BASSIST, COMPOSER, EDUCATOR
Sean Smith has been an integral part of the international jazz scene for more than 30 years. He has appeared in many of the major jazz festivals, concert halls, and clubs all over the world.
Sean has performed with Gerry Mulligan, Phil Woods, Benny Carter, Flip Phillips, Clark Terry, Johnny Griffin, Lee Konitz, Art Farmer, Tom Harrell, Jacky Terrasson, Bill Charlap, Peggy Lee, Rosemary Clooney, Mark Murphy, Jimmy Scott, Andy Bey, Tracy K. Smith (winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry), and many others.
Sean is also a prolific composer whose works have been played and recorded by such artists as Phil Woods, Mark Murphy, Bill Charlap, Gene Bertoncini, Leon Parker, and Bill Mays. His music has also been featured in several films.
Lyrical, melodic, cinematic, and songful best describe Sean's compositions. Ira Gitler has written “His originals are highly listenable and thought provoking music for both head and heart". Smith’s "Song For The Geese" is the title track of Mark Murphy’s 1998 Grammy nominated album for RCA/BMG.
Sean's ensemble was awarded the CMA/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming in 2015. In 2007 Sean received a Bistro Award for Outstanding Instrumentalist. Sean was a member of the Jacky Terrasson Trio for four years. His work with Terrasson and Emmanuel Pahud on Into The Blue (EMI/Blue Note) was nominated for a 2003 Grammy Award.
For the last 20 years Sean Smith has been a leader of his own group. His dynamic working quartet includes John Ellis on the saxophones, Nate Radley at the guitar, Russell Meissner at the drums, and Sean at the bass. Their recordings include Sean Smith Quartet Live! (Chiaroscuro Records), and Poise (Ambient Records), both featuring his compositions. The Sean Smith Quartet performs regularly in New York City. Their newest recording, Trust, was released in 2011 and received rave reviews. Sean is co-leader of The Humanity Quartet, a newly formed group featuring Joel Frahm, Peter Bernstein, and Leon Parker. Their first recording, Humanity, was released in 2018 on Cellar Live. Sean Smith earned his Bachelor of Music from the Manhattan School of Music and lives in New York City.