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Encyclopedia > Steve Smith (musician)
Steve Smith.
Steve Smith.

Steve Smith (born on August 21, 1954 in Brockton, Massachusetts) is an United States drummer. Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Steve_Smith. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Steve_Smith. ... August 21 is the 233rd day of the year (234th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ...   Settled: 1700 â€“ Incorporated: 1821 Zip Code(s): 02301 â€“ Area Code(s): 508 / 774 Official website: http://www. ... A drummer at practice A drummer is a musician who plays the drums, particularly the drum kit, marching percussion, or hand drums. ...

He attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. He toured with jazz violinist Jean-Luc Ponty as well as Montrose before joining the rock band Journey in 1978. He occupied the drum chair during Journey's most commercially successful period (November, 1978-mid 1985). He parted ways with the band in 1985 but returned for their 1996 comeback album Trial by Fire. In the interm, he played with Journey offshoot The Storm. Berklee College of Music, founded in 1945, is an independent music college in Boston, Massachusetts with many prominent faculty, staff, alumni, and visiting artists. ... Nickname: City on the Hill, Beantown, Athens of America, The Hub (of the Universe)1 Location in Massachusetts, USA Counties Suffolk County  - Mayor Thomas M. Menino (D) Area    - City  89. ... Grappelli (left) and Jean-Luc Ponty (right). ... Montrose was the original Californian hard rock band, pioneering the kind of short and punchy songs that would be a template for later and more successful bands such as Van Halen. ... Journey is an American rock band formed in 1973 in San Francisco, California. ... Trial by fire refers to: A form of trial by ordeal; An album by Bachman-Turner Overdrive An album by Journey; Trial by Fire An album by Yngwie J. Malmsteen; see Trial by Fire An episode of The Outer Limits television show The second game in the Quest for Glory... The Storm is an American rock group, formed in the Bay Area of San Francisco during the early 1990s. ...

He has also done sessions for pop artists such as Mariah Carey, Andrea Bocelli, Savage Garden, Bryan Adams, as well as world musicians such as Zakir Hussain. Additionally, he has played with various jazz groups including Mike Mainieri's Steps Ahead, Wadada Leo Smith, Tom Coster, Ahmad Jamal, Dave Liebman, Larry Coryell, Victor Wooten, Mike Stern, Randy Brecker, Scott Henderson, Frank Gambale, Stuart Hamm, Dweezil Zappa, Anthony Jackson, Aydin Esen , George Brooks, Michael Zilber, Steve Marcus, Andy Fusco, Kai Eckhardt, Lee Musiker, Howard Levy, Oteil Burbridge, Jerry Goodman, and Bill Evans. Smith also leads his own jazz group, Vital Information. Mariah Carey (born March 27, 1970) is a five time Grammy award-winning American pop and R&B singer, songwriter, record producer, music video director and actress. ... Andrea Bocelli (born 22 September 1958) is an Italian singer, writer, and music producer. ... For the album by The 69 Eyes, see Savage Garden (69 Eyes album). ... Bryan Guy Adams, OC, OBC (born 5 November 1959) is a Canadian rock singer, guitarist and songwriter. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Jazz is a style of music which originated in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States at around the start of the 20th century. ... Mike Mainieri Mike Mainieri is a vibraphonist most known for his work with the jazz fusion group Steps Ahead. ... Steps Ahead (originally known as Steps) is a jazz fusion group and the brainchild of vibraphonist Mike Mainieri. ... Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith (18 December 1941 in Leland, Mississippi) is a jazz trumpeter. ... Tom Coster is an American keyboardist and composer. ... Ahmad Jamal in 1994 Ahmad Jamal (born Frederick Russell Jones on July 2, 1930) is a highly-regarded American jazz pianist from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. ... Dave Liebman (born in 1946) is an American tenor saxophonist and flautist. ... Larry Coryell Larry Coryell (April 2, 1943-) is an American jazz guitarist. ... Victor Lemonte Wooten (born September 11, 1964 in Hampton, Virginia) is an American electric bass guitar player. ... Mike Stern (born January 10, 1953) is an American jazz guitarist. ... Randy Brecker (b. ... Scott Henderson. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Stuart Hamm (born February 8, 1960) is a highly respected bass player, known for his session and live work with numerous artists as well for his virtuosic style of playing. ... Dweezil Zappa (born September 5, 1969, in Los Angeles, California) is a heavy metal guitarist. ... Anthony Jackson, (born 1952) is a contemporary American electric bass player based in New York City. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards and conform with our NPOV policy, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Michael Zilber, whom jazz legend Dave Liebman calls “one of the best composers and players around anywhere, period!” was born and raised in Vancouver, Canada. ... Bill Evans is an American jazz saxophonist. ... chowells 18:09, 25 September 2005 (UTC) Categories: Possible copyright violations ...

