JAZZforum 31

Percussion Legend - Warren Smith

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Warren Smith is a multi-faceted musician — a master percussionist, composer, educator and music activist whose career has covered a wide spectrum of performances, recordings and collaborations. In addition to his New York-based jazz composition and performance cooperative, the Composer's Workshop Ensemble, Smith was a founding member of Max Roach's percussion ensemble M'Boom and has worked with artists such as Miles Davis, Sam Rivers, Charles Mingus, Anthony Braxton, Andrew White, Nat King Cole and Aretha Franklin, to name a few.

Smith is also an archivist with a rare collection of original scores and recordings of ensembles of his own and of fellow musicians and composers, particularly percussionists. He will discuss his extensive career, background, experiences and current projects. In a JazzTimes profile Lyn Horton writes: "His capacity to make music exceeds that of many modern masters in any part of the music world."

This JAZZforum is presented in cooperation with Philanthropic Cultural Expressions, Inc. Recital Hall (Performing Arts Bldg. 46-West).