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> SHOWTIME!

Daniel Smith: blues & boogie pianist, teacher, composer, vocalist, band-leader.

NEWS: See TUITION for 'live'-instruction updates; try the series of YouTubeTUTORIALS (above)visit the SHOP for available albums;  check the 2 x RECENT YT albums'Keep Cool!' 'Covering The Bases(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 Andalisia, Spain) Daniel is developing educational YouTube resources.  During Covid, he released 2 albums featuring  internationally renowned Alan Barnes (sax) & Alan Glen (harmonica). 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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https://www.youtube.com/c/DanielSmithAndabluesia/playlists

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.'

YT> https://youtu.be/8qdMkmuSu8c The DS BLUES BAND & ALAN BARNES play 'Keys To The Highway'

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.' 

YT> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mfiO2FLX-0Y The DS BLUES BAND & JOHN BURGESS play 'Chicken & Egg' at Edinburgh

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

YT> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XHg0efBz4YI The DS BLUES BAND & ALAN GLEN play 'You & Me' at The Hideaway, London

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.

YT> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eTt8KFzDWC0 The DS BLUES TRIO play Otis Spann-style Robert Johnson's 'Ramblin'

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 selections of pieces, 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!