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Smith, Putter (Patrick Verne)

Smith, Putter (Patrick Verne), bass; b. Bell, CA, 19 January 1941.

Smith is the younger brother of Carson Smith. He studied with Herman Reinsagen and Bob Enevoldsen. He has performed with Thelonious Monk, Art Blakey, Duke Ellington Orchestra, Billy Eckstine, Willie Bobo, Dianne Schuur, Sheila Jordan, Lee Konitz, Herb Geller, Carmen McRae, Art Farmer, Marlene Dietrich, Burt Bacharach, Woody Shaw, Bill Holman Orchestra, George Van Eps, Mark Murphy, New American Symphony, Ray Charles, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Shelly Manne, Art Pepper, Elmo Hope, and others. He remains very active in Los Angeles and lives in South Pasadena. He has taught at the Musician's Institute in Hollywood since about 1983. He has also done some acting.

Recordings:
Alan Broadbent/Putter Smith: Continuity; Nightsong, Lost and Found
As sideperson:
Alan Broadbent Trio: Pacific Standard Time, Away From You, Everything I Love, Another Time, Better Days, Over The Fence, Personal Standards; Walter Norris Trio: Love Every Moment; Natalie Cole: Stardust; Jon Crosse: Lullabies Go Jazz; Warne Marsh: Warne Marsh meets Gary Foster; Karyn Allison: Home Cookin'; Threeplay: Threeplay; Sam Most: Catalyst; John Tirabasso: Diamond Cufflinks; Dave and Larry Koonse: Father and Son Guitars; Betty O'Hara: A Woman's Intuition

Films and broadcasts:
As actor: In the Mood (1987; aka Woo Woo Kid) as the Minister, Love Thy Neighbor (1984) (TV) as Putter, Diamonds Are Forever (1971) as Mr. Kidd; Interview clip in Inside 'Diamonds Are Forever' (2000; half hour documentary)

Contact information:
Phone 626/ 799 7368    
Putter Smith
PO Box 676
South Pasadena, California 91031
putter@mailcity.com

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