The Joshua Smith Quartet
INTERSECTION & OFF THE GRID |
WHEN: Sept 7 noon–2 pm |
WHERE: 5th and Minna St
DETAILS: Featuring four potent creative musical voices of The Bay Area, this chord-less quartet, lead by Smith will delve into the depths of both straight-ahead jazz as well as its more harmonically open outcroppings. The sound of the group is akin to early Ornette Coleman with a dose of Lester Young. Joshua Smith began gigging around his hometown of Cleveland, OH at age 14. Early on, he became well versed in straight ahead jazz, through playing with some of the area’s best jazz players. During this time he performed with and learned from an older generation of Cleveland’s stalwart jazzmen. He has performed throughout the U.S. and Europe playing jazz both as a bandleader and sideman. Since moving to San Francisco in 2004, Smith has been playing with many of that area’s finest jazz musicians. He plays regularly at jazz venues in the Bay Area and has provided music for private functions at mainstay locations such as SF City Hall, the Legion of Honor, The de Young Museum, the Asian Art Museum, etc. His jazz groups (quartet, trio, duo) have a wide ranging repertoire of well-loved (as well as more obscure) jazz standards and straight-ahead jazz classics. He has performed at many premiere modern jazz venues and festivals such as The North Sea Jazz Festival, The Blue Note Jazz Festival, The Glastonbury Festival, Chicago’s Empty Bottle, The Knitting Factory in NYC, Teatro Fondamenta Nuove in Venice, The Outpost in New Mexico, The Detroit Institute of Art. He’s played with a long list of notable musicians including Cuong Vu, Joe Maneri, Chris Jonas, Clyde Stubblefield, The Platters, Scott Amendola, Trevor Dunn, Time Berne, Karla Khilsteadt, Nate Wooley, Howie Smith and many others.
Joshua Smith – saxophone; Jon Arkin – drums; Kim Cass – bass; Henry Hung – trumpet