Duo Pianos: Jean-Michel Pilc and Kenny Werner John Daversa Small Band Groove: Blue George Brooks' ASPADA New Nordic Trio Brian Bromberg Steve Smith John Daversa Lenny White Jean-Michel Pilc Solo Piano, Duo, Trio Gerry Obeirne Steve Smith and Vital Information NYC Edition Leni Stern Dave Weckl Chris Minh Doky's Nomads Steve Gadd Band Mike Stern


Steve Smith is active as a band leader (Steve Smith and Vital Information NYC Edition) as a featured sideman (Mike Stern Group, Zakir Hussain’s Masters of Percussion, Steps Ahead, Hiromi-The Trio Project) and as an educator/clinician.

Steve Smith grew up in the Boston area and started playing drums at the age of 9 in 1963. He studied music at the Berklee College of Music from 1972 to 1976 with Alan Dawson and Gary Chaffee as his private instructors. Over the past 40 years he has toured and recorded with some of the biggest names in jazz and rock - appearing on recordings that have sold over 100 million copies worldwide - including Journey, Bryan Adams, Mariah Carey, Zucchero and Jean-Luc Ponty.

Smith is currently touring with his own all-star band Vital Information NYC Edition featuring Vinny Valentino (guitar), Mark Soskin (keyboards) and Baron Browne (bass). They are celebrating their 34th Anniversary with the release of their latest BFM Jazz album Heart Of The City. Smith is also touring again with Journey having committed to working with the band for 2016-2017. Other notable artists he has played with include Zakir Hussain, Buddy DeFranco, Benny Golson, Ahmad Jamal, Dave Liebman, Randy Brecker, Michael Brecker, Bill Evans and Hiromi.

Smith produced and played on a series of 16 jazz albums for the Tone Center label featuring players such as Frank Gambale, Stu Hamm, Oteil Burbridge, Larry Coryell, Jerry Goodman, Howard Levy, Steve Marcus, Scott Henderson and Victor Wooten. His release The Best Of Steve Smith – The Tone Center Collection is a sample of some of the best tracks from those collaborations.

Steve Smith was voted “#1 Fusion Drummer” in the 2012 Modern Drummer readers poll. Smith has previously been voted “#1 All-Around Drummer" in the Modern Drummer Magazine Readers Poll for five consecutive years from 1987-1991. The 2008, 2009 and 2010 Drum! Magazine readers poll voted Smith #1 Jazz Drummer. In 2001 Steve was named by Modern Drummer Magazine as one of the “Top 25 Drummers of All Time." In 2002, he was voted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame and in 2003 his Hudson Music DVD Steve Smith Drumset Technique - History of the U.S. Beat, was voted #1 Educational DVD.” Hudson Music released Steve’s DVD/CD Drum Legacy – Standing on the Shoulders of Giants in 2008, which was voted Best DVD of 2009 by the readers of Drum! Magazine.

Currently Smith exercises his teaching skills by giving clinics around the world and being part of the staff of Drum Fantasy Camp: www.drumfantasycamp.com

Steve Smith is available for selected clinics and special guest appearances.
 
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