Nate Smith (musician)
Smith in 2017
|Birth name||Ira Nathaniel Smith|
|Born||December 14, 1974|
Chesapeake, Virginia, United States
|Genres||Jazz, R&B, pop|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, composer, producer|
|Years active||c. 1994–present|
|Associated acts||Betty Carter, Dave Holland, Chris Potter|
Ira Nathaniel "Nate" Smith (born December 14, 1974) is an American drummer, songwriter, producer and three time Grammy nominee.
Life and career
Smith was born in Chesapeake, Virginia, and started playing drums at age 11, initially influenced by rock and funk music. At 16, he developed an interest in jazz after listening to Album of the Year by Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. Smith studied media art and design at James Madison University. While at James Madison, he performed at the Conference of the International Association for Jazz Education in Atlanta, where he met Betty Carter, who invited him to joint performances at the Blue Note in New York City. Smith went to graduate school at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he met Dave Holland and joined Holland's quintet in 2003. Smith appears on the albums Critical Mass (2005) and Pathways (2009). In 2017, he released his first album as leader, Kinfolk: Postcards from Everywhere on Ropeadope Records.
- Workday, Waterbaby Music, Vol. 1.0 (2008)
- Kinfolk: Postcards from Everywhere (2017)
- Pocket Change (2018)
- Critical Mass (2005) with Dave Holland
- Underground (2006) with Chris Potter
- Follow the Red Line - Live at the Village Vanguard (2007) with Chris Potter
- Pathways (2009) with Dave Holland
- Rising Son (2014) with Takuya Kuroda
- Imaginary Cities (2015) with Chris Potter
- DICE (2017) with Adam Rogers
- The Fearless Flyers (2018) with The Fearless Flyers
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