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Melvin Smith

Melvin Smith, “soulful sax man and well musically educated award winner” (Chris Spector-Midwest Record Review), is a native of Jacksonville, Florida who began playing saxophone at the age of thirteen. During his early musical development Smith was fortunate to have great musical experiences like performing at the Montreux Jazz Festival and a European tour. Smith attended the prestigious Berklee College of Music where he received an excellent education in music. Smith later received a Master's Degreein Jazz Studies from Queens College in New York. Since moving to New York Melvin has had the opportunity to play with such artists as Charli Persip, Kim Burell, Hubert Eaves III, Ben Vereen, Michael Henderson, and Norman Connors. Smith has also had the pleasure of opening for Ce Ce Winans and Donnie McClurkin,”. Smith's critically acclaimed 2007 release “Portrait” has been compared to Donald Byrd's A New Perspective ( Blue Note 1962) and I'm trying to get Home (Blue Note 1964) and Smith's approach has been compared to Hank Mobley by Micheal Gladstone at All About Jazz. Smith has also been compared to Charles Lloyd and George Coleman (John Barron- All About Jazz). Portait mixes different styles and feels for a great project. John Barron writes:

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Albums

Evidence
Evidence
Self Produced
2010
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I Surrender All
I Surrender All
Melvin G. Smith Music/MISMWO Music
2008
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Portrait
Portrait
Melvin G Smith Music/MISMWO Music
2007
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