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Derek Smith

p, *1931 GB, London
Singer / Musician of Jazz

Derek Smith (born 17 August 1931, London) is an English jazz pianist.Smith began his career in his native England, playing his first job for pay when he was fourteen. Someone rolled a piano out into the street, and he played for the VE Day celebrations. Over his parents’ protestations, he joined John Dankworth’s band when Cleo Laine was the female vocalist, and with many other noted British jazz musicians, including Kenny Graham and Kenny Baker. Smith also began performing and recording for the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), but soon realized the place for him professionally, was America.

     
Instruments
  • Piano
  • Keyboards
  • Electric piano
  • Organ
  • Clavinet
Genres
  • Jazz
  • R&B/Soul
  • Pop
Popular Tracks   
Dueling Banjos - From "Deliverance" on 100 Greatest Film Themes by Various Artists
To Love Again on To Love Again by Derek Smith
Superman - From "Scrubs" on 100 Greatest TV Themes Vol. 2 by Various Artists
You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To - Live at the 92nd Street Y, New York City on The Kingdom of Swing and the Republic of Oop Bob Sh'bam by Various Artists
On Green Dolphin Street - Live at the 92nd Street Y, New York City on The Kingdom of Swing and the Republic of Oop Bob Sh'bam by Various Artists
57th Street Blues on Peaceful Thunder by Louie Bellson
Moonlight Sonata - Yesterday on To Love Again by Derek Smith
Valencia on Peaceful Thunder by Louie Bellson
Motens Swing - Live at the 92nd Street Y, New York City on The Kingdom of Swing and the Republic of Oop Bob Sh'bam by Various Artists
That Certain Feeling - Instrumental on Bullets Over Broadway Soundtrack by Various Artists

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Band Members
Discography



Title Artist Year Type
To Love AgainDerek Smith2009Album
The Piano Giants At Bob Haggart's 80th Birthday PartyDick Hyman, Derek Smith, Ralph Sutton2002Album
High EnergyDerek Smith2001Album
The John Lewis Piano / Jazz Piano InternationalJohn Lewis, Dick Katz, Derek Smith, René Urtreger1999Compil.
Dick And Derek At The MoviesDick Hyman, Derek Smith1998Album
Piano Players & Significant OthersRoger Kellaway, Dick Hyman, Jay McShann, Marian McPartland, Derek Smith, Ralph Sutton, Dick Wellstood1990Album
All Aglow AgainSteve Clayton / Derek Smith / Milt Hinton / Bobby Rosengarden, Marlene VerPlanck1986Album
Inner SparkSteve Clayton / Derek Smith / Milt Hinton / Bobby Rosengarden1984Album
Recorded Live In Concert At Van Wezel HallDick Hyman And Derek Smith1983Album
Roaring Back Into New York, New YorkBill Watrous Quartet With Derek Smith, Linc Milliman And Ronnie Bedford1983Album
BluesetteDerek Smith1978Album
PresentingRay Turner Quartet Featuring Derek Smith1977Album
Don't Let GoDerek Smith And Venus1976Album
Don't Let Go / Besame MuchoDerek Smith And Venus1976Single
Toasting Derek SmithDerek Smith1962Album
Jazz Piano InternationalRené Urtreger, Derek Smith, Dick Katz1958Album
Music In The MakingDon Rendell, Ronnie Ross, Jimmy Skidmore, Jimmy Deuchar, Joe Hunter, Ralph Dollimore, Derek Smith, Dill Jones, Sammy Stokes, Phil Seamen1954Album
I Left My Heart In San Francisco / Honky Tonk TrainDerek SmithSingle
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