Jeffery Smith

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Jeffery Smith was a baritone jazz vocal recording artist, perhaps best known for his albums on Verve, among them his distinctive debut release produced by Shirley Horn, and his self-produced records, including Down Here Below and A Little Sweeter, which was praised in a full page review in TIME as being "the most vital album of the year".[1]

Jeffery Smith's musical career included two world tours and four albums with the Claude Bolling Big Band, performances at Jazz at Lincoln Center with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, in tribute to Louis Armstrong, and collaborations with a wide variety of artists including Dianne Reeves, Kenny Barron, Regina Carter, Joe Lovano, Dee Dee Bridgewater and TK Blue. Smith was also the founder and director of Tri-Loxodonta Productions, a not-for-profit music organization cultivating jazz in upstate New York. Smith died on July 5, 2012.[citation needed]


  • 1992: Victory Tour, W/ Claude Bolling Big Band (Milan)
  • 1993: Candlelight Dreams W/Claude Bolling Big Band, for his Majesty The King of Thailand (Milan)
  • 1994: Cinema Dreams, W/Claude Bolling Big Band(Milan)
  • 1995: Ramona (Gitane/Verve)
  • 1997: A Drum Is A Woman W/Claude Bolling Big Band (Milan)
  • 1998: A Little Sweeter (Verve)
  • 1999: Down Here Below (Verve)
  • 2000: V, W/United Future Organization (guest artist, performing "Listen Love")
  • 2001: Secrets of Ellington (34th Street Records)
  • 2002: Jazz For Loneliness Jazz Masters Compilation (Verve - Korea)
  • 2003: Omen ~ The Male Jazz Vocal Masters Compilation (Verve -Spain)
  • 2003: The Onion Field W/The Hippienuts (Indie)
  • 2004: Autumn Leaves ~ Male Jazz Vocal Masters Compilation (Verve-Portugal)
  • 2009: The Kings Of Jazz Compilation(Jazznova)