THE DANIEL SMITH BLUES BAND
Since 1994, Daniel Smith has been one of the UK's most original & entertaining blues and boogie woogie pianists.
Born in London; raised in Scotland; of Dutch-Indonesian heritage... he is a pianist, vocalist, educator & composer of vast experience - all of which he brings to his dynamic, accessible & illuminating shows.
Not only does he have blues in his blood, he has even bled for his blues! (see below!)
Among other things, he coached tennis in Germany & The USA; had professional cricket trials; taught in secondary school for 24 years; has worked in 9 countries; is married to a Spaniard; and, with rejigged band line-up, is promoting their brand new album BLUES BOOGIE BAYOU & BALLADS (order on next page)!
> UK, USA & SPANISH PRESS.
BBC RADIO 2 - PAUL JONES UK
'When Daniel Smith releases an album, it's always a good thing... [his latest is] 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 19 albums! See his SHOP & 3 YouTube albums below. For #19, BLUES BOOGIE BAYOU & BALLADS, see next page!
ARTISTS, RADIO & LATE-STARTS
Daniel has toured, performed & recorded with many 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 sessions;
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
47 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 frequent visits to Holland - religiously taping 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
On Tour ; On Demand ;
On Menu ; On Line ;
InSpirational ; In Tune : With your level, aims, time-schedule & budget.