James E. Smith - bio


James E. Smith

jazz guitarist and arranger/orchestrator.

Three national broadcasts on National Public Radio. Performances at Nancy Jazz Pulsations Festival, (Nancy, France, 1992) and Newport Jazz Festival (Saratoga Springs site, 2004 w/ Sarah Morrow.)

Jazz performances with Joe Henderson, Woody Shaw, Joshua Redman, Terrell Stafford, Steve Wilson, Wynton Marsalis, Michael Feinstein, Billy Hart, Brad Goode, Hank Marr, Frank Foster, Norris Turney, Slide Hampton, Cal Collins, Emily Remler, John McNeil, Brian Lynch, Dave Carpenter, Bill Cunliffe, Tim Hagans, Kim Pensyl, Dave Liebman, Lynn Seaton, John Riley, John Von Ohlen, and many others.

Performances with national touring companies of the Broadway shows Zorba (starring Anthony Quinn) and 42nd Street (starring Jerry Orbach.)

Orchestrator for Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. Commissioned for three orchestrations performed during the 2007 season at the Schuster Center, Dayton, OH.

Author of Jazz Guitar: Theory and Technique, Studio P/R/-Columbia Pictures Publications. (out of print), Bebop Riffs,  Reading Jazz RhythmsThe Guitarist's Guide to Technique,  Chord Thesaurus for Jazz Guitar and Selected Bach Fugues (arr. for three guitars & bass guitar)  from Jazz from the Conservatory Press.

Recordings with the Cincinnati Seven on the Klavier label (Sepulvada, CA) and CCM Faculty Jazztet on the SeaBreeze label.

B.A., University of New Mexico., M.M., Wisconsin Conservatory of Music.

Currently Professor at Central State University (Ohio) and on the faculty of the University of Cincinnati College- Conservatory of Music.

"There are not many men who have this kind of grace and taste on this instrument (guitar), the wonderful Jim Smith " --Billy Hart

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