THE DANIEL SMITH BLUES BAND
For almost 30 years, Daniel Smith has been one of the UK's most enduring, talented, innovative and entertaining blues and boogie woogie pianists.
Born in London; raised in Scotland; of Dutch-Indonesian heritage... Daniel is a performer, pianist, vocalist, educator, composer and entertainer of vast experience & experiences - all of which he brings to bear in his enjoyable, dynamic, passionate and illuminating shows.
Not only does he have blues in his blood, he actually bleeds for his blues! (See below!)
Among many other things, he was a professional tennis coach in Germany & The USA; a secondary school teacher in London (for 20 years!); has worked in 9 countries; speaks 5 languages; briefly retired from music on health grounds; is married to a Spaniard; but is 'back in town' & raring to go!
> UK, USA & SPANISH PRESS.
BBC RADIO 2 - PAUL JONES UK
'When Daniel Smith releases an album, it's always a good thing... a very, very fine album!'
BLUES IN BRITAIN UK
'...a serious challenger to Jools Holland as the UK's number 1 boogie pianist....'
BLUES REVUE USA 'For jump blues, look no further than The Daniel Smith Blues Band.'
GUARDIAN NEWSPAPER UK 'Dazzlingly accomplished boogie woogie and blues piano.'
LA HORA DEL BLUES SPAIN
'Daniel Smith is a musician with a great future in front of him… he moves with an easy fluency… the product of a fine musical sensibility.'
'THE STORY OF BOOGIE-WOOGIE: A LEFT-HAND LIKE GOD' (Peter J Sylvester) UK
'Daniel Smith...is seen...as the preeminent player in Britain. Standard boogie-woogie numbers, and blues, are combined with his own compositions into an entertainingly presented repertoire, underscored with a dry understated wit.'
> DANIEL'S FACT-FILE.
ALBUM RELEASES 18 albums! See his SHOP & 3 YouTube albums below. #19, 'Blues, Boogie, Bayou & Ballads', is now being produced!
ARTISTS PERFORMED & RECORDED WITH
Great musicians that Daniel has had the privilege of playing or recording with include :
Alan Barnes, Sonny Black,
Mojo Buford (Muddy Waters Band),
Earl Green, Alan Glen (Yardbirds, Dr Feelgood),
James Harman (Alabama, USA), Paul Lamb,
Jaelee Small & Dave Specter (Chicago, USA).
AWARDS AND CHARITY WORK
In addition to his 5 British Blues Foundation nominations, 'Best UK Blues Keyboardist'; Daniel has a nomination as the Jools Holland-presented 'Boisdale London : Best Boogie Pianist of the Year'. Further, he has helped raise thousands of pounds & received a special MS Society UK award for his support via album sales and charity concerts.
BOOGIE WOOGIE PIANO ROOTS
46 years! That's how long DS has been playing boogie, since his mother first showed him a left-hand 'walking-bass' aged 9. Whilst he has Grade8 classical training, his blues/jazz roots run deeper. His mother's father led his own jazz band on piano in 1930's Batavia/Jakarta, Indonesia & Daniel was especially inspired by his Dutch-Indonesian uncle on frequent visits to Holland - religiously taping him, learning his riffs, bass lines & licks.
BLUES, BOOGIE WOOGIE & JAZZ PIANO STYLES
The record collection of Daniel's artist-father also inspired him, introducing him to Albert Ammons, Pete Johnson, Meade Lux Lewis... Memphis Slim, Otis Spann... Gene Harris, Ramsey Lewis... Dr John, Professor Longhair... Leroy Carr, Ray Charles & Johnny Johnson: artists' styles reflected in what Daniel projects via his playing and teaching.
BLUES, BOOGIE WOOGIE & SOUL-JAZZ PIANO TUITION
On Tour ; On Demand ;
On Menu ; On Line ;
InSpirational ; In Tune : With your needs, level, aims, time-schedule, budget and more.