Daniel Smith: blues & boogie woogie pianist, teacher, composer, vocalist, band-leader.
Covid: Daniel's tour dates will resume July 2021. However, he is still manically busy recording his new solo piano interpretations YouTube album ('Keep Cool!' - 1st track now available... see bottom of page!), new duo 'Blues, Boogie, Bayou & Ballads' album with Andy Jones; delivering his online blues piano tuition packages; and writing English-language resources & poetry(!).
LOWDOWN: This Scottish pianist/vocalist has form - his mother's Dutch family's jazz piano heritage goes back to 1930s Indonesia! His English father was a prolific artist; & fan of Ammons, Yancy & Jerry Lee. He is now based in the Huelva (Andalusia) of Spanish wife, Isabel. In addition to the above, he is busy developing educational YouTube resources; and also recently released 2 new albums featuring the great Alan Barnes (sax) & Alan Glen (harp).
He receives extensive airplay, is working on exciting UK & USA piano collaborations and continuing to inspire & empower via his teaching! He also teaches English online, having taught in 8 countries in what was his original career!
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, 16 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. (* = pictured. ^ = Gallery, above.)
1) ALBUM RELEASES 16 albums! With 2 'SESSIONS...' ^ albums just released and available from his 'SHOP/TIENDA' & 'KEEP COOL' in progress (see below)!
2) ARTISTS PLAYED WITH - 6 OF THE VERY 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 plays 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, Indonesia* & DS was especially inspired by his Dutch-Indonesian uncle Piet* on frequent visits to Holland - religiously taping him & learning his riffs, bass lines and 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 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!
Daniel is an inspiring, authoritative, experienced and wonderfully incisive teacher of blues, boogie woogie & jazz piano with over 30 years of experience. Let Daniel instil freedom & command into your piano playing!
See his 'TUITION' section for all further information about his tuition packages and bundles...