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, Jay Jay Hicks, Fernando Montoya, James Russell, and Patrick Contreras.
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If you thought jazz goes into hiding after the
Festival, you're wrong. Wildly energetic
Smith, who mentors students weekly at the
Workshop, has assembled a monster group
of players for a
special show up on the roof. Joining Smith is
nominated guitarist Andre Bush, whose
include stints with jazz heavyweights Nnenna
Allen, Andy Narell, Liz Story among others.
will be Bakersfield bassist Jay Jay Hicks, and
- Matt Munoz, Bakersfield Californian (Jul 07,
I try to incorporate what I've been told by
musicians greater than myself: learn the
what makes the music work then play like
enough (especially in this day and age) to
know how to
standards well; it really comes down to
that next level and making your own impact
on the music
Willing to teach
I 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:
My rates are very affordable and I am very competitive.