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Primary Instrument: Percussion

Born: May 14, 1934

Smith was born in Chicago, Illinois, into a musical family; his father played saxophone and clarinet with Noble Sissle and Jimmy Noone, and his mother was a harpist and pianist. He studied clarinet under his father from age four. He graduated from the University of Illinois in 1957, then took a master's in percussion at the Manhattan School of Music in 1958. One of his earliest major recording dates was with Miles Davis as a vibraphonist in 1957. He found work in Broadway pit bands in 1958, and also played with Gil Evans that year. In 1961 he co-founded the Composers Workshop Ensemble, a New York-based jazz composition and performance ensemble which released two albums for Strata-East Records...
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Featured recording “Old News Borrowed Blues”

Old News Borrowed Blues

Engine Studios
2009
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    Natural/Cultural Forces

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    2008
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    Engine Studios
    2007
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    2004
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