NEWS: NEW ALBUM, 'BLUES, BOOGIE, BAYOU & BALLDS', BEING RECORDED >Autumn 2022 release!
LOWDOWN: Daniel Smith is unique. His Dutch-Indonesian (pianist) grandfather was a jazz band leader in 1930s Jakarta; Daniel started learning boogie woogie from his uncle in Holland from the age of 8 - his Dutch-Indo mother having taught him boogie rudiments & his English father (& prolific artist) a fan of Ammons, Yancy & Jerry Lee Lewis. Daniel was brought up in Scotland; studied at Manchester and London Universities; had professional cricket trials for Lancashire (having represented Scottish Youth); worked as a professional tennis coach in Germany and the USA; was a postman; taught English in 8 countries; and was a secondary school Head of Special Needs. He rediscovered his piano talents in his late 20s in London, turned professional, retired due to debilitating MS relapses... refuses to lie down. He speaks 5 languages, is married to a Spaniard, receives extensive radio airplay, is promoting the new album on tour; & continues to inspire via his empowering tuition & YouTube channel!
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Since forming his band in 1999, 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 REVUE 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 & 3 'Lockdown 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 German 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, immersing 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 projects via his playing and teaching.
6) 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 much more.