Jay Smith Group
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Jay Smith Group

Bakersfield, California, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2009 | INDIE

Bakersfield, California, United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2009
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Apr
17
Jay Smith Group @ The Baked Potato

CA

CA

Apr
02
Jay Smith Group @ Sandrini's Bar

Bakersfield, CA

Bakersfield, CA

Mar
26
Jay Smith Group @ Peeve's Public House

Fresno, CA

Fresno, CA

Music

Press


“Jay Smith's second album is titled Too Many Notes via comments by his fan base, alluding to his often blazing phraseology on the 88s. Nonetheless, Smith possesses an active mind as the program boasts a cornucopia of bop, jazz fusion, Latin jazz, rock, pulsating cadences and explosive flights of fancy. At times Smith executes flashy runs while toggling between acoustic and electric keys and props up the interest or listenability factor by alternating tempos and bouncing between various mini-motifs within a given theme. Moreover, the crystalline audio soundscape enhances the band's presentation at most all levels of interplay.” - GLENN ASTARITA, All About Jazz (Feb 06, 2015)


“Bakersfield-based jazz pianist Jay Smith is a fixture in the south valley music scene. In addition to playing with the acclaimed band Mento Buru he also leads his own band "The Jay Smith Group." Their new cd "Too Many Notes" debuts on Friday with a CD release party at Sandrini's in Bakersfield. Jay recently visited the station for an in-studio performance with violinist Patrick Contreras and to talk about his music and the new album.” - Joe Moore


“Smith is well-known in the local jazz scene. The keyboardist lived in town and studied at Fresno City College under Mike Dana and the late Andre Bush (who played on Smith’s first album). He also hosts a weekly radio show on KFSR (FM 90.7), the “Jay Smith Piano Hour.” He’s a jazz guy, but he isn’t tied to the genre. Along with his solo work, he has a gig recording and touring with the Latin reggae ska band Mento Buro. His Jay Smith Group recently played house band to 20 rappers at a hip-hop show in Bakersfield. It’s that kind of musical diversity he looks for in collaborators.” - - JOSHUA TEHEE, Fresno Bee (Feb 26, 2015)


“Bakersfield based jazz pianist Jay Smith is a fixture in the south valley music scene. Jay's known for putting on one heck of a show and after seeing his performance you'll understand why. He believes in what he does and his success is proof that if you put everything you have into something, it will be great. And maybe great is an understatement. There's no question our Bakersfield boys "can hang with the heavies", enjoy!” - - Doug Davis,


“Jay Smith is the future of fusion.” -


“Although members have changed over the years, the identity of the Jay Smith Group has remained steady over the past 8 years. Jay Smith has always remained center circle. "Up until the release of this record I considered myself the main driving force," he said. "The Central Valley has so many great players and a lot of them are in demand. The nice thing is there are these phases that whenever you can get them to play it's really a homecoming of sorts."”
- Zachary Newcott, Visalia Times Delta (Jul 17, 2015) - Zachary Newcott


..these guys are an amazingly musical force to be reckoned with, churning around soulful drums, precise keys and a lush walking bass line....this is not your grandmother’s jazz." - Bakotopia Magazine


Jay Smith Trio with Andre Bush at The Padre, 1702 18th St., 7 p.m., Friday, Free, 427-4900.

If you thought jazz goes into hiding after the CSUB Jazz Festival, you're wrong. Wildly energetic keyboardist Jay Smith, who mentors students weekly at the Bakersfield Jazz Workshop, has assembled a monster group of players for a special show up on the roof. Joining Smith is Grammy nominated guitarist Andre Bush, whose performing credits include stints with jazz heavyweights Nnenna Freelon, Carl Allen, Andy Narell, Liz Story among others. Also appearing will be Bakersfield bassist Jay Jay Hicks, and drummer Jonathan Weinmann.

Highly recommended. - Bakersfield Californian


Discography

Unashamed Portrayal (2011)
Featuring Grammy Nominated Guitarist Andre Bush, Bassists Jay Jay Hicks and Fernando Montoya, Saxophonist Chris Nguyen, Trumpeter Mark Manda, Trombonist Joe Vazquez, Drummer Jonathan Weinmann, Percussionist Jorge Urbina, and Keyboardist Jay Smith.
Too Many Notes (2014)
Featuring a diverse group of musicians, Smith's latest record, Too Many Notes, was titled by his fans based on his reputation for a blisteringly fast playing style. Patrick Contreras on electric violin, Jay Jay Hicks on 8 string bass, Cesareo Garasa on drums, Fernando Montoya on electric bass, James Russell on double saxes (tenor/alto) and a variety of others are featured on this release.
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Bio

Jay Smith has performed with dozens of 
groups all over the US and Europe in a wide range of 
music from bebop and jazz fusion to latin rock and funk. 
He has worked or opened up for groups and musicians as 
Carl Saunders, Poncho Sanchez, Jeff Coffin, 
Allan Holdsworth, Malo, Ozomatli, Clayton Cameron, Kelulu, 
Mento Buru, The Fresno Philharmonic, 
David Baron Stevens, Andre Bush, Mike Dana, 
Velorio, The Lift, Marlon Mackey and Patrick Contreras to name a few.

His current projects include Mento Buru which was 
voted best band of 2012 by Bakersfield Magazine and 
The Jay Smith Trio/Group which features a variety of 
players including Cesareo Garasa, Marlon Mackey, 
Gary Rink, Jay Jay Hicks, Fernando Montoya, James Russell, 
and Patrick Contreras.

He has been on several radio stations and 
TV stations including Bakersfield's Channels 
17, 23, 29/58, The Michael Nayt Show, 
Brighthouse Networks, and 107.1 FM 
KRAB, Fresno's 90.7 KSFR where he currently 
has his own radio show. 
Two of his bands (Jay Smith Trio/Group and 
Kelulu) are selected as Featured Artists on 
the Global Level on Reverbnation.com. He 
was the lead instructor at the Bakersfield 
Jazz Workshop for first four years. He's been teaching 
at Nick Rail Music Bakersfield since the store opened in 2009.

His first album, Unashamed Portrayal, 
(available now on iTunes and 30 other retailers) 
features Grammy Nominated Guitarist Andre Bush, 
Jay Jay Hicks, Saxophonist Chris Nguyen, 
trombonist Joe Vazquez, trumpeter Mark Manda, 
Fernando Montoya on acoustic and electric bass, 
Jonathan Weinmann on drums, and Jorge Nunzio 
Urbina on percussion. It's been featured on 
ALL ABOUT JAZZ as their download of the day. 
He is currently working on a new record which is 
Fan Titled Too Many Notes which will feature 
Patrick Contreras, Cesareo Garasa, Jay Hicks 
and many others.

Smith's latest record, Too Many Notes, was titled by his fans based on his reputation for a blisteringly fast playing style, Patrick Contreras on electric violin, Jay Jay Hicks on 8 string bass, Cesareo Garasa on drums, Fernando Montoya on electric bass and a variety of others are featured on this release.

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