311

Take Five With Enoch Smith, Jr.

Enoch Smith Jr. By

Sign in to view read count
Meet Enoch Smith Jr.:
"I'm a music lover first. My musical ability is just an extension of my love. Jazz, gospel, music for film/television, you name it and I can tell you a story about how I fell in love with it."

At the late age of 14 he began playing piano by ear at his church. This blossomed into a love affair that would prove lasting. By the age of 16, Enoch was determined to be a professional musician. With no formal piano instruction he auditioned and was accepted to the Berklee College of Music.

During his time at Berklee, Enoch was instructed by seasoned pianist Dean Earl (Charlie Parker, Sonny Stitt). It was during these piano lessons that a certain foundation was laid. "If you don't have nuthin' to say, close your mouth!" E.J. had the privilege of playing regularly at Wally's Jazz Cafe, an esteemed right of passage for Boston area musicians.

Instrument(s):
Piano.

The first Jazz album I bought was:
Red Garland's Piano. His rendition of "Please Send Me Someone To Love" is the first song I ever transcribed....

CDs you are listening to now:
Vijay Iyer
Horace Silver
Julian "Cannonball" Adderley
Bobby Timmons.

Desert Island picks:
Miles Davis, Kind of Blue
D'Angelo, Voodoo
Herbie Hancock, Thrust

How would you describe the state of jazz today?
I think jazz is evolving in different directions simultaneously. You have guys that are intent on playing in the style of their heroes and cats that are pushing the envelope daily. I think both directions are great for jazz and music in general.

By Day:
I'm a Legislative Aide for an Assemblywoman in New Jersey. I research topics in order to create bills that she may sign into law.

If I weren't a jazz musician, I would be a:
Lawyer.

Shop

More Articles

Read Take Five with Adam Schneit Take Five With... Take Five with Adam Schneit
by Adam Schneit
Published: January 4, 2017
Read Take Five with Tom Harrison Take Five With... Take Five with Tom Harrison
by Tom Harrison
Published: December 19, 2016
Read Take Five with Jared Pauley Take Five With... Take Five with Jared Pauley
by Jared Pauley
Published: November 16, 2016
Read Take Five With Zachary Serleth Take Five With... Take Five With Zachary Serleth
by Zachary Serleth
Published: October 26, 2016
Read Take Five with Bridget Cimino Take Five With... Take Five with Bridget Cimino
by Bridget Cimino
Published: October 26, 2016
Read Take Five with Jennifer Bellor Take Five With... Take Five with Jennifer Bellor
by Jennifer Bellor
Published: August 23, 2016
Read "Take Five with Andreas Loven" Take Five With... Take Five with Andreas Loven
by Andreas Loven
Published: March 4, 2016
Read "Take Five with Adam Schneit" Take Five With... Take Five with Adam Schneit
by Adam Schneit
Published: January 4, 2017
Read "Take Five with Michael Joseph Harris" Take Five With... Take Five with Michael Joseph Harris
by Michael Joseph Harris
Published: May 2, 2016
Read "Take Five with Jared Pauley" Take Five With... Take Five with Jared Pauley
by Jared Pauley
Published: November 16, 2016
Read "Take Five With Antonio Adolfo" Take Five With... Take Five With Antonio Adolfo
by Antonio Adolfo
Published: June 18, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: Jazz Near You | GET IT  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!