Line-Ups & Combos
> BRAND NEW FOR 2020
DANIEL SMITH & PAUL STOVELL
Daniel performs gigs and events in different combinations, as below.
However, his newest collaboration for Spain and Portugal is with Welsh blues artist, Paul Stovell (pictured).
A band leader in his own right, with 40 years of experience in London, Wales, Portugal and Spain.
His gritty vocals and crisp playing on bass or guitar (acoustic or electric) - as well as some harp - perfectly complement
Daniel's keyboards skills and presentation.
Prepare for some rockin' downhome blues and stompin' boogie from a Celtic-Connection Blues Duo!
DANIEL SMITH : SOLO PIANO
Within the genres of blues, boogie, rock'n'roll & soul-jazz, Daniel performs solo piano gigs/concerts - music of various generic styles and always tailored to the venue/events.
Check out some live Edinburgh Fringe Festival SOUL-JAZZ : Moanin
...or a London Boogie Woogie Festival solo piano version of St Louis Blues :
DANIEL SMITH : SOLO PIANO/VOCALS
Daniel effortlessly veers through a repertoire of Chicago blues, rock'n'roll, soul-jazz, boogie woogie and heart-wrenching slow blues... pumped-up piano and powerful voice. Dr John, Ray Charles, Howling Wolf, Memphis Slim, Herbie Hancock... his repertoire is all-encompassing. All interlaced with his humorous informative patter.
They have appeared live on Radio SER in Spain several times, singing rock'n'roll & blues; been broadcast in the USA; and have just completed their debut album ''Whole Lotta Christmas Goin' On''. They provide a set stunning of blues & jazz favourites and classy interpretations of rock'n'roll hits . Concepción's raw vocal vocal power combined with her beautifully crafted tone - all sprinkled with Daniel's electrifying boogie woogie! A cultural & potent fusion of 2 top solo artists!
Here're some highlights of their guest performance at the Gran Teatro Huelva ANDALUSIA CANTA CONCERT with the Orfeón Choir “Stray Cat Strut” &“Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On!”.
DANIEL SMITH & GUITARIST
Whether with Scott Hannah, Alan Vincent, T-Bone Taylor any other of Daniel's talented partners on guitar, expect a show of rocking Chicago blues, stomping boogie woogie and lots of adept interplay, improvisation and inspiration.
DANIEL SMITH & BASS
Whether with Rod Kennard, Dave Swift, Pete Pritchard (pictured) or any other of Daniel's superb incredibly experienced partners on bass, you'll see monster two-handed piano-playing, uncanny telepathic communication between musicians, a fascinating set enhanced by the presence of the bass and selection of songs and tunes to delight all tastes.
A show of rootsy blues and rocking boogie'n'soul-jazz!
THE DANIEL SMITH TRIO
The trio line-up is a free-fall experience of cool blues, soul-jazz and boogie expression. With 2 lead instruments, piano & guitar, the freedom that the bass lends, and Daniel's vocals frequently leading - this is a combo way greater than its parts.
The interplay great watch and the music... gritty & sublime. All blues, all boogie, all jazz - top class music from a top trio.
DANIEL SMITH & CONCEPCIÓN ARRAYÁ
In addition to Paul Stovell, Daniel forms a fascinating duo with Concepción Arrayá, a seriously talented, Seville Conservatory-trained Spanish soprano, perhaps more rocognised for her performances of Spanish Zarzuela, Mozart oratorios & leading musical role in 'A Chorus Line' (among others)... in her illustrious career, in Spain and elsewhere in Europe. However, she also sings in a big band, sings like a 'lady should sing the blues', and has formed a dynamic duo with Daniel.
Listen to them here... Mess of Blues and Basin Street Blues :
THE DANIEL SMITH BLUES BAND
The DSBB fundamentally consists of 4 - Daniel on piano/vocals; guitar; bass; & drums. On drums is Peter Miles, Davide Rinaldi or other of Daniel's excellent 'sticks' men. The indisputable pedigree of the DSBB band members always makes for a show of blues force; a rip-roaring downhome music experience, peppered with inspired solos and kicking rhythms. Orchestrated by Smith, highlighting the talents of all, laced with humour & insights and - most of all - led powerfully yet effortlessly by the excellent piano-playing of DS.
THE DANIEL SMITH BLUES BAND & SPECIAL GUEST
And to complete the menu of basic combos, we have 5. Simply add the stardust sax or harmonica playing of John Burgess, Alan Glen, Dave Raphael (or other illustrious exponent) to The DSBB and you have a full-on infusion of class, coordination, variety and musical exuberance.
> OTHER EXCITING LINE-UPS
THE DANIEL SMITH CREATIVE COMBOS
Daniel has played in many different combos including back-to-back boogie piano duos;
and sensational 1930s Boogie Woogie Trio performances (pictured with Paddy Milner and Matt Empson below);
as well as Boogie Woogie Flamenco Fusion performances with Isabel Perez Puig on castanets.
And of course there's the upcoming Fringe Aug 2020 'BEETHOVEN-2-BOOGIE' show with the 'Divalicious' American pianist AMY ABLER!
Get in touch to see what combo best suits your event.