Jay Smith

Primary Instrument: Piano

Born: October 14, 1983    

Jay Smith

Jay Smith has performed with dozens of groups all over the US and Europe in a wide range of music from bebop and jazz fusion to latin rock and funk. He has worked with groups and musicians as Marcos Reyes (War), Carl Saunders, Clayton Cameron (Tony Bennet), Kelulu, Mento Buru, The Fresno Philharmonic, David Baron Stevens, Andre Bush, Mike Dana, Velorio, Zambra, and Patrick Contreras to name a few.

He has been on several radio stations and TV stations including Bakersfield's Channels 17, 23, 29/58, The Michael Nayt Show, Brighthouse Networks, and 107.1 FM KRAB, Fresno's 90.7 KSFR where he currently has his own Radio Show....
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Featured in Bakotopia Magazine, the Bakersfield Californian and FACE Bakersfield, among others, he has been on several radio stations and TV stations including Bakersfield's Channels 17, 23, 29/58, Brighthouse Bakersfield on Demand and 107.1 FM KRAB as well as several times on Fresno's 90.7 KSFR to name a few. In 2010, two of his bands (the Modern Jazz Trio and Kelulu) were selected as Featured Artists on the Global Level on He is a regularly featured artist and lead instructor at the Bakersfield Jazz Workshop.
”If you thought jazz goes into hiding after the CSUB Jazz Festival, you're wrong. Wildly energetic keyboardist Jay Smith, who mentors students weekly at the Bakersfield Jazz Workshop, has assembled a monster group of players for a special show up on the roof. Joining Smith is Grammy nominated guitarist Andre Bush, whose performing credits include stints with jazz heavyweights Nnenna Freelon, Carl Allen, Andy Narell, Liz Story among others. Also appearing will be Bakersfield bassist Jay Jay Hicks, and drummer Jonathan Weinmann.” - Matt Munoz, Bakersfield Californian (Jul 07, 2011)

“I try to incorporate what I've been told by dozens of other musicians greater than myself: learn the theory behind the what makes the music work then play like yourself! It's not enough (especially in this day and age) to know how to play standards well; it really comes down to bringing the music to that next level and making your own impact on the music. “ - AAJ STAFF, All About Jazz (Jan 23, 2011)

“I'm really excited to hear the finished album. There are such wonderful solos and excellent compositions.” - Christine Walsh, KFSR with Christine (Aug 24, 2011)

“A composer as well as a performer, Smith expects to release a new album in October. Titled “Unashamed Portrayal,” it's made up of music he's written in the past as well as some new material. It includes his full band, which is made up of Grammy-nominated guitarist Andre Bush as well as Montoya, Weinmann, Chris Nguyen, Mark Manda, Armando Joe Vazquez, Jay Jay Hicks and Nunzio Urbina.” - Camille Gavin, Bakersfield Californian (Sep 01, 2011)

“Helping to lay the ground work to reinvigorate the local jazz scene outside of the scholastic realm and back into the clubs where jazz music was created.” - Sam Jaime, Bakotopia (Feb 05, 0009)

“Jay Smith put together a killer band....Then he wowed the audience by doing something no one at the workshop had seen or heard before - JAY SMITH SANG!!! Wow - what a night! “ - Frank Maccioli, Bakersfield Jazz Workshop (Sep 09, 2009)

”raising the profile of the local jazz scene” - Jennifer Self, Bakersfield Californian (Apr 29, 2009)

“During the performance, confused bystanders meandered past the window, down 19th Street toward other evening hot spots. Those of inside felt as if we were somewhere special, part of a unique downtown experience. And the musicianship on display was exquisite.” - Aaron Mauldin, Face News (May 01, 2009)

”Jazz has had its seeds planted in Bakersfield for decades. But those seeds aren’t enough for Jay Smith” - Nick Belardes, Face News (Apr 24, 2009)

”Jay Smith played the hell out of the piano, synthesizer, and keyboard �” improvising as the best pianists do on jazz standards and original compositions alike.” - Aaron Mauldin, Face News (May 01, 2009)

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Bakersfield, CA

Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.

I have taught music for several organizations including Fresno Unified and Panama Buena Vista School Districts, Arts Council of Kern, Yamaha School of Music, & Bakersfield Jazz Workshop, and have taught for ten years privately, as well as publicly.

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Lesson programs include:
Piano Performance
Piano Technique
Music Theory

Music Composition
Creating/Building a Group

My rates are very affordable and I am very competitive.
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