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Nate Smith

Ira Nathaniel "Nate" Smith (b. December 14, 1974) is an American drummer, composer, songwriter and producer. Born and raised in Chesapeake, Virginia, his musical talent became apparent at the age of eleven, after picking up the drums and learning to play the piano by ear. After high school, he went on to earn a percussion performance scholarship and pursued his musical studies at James Madison University, where he received a B.S. in Media Arts and Design in 1997. While still in college, Nate was recruited by the great jazz singer Betty Carter to participate in her esteemed Jazz Ahead program, which has produced an impressive list of alumni including Jason Moran, Cyrus Chestnut, Jacky Terrason, and Casey Benjamin, among many others

In Common 2

Label: Whirlwind Recordings
Released: 2020
Track listing: Roy Allan; Lotto; Cowboy; Clem; Van Der Linde; Provinces; General George Washington; Little Lamplight; Opera; Type Rider

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Walter Smith III: In Common 2

Read "In Common 2" reviewed by Paul Rauch

The musical paths of saxophonist/composer Walter Smith III and guitarist/composer Matthew Stevens have crossed on many occasions over the years, touring and recording together in their respective bands and those of Esperanza Spalding, Ambrose Akinmusire, Terence Blanchard, Dave Douglas and Terri Lynne Carrington. They first recorded together in 2017, convening a stellar band to ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Bob Lanzetti: Snarky Guitars, Part 2

Read "Bob Lanzetti: Snarky Guitars, Part 2" reviewed by Mike Jacobs

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 For the second installment in our series on the guitarists of Snarky Puppy, we spoke with Bob Lanzetti. In addition to being the guitarist who logged the most miles with the band in its early days, he has also appeared on every recording SP has ever ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Mark Lettieri: Snarky Guitars, Part 1

Read "Mark Lettieri: Snarky Guitars, Part 1" reviewed by Mike Jacobs

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 For the first interview in a series on the Snarky Puppy guitar triumvirate, we spoke to Mark Lettieri. Unlike most of the original core members of the band, Lettieri did not come out of the jazz program at the University of North Texas. Oddly enough, he ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Galway Jazz Festival 2019

Read "Galway Jazz Festival 2019" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Galway Jazz Festival 2019 Various venues Galway, Ireland October 2-6, 2019 Bat song may be a first at a jazz festival, but then they do things differently here in Galway. Bats were in and plastic was out. No plastic laminates or cable ties, no plastic on outdoor advertising, no ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

2019 Detroit Jazz Festival

Read "2019 Detroit Jazz Festival" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

Detroit Jazz Festival Hart Plaza Detroit, Michigan August 30-September 2, 2019 According to the official count, the 40th edition of the largest free jazz festival in North America drew a record crowd numbering some 325,000. Boasting four stages as part of the festival footprint, there seemed to be a reduction in ...

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Pat Metheny at The Space at Westbury

Read "Pat Metheny at The Space at Westbury" reviewed by Mike Perciaccante

Pat Metheny The Space at Westbury Westbury, NY April 4, 2019 Pat Metheny is considered as one of the greatest and most influential guitarists in jazz history. His musical canon is extensive. His playing fuses elements of modern, progressive, Latin jazz, blues, swing, improv and, of course, jazz fusion. Metheny counts ...

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The GroundUp Music Festival 2019

Read "The GroundUp Music Festival 2019" reviewed by Mike Jacobs

GroundUp Music Festival 2019 North Beach Bandshell, Park Stage Miami Beach, FL February 8-10, 2019 An internet acquaintance has a running post gag that she labels with #BecauseFlorida. In it she basically puts forth all of the unattractive, wacky and head-scratching reports that come out of the Sunshine ...

Pocket Change

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2018
Track listing: Get Down, Get Down; What It Do; DumDum; Day and Dusk; 'Spress Theyself; Ghost Thud (for Mr. Allen); Warble; Big/Little Five; Paved; Warble: Reprise; So Be It.


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