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Derek Smith

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Born: April 28, 1971    Primary Instrument: Drums, steel

San Francisco Bay Area Musician Derek Smith has been entertaining audiences for more than 10 years through his innovative music that combines the melodic brightness of the Caribbean steel drum with the driving rhythms of Latin Jazz. Smith's unique sound is inspired by legendary musicians like mambo king Tito Puente, Latin Jazz vibraphone great Cal Tjader, and calypso master Lord Kitchener. The influence of such renown players has led Smith to create an original musical experience that can be described as soulful and joyous.

”Steel panist/vibraphonist Smith plunges, body and soul, into a veritable carnival of Afro-Caribbean sounds, acquitting himself with distinction.” - Raul d'Gama Rose
As a Leader

Latin Expression
DSMP
2009


Pan Montuno
DSMP
2005

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Primary Instrument:
Drums, steel

Location:
Albany, CA

Willing to teach:
Beginners

Credentials/Background:
$50/hr. BA in Music, percussion emphasis (including drumset, steel drum, vibraphone) Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced levels.

Musser M55 vibraphone, tenor steel pans by Leroy Williams and Clifford Alexis.

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Featured recording “Latin Expression”

Latin Expression
Self Produced (2009)

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