Derek Smith (musician)

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Derek Smith (born 17 August 1931, London) is an English jazz pianist.

Smith played piano from a very young age, and worked professionally from age 14. In the 1950s he played with many noted British jazz musicians, such as Kenny Graham, John Dankworth, and Kenny Baker, then moved to New York City in the middle of the decade. He continued playing jazz in America with Benny Goodman and Connie Kay, among others, and also worked copiously as a session musician for recordings. In the 1960s he played piano in the The Tonight Show Band, the orchestra led by Doc Severinsen for The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. He continued to work with Goodman in the 1970s, and recorded often as a leader from 1978. He worked as a solo performer into the 2000s and also played in a trio with Bobby Rosengarden and Milt Hinton.[1]


As leader[edit]

  • Love for Sale (Progressive Records, 1978)
  • My Favorite Things (Progressive, 1978)
  • The Man I Love (Statiras Records, 1978)
  • Derek Smith Trio Plays Jerome Kern (Progressive, 1980)
  • I'm Old Fashioned (Progressive, 1980)
  • Dark Eyes (Eastwind Records, 1983)
  • Derek Smith Plays the Passionate Piano (Special Music, 1987)
  • New Orleans Mardi Gras Explosion (Special Music, 1994)
  • The Trio - 1994 (Chiaroscuro Records, 1994)
  • New Orleans Mardi Gras Explosion (Special Music, 1994)
  • Dixieland Dance Party (Essex Records, 1995)
  • High Energy (Arbors Records, 2002)
  • Live in London (Harkit Records, 2004)

As sideman[edit]

With Marlena Shaw

With Nick Brignola Sextet feat. Pepper Adams

With Bill Watrous

See also[edit]