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, Zambra, 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, Jay Jay Hicks,
Fernando Montoya, Therese Muller 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.
The group's 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.
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. Too Many Notes has been
featured in many publications and press including NPR, All About Jazz,
the Bakersfield Californian and the Fresno Bee to name a few.