February 19-20, 2016 - Paul Shaghoian Concert Hall

Saturday February 20, 2016; 8:00 p.m.


“... this is a band, not just an assembly. It should play more often in New York.” - The New York Times

Although it may appear Walter Smith is a young gun on the scene at age 33, he is widely recognized as an adept performer, accomplished composer, and inspired educator. Smith’s debut recording as a leader was released in March of 2006 on the Fresh Sound New Talent label and features many of the brightest young jazz talents. With his fresh sound and compelling original compositions, Smith is consistently called as a sideman in some of jazz’s developing and gifted bands including Ambrose Akinmusire’s Quintet, Christian Scott’s group, and the Sean Jones Sextet. Originally from Houston, TX, where he attended Houston’s HSPVA, Smith now resides in the Los Angeles, CA area. When not on the road, Walter utilizes his Music Education degree from Berklee College of Music, Master’s Degree from Manhattan School of Music, and Graduate Certificate in Performance from the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz to enlighten the next generation of jazz students. In the jazz tradition, Smith has developed under the wings of many of the music’s greats. Walter is/has been a member of several legendary groups (recording and touring) including the Terence Blanchard Quintet, Eric Harland’s 'Voyager' band, Roy Haynes 'Fountain of Youth' band, Jason Moran’s 'Big Bandwagon,' and the Christian McBride 'Situation' band. Smith has performed all over the world participating in numerous international festivals as well as famed venues such as Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. In addition, he has shared the stage and/or appeared on recordings with many jazz notables including Roy Haynes, Eric Reed, Mulgrew Miller, Joe Lovano, Walter Beasley, Terri Lynne Carrington, and a host of others. To date, Walter has appeared on over 75 recordings that are released worldwide.

$15 general/$12 Seniors/JazzFresno members/$10 student (w/ID)

Tickets available online:
Paul Shaghoian Concert Hall
2770 E. International Ave.
Fresno, CA 93720

Featured Saturday Night Concert:

• Sat. February 20 : Walter Smith Group
Clovis North High School
Paul Shaghoian Concert Hall
2770 E. International Ave.
Fresno, CA

Tickets: $15; $12 Seniors & JazzFresno Members; $10 Students.

About the San Joaquin Valley Jazz Festival

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Performances all day - both days)
Tickets: $10 one day festival pass; $15 two day festival pass (does not include night concert)
$30 VIP pass (both days admission and Saturday night concert)
Student groups from throughout California perform and receive workshops from some of the finest jazz educators in the country.