Hamiet Bluiett Tribute Band Memorial Day Concert at An Die Musik Live
Erin Connelly uploaded this event on May 16, 2019
Mon, May 27, 2019
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Darrell Mixon, bass
Kendrick Smith, tenor sax
Donald Smith, piano
Ronnie Burrage, drums
Pianist, singer, flutist and keyboardist Donald Smith was born on September 4,1943 in Richmond, VA. The son of a member of the famous gospel group, Harmonizing Four, Smith majored in music at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Early on he played organ and flute with the Tony Zamora Territorial Band. A versatile and adventurous performer, Smith worked with a wide variety of performers as a pianist, singer and/or flutist. The younger brother of keyboardist Lonnie Liston Smith, Donald worked in his brother’s Cosmic Echoes group from 1975 until the late 1990s. He has recorded with Bobby Hutcherson, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Oliver Lake, Andrew Cyrille, Lester Bowie, Craig Harris, Hamiet Bluiett, Pharoah Sanders, Leon Thomas, the World Saxophone Quartet, Fontella Bass, James Jabbo Ware’s The Me We & Them Orchestra, and most recently an album from 2013 by trombonist Dick Griffin. He worked with Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, Benny Carter, Archie Shepp, Dizzy Gillespie, and Jackie McLean, and led his only album for the Japanese Why Not label, a piano trio session with Cecil McBee and Jack DeJohnette....