Walter Smith Iii

Search under “In Common” for In Common band. Smith, although it might seem that he is young on the scene, is an accomplished performer, composer, and inspiring educator. Smith’s debut album as a leader was recorded in March 2006 by Fresh Sound New Talent and features many of today’s brightest Jazz talent. His second album, “Live in France”, was released in Oct 2009 to great critical acclaim. His latest album, “III”, reached the top 10 on iTunes. Walter will release his new project, still casual worldwide, on September 9, 2014. Smith is a Jazz legend who has been influenced by many of the greats of Jazz. Walter has been/is a member of many legendary groups (recording, touring), including the Terence Blanchard Quintet and Eric Harland’s Voyager bands, Roy Haynes “Fountain of Youth” band, Jason Moran’s Big Bandwagon and the Christian McBride Situation. Smith has performed at many international festivals and famous venues like Carnegie Hall and Kennedy Center. He has also shared the stage with and/or appeared in recordings with many Jazz legends, including Roy Haynes and Eric Reed, Mulgrew Miller, Joe Lovano and Walter Beasley. Terri Lynne Carrington is another example. Walter has been featured on more than 75 recordings, which are all released around the world. Smith is known for his unique sound and original compositions. He has been a sideman in many of Jazz’s most talented bands, including the Ambrose Akinmusire Quintet, Christian Scott’s group and the Sean Jones Sextet. Smith is originally from Houston, Texas, and attended Houston’s HSPVA. He now lives in Los Angeles, CA. Walter uses his Berklee College of Music Music Education degree, Manhattan School of Music Master’s degree, and Graduate Certificate of Performance from Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz to educate the next generation of Jazz students. From

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