Born: October 14, 1983
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 or opened up for groups and musicians as Carl Saunders, Poncho Sanchez, Jeff Coffin, Allan Holdsworth, Malo, Ozomatli, Clayton Cameron, Kelulu, Mento Buru, The Fresno Philharmonic, David Baron Stevens, Andre Bush, Mike Dana, Velorio, The Lift, Marlon Mackey and Patrick Contreras to name a few.
His current projects include Mento Buru which was voted best band of 2012 by Bakersfield Magazine and The Jay Smith Trio/Group which features a variety of players including Cesareo Garasa, Marlon Mackey, Gary Rink, Jay Jay Hicks, Fernando Montoya, James Russell, and Patrick Contreras....
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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...
Willing to teachAdvanced students only.
Credentials/BackgroundI have taught music for several organizations including
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.
images courtesty of the Bakersfield Jazz Workshop
Lesson programs include:
Creating/Building a Group
My rates are very affordable and I am very competitive.