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Stuff Smith

vn, voc, 1909-1967 US
Singer / Musician of Jazz
A.k.a. Hezekiah Leroy Gordon Smith

Stuff Smith (born August 14, 1909, Portsmouth, Ohio, USA - died September 25, 1967, Munich, Germany) was an American jazz violinist. He began his career playing in Alphonso Trent's orchestra in Dallas, Texas in 1926. In 1928, he moved to New York City and played with Jelly Roll Morton. He formed his own band in 1930 with Cozy Cole and Jonah Jones in Buffalo, New York. In 1935 through to 1940, he and his sextet took up residency at the Onyx Club, a small club on 52nd Street, New York City and gained big success. After the Second World War, he opened a restaurant in Chicago. In 1957, he recorded with Dizzy Gillespie and embarked on a tour of Europe; part of the tour was cancelled due to ill health. In 1963, he played with Herb Ellis. He returned to Europe in 1965 and recorded several albums. He remained in Europe until he died and is buried in Klakring Cemetery, Copenhagen, Denmark.

     
Instruments
  • Violin
  • Vocals
Genres
  • Jazz
  • Pop
  • Electronic
Popular Tracks   
It Ain't Right on Presenting Stuff Smith by Stuff Smith
It's Wonderful on Stuff Smith/ Dizzy Gillespie/ Oscar Peterson by Stuff Smith, Dizzy Gillespie & Oscar Peterson
Ja-Da on Stuff Smith/ Dizzy Gillespie/ Oscar Peterson by Stuff Smith, Dizzy Gillespie & Oscar Peterson
Here Comes the Man with the Jive on Presenting Stuff Smith by Stuff Smith
You'se a Viper on Presenting Stuff Smith by Stuff Smith
I'se a Muggin' on Presenting Stuff Smith by Stuff Smith
Willow Weep For Me on Jazz Violin Summit by Jean-Luc Ponty, Stéphane Grappelli & Stuff Smith
Ain't She Sweet on Black Violin by Stuff Smith
April in Paris on Black Violin by Stuff Smith
It's Only A Paper Moon on Stuff Smith/ Dizzy Gillespie/ Oscar Peterson by Stuff Smith, Dizzy Gillespie & Oscar Peterson

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Band Members
Discography



Title Artist Year Type
Mama TalkingParov Stelar Feat. Stuff Smith2017Single
Five Fine Violins - Celebrating 100 YearsStuff Smith2010Album
Stuff Smith And His Lucidin Orchestra Featuring Ella FitzgeraldStuff Smith, Ella Fitzgerald2010Compil.
Things Ain't What They Used To Be / Time And AgainStuff Smith And The Oscar Peterson Quartet2003Single
Time And AgainStuff Smith2003Compil.
The Complete 1944 Rosenkrantz Apartment Transcription Duets - The Jazz Violinist & The Classical PianistStuff Smith & Robert Crum2002Album
1944-1946 Studio, Broadcast Concert & Apartment PerformancesStuff Smith2002Album
Stuff And SteffStuff Smith & Stéphane Grappelli2002Album
Late Woman BluesStuff Smith, Henri Chaix Trio2001Album
The Complete Verve Stuff Smith SessionsStuff Smith1999Compil.
1944-1946Stuff Smith1999Compil.
1939-1944Stuff Smith1999Compil.
Onyx Club SpreeStuff Smith1997Compil.
Together ! / Miracle In StringsHerb Ellis & Stuff Smith / The Harry Lookofsky Strings1994Compil.
Stuff Smith + Dizzy Gillespie + Oscar PetersonStuff Smith + Dizzy Gillespie + Oscar Peterson1994Compil.
Hot ViolinsStuff Smith With Svend Asmussen & Poul Olsen1991Album
Live In Paris, 1965Stuff Smith1988Compil.
Live At The MontmartreStuff Smith1988Album
The 1943 TrioStuff Smith1988Compil.
Violins No EndStéphane Grappelli, Stuff Smith1984Album
Hot Swing Fiddle ClassicsStuff Smith, Emilio Caceres, Svend Asmussen1979Compil.
Jazz Violin SummitJean-Luc Ponty, Stéphane Grappelli, Stuff Smith1976Compil.
Sessions, LiveCarmen McRae, Jeri Southern, Stuff Smith And Chamber Jazz Sextette1976Album
The 1930's - Volume 1Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Tommy Dorsey, Cab Calloway, Stuff Smith, Louis Armstrong1974Compil.
Violin-SummitStuff Smith / Stéphane Grappelli / Svend Asmussen / Jean-Luc Ponty1967Album
Black ViolinStuff Smith1967Album
Americans In EuropeBenny Bailey, Slide Hampton, Johnny Griffin, Tony Scott, Art Farmer, Stuff Smith, Sal Nistico With Jazz Live Trio1964Album
Together!Herb Ellis & Stuff Smith1963Album
Cat On A Hot FiddleStuff Smith1960Album
Sweet Swingin' StuffStuff Smith1959Album
Have Violin, Will SwingStuff Smith1958Album
Town Hall Jazz Concert Vol. 3Bill Coleman, Stuff Smith, Gene Krupa/Charlie Ventura Trio, Red Norvo1958Album
Dizzy Gillespie And Stuff SmithDizzy Gillespie And Stuff Smith1957Album
Stuff SmithStuff Smith1957Album
I Giganti Del Jazz Vol. 17Big Joe Turner, Buck Clayton, Stuff Smith, Memphis SlimCompil.
Newport Jazz Festival 3 July 1958/ Paris Jazz Festival 3 November 1965Cootie Williams, Rex Stewart, Tyree Glenn, Hilton Jefferson, Ben Webster, Billy Strayhorn, Oscar Pettiford, Sonny Greer, Roy Eldridge, Stuff Smith, Don Byas, Earl Hines, Jimmy Woode, Kenny ClarkeAlbum
I Giganti Del Jazz Vol. 90Billie Poole, Willie "The Lion" Smith, Stuff Smith, Guy Lafitte, Eddie Bernard, Gérard BadiniCompil.
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