All About Jazz

Home » Musicians » Walter Smith III

Walter Smith III Walter Smith III

Walter Smith III Performance Bio From a young age, Walter began taking music very seriously. “My first gig was playing at a McDonalds in Houston with another saxophone player. I took a solo on “Blue Bossa.” It was terrible. People clapped, and I figured if I could get away with that and get applause, how could I fail?” Although it may appear Smith is a new voice on the scene, he is widely recognized as an adept performer, accomplished composer, and inspired educator. Smith released his 5th album as a leader, “Twio” in February of 2018 with his longtime trio of Harish Raghavan and Eric Harland including guest appearances by Christian McBride and Joshua Redman. In the Jazz tradition, Smith has developed under the wings of many of the music’s greats. Walter is/has been a member of several legendary groups (recording and/or touring) including the Roy Haynes Fountain of Youth Band, Terence Blanchard Quintet, Eric Harland's “Voyager”, Jason Moran’s In My Mind:Monk at Town Hall, Ambrose Akinmusire Quintet, the Christian McBride “Situation”, Christian Scott group and the Sean Jones Quintet to name a few. Smith has performed all over the world participating in virtually every international festival as well as famed venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Village Vanguard, and the Kennedy Center. In addition, he has shared the stage and/or appeared on recordings with many Jazz notables including Mulgrew Miller, Eric Reed, Billy Childs, Joe Lovano, Herbie Hancock, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Terri Lynne Carrington, Bill Stewart, Ralph Peterson, and a host of others

Read more

Tags

Album Review
Take Five With...
Radio
Album Review
  • Twio by Phil Barnes
  • Twio by Roger Farbey
Interview
Album Review
Read more articles
Primary Instrument

Saxophone, tenor

Location

Boston

Photos

Albums

Album Iron Starlet by Connie Han

Iron Starlet

Mack Avenue Records
2020

buy
Album In Common 2 by Walter Smith III

In Common 2

Whirlwind Recordings
2020

buy
Album Hard Bop

Hard Bop

Ropeadope
2020

buy
Album Twio by Walter Smith III

Twio

Whirlwind Recordings
2018

buy
Album Still Casual by Walter Smith III

Still Casual

Self Produced
2014

buy
Album III by Walter Smith III

III

Criss Cross
2011

buy

Watch

Similar

John Coltrane John Coltrane
saxophone
Wayne Shorter Wayne Shorter
saxophone
Jaleel Shaw Jaleel Shaw
saxophone, alto
Seamus Blake Seamus Blake
saxophone, tenor
Will Vinson Will Vinson
saxophone, alto
Jerome Sabbagh Jerome Sabbagh
saxophone
Marcus Strickland Marcus Strickland
clarinet, bass
Dino Govoni Dino Govoni
saxophone, tenor
Tia Fuller Tia Fuller
saxophone
Ben Wendel Ben Wendel
saxophone
Neal Miner Neal Miner
bass, acoustic

Shop Amazon

All About Jazz needs your support

Donate
All About Jazz & Jazz Near You were built to promote jazz music: both recorded and live events. We rely primarily on venues, festivals and musicians to promote their events through our platform. With club closures, shelter in place and an uncertain future, we've pivoted our platform to collect, promote and broadcast livestream concerts to support our jazz musician friends. This is a significant but neccesary effort that will help musicians now, and in the future. You can help offset the cost of this essential undertaking by making a donation today. In return, we'll deliver an ad-free experience (which includes hiding the bottom right video ad). Thank you.

Get more of a good thing

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.