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The Bruce Smith Duo / Bio

The Bruce Smith Duo is a high energy jazz group that performs straight ahead, as well as contemporary and smooth jazz for almost any occasion. The group is made up of Bruce Smith on keyboard, keyboard bass and vocals, and Brad Shackleford on drums and vocals.

This dynamic group performs the music of jazz giants Miles Davis, Dizzie Gillespie, Duke Ellington, Stanley Turrentine, and John Coltrane while also performing great arrangements of contemporary fusion greats like Herbie Hancock, George Benson, Ronnie Laws, and Dave Grusin If that’s not enough, they also perform Pop and R&B music from Bill Withers, Al Jarreau, Steely Dan, and Stevie Wonder - suitable for dancing . This group also performs ballroom dance classics.

Bruce Smith (keyboards) was a jazz pianist with the U.S. Army Band before becoming a Warrant Officer Bandmaster. He was the Principle Conductor and Commander for bands in South Carolina, the Republic of South Korea, Alabama, and eventually the Staff Bands Officer for the US Army and US Army National Guard in Washington.

If you wish to book The Bruce Smith Duo, please contact us at smithjazz@nc.rr.com or by phone at 919-244-0459. This group is also available in a trio or quartet.

General Info

Band Members
Bruce Smith, Keyboards - Michael McPherson, Drums - Larry Marynak, Woodwinds
Artist Name
The Bruce Smith Duo
Home Page
Active Since
Jazz / Straight Ahead Jazz / Contemporary Jazz

Contact Info

Cary, NC

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