Tonight at SOUTH, the Evolution of Jazz presents The Lee Smith Quintet
2 Shows | 7:00pm & 9:00pm
Tickets are available here: http://bit.ly/SOUTHTickets
After nearly 40 years as a working bassist, Lee Smith has become a Philadelphia legend, playing gig after gig with just about everyone, including the Delphonics, Mongo Santamaria, Dizzy Gillespie, Roland Kirk, Lionel Hampton, and a host of Philadelphians, including Larry McKenna, Tom Lawton, Bootsie Barnes, Odean Pope, and the list goes on and on
Now Smith continues his explorations as a leader- composer-arranger in a new album, My Kind of Blues, for which he convened a cadre of the finest musicians—Anthony Wonsey on piano, Joe Magnarelli on flugal horn and trumpet, Tim Warfield on soprano saxophone, Marc Adler on flute, Justin Faulkner and Byron Landham alternating on drums, and Doc Gibbs on percussion—for a set of originals and standards linked together by arrangements which could be characterized as "lively light," a sweeter, gentler kind of blues that yet achieves an intense group interaction created by Smith's keen sense of harmony and of the sonorities of various instruments, and the tight ensemble playing of his cohorts.