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Jeffery Smith

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.

At the age of 18, Jeffery moved to Los Angeles, where he lived, and worked as a singer/actor/artist (for more than a decade, and a half). He landed several bit parts in television, and film, while performing in the local clubs. In 1980- 81 he starred in the (bi-coastal) production of “Hollywood & Highland”(It was produced on the east coast by the legendary - acting guru - Lee Strasberg, and on the west coast by - mega film producer - Robert Greenhut) for which Jeffery was awarded the coveted 1981 Drama Critic’s Award, from Drama Logue Magazine.

Jeffery returned to New York in 1985, where he co-starred on stage in the producer (of “Jesus Christ Superstar”, and “Hair”) Tom O’Horgan’s production of “Capitol Cakewalk”, as well as having performed in most of the city’s major clubs through 1991.

In the fall of 1991, what originally began as a Paris vacation for Jeffery, ended up being a 7-year stay. After one month he fell in love with ‘the city of lights’, and decided to stay a while. Within 7 months, he met the renowned French pianist, composer, & bandleader, Claude Bolling, and was immediately signed on as the voice of his big band. In the six years that followed, Jeffery had recorded 4 albums, and performed 2 world tours with Claude Bolling’s Big Band (performing for royalty, and dignitary throughout Europe and Asia). He performed numerous jingles for French commercials (e.g. Carte Noir Coffee, and Hyundai).

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“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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Discography

Down Here Below

Down Here Below

Verve Music Group
1999

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