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Sean Smith Bassist and Composer Artist Biography

Bassist Sean Smith has been an integral part of the international jazz scene for more than 20 years. He has appeared in many of the major jazz festivals, concert halls, and clubs all over the world.

Sean has performed with Gerry Mulligan, Phil Woods, Benny Carter, Flip Phillips, Clark Terry, Johnny Griffin, Lee Konitz, Art Farmer, Tom Harrell, Jacky Terrasson, Bill Charlap, Peggy Lee, Rosemary Clooney, Mark Murphy, Jimmy Scott, Andy Bey, and many others.

Sean is also a prolific composer whose works have been played and recorded by such artists as Phil Woods, Mark Murphy, Bill Charlap, Gene Bertoncini, Leon Parker, and Bill Mays. His music has also been featured in several films.

Sean’s compositions are best described as lyrical, melodic, cinematic, and songful. Ira Gitler has written “His originals are highly listenable and thought provoking music for both head and heart”. Smith’s Song For The Geese is the title track of Mark Murphy’s 1998 Grammy nominated album for RCA/BMG.

Sean was a member of the Jacky Terrasson Trio for four years. His work with Terrasson and Emmanuel Pahud on Into The Blue (EMI/Blue Note) was nominated for a 2003 Grammy Award. In 2007 Sean received a Bistro Award for Outstanding Instrumentalist.

Sean Smith is a leader in his own right. His dynamic working quartet includes John Ellis on the saxophones, John Hart at the guitar, Russell Meissner at the drums, and Smith at the bass. Their recordings include Sean Smith Quartet Live! (Chiaroscuro Records), and Poise (Ambient Records), both featuring his compositions. The Sean Smith Quartet performs regularly in New York City. Their new recording, Trust, was released in the spring of 2011 on Smithereen Records™ and has received rave reviews. Sean Smith earned his Bachelor of Music from the Manhattan School of Music and lives in New York City.

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“Poise is such an apt word in describing Sean Smith. …[He] has an unlimited future as straight as the crow flies.” Harvey Siders” JazzTimes

“Smith’s been steadily building both a strong book of original pieces and a firm rapport…” John Donohue” New Yorker Magazine

“The arrangements are cool, the ballads moody and gorgeous. Both sophisticated and emotional, intricate and uncluttered, it reveals richer artistry with each spin. Highly recommended.” 4&1/2 stars Judith Schlesinger”

“Sean understands! He also happens to be one of our most promising young composers.” Phil Woods

“No doubt, this band surges forward with a noticeable degree of self-assurance and refinement

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Sean Smith Bassist and Composer Artist Biography Bassist and composer Sean Smith has been part of the international jazz scene for more than 20 years. He has appeared in many of the major jazz rooms and concert halls all over the world. He has toured extensively in North and South America, throughout Europe and the Mediterranean, and as far away as Russia, Turkey, Morocco, and Japan. In addition to leading his own quartet, Sean has been a member of the Jacky Terrasson Trio since 2000

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Album Humanity by Sean Smith


Cellar Live Records

Album Trust by Sean Smith


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Justin Time Records



Ambient Records


Sean Smith Quartet...

Chiaroscuro Records




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