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Paul Smith (April 17, 1922 - June 29, 2013) was an American jazz pianist. He has performed in various genres of jazz, most typically bebop. However, he also performed in cool jazz, swing music, and traditional pop. He was born in San Diego, California. After playing early on with Johnny Richards in 1941 and spending a couple of years in the military, he worked with Les Paul (1946–1947) and Tommy Dorsey (1947–1949) before moving to Los Angeles and becoming a studio musician. Smith recorded frequently both with his trios and as a soloist. In addition he is featured on work of artists such as Dizzy Gillespie, Anita O'Day, Buddy DeFranco, Louie Bellson, Steve Allen, Stan Kenton, Mel Tormé and others. Between 1956 and 1978, Smith was active as a conductor and pianist for Ella Fitzgerald. Smith authored a number of educational books and CDs, most of which focus on explaining his particular approach to jazz piano

Five of Hearts

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2020
Track listing: Terra Incognita; Ting-a-Ling; From Time to Time; Ha Ha; Monsoon Blues; Ano Novo; Ya Kitis Zaks; Summer Dusk; Scrim Shimmy; The Kiss of the Tenor; Brother Dave.


Sara Gazarek and Josh Nelson at Jazz at Kitano

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Sara Gazarek and Josh Nelson Jazz at Kitano New York, NY April 19, 2014 Some relationships are beyond close, bordering on the sacred. There's the strong bond between husband and wife, the high level of trust between friend and confidant, and, perhaps most interestingly, the intimate connection between singer and ...


August 27: Lyn Stanley's Lost In Romance Los Angeles Album Release & Party

August 27: Lyn Stanley's Lost In Romance Los Angeles Album Release & Party

Lost In Romance, with 13 of LA’s finest jazz musicians and vocalist, Lyn Stanley, has set August 13 for its release date. The debut album’s release party includes ten of her album’s musicians scheduled to play on Tuesday, August 27 at Catalina Bar and Grill Jazz Club in Los Angeles. The jazz party will have a ...


Paul Smith Discography (as a leader)

Paul Smith Discography (as a leader)

By Derrick Bang I've long been a fan of pianist Paul Smith, whose fiery keyboard technique absolutely dazzled me as a teen. I was lucky; I grew up in and around Palos Verdes, in Southern California, where Smith made his home and frequently performed, in clubs and restaurants within a fairly tight radius. I didn't catch ...


Paul Smith (1922-2013)

Paul Smith (1922-2013)

In the late 1940s and 1950s, few pianists moved as effortlessly and deftly between jazz and pop as pianist Paul Smith—who died June 29 at age 91. Instrumental pop, as a genre, came into its own after 1948, with the advent of the 10-inch LP. Pop back then still had plenty of swing but was really ...


Paul Smith, 1922-3013

Paul Smith, 1922-3013

Another pianist, primarily noted for his impeccable accompaniment of singers but who was also a soloist of wide ranging abilities, died today. Paul Smith was 91. He was probably best known for his work with Ella Fitzgerald. He also played for Mel Tormé, Sarah Vaughan and Doris Day, among others. Early in his career, he worked ...


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