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Smith, Bill O.

Smith, Bill O. (William Overton); clarinetist, composer; born Sep 22, 1926 in Sacramento, California

He publishes compositions as William O. Smith. He studied at  Juilliard, Mills College, the Paris Conservatory and the University  of California. His principal composition teahers were Darius Milhaud  and Roger Sessions. He has received many awards and honors including  the Prix de Paris, the Prix de Rome, two Guggenheim fellowships and  grants from the National Endowment of the Arts and the American  Academy of Arts and Letters. His music has been published by  Universal, Oxford University Press, Shall-U-Mo, Edi-Pan, MJQ Music  and Ravenna Editions. It has been recorded on Columbia, Fantasy, Edi- Pan, New World, Contemporary, CRI and Crystal Records. He has  recorded with Dave Brubeck, Enrico Pieranunzi, Bob Brookmeyer, Shelly  Manne, Barney Kessel, Jim Hall and Eric Dolphy, among others. A  pioneer in the development of new clarinet sonorities, he is also a  jazz performer frequently appearing with  the Dave Brubeck Quartet.  Currently he is Professor Emeritus at the University of Washington  where he teaches composition and co-directs the Contemporary Group.

Dave Brubeck Octet(w/Dave Brubeck, Paul Desmond, Cal Tjader,etc) Fantasy
Music to Listen to Red Norvo By(w/Red Norvo, Barney Kessel,etc) Fantasy
Shelley Manne and His Men, Vol. 6 (w/Shelley Manne,etc.) Contemporary
Folk Jazz: Bill Smith Quartet(w/Jim Hall, Shelley Manne,etc,) Contemporary
The Riddle(w/Dave Brubeck,\ Gene Wright, Joe Morello) Columbia
Brubeck a la Mode(w/Dave Brubeck,  Gene Wright, Joe Morello)Fantasy
Near Myth: Brubeck and Smith(w/ Brubeck, Wright, J Morello). Fantasy
The American Jazz Ensemble in Rome(w/John Eaton, Pierre Favre,etc) RCA Victor
The Beat Generation (Armando Trovajoli Orchestra) RCA Victor
Americans in Europe, Vol. 1 (w/Herd Geller, Bob Carter,etc) Impulse
New Dimensions    (w/John Eaton, Richard Davis, Paul Motian) Epic
Dedicated to Dolphy (w/Bob Brookmeyer, Mel Lewis,etc) Cambridge
Sonorities (w/ Enrico Pieranunzi, Giovanni Tommaso,etc) Edi-Pan
Colours (w/    Enrico Peranunzi, Bruno Tommaso,etc) Edi-Pan
Journey Without Maps (w/ Floyd Standifer, Tom Collier, etc) Keen
Concord on a Summer Night (w/Dave Brubeck, Randy Jones.etc) Concord
For Iola (w/Dave Brubeck, Chris Brubeck, Randy Jones.) Concord
Reflections (w/Dave Brubeck, , Chris Brubeck, Randy Jones) Concord
Blue Rondo (w/ Dave Brubeck, Chris Brubeck, Randy Jones) Concord
Moscow Night(w/Dave Brubeck,  Chris Brubeck, Randy Jones) Concord
Live From Midem (w/Dave Brubeck, Chris Brubeck, Randy Jones) Kool JAzz
The Christmas Collection [(The Bill Smith Quartet w/Jim Hall etc) Prestige
New Wine (with Dave Brubeck, the Montral Jazz Festival Orchestra) Musicmasters
Once When I Was Very Young(w/Dave Brubeck, Jack Six,etc) Musicmasters
Pairs (w/ Paolo Ravaglia, Andrea Benventano,etc) BMG(Riccordi)
Dave Brubeck/ Love Songs ,track 8(w/ Dave Brubeck, Joe Morello,etc)  Columbia

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