Short Bio - Cecilia Smith
Cecilia Smith is currently one of the leading vibraphonists of Four Mallet Technique. She has toured nationally and internationally. She has recorded and performed with several renown artists including: Gary Bartz, Greg Osby, Milt Hinton, Alan Dawson, Randy Weston, Donald Harrison, Hubert Laws, Mulgrew Miller, Donald Byrd (trumpet), Cassandra Wilson, and Digable Planets. She has released 5 independent c.d.’s on the national and international level and one Japanese release titled: CARMEN R&B. Her current c.d. is called DARK TRIUMPH (DT). DT Exposes Cecilia’s compositional abilities, through the use of full rhythm section, a 23 piece string ensemble and Boy Sopranos From the Boys Choir of Harlem.
She is currently the Artistic Director of the MARY LOU WILLIAMS RESURGENCE PROJECT (MLWRP). For the past 6 years she has explored, arranged, composed and exposed the unheralded work of Mary Lou Williams. This arrangement as well as newly formed compositions based on MLW’s work
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. . . . . . . . . The legacy of the pianist and composer, (Mary Lou Williams) who
died in 1981, has always been a spiritual touchstone for the (Kennedy Center
MLW Festival), festival performances, but this year it triggered a jubilant
celebration, the mood charged by secular and sacred sounds alike. …
Vibraphonist, arranger and bandleader Cecilia Smith saw to that.
Willing to teach
Graduate and formal faculty member of BERKLEE COLLEGE OF MUSIC