Walter Smith III
Groton Hill Music Center [Groton]
|July 21, 2023
|Groton Hill Music Center
|122 Ayer Road Groton
Jazz saxophonist Walter Smith III is widely recognized as an adept performer, accomplished composer, and inspired educator. He has developed under the wings of many jazz greats and is/has been a member of several legendary groups (recording and/or touring) including the Roy Haynes Fountain of Youth Band, Terence Blanchard Quintet, Eric Harland’s “Voyager”, Bill Stewart Trio, Jason Moran’s In My Mind: Monk at Town Hall, Ambrose Akinmusire Quintet, the Christian McBride “Situation”, Marquis Hill “New Gospel Revisited”, Gerald Clayton Quintet, Christian Scott group, and the Sean Jones Quintet, to name a few. Smith has performed all over the world participating in virtually every international festival as well as famed venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Village Vanguard, and the Kennedy Center. In addition, he has shared the stage and/or appeared on recordings with many important artists including Mulgrew Miller, Billy Childs, Joe Lovano, Herbie Hancock, Maria Schneider, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Ralph Peterson, and a host of others. To date, he has appeared on over 100 recordings that are released worldwide. Originally from Houston, TX, Smith now resides in Boston and is Chair of Woodwinds at Berklee College of Music helping to prepare the next generation of young artists.
Listen to Walter Smith III’s latest release on Blue Note Records, return to casual.
Smith’s band for this engagement will feature guitarist Matt Stevens, bassist Linda May Han Oh, and drummer Terri Lyne Carrington.