All About Jazz needs your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 (or more) and we'll hide those six pesky Google ads that appear on every page for a full year! You'll also fund website expansion.


I want to help

Wadada Leo Smith

ISHMAEL WADADA LEO SMITH trumpet-player, multi- instrumentalist, composer and improviser has been active in the creative contemporary world music for over thirty years. His theory of Jazz and World music was significant in his music development as an artist and educator.

Born in Leland, Mississippi, Smith's early musical life began in the high school concert and marching bands. At the age of thirteen, he became immersed within the Delta Blues and Improvisation music traditions. He received his formal musical education with his father, the U.S. Military band program (1963), Sherwood School of Music (1967-69), and Wesleyan University (1975-76).

Read more
Live Reviews
CD/LP/Track Review
Multiple Reviews
CD/LP/Track Review
Best of / Year End
Read more articles

81 Photos

Albums

Celestial Weather
Celestial Weather
TUM Records
2016
buy
The Nile
The Nile
Hardedge
2015
buy
The Great Lakes Suites
The Great Lakes Suites
TUM Records
2015
buy
Red Hill
Red Hill
RareNoiseRecords
2015
buy
The Great Lakes Suites
The Great Lakes Suites
TUM Records
2014
buy
Great Lakes Suite
Great Lakes Suite
TUM Records
2014
buy

Videos

Similar Artists

Albert Ayler Albert Ayler
sax, tenor
Evan Parker Evan Parker
sax, tenor
Tim Berne Tim Berne
saxophone
Joe McPhee Joe McPhee
reeds
Derek Bailey Derek Bailey
guitar
David S. Ware David S. Ware
sax, tenor
Art Ensemble Of Chicago Art Ensemble Of Chicago
band/orchestra
Julius Hemphill Julius Hemphill
sax, alto

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.