelics - A Mashup Of New And Old

Jazzedelics - A Mashup Of New And Old

Jazzedelics is the brainchild of singer/percussionist Tony Jones and guitarist Doug Perkins based on a simple premise: What if the seminal rock giants of the 60’s had written their songs in a jazz framework? With music from Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, The Who, The Rolling Stones, The Animals and others, Jazzedelics is a mash-up band that ...


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