Jay Smith Group

  • Bakersfield, CA, USA
Band: Cover Band: Original Jazz Latin Progressive

"Jazz, Latin from Bakersfield"

Jay Smith has performed with dozens ofgroups all over the US and Europe in a wide range ofmusic from bebop and jazz fusion to latin rock and funk.He has worked or opened up for groups and musicians asCarl Saunders, Poncho Sanchez, Jeff Coffin, Allan Holdsworth, Malo, Ozomatli, Clayton Cameron, Kelulu,Mento Buru, The Fresno Philharmonic,David Baron Stevens, Andre Bush, Mike Dana,Velorio, Zambra, and Patrick Contreras to name a few.His current projects include Mento Buru which was voted best band of 2012 by Bakersfield Magazine and The Jay Smith Trio/Group which features a variety of players including Cesareo Garasa, Jay Jay Hicks, Fernando Montoya, Marlon Mackey, James Russell and Patrick Contreras.He has been on several radio stations and TV stations including Bakersfield's Channels 17, 23, 29/58, The Michael Nayt Show, Brighthouse Networks, and 107.1 FM KRAB, Fresno's 90.7 KSFR where he currently has his own radio show.Two of his bands (Jay Smith Trio/Group and Kelulu) are selected as Featured Artists on the Global Level on Reverbnation.com. He was the lead instructor at the Bakersfield Jazz Workshop for first four years. He's been teaching at Nick Rail Music Bakersfield since the store opened in 2009.The group's first album, Unashamed Portrayal, (available now on iTunes and 30 other retailers)features Grammy Nominated Guitarist Andre Bush, Jay Jay Hicks, Saxophonist Chris Nguyen, trombonist Joe Vazquez, trumpeter Mark Manda, Fernando Montoya on acoustic and electric bass, Jonathan Weinmann on drums, and Jorge NunzioUrbina on percussion. It's been featured on ALL ABOUT JAZZ as their download of the day.Featuring a diverse group of musicians, Smith's latest record, Too Many Notes, was titled by his fans based on his reputation for a blisteringly fast playing style. Patrick Contreras on electric violin, Jay Jay Hicks on 8 string bass, Cesareo Garasa on drums, Fernando Montoya on electric bass, James Russell on double saxes (tenor/alto) and a variety of others are featured on this release. Too Many Notes has been featured in many publications and press including NPR, All About Jazz, the Bakersfield Californian and the Fresno Bee to name a few.

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