Daniel Smith: blues & boogie woogie pianist, teacher, composer, vocalist, band-leader.
Daniel has creative form - his mother's Dutch family's jazz/boogie piano heritage goes back to 1930s Indonesia! His English father was a prolific painter/artist; & fan of Ammons, Yancy & Jerry Lee. Daniel currently splits his time between his native Scotland & the Huelva (Andalusia) of Spanish wife, Isabel. As the Covid situation hits musicians, Daniel is focusing on his 'Distance Sunshine blues, boogie & soul-jazz piano tuition' bundles via Skype and Whatsapp.
Touring will resume once practical & advisable in 2021. The Daniel Smith Blues Band in all its formats still goes strong, with bookings well into next year. He receives worldwide airplay & is actively working with international artists on exciting educational, fusion & performance collaborations. Plus continuing to inspire & empower via his teaching.
As a noted professional pianist since 1994, Daniel has earned a reputation as a dynamic, entertaining performer. BBC radio appearances, tours with Chicago masters, 14 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.
Daniel's passion, performing or teaching, is to share the joy of the music he loves. Enjoy his website. 'Viva el boogie!'
> NEW! - 'ROLLING BLUES!' ('RB!')
RELEVANT, REFRESHING, REGULAR UPDATES Rolling news, clips, tips, insights, suggestions and info...
'RB'#6 (01/06/20) A TUNE FOR JUNE > SONG-WRITING MASTERCLASSES.
GET CREATIVE! Write, develop or finish that song or instrumental you’ve been mulling over for so long.
Add codas/middle sections; develop the chord progressions; devise a great intro; identify the best key; iron out the melody; embellish the solos; enhance the piano accompaniment; nail that age-old 'lyric/melody-first' conundrum; polish the lyrics; seal it with a punchy ending; and much more!
2, 4 & 6-hour intensive song-writing Skype masterclasses & input with Daniel, starting in June. Get in touch for info.
Go to the 'Rolling Blues!' section or the DSBB FB page for this publication in full, as well as all archive 'RB!' issues.
Meanwhile, keep safe, keep healthy, keep creating, keep the blues alive. Dan Smith
> 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 14 albums! With 3 'BEST OF...' ^ albums just released and available from his 'SHOP'!
2) ARTISTS PLAYED WITH - 6 OF THE VERY BEST
Great musicians that Daniel has had the privilege of playing & 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 addiion 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 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) SUNSHINE BLUES, BOOGIE WOOGIE & SOUL-JAZZ PIANO TUITION*
On Line : Sessions and delivery via Skype.
On Demand : Via phone, Whatsapp, tailored documents, text exchanges & email.
On Tour : Personalised tuition in your home.
In Person : Personalised all-inclusive homestay courses in Dollar, Scotland & Huelva, Spain.
In Tune : With your needs, level, aims, time-schedule, budget and much more.
Daniel is an inspiring, authoritative, experienced and wonderfully incisive teacher of blues, boogie woogie & jazz piano with over 30 years of experience. Whether you come to him; he comes to you; online via Skype; or other methods - Daniel will instill sunshine into your playing of blues, boogie woogie & soul-jazz piano! See his 'TUITION' section for all further information about his tuition packages and bundles...
NEW 'BASIC BLUES & BOOGIE WOOGIE'
Daniel's 30-page 'Basic Blues & Boogie Piano' booklet originally published in 1996, is currently being fully revised and revamped.
Packed with clear, instructive, progressive sections, it will be a real skill-enhancer, aiming to empower users with knowledge-menus from which they can select.
There will be a YouTube series of accompanying videos, so it will be even clearer. Provisional release date, 30/06/20. More news soon!