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Steve Smith was originally drawn to the drums by hearing marching bands in parades as a child in his native Massachusetts. At age nine, in 1963, Smith began studying the instrument in earnest with local Boston area teacher Bill Flanagan, who played in big bands in the swing era.

Smith performed in the usual school band program and garage bands while in his teens, but also began to broaden his performing experience by playing in a professional Brockton concert band and even the big band at the local college, Bridgewater State. After high school, Smith began studying music at the famed Berklee College of Music in Boston in 1972. There he received valuable instruction from such renowned drum teachers as Gary Chaffee and Alan Dawson.


Article: SoCal Jazz

Dean Brown: Global Fusion on Acid

Read "Dean Brown: Global Fusion on Acid" reviewed by Jim Worsley

In memory of Dean Brown. This interview was first published at All About Jazz on April 23, 2021. From the outset, the equation was simple enough. Jazz + rock = fusion. However, whether it was Miles Davis, Larry Coryell, John McLaughlin, or any of the pioneers of fusion, the music has always been far ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Adam Holzman, John McLaughlin, Antoine Fafard and Brett Garsed

Read "Adam Holzman, John McLaughlin, Antoine Fafard and Brett Garsed" reviewed by Len Davis

The Big Picture from Adam Holzman and Brave New World, Black Light from John McLaughlin, CMD & The Nomads-Live, Antoine Fafard, Larry Coryell, Tom Coster and Steve Smith. Chris Minh Doky-Live, Allan Holdsworth, Tigran Hamasyan and Brett Garsed. Playlist Adam Holzman “Iron Curtain" from The Big Picture (Escapade) 00:00 John McLaughlin “Panditji" from Black ...


Article: Play This!

George Brooks: McCoy

Read "George Brooks: McCoy" reviewed by Mike Jacobs

By the time Summit (Earth Brother, 2000) was released, Bay Area-based saxophonist George Brooks had already built a reputation with his brand of East-meets-West Indo-jazz and working alongside music luminaries such as Zakir Hussain. But with the inclusion of bassist Kai Eckhardt, guitarist Fareed Haque, drummer Steve Smith along with Hussain and sitarist Niladri Kumar, Summit ...


Time Flies

Label: Wounded Bird Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Emergence; Tempus Fugue-It; Time Flies; Darn That Dream; Un Poco Loco; Self Portrait; Inception; Choreography In Six; No Qualm; Ugly Beauty; What Is This Thing Called Love?; Erdnase; One Down One Up; A Prayer For The Generations (Parts 1 - 8).


Article: Radio & Podcasts

The '90s, with Drummers Dave Weckl, Lenny White and Billy Cobham

Read "The '90s, with Drummers Dave Weckl, Lenny White and Billy Cobham" reviewed by Len Davis

The '90s continues with drummers Dave Weckl, Lenny White and Billy Cobham. Saxophonist Bill Evans, guitarist's Brett Garsed and TJ Helmerich with drummer Virgil Donati.  Tribal Tech, Frank Gambale, Stuart Hamm and Steve Smith and from Germany Jazz Pistols.Playlist Dave Weckl “Tomatillo" from Heads Up (GRP) 00:00 Lenny White “Mr Depriest" from Edge (Hip Bop) 07:34 Billy Cobham ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Some jazz with Shai Jacek, Ollie Usiskin and Steve Smith's Vital Information

Read "Some jazz with Shai Jacek, Ollie Usiskin and Steve Smith's Vital Information" reviewed by Len Davis

Some Jazz from New York guitarist Shai Jacek, drummer Ollie Usiskin, bassist Tom Kenned and Steve Smith and Vital Information. From Brazil Neural Code with drummer Cuca Teixeira, bassist Francisco Fattoruso from Uraguay and from Finland Progressive band Grand Discovery. The Waveform band from Croatia, and from Chicago Monobody. We finish with music from Toronto Canada from The Code.


Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Music from Aurora Clara, Golden Mean and Metrik System

Read "New Music from Aurora Clara, Golden Mean and Metrik System" reviewed by Len Davis

New music from Spanish band Aurora Clara with Dreams, Golden Mean from Oumuamua and German band Metrik System featuring Richard Hallebeek. Armenian rock fusion from Vahe Sarkissian, and Steve Smith, George Brooks and Prasanna from Raga Bop Trio. Chapman Stick player Trey Gunn, Scott Kinsey playing Zawinul music and Lo Greco Brothers from Fusion In The ...


Article: Album Review

Steve Smith and Vital Information: Time Flies

Read "Time Flies" reviewed by Scott Gudell

As with so many prolific drummers, this guy is lean, energized, crisp and knows when to add the snap. Drummer/percussionist Steve Smith's early professional musical explorations were often in the world of jazz as he teamed up with fusion violinist Jean Luc Ponty and the progressive jazz/rock Dutch band Focus for about a year in the ...


Article: SoCal Jazz

Jeff Richman: Fresh & Formidable Fusion Pioneer

Read "Jeff Richman: Fresh & Formidable Fusion Pioneer" reviewed by Jim Worsley

When the name Jeff Richman enters the conversation, there is a good chance you have nested deeply into the fusion guitarist rabbit hole. Richman recently released his eighteenth studio album XYZ (Blue Canoe, 2023), to go along with six gorgeously respectful tribute records. Now 71, the Berklee College of Music grad, has etched his name in ...


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