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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.

He has been on several radio stations and TV stations including Bakersfield's Channels 17, 23, 29/58, The Michael Nayt Show, Brighthouse Networks, and 107.1 FM KRAB, Fresno's 90.7 KSFR where he currently has his own radio show. Two of his bands (Jay Smith Trio/Group and Kelulu) are selected as Featured Artists on the Global Level on Reverbnation.com. He was the lead instructor at the Bakersfield Jazz Workshop for first four years. He's been teaching at Nick Rail Music Bakersfield since the store opened in 2009.

The band's first album, Unashamed Portrayal, (available on iTunes and 30 other retailers) features Grammy Nominated Guitarist Andre Bush, Jay Jay Hicks, Saxophonist Chris Nguyen, trombonist Joe Vazquez, trumpeter Mark Manda, Fernando Montoya on acoustic and electric bass, Jonathan Weinmann on drums, and Jorge Nunzio Urbina on percussion. It's been featured on ALL ABOUT JAZZ as their download of the day.

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”If you thought jazz goes into hiding after the CSUB Jazz Festival, you're wrong. Wildly energetic keyboardist Jay Smith, who mentors students weekly at the Bakersfield Jazz Workshop, has assembled a monster group of players for a special show up on the roof. Joining Smith is Grammy nominated guitarist Andre Bush, whose performing credits include stints with jazz heavyweights Nnenna Freelon, Carl Allen, Andy Narell, Liz Story among others. Also appearing will be Bakersfield bassist Jay Jay Hicks, and drummer Jonathan Weinmann.” - Matt Munoz, Bakersfield Californian (Jul 07, 2011)

“I try to incorporate what I've been told by dozens of other musicians greater than myself: learn the theory behind the what makes the music work then play like yourself! It's not enough (especially in this day and age) to know how to play standards well; it really comes down to bringing the music to that next level and making your own impact on the music

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Primary Instrument

Piano

Willing to teach

Advanced only

Credentials/Background

I have taught music for several organizations including Fresno 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:
Piano Performance
Piano Technique
Music Theory

Music Composition
Creating/Building a Group
Recording

My rates are very affordable and I am very competitive.
Jay Smith
jaysmith@jaysmithgroup.com
661-900-9887

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Discography

Too Many Notes

Too Many Notes

Self Produced
2015

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Too Many Notes

Too Many Notes

Self Produced
2014

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Unashamed Portrayal

Unashamed Portrayal

Self Produced
2012

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Groove

Groove

Jay Smith Group
Too Many Notes

Break

Break

Jay Smith Group
Unashamed Portrayal

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