THE DANIEL SMITH BLUES BAND
Since 1994, Daniel Smith has been one of the UK's most original & entertaining blues, jazz & boogie pianists.
Born in London; raised in Scotland; of Dutch-Indonesian heritage... he is a performer, educator & composer of vast experience - all of which he brings to his dynamic & illuminating shows.
Not only does he have blues in his blood, he has bled for his blues! (STAGE article below!)
Having dabbled in professional sport; and been a teacher for many years; he finally persued his all-time personal passion - music! He is promoting new album BLUES BOOGIE BAYOU & BALLADS (next page)!
He & Spanish wife, Isabel, currently care for his elderly mother in Scotland - whilst he undertakes online piano tuition, plus gigs with both his London band (20 formative years spent there) & new Scottish combos.
> 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 MATTERS UK
'Veteran British keys merchant, Daniel Smith, would be a rich man if he'd received a quid for every time he has been compared to Jools Holland! And he can tickle the ivories just as mellifluously!'
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.'
JAZZ JOURNAL UK
'Seriously entertaining! I would pay good money to see Daniel Smith live!'
LA HORA DEL BLUES SPAIN
'Daniel Smith has a great future… 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 19 albums! See DISCOGRAPHY + the 6 releases below. #19 = BLUES BOOGIE BAYOU & BALLADS
ARTISTS, RADIO & LATE-STARTS
Daniel has toured, performed & recorded with top USA, UK & European blues & jazz artists;
He has played numerous international blues, boogie woogie and jazz festivals;
Daniel has also featured on BBC national radio;
His music is broadcast on international blues and jazz radio shows;
He started 'late', joining Sonny Black & The Dukes in 1994, aged 27;
1999 saw Daniel launch his own band and release his first album, 'Southside Boogie'.
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
Maternal Grandfather leads jazz band at piano in I930s Jakarta, Indonesia.
Maternal Uncle PIET teaches DS in Holland.
48 years! That's how long DS has been playing boogie, since his mother first showed him a left-hand 'walking-bass' aged 8. Whilst he has Grade8 classical training, his blues/jazz roots run deeper. His mother's pianist father led a jazz band in 1930's Jakarta, Indonesia & Daniel was especially inspired by his Dutch-Indonesian uncle on visits to Holland - methodically recording him, learning his riffs & licks.
BLUES, BOOGIE & JAZZ PIANO STYLES
The records of Daniel's artist-father also inspired him, introducing him to Albert Ammons, Pete Johnson... Memphis Slim, Otis Spann... Gene Harris, Ramsey Lewis... Dr John, Professor Longhair... Leroy Carr & Ray Charles : artists' styles that Daniel projects via his playing and teaching.
BLUES, BOOGIE & JAZZ PIANO TUITION!
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WHOLE LOTTA BOOGIE WOOGIE GOIN' ON!> (PRDS111)