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Wayne Smith Jr.

Nurtured in the legendary Philadelphia jazz scene, Wayne Smith, Jr.’s career as drummer is as promising as it is eclectic. After graduating from the famed Creative and Performing Arts High School, he went on to study at the world renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston. Eager to advance his music career, Wayne began performing regularly at staples of the Philadelphia jazz community including Chris’ Jazz Cafe and Ortlieb’s Jazzhaus. As his reputation grew, he branched out, performing in New York, Baltimore and Washington D.C alongside such well known musicians as Donald Byrd, Orrin Evans, Duane Eubanks, John Ellis, Stacy Dillard and Bootsie Barnes.  He teamed up with Victor North (saxophonist) and Lucas Brown (organist) to form Three Blind Mice and the trio still performs together to this day. After being tapped to join the legendary Sun Ra Akestra, Wayne toured Europe, Canada, and Australia, which would prove instrumental in his development as an artist.

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Be Still

Label: Blue Collar records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Distant; Ephesus; Pico; Echoes; I-5; Intro to New Day; New Day; Be Still; Surge; To The Trade

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Sun Ra's Journey Featuring Marshall Allen

Label: Cellar Music Group
Released: 2023
Track listing: Care Free; Velvet; Free Ballad; Dancing Shadows; Eddie Harris; Discipline 27; Bouncing At Smalls; Skippy; New Dawn; Cosmic Hop; Love In Outer Space; Fate In A Pleasant Mood.

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Label: Blue Collar records
Released: 2023
Duration: 04:12

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News: Recording

Sun Ra Arkestra Veteran Drummer Wayne Smith, Jr. Releases 'Be Still,' A Powerful Venture In Emotion And Tranquility

Sun Ra Arkestra Veteran Drummer Wayne Smith, Jr. Releases 'Be Still,' A Powerful Venture In Emotion And Tranquility

Wayne Smith Jr. is a drummer, composer, and educator with a multifaceted palette of soundscapes and genres at his disposal. Having toured across three continents, performed throughout the New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. music scenes, and currently working as a staple member of the legendary Sun Ra Arkestra, Smith’s accolades rightly herald his abilities as ...

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Dancing Shadows

Label: Mahakala Music
Released: 2022
Track listing: Interstellar Lowways; Spaced Out; Angels & Demons At Play; Skippy; Nico; Dancing Shadows; Carefree; Marshall The Deputy; Nico Revisited; Space Travelers; Enlightenment; A Call For All Demons.

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Article: Live From Philadelphia

Jazz Appreciation Month 2014 in Philadelphia: A Recap

Read "Jazz Appreciation Month 2014 in Philadelphia: A Recap" reviewed by Jason Fifield


This April was a month of truly spectacular music on all fronts in jny: Philadelphia. I know I missed a whole lot (see Philadelphia Jazz Project and Ars Nova Workshop) but here's my take. I kicked off the month with my trio Mischa Machez at our monthly First Friday Happy Hour at the Dog ...

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Cohesion

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2012
Track listing: Cohesion; Down To It; Movement; Wishing Well; Fedchock; Working Things Out; Mount Fuji; El Duelo.

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Article: Live From Philadelphia

November 2012: Three Blind Mice

Read "November 2012:  Three Blind Mice" reviewed by RJ Johnson


Three Blind MiceNovember 29, 2012TimePhiladelphia, PAAlthough the classic organ trio format has been popular within the jazz tradition since the hard-bop era, it has not always been known for creating adventurous new material. Organ trios are instead known for their soulful grooves, straight-ahead readings of jazz standards, and ...

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News: Performance / Tour

Jazz Bridge presents Three Blind Mice at the Society Hill Playhouse in Philly on March 15th

Appearing at Jazz at the Playhouse, will be the organ trio Three Blind Mice featuring saxophonist Victor North, organist Lucas Brown, and drummer Wayne Smith Jr. at the Society Hill Playhouse, 507 S. 8th Street in Philadelphia (19147) on March 15th. One Show: 7:30-9 p.m. Admission: $10/$5 for students. No advance sales. For info: 215-517-8337 or ...


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