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Primary Instrument: Trumpet

Born: December 18, 1941

ISHMAEL WADADA LEO SMITH trumpet-player, multi- instrumentalist, composer and improviser has been active in the creative contemporary world music for over thirty years. His theory of Jazz and World music was significant in his music development as an artist and educator.

Born in Leland, Mississippi, Smith's early musical life began in the high school concert and marching bands. At the age of thirteen, he became immersed within the Delta Blues and Improvisation music traditions. He received his formal musical education with his father, the U.S. Military band program (1963), Sherwood School of Music (1967-69), and Wesleyan University (1975-76)....
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Music

Featured recording “The Great Lakes Suites”

The Great Lakes Suites

TUM Records
2014
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    The Great Lakes Suites

    TUM Records
    2014
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    Great Lakes Suite

    TUM Records
    2014
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    Occupy The World

    TUM Records
    2013
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    Wadada Leo Smith: Occupy the World

    TUM Records
    2013
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    Ancestors

    TUM Records
    2012
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    Wadada Leo Smith: Ten Freedom Summers

    Cuneiform Records
    2012
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    Ten Freedom Summers

    Tzadik
    2012
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