Appearing at Kennett Flash, 102 Sycamore Alley in Kennett Square, PA, on October 3rd will be bassist Lee Smith
and his group. One Show: 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10, $5 for students and are available at the door only. For info: 610-745-3011.
This is a very special event that celebrates the release of Lee Smith: Sittin' on a Secret
, the bassist's first-as-a-leader impressive new CD, featuring six original compositions and his own arrangements. Joining Smith at Kennett Flash will be pianist Anthony Wonsey
, drummer Justin Faulkner
, trumpeter Tim Thompson
, and tenor saxophonist Tim Warfield
Jazz Bridge, a 501C public charity that helps local jazz and blues musicians in crisis, is sponsoring this event, the Jazz in Kennett Square! season opener.
With a sound that can fill a room, an incomparable facility for soloing, and an absolutely fierce sense of swing, Lee Smith is a bassist's bassist."
Smith's formative years were spent backing R&B artists like Billy Paul
and the Delphonics
. In 1977, he joined the jazz world via a five-year gig with legendary Latin percussionist Mongo Santamaria
. He switched to upright bass in 1986, and over the years he's backed the likes of Dizzy Gillespie
, Lionel Hampton
, Roland Kirk
and countless others, including a fondly- recalled ten-year stint with the late and great pianist/organist Trudy Pitts