In 2001 Modern Drummer Magazine named Smith as one of the Top 25 Drummers of All Time. The following year, he was voted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame. In 2003 his Hudson Music DVD "Steve Smith Drumset Technique - History of the U.S. Beat" was voted #1 Educational DVD of of the year. Also in 2003, Steve Smith recorded two albums with Buddy's Buddies, a quintet comprised of Buddy Rich alumni,released two CDs on the Tone Center label. Both were recorded live at the famous London jazz club Ronnie Scott's. They are "Very Live at Ronnie Scott's Set One & Set Two." Modern Drummer is the oldest magazine (still being published) devoted to the subject of drumming and percussion. ... Modern Drummer is the oldest magazine (still being published) devoted to the subject of drumming and percussion. ... Bernard Buddy Rich (September 30, 1917 – April 2, 1987) was an American jazz drummer and bandleader. ... Tone Center Records is an independent record label owned by music industry veteran Mike Varney, dedicated to recording high level jazz, jazz/rock and fusion music. ...

Recently, Steve Smith and Buddy's Buddies was renamed "Steve Smith's Jazz Legacy". The band now pays tribute to many great jazz drummers in addition to Buddy Rich.

Having received his first drum kit at age two, Smith began taking drum lessons at age nine with Bill Flanagan. He got his first “real” drum set when he was 12 years old. He played with both school bands and garage bands during his teens. His first “paid gig” was with a garage band. He graduated from high school in 1972. He joined with the Lin Biviano big band at 19, and played with them for two years.

Smith studied with Alan Dawson at Berklee. He is a single father. He was voted “top drummer” in 2001.




 Lin Biviano- L.A. Expression (single) 


 Jean-Luc Ponty- Enigmatic Ocean Focus- Focus con Proby Gil Goldstein- Pure As Rain 


 Journey- Evolution 


 Journey- Departure Journey- Captured Journey- Dream After Dream 


 Tom Coster- T. C. Marlon McClain- Changes Journey- Escape 


 Tom Coster- Ivory Expedition Journey- Frontiers Vital Information- Vital Information 


 Bryan Adams- Reckless (Heaven) Vital Information- Orion 


 Journey- Raised On Radio Jeff Berlin- Champion T Lavitz- Storytime 


 Players- Players Vital Information- Global Beat Steps Ahead- Live In Tokyo 1986 


 Frank Gambale- A Present For The Future Joaquin Lievano- One Mind Kit Walker- Dancing On The Edge Of The World 


 Tony MacAlpine- Edge Of Insanity Dweezil Zappa- My Guitar Wants To Kill Your Mama Journey- Greatest Hits Vital Information- Fiafiaga (Celebration) 


 Richie Kotzen- Richie Kotzen Minoru Niihara- One Neal Schon- Late Nite Steps Ahead- NYC Turtle Island String Quartet- Metropolis Windham Hill Woodworks- One Kit Walker- Fire In The Lake 


 Y&T- 10 


 Frank Gambale- Note Worker The Storm- The Storm Journey- The Ballade Vital Information- Vitalive! Mariah Carey- Emotions 


 Jeff Watson- Lone Ranger Steps Ahead- Yin Yang Anton Verhagen- Not Afraid To Serenade Vital information- Easier Done Than Said Journey- Time 3 


 Carol Knauber- Now You’re Talkin’ Matalex- Indian Summer Zildjian- Drummers Tracks Tom Coster- Let’s Set The Record Straight 


 Michael Manring- Thonk Malatesta- Malatesta Buddy Rich Big Band- Burning For Buddy Vol. 1 


 Corrado Rustici- The Heartist Jonathan Cain- Back to The Innocence Shaw/Blades- Hallucination Mel Graves- Emotions In Motion Tazenda- Fortza Paris Peter Horvath- Foreign Matter Montreal Drum Fest- Interdependance Neal Schon- Beyond The Thunder Zucchero- Spirito Di Vino 


 Vital Information- Ray Of Hope Zucchero- Greatest Hits Francesco De Gregori- Prende E Lasciare Journey- Trial By Fire 


 Neal Schon- Electric World Jonathan Cain- Body Language Elisa- Pipes & Flowers Glassmaker- hey hey yeah... Modern Rock- Vol. 1 Peter Welker- Para "Peachy" Buddy Rich Big Band- Burning For Buddy Vol. 2 


