David Smith

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Jazz Trumpet Faculty

Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz

MA, Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College in New York

David Smith is a sought-after trumpet player based in New York City. He has released three albums featuring his original compositions for Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records and Fresh Sound New Talent (Impetus, Anticipation and Circumstance) and has appeared as a sideman on over sixty recordings, including for Harry Connick, Jr., Alan Ferber (including his Grammy-nominated March Sublime), Jon Gordon, Arturo O'Farrill's Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra and many others. Live performances include with Darcy James Argue's Secret Society, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Charlie Haden's Liberation Music Orchestra under the direction of Carla Bley, Alan Ferber's Big Band and Nonet, Alex Goodman Quartet, Kim Bock Quartet, Kyle Saulnier's Awakening Orchestra and recently touring with Grammy-winning songwriter Glen Hansard. He has been featured as part of FONT (Festival of New Trumpet Music), Guimaraes Jazz Festival, Leopolis Jazz Festival, Nango Summer Jazz Festival, Taipei Interantional Jazz Festival, Vancouver Jazz Festival, Toronto Jazz Festival, Ottawa Jazz Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival and appeared at jazz venues in New York including the Village Vanguard, Blue Note, Jazz Standard, Jazz Gallery, Dizzy's Club Coca Cola and Iridium.

David has a Master of Arts Degree in Jazz Performance from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College in New York, and is on faculty at the Jackie McLean Jazz Studies Division of the Hartt School at the University of Hartford and at the College of Staten Island, CUNY. Additionally he has been faculty at the Maine Jazz Camp and Taipei International Summer Jazz Academy and maintains a private trumpet studio. In 2015 his composition "Halloween Song" was awarded third prize in the jazz category of the International Songwriting Competition.