Chris Smith

Chris Smith

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A brass player fluent in many styles, CHRIS SMITH is also an arranger and composer, multi-instrumentalist, bandleader, and educator. A second-generation jazz trombonist from New Orleans, Smith is one of those rare musicians who plays traditional and modern jazz equally well.  Coming up on the Southeast Michigan jazz scene in the 1990s, Smith quickly became one of the state’s top-call trombonists, and spent a lot of time on the road with the Detroit area’s great jazz artists. Chief among these must be the late, legendary trumpeter Marcus Belgrave, with whom Smith performed, recorded and toured since 1999. Chris also spent much time with James Dapogny’s Chicago Jazz Band, touring and recording from 1995 to the present. He has also been called upon to solidify the touring groups of New Orleans bandleaders Banu Gibson and Chris Clifton. Smith’s academic degrees include a Bachelor of Music from Eastern Michigan University, and Master of Music and Master of Arts (Musicology) degrees from the University of Michigan. He has taught music at Siena Heights University and the University of Michigan.