 Vital Information- Where We Come From Journey- Greatest Hits Live Vital Information- Global Beat (5.1 DTS remix) Smap- 012 Viva Amigos! Scott Henderson/ Steve Smith/ Victor Wooten- Vital Tech Tones Frank Gambale/ Stu Hamm/ Steve Smith- Show Me What You Can Do Larry Coryell/ Tom Coster/ Steve Smith- Cause and Effect Stu Hamm- Merry Axemas (Sleigh Ride) Stef Burns- Swamp Tea Tina Arena- In Deep (No Shame) 


 Claudio Baglioni- Viaggiatore Sulla Coda Del Tempo Andre Bush- Invisible City Jerry Goodman/ Steve Smith/ Howard Levy/ Oteil Burbridge- The Strangers Hand Neil Zaza- Staring At The Sun Michael Zilber- Two Coasts Steve Smith & Buddy's Buddies- Steve Smith & Buddy's Buddies Aydin Esen- Timescape Peter Welker- We’ll Be Together Again Savage Garden- Affirmation 


 Steve Smith- Rhythmic Journey Ray Price- Prisoner Of Love Vital Information- Live Around The World Scott Henderson/ Steve Smith/ Victor Wooten- VTT2 Lara Fabian- Lara Fabia (You Are My Heart) Peter Barshay- Pit Of Fashion Frank Gambale/ Stu Hamm/ Steve Smith- The Light Beyond Blusion- Fuse It Or Loose It Vernon Black- Paradigm Shift Stu Hamm- Outbound 


 Larry Coryell/ Steve Marcus/ Steve Smith/ Kai Eckhardt- Count’s Jam Band Vinnie Moore- Defying Gravity Tony MacAlpine- Chromaticity Vital Information- Show ‘Em Where You Live Journey- Essentials 


 Steve Smith/ Michael Zilber- Reimagined: Jazz Standards Vol. 1 Frank Gambale/ Stu Hamm/ Steve Smith- GHS3 Frankie Laine- Old Man Jazz 


 George Brooks' Summit- Summit Earth Journey Charlie's Angels- Full Throttle Soundtrack Steve Smith & Buddy's Buddies- Very Live at Ronnie Scott's, Set One Steve Smith & Buddy's Buddies- Very Live at Ronnie Scott's, Set Two 


 Vital Information- Come On In Steve Smith & Various Artists- Modern Drummer Presents "Drum Nation" Andrea Bocelli- Andrea 


 Steve Smith, Dave Liebman, Aydin Esen & Anthony Jackson- Flashpoint Journey- Live in Houston, 1981 (DVD/CD) 

See also

Steve Smith's jazz legacy

External links

Jeff Scott Soto | Neal Schon | Jonathan Cain | Ross Valory | Deen Castronovo
Steve Augeri | Steve Perry | Steve Smith | Gregg Rolie | Aynsley Dunbar | George Tickner | Robert Fleischman | Prairie Prince | Randy Jackson | Larrie Londin | Bob Glaub | Mike Baird
Studio albums: Journey | Look into the Future | Next | Infinity | Evolution | Departure | Dream After Dream | Escape | Frontiers | Raised on Radio | Trial by Fire | Arrival | Red 13 | Generations
Live albums: Captured | Greatest Hits Live
Compilations: In the Beginning | Greatest Hits | The Ballade | Time 3 | The Essential Journey | Open Arms~Greatest Hits
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  Results from FactBites:
"Steve Smith: Journey Man"; Modern Drummer, June 1981 (1049 words)
One semester Smith was given a full scholarship to go to the University of Tulsa in Oklahoma because their stage band was in need of a drummer. ; Discontented with the lacking music scene in Oklahoma, Smith stayed only one semester, forfeited his scholarship and returned to Berklee for his seventh semester.
Smith takes an entire spare set on the road now, with which to practice.  It is a combination of some of the old drum sets he has, with a 20" Gretsch drum, and 18" Sonor bass drum and some Pearl concert toms.
Another such situation for Smith is a trio with which he is involved in his spare time.  The trio consists of Smith, Tom Coster keyboardist and producer for Santana, and Randy Jackson, who used to play with Bill Cobham.  In addition to performing live, they play to record in the new future as well.
Biography: Steve Smith, Musician, Composer, Performer, Teacher (399 words)
Five of Steve's tunes from his CD Desert Night were used in the Veterans Day premier of "A New Mexico Story: The Bataan Death March to The Atomic Bomb" on PBS.
Steve hosts "The Back Porch" a weekly radio show found on Las Cruces, New Mexico's public radio station KRWG-FM On his show (aired from 6 to 8 pm Sunday evenings) Steve plays traditional Bluegrass, Oldtime, Celtic, Blues, Singer Songwriter, and Folk music of the world.
Steve is on the board of directors for the Chamizal Festival in El Paso, Texas, is a founding member of the Southern New Mexico Music and Dance Society, and teaches at Camp Bluegrass in Levelland, Texas.
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