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Smith, Sean (Christopher)

Smith, Sean (Christopher), bassist and composer; b. Nowalk, CT, 11 November 1965. His father was H. Graham Smith Jr. (born Boston, MA, 1938-1983). His mother is Patricia Fiore (born Nowalk, CT, 1941). His sister is Wylie Smith (born Greenwich, CT, 1968). Sean has studied with Michael Moore 1982-1986, Bill Finegan 1983-1985, and Orin O'Brien 1988-1990. He's a graduate of  Manhattan School of Music 1990.

Bassist and composer Sean Smith has been part of the international jazz scene for more than 16 years.  He has appeared in many of the major jazz rooms and concert halls all over the world.  His touring has taken him throughout North America and as far away as Japan, Russia, Turkey, Paraguay, Morocco, and all over Europe and the Mediterranean. In addition to leading his own quartet, Sean has been a member of the Jacky Terrasson Trio since 2000.  He has performed with many jazz superstars including Gerry Mulligan, Phil Woods, Benny Carter, Flip Phillips, Clark Terry, Lee Konitz, Art Farmer, and Tom Harrell. Sean has also been the accompanist of choice for such world-renowned vocalists as Peggy Lee, Rosemary Clooney, and Mark Murphy. Sean is also a prolific composer whose works have been played and recorded by such artists as Phil Woods, Mark Murphy, Bill Charlap, Gene Bertoncini, Bill Mays, and Leon Parker.  Currently, Sean is an active collaborator with lyricist/vocalist Mark Murphy and remains very busy both as a bass player and composer. Sean Smith is based in New York.

Live!; Keith Ganz/Sean Smith: A Wish For A Wish To Come True
As sideperson:
Sean Smith has appeared on more than 50 recordings as a sideman. The following is a selected discography featuring his compositions: Mark Murphy: Song For The Geese (nominated for a Grammy Award), Links; Bill Mays: Mays In Manhattan; Gene Bertoncini: Gene Bertoncini With Bill Charlap and Sean Smith; Jon Gordon: Witness; Leon Parker: The Simple Life; Bill Charlap: Bill Charlap & Sean Smith, Along With Me, Distant Star; Phil Woods With The Bill Charlap Trio: Voyage; Allen Mezquida: A Good Thing; Peter Brainin/Steve Johns: Ceremony; Barbara Sfraga: Oh, What A Thrill; Greg Burrows: Open

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