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Rudy Smith Quartet at Jazz Bistro

Saturday, May 03 2014, 9:00pm - 11:30pm
Port of Spain, Trinidad native Rudy Smith played his first pan at age six. Largely self-taught, as a teenager he witnesssed and heard some of the greatest pan players: Dudley Smith, Evris Barquain, Theo Stephens, Neville Jules, Spree Simon, Ernest Ferreira, Emanuel Jack Riley, Belgrave Bonaparte, Eamon Thorpe, Gerald Forsythe, Alfred “Sack” Mayers and many many more in my hall of steel pan heroes. These artists had a profound effect on Smith’s aspirations. He perfected his unique style by studying jazz luminaries: Milt Jackson, Bobby Hutcherson, Oscar Peterson and John Coltrane. Mr. Smith has toured internationally and has performed at some of the major clubs and jazz festivals in the USA, Canada, Europe and the Caribbean. In a career spanning six decades, alto steel pan player Rudy Smith has built a reputation exploring and bridging the world of jazz with his native instrument, the steel pan, finding in each a sincere spirit of musical expression. In the process, he has performed and recorded with many jazz musicians and artists from almost every corner of the musical universe. Rudy Smith – steel pan Nancy Walker – piano Kieran Overs – bass Maxwell Roach – drums Thursday, Friday and Saturday, May 1, 2 and 3 MUSIC STARTS AT 9pm MUSIC CHARGE $15 (Thu/Fri) $20 (Saturday)
Location: Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria St.
Contact: 416-363-5299

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