McIntire Department of Music

The University of Virginia's Arts Administration Program and the McIntire Department of Music will present master percussionist Warren Smith in concert on Wednesday, February 27 at Satellite Ballroom in Charlottesville, VA. Doors open at 7:00 PM; performance starts at 8:00 PM. Entrance will be free and drinks will be available for purchase at the bar. The first set will be a solo performance, followed by a jam-format second set.

A retired professor at SUNY / Old Westbury, Smith's performance comes as part of a four-day stint in Charlottesville. His visit will also include classroom lectures and jazz ensemble master classes. Traveling with him will be his brother Frank Smith, an artist and painter recently retired from the Howard University faculty, who will give a lecture for the Studio Art Department.

Warren Smith has been a seminal figure in the jazz community since the late 1950s. He is the founder of one of the first and longest-running education and performance lofts in New York City, Studio WIS, and has been an essential element in the development and definition of Afro-American Music over the past several decades.

A virtuosic percussionist, Smith has performed, toured, and recorded with jazz greats Miles Davis, Charles Mingus, Makanda Ken McIntyre, Sam Rivers, Gil Evans, George Russell, Dave Holland, Muhal Richard Abrams, and others. Smith was a charter member of the late Max Roach's percussion ensemble, M'Boom.

As testament to his diverse talent, he also made his mark beyond the jazz world, playing with Janis Joplin, Dionne Warwick, Harry Bellafonte, Nat King Cole, Barbra Streisand, Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight and on Van Morrison's celebrated Astral Weeks album, as well as with iconoclastic instrument builder Harry Partch.

Beginning as a teenager selected to play in the first touring production of West Side Story, Smith had a continuing side career in Broadway pit orchestras, playing for Dreamgirls, Jelly's Last Jam, and others. Not without reason was Smith selected by ABC TV to be on the drum kit for the 50th anniversary concert of The Apollo Theater in Harlem. Downbeat Magazine has called him ". . .a sonic explorer whose combinations of percussive stimuli define a broad spectrum of textures, timbres and polyrhythmic overlays."

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