Daniel Smith: blues & boogie pianist, teacher, composer, vocalist, band-leader.
NEWS: See TUITION for instruction updates; trythis YouTubeTUTORIALS; visit the SHOP for available albums & discography; check the three YTalbums, (bottom of this page!); and why not sign up for his online blues piano tuition? Get in touch for input!
LOWDOWN: This Scottish pianist/vocalist has form. His mother's Dutch-Indonesian family's jazz piano roots going back to 1930s Jakarta! His English father (& prolific artist) was a fan of Ammons, Yancy & Jerry Lee. Now, back based in hometown Dollar, Scotland (after 4 years in Andalusia, Spain) Daniel is developing educational YouTube resources. During Lockdown, he released his 3 YTalbums, one featuring internationally renowned Alan Barnes (sax). He receives extensive radio airplay, is writing a new album for 2022; and continues to empower via his piano instruction!
He also teaches English online, having taught in 8 countries, in what was his original career!
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As a noted professional pianist since 1994, though, Daniel has earned a reputation as a dynamic, entertaining performer. BBC radio appearances, tours with Chicago masters, 18 album releases, numerous nominations as UK Best Blues Keyboardist, the myriad of big names played with, international festivals and much more... are all testament to this.
> UK, USA & SPANISH PRESS.
1) BBC RADIO 2 - PAUL JONES UK
'When Daniel Smith releases an album, it's always a good thing... Keys To The Highway is a very, very fine album.'
2) BLUES IN BRITAIN UK
'The world's greatest Anglo-Scottish-Dutch-Indonesian boogie pianist... a serious challenger to Jools Holland as the UK's number 1....'
3) BLUES REVIEW USA 'For jump blues, look no further than The Daniel Smith Blues Band.'
4) GUARDIAN NEWSPAPER UK 'Dazzlingly accomplished boogie woogie and blues piano.'
5) LA HORA DEL BLUES SPAIN
'Daniel Smith is a musician with a great future in front of him… he moves with an easy fluency… his CD has nine stupendous numbers, all his own compositions… he has the ability to compose magnificent pieces - the product of a fine musical sensibility.'
[From radio review of 'Keys to the Highway'.]
6) '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 (‘Swanee River Boogie’ etc) and blues are combined with his own compositions into an entertainingly presented repertoire underscored with a dry understated wit.'
> DANIEL'S FACT-FILE.
1) ALBUM RELEASES 18 albums! See his 'SHOP' & YouTube albums (below)!
2) ARTISTS PLAYED WITH - 6 OF THE BEST
Great musicians that Daniel has had the privilege of playing &/or recording with include :
Alan Barnes (BBC award-winner),
Mojo Buford (Muddy Waters),
Alan Glen (Yardbirds, Dr Feelgood),
Dave Specter (Chicago, USA),
Dave Swift (Jools Holland)...
and boogie legend Axel Zwingenberger.
3) AWARDS AND CHARITY WORK
In addition to his 5 British Blues Foundation nominations, 'Best UK Blues Keyboardist'; Daniel was nominated Jools Holland-presented 'Boisdale London : Best Boogie Woogie Pianist of the Year' 2017. Further, he has played at fundraising events for the MS Society in Scotland and England, has helped raise thousands of pounds & received a special award from MS Society UK for his work for the charity via CD sales and special concerts.
4) BOOGIE WOOGIE PIANO ROOTS
45 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 father led his own jazz band on piano in 1930's Indonesia & DS was especially inspired by his Dutch-Indonesian uncle Piet on frequent visits to Holland - religiously taping him, learning his riffs, bass lines & licks.
5) BLUES, BOOGIE WOOGIE & JAZZ PIANO STYLES
Daniel's artist father's record collection also inspired Daniel, imbuing him in Albert Ammons, Pete Johnson, Meade Lux Lewis... Memphis Slim, Otis Spann, Rooseveldt Sykes... Gene Harris, Ramsey Lewis, Bobby Timmons... James Booker, Dr John, Professor Longhair... Leroy Carr, Ray Charles & Johnny Johnson: artists' styles reflected in what Daniel tries to project via his playing and teaching.
6) BLUES, BOOGIE WOOGIE & SOUL-JAZZ PIANO TUITION
On Line : Sessions & delivery via Skype or Zoom.
On Demand : Whatsapp, bespoke documents, text/email & phone-calls.
On Menu : A huge selection of styles, compositions, genres & skills as you choose.
InSpirational : Empowering. You'll be surprised at what you can achieve!
In Tune : With your needs, level, aims, time-schedule, budget and much more. Contact Daniel for a free consultation chat!