Charlie Smith (musician)

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Charlie Smith
Born (1979-01-30) January 30, 1979 (age 40)
Cashmere, Washington, United States
OriginSeattle, Washington
Occupation(s)Musician, composer, arranger, record producer
InstrumentsSaxophone, piano
Associated acts

Charlie Smith is an American jazz and pop saxophonist, pianist, and record producer.

Early career[edit]

Smith began his career as a saxophonist and pianist at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle.[1] Inspired by his mentor, Jim Knapp, and early collaborator Julian Priester, he formed a jazz big band, Charlie Smith Circle.[2] The band released its debut album, Ahead and Behind, in 2004.

Pop music[edit]

In 2006 Smith began working with musicians outside the jazz community. He wrote horn arrangements for Josh Ottum's Like The Season and Aqueduct's, Or Give Me Death.[3] In 2008 he joined the Seattle indie-pop band Throw Me the Statue, playing bass, keyboards, saxophone, and writing horn arrangements.[4] Smith appeared as a player and producer on the band's EP, Purpleface and second album, Creaturesque.[5] Smith produced the second album by Seattle hip hop MC, Katie Kate, Nation.[6][7] Also released in 2014 was the Charlie Smith produced Kairos EP on Fin Records in Seattle.[8] Working closely with Polyvinyl Records artist Pillar Point, Smith helped develop the band's sound.[9][10][11]

In Summer 2014 Smith was named Seattle's best producer by the alternative paper Seattle Weekly in their annual Best of Seattle issue.[12]


As leader[edit]

  • Charlie Smith Circle, Ahead and Behind (2004) – composer, arranger

As producer[edit]


  1. ^ "All About Jazz Charlie Smith". Retrieved 4 September 2012.
  2. ^ Aaron, Peter (22 May 2004). "Charlie Smith: Charlie Smith Circle: Ahead and Behind". All About Jazz. Retrieved 7 July 2018.
  3. ^ "Seattle P.I".Aqueduct Feature
  4. ^ "Secretly Canadian". Archived from the original on 2011-10-22.Secretly Canadian Artist Page
  5. ^ a b "All Music Guide".AMG Artist Credits, Charlie Smith
  6. ^ Hamm, Todd. "Katie Kate Waits in the Wings". Seattle Weekly.
  7. ^ "Seattle Weekly Best New Bands".Katie Kate Interview
  8. ^ "do 206".Charlie Smith Interview
  9. ^ "The Beat Juice".Pillar Point Interview
  10. ^ "Ghetto Blaster Magazine".Pillar Point Interview
  11. ^ "Polyvinyl".Polyvinyl Artist Page
  12. ^ "Seattle Weekly".Best of Seattle
  13. ^ "Annabel Lee".
  14. ^ "Tapete".
  15. ^ "The Stranger".
  16. ^ "Discography".Producer Discography

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