Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Smith, Peter (Malcolm)
Smith, Peter (Malcolm), saxophone and flute; b. Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 5 January 1959. Peter Smith is youngest of four born in Toronto, Canada, in a family where music was actively played and appreciated, but the only member to become professional. His father, Wilbur Norman Smith (b. 1918, Toronto), played saxophone, clarinet. His father played locally in his teens until war broke out and he joined the RCAF. When they found he was a musician they took him off active duty to tour British military bases with a small jazz band. His mother was Barbara Ruth Pomeroy (b. 1919, Winnipeg, Manitoba, d. 1999). His siblings are Christopher Jay Smith (b. Toronto 1948), Robin Joan Smith (female) (b. Toronto 1952), and Gregory James Smith (b. Toronto 1954).
Smith's teachers were Ted Moses, 1976 - 77, piano, improvisation; Freddie Stone, 1977 - until his death, creativity; Pat LaBarbera, 1978 - present, intermittently and at Humber College (Toronto) 1980 - 81, jazz saxophone; Ron Kemp, 1979-80, woodwind technique; Paul Read, at Humber College, 1980 - 81, jazz theory; Paul Read and Phil Nimmons, at U of T 1991-95, everything; Alex Dean, Mike Murley, Kirk MacDonald, at or during University of Toronto, 1991 -95, saxophone improvisation; and Frank Falco, 1997 - present, composition, theory, arranging, improvisation, and analysis. He attended high school in small town Port Perry, Ontario where the music bug took hold, playing flute under the guidance of a great teacher/mentor; Russ Baird. He went on to the music program at Humber College (Toronto, '80-'81), then began his career touring first Canada, then the US, and Europe with various popular bands through the eighties performing on saxophones and flute and latterly adding keyboard and EWI. Beginning in high school and throughout this time Peter studied saxophone and piano with some of Toronto's top musicians. He returned to University of Toronto in 1991 to obtain degrees in both Jazz Performance and Music Education.
Peter primarily performs and records saxophone and flute, freelance or with the Peter Smith ensembles, while adjudicating and teaching workshops, music camps, and private students. He has recorded several of his compositions and does arrangements for others. He also manages PoteSmote Music; booking and organizing various ensembles for public and private events. His interests lay in the historical evolution of Jazz and popular music and the ever-increasing influence of other musics such as Latin and World Beat.
His wife (married 1999) is Andrea Lee Bellefeuille (b. 1972, Edmonton, Alberta), an early music singer. His son is Nigel James Smith (b. 1983).
Caliente & Cool (1998); Yule Like This (2000); New Menu
Joan Kennedy: A Christmas To Remember (1987); Terry Carisse: That Was A Long Time Ago (1989); Eddy Moon: The Thirst (1990); Nazka: Mi Camino (1996); Bob Taillefeur: Nouveau Steel (1997); Grace: Standing In A Line (1999); CJRT Sound Of Toronto Jazz Series: 1999/2000 Season (1900); Freefall: Blue Evening (2000); Tokyo Giants: 'Live' On The Steps (2001); Full Count Blues Band: Countdown; Heather Bambrick: High Standards
Radio and television broadcasts:
Was part of a group having a 60 minute Christmas 'special' TV taping for ATV in St. John, New Brunswick, Canada: 'Joan Kennedy's Christmas to Remember' ('85) and Nashville Network taping (same band) for the Ralph Emery show ('86). An interview on the CBC evening news during a live performance (Peter Smith Quartet) at the Montreal Bistro (Toronto) in '97 and again at their first CD release in early '99. A live broadcast on CJRT of 'Sounds of the City' performance series, Toronto Science Centre, Feb. '00 (Peter Smith Quartet).
An indie short animated film called "Surly and Buddy".
1991 - 95: various recordings of ensembles at University of Toronto.
1991 - 92: Audio and video recordings of Rumplestiltskin, Oshawa Ontario.
1982 - 91: various public (news and promotional; radio and TV) and private audio and video recordings of bands I performed with on tour including Terry Carisse, Joan Kennedy and Shotgun; esp. live telecast in Moncton, N.B. 1985.
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