Born and raised in Queens, New York, Jeffery Smith began honing his voice at a very early age, under the influence of his mother, Ramona (a classical singer herself) to whom he dedicated his 1995 debut album (aptly titled) “Ramona”, which was produced, and accompanied by the legendary, Shirley Horn, on the Gitane/Verve label.
“As a baritone, Smith has drawn obvious comparisons to Billy Eckstine and Johnny Hartman. But whereas those singers can sometimes sound mesmerized by the sheer resonance of their own vocal cords, Smith has a more nimble sense of phrasing--he’s rich yet light, the flourless chocolate cake of a weight watchers dream!” “This may be the most vital album you’ll hear this year…!” (For “A Little Sweeter”, April 20, 1998 • Bruce Handy) TIME Magazine)
“Jeffery Smith has continually reaffirmed a talent and a personality that are exceptional!”
(Universal Jazz Magazine 1999)
“There’s a buzz about vocalist Smith
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