Steve Smith's Jazz Legacy plays music that is dedicated to honoring the legacy of many of the great jazz drummers such as Art Blakey, Philly" Joe Jones, Elvin Jones, and Tony Williams. Jazz Legacy also performs original compositions and arrangements written by the individual band members which serves to gives the band a unique direction.
This powerhouse, swinging jazz quintet is made up of five seasoned musicians; Andy Fusco (alto sax), Walt Weiskopf (tenor and soprano saxes), Mark Soskin (piano), Baron Browne (bass) and bandleader Steve Smith (drums).
Steve Smith's resume includes Journey, Steps Ahead, Randy Brecker, Ahmad Jamal, and more than 30 recordings as a leader and co-leader including 12 with his fusion group Steve Smith and Vital Information.
New DVD/CD Release! Steve Smith's Drum Legacy: Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants (Hudson Music)
The five-hour Drum Legacy program features the complete live performance of Steve Smith's Jazz Legacy group from the 2006 Modern Drummer Festival (including two previously unreleased compositions) plus additional material recorded exclusively for this project. The music on the DVD are songs originally associated with jazz drumming legends Art Blakey ("A Night in Tunisia"), Elvin Jones ("Three Card Molly"), Philly Joe Jones ("Two Bass Hit"), Buddy Rich ("Moments Notice"), Joe Dukes ("Soulful Drums") and Tony Williams ("Sister Cheryl"). Two drum solos in tribute to Max Roach ("Drums Unlimited" and For Big Sid") plus two original solo compositions are also included. Following each performance Smith, aided by master jazz drummer, educator, and author John Riley, offers thorough discussions and demonstrations of the unique style and significant contributions of each drum master.
STEVE SMITH'S JAZZ LEGACY
FALL 2008 TOUR
Thursday, October 2 Warren Auditorium Rohnert Park, CA
Friday, October 3 The Jazz School Berkeley, CA
Saturday, October 4 Live @ the Burro Livermore, CA
Sunday, October 5 Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society Half Moon Bay, CA
Monday, October 6 Pioneer Place on Fifth St. Cloud, MN
Tuesday, October 7 Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant Minneapolis, MN
Wednesday, October 8 The Algoma Club Oshkosh, WI
Thursday, October 9 Martyr's Chicago, IL
Saturday, October 11 The Jazz Kitchen Indianapolis, IN
Sunday, October 12 Gilly's Dayton, OH
Monday/Tuesday October 13-14 Nighttown Cleveland Heights, OH
Wednesday, October 15 Lebanon Catholic School Lebanon, PA
Thursday, Oct 16 Sheraton Reading Hotel Gerald Veasleys Jazz Base Wyomissing, PA
Friday/Saturday, October 17-18 Cecil's Jazz Club & Restaurant West Orange, NJ
Sunday, October 19 Cheney Hall Manchester, CT
Monday, October 20 Oneida High School Oneida, NY
Wednesday, October 22 Scullers Jazz Club Boston, MA