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Perry Smith

Passionately driven to create new music, guitarist Perry Smith’s combines his love for jazz with broad influences from rock and folk to create his signature style. Based in New York City Perry performs and records with the Kathleen Grace Band and is a founding member of the critically acclaimed New West Guitar Group. In addition, he has performed and worked under legendary artists such as Dave Brubeck, Diana Krall, Nancy Wilson, Pat Metheny, Harry Belafonte, and Bobby McFerrin. Perry’s extensive performance resume includes notable venues such as the Montreal Jazz Festival, the World Expo in Japan, Yoshi’s Jazz Club in San Francisco and Hoffest in Berlin Germany. As a composer, Perry was a finalist in the 2007 International Songwriting Competition and won the 2006 ASCAP Young Jazz Composers Award

ARTICLE: RADIO

Veronica Swift, Fletcher Henderson, Fred Hersch and More

Read "Veronica Swift, Fletcher Henderson, Fred Hersch and More" reviewed by Joe Dimino

This week we open with one of the hippest jazz singers on the planet, Veronica Swift with a track off an album that is charting very well. This sets a trend of an hour of music that will look into the very rather fluid and exciting state of today's jazz as we move on to Dan ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Charlotte Jazz Festival 2019

Read "Charlotte Jazz Festival 2019" reviewed by Perry Tannenbaum

Patina Miller, The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, The Future of Jazz Orchestra, Maria Muldaur, Carlos Henriquez, Paul Nedzela, and Donna Hopkins Charlotte Jazz Festival Charlotte, NC May 1-4, 2019 Presented by the Leon Levine Foundation and staged by Blumenthal Performing Arts, the Charlotte Jazz Festival is continuing to grow incrementally ...

New Angel

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2018
Track listing: Rise and Fall; Deep Water; New Angel; Lullaby for Freedom; Monk’s World; Notes for Nostalgia; The Old Road; Graceful Spirit; Lucid Night; Hope for Peace.

ARTICLE: RADIO

Lars Jansson, Ark Ovrutski, Pablo Held and More

Read "Lars Jansson, Ark Ovrutski,  Pablo Held and More" reviewed by Bob Osborne

A focus on Swedish pianist Lars Jansson is complemented with new releases from Ark Ovrutski, Pablo Held and Perry Smith. In a piano trio dominated show there is also a mix of classic recordings and exciting new cutting edge jazz. Playlist Ark Ovrutski “Second Line" from Journey Moments (Ark Ovrutski Music) 00:00 Lars ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Perry Smith: New Angel

Read "New Angel" reviewed by Geannine Reid

Perry Smith is a Brooklyn, NY-based guitarist and composer who received his Bachelor of Music degree from the Flora L. Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California. He also holds a Master's degree in music from New York University. A founding member of the critically acclaimed New West Guitar Group, he is the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Gavin Templeton: In Series

Read "In Series" reviewed by Luigi Sforza

Tenerezza e vigore, delicatezza e fermezza sostanziano la natura di In Series. Affrontando sistematicamente l'ascolto dell'album del sassofonista Gavin Templeton affiorano episodi autenticamente ispirati che, pur non prescindendo dai consolidati precetti che normano il jazz moderno, consegnano al fruitore momenti di indubbia raffinatezza musicale. “Karina," ad esempio, ha la sinuosità intrigante di una ballad tradizionale; ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Kat Reinhert: Spark

Read "Spark" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Vocalist Kat Reinhert's Spark is a musical treatise on navigating the bends and sharp turns on the road of life. It's a journey of self discovery, personal expression, and empowerment, bravely put on display for all to hear. Reinhert, a New York-based vocalist who splits her time between teaching and performing, delivers thirteen ...

NEWS: RECORDING

BJURecords Proudly Releases Guitarist/Composer Perry Smith's New Recording Perry Smith Quartet - Street Sense

BJURecords Proudly Releases Guitarist/Composer Perry Smith's New Recording Perry Smith Quartet - Street Sense

Featuring Perry Smith (guitar, compositions), Dayna Stephens (saxophone), Sam Minaie (bass), Ross Pederson (drums) Available October 29, 2013 Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records proudly announces the release of the Perry Smith Quartet - Street Sense, the new recording from guitarist/composer Perry Smith. Street Sense, from the California-born, Brooklyn-based artist, was inspired and influenced by simplicity, repetition, melody, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Sophie Milman, Denver, CO, November 27, 2011

Read "Sophie Milman, Denver, CO, November 27, 2011" reviewed by Geoff Anderson

Sophie MilmanDazzleDenver, CONovember 27, 2011Jazz is and always has been an amalgam of styles and influences. In fact, that's what keeps it interesting and vital and always moving forward. Musicians from different backgrounds and cultures bring different sensibilities to the music and add new sounds and attitudes. Like the search for ...


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