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William O. Smith

cl, *1926
Jazz
A.k.a. William Overton Smith

Avant-classical and jazz clarinetist born in 1926 in Sacramento, California. Smith studied at Julliard and Mills College. At the latter institution, he met Dave Brubeck and became part of his octet. William lived in Italy in the early 1960's where he collaborated with Luigi Nono among others. While there, he and John Eaton (2) commissioned Paolo Ketoff to built the Syn-ket synthesizer. He performed the Nuova Consonanza festivals and was an original member of Gruppo di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza. In 1966, he relocated to Seattle, Washington, to teach at the University of Washington, and has lived there ever since.

        
Instruments
  • Clarinet
  • Bariton sax
Genres
  • Jazz
  • Classical
  • Electronic
Popular Tracks   
5 Pieces for Clarinet Alone: No. 1. Vigorous on Clarinet Solos, Duos, Trios by Larry Combs
5 Pieces for Clarinet Alone: No. 4. Singing on Clarinet Solos, Duos, Trios by Larry Combs
5 Pieces for Clarinet Alone: No. 5. Spirited on Clarinet Solos, Duos, Trios by Larry Combs
5 Pieces for Clarinet Alone: No. 2. Flowing on Clarinet Solos, Duos, Trios by Larry Combs
5 Pieces for Clarinet Alone: No. 3. Rhythmic on Clarinet Solos, Duos, Trios by Larry Combs
Jazz Set for 2 Bass Clarinets: I. Swinging on Bass Clarinet & Friends: A Miscellany by Ian Mitchell
Reflection on Isn't This a Time? by Ian Mitchell
Jazz Set for 2 Bass Clarinets: II. Moderato on Bass Clarinet & Friends: A Miscellany by Ian Mitchell
Epitaphs: II. The He-goat on Isn't This a Time? by Ian Mitchell
Epitaphs: I. Antibia on Isn't This a Time? by Ian Mitchell

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Band Members
Discography



Title Artist Year Type
The Laycock DuosChristian Asplund, John Butcher, Stuart Dempster, Malcolm Goldstein, Steve Ricks, LaDonna Smith, William O. Smith2013Album
Concert For MirellaWilliam O. Smith & Gianmarco Lanza2005Album
Solo MusicWilliam O. Smith2001Album
New Music For VirtuososLeslie Bassett, Ralph Shapey, William O. Smith, Harvey Sollberger, Robert Erickson, Andrew Imbrie, Robert Hall Lewis, Robert Morris1998Album
Soni Ventorum Wind Quintet plays William O. Smith (b. 1926) and Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951)Soni Ventorum Wind Quintet, William O. Smith, Arnold Schoenberg1996Album
William O. SmithWilliam O. Smith1990Album
UntitledDavid Keberle / Shihomi Kishida / Tamae Okatsu / Enrico Renna / Luigi Ceccarelli / Nicolas Bacri / William O. Smith1989Album
ColoursWilliam O. Smith1983Album
Live At MidemPat Metheny Featuring Dave Brubeck, William O. Smith, Randy Jones, The Heath Brothers1983Album
.....Sofferte Onde Serene... / A Floresta È Jovem E Cheja De VidaLuigi Nono - Maurizio Pollini, Liliana Poli, Cadigia Bove, Elena Vicini, Umberto Troni, William O. Smith, Bruno Canino1979Album
SonoritiesWilliam O. Smith1978Album
Grand Duo Concertant, Op. 48 / Five Pieces (For Clarinet Alone) / Six German Songs, Op. 103Carl Maria von Weber / William O. Smith / Louis Spohr - Melvin Warner, Allan Dameron With Diane Ragains1977Album
New Music For VirtuososMilton Babbitt / Leslie Bassett / William O. Smith / Charles Wuorinen1977Album
Two Sides Of Bill SmithWilliam O. Smith1974Album
Four Chamber WorksWilliam O. Smith1963Album
The American Jazz Ensemble In Rome - New Sounds...Old WorldThe American Jazz Ensemble Featuring William O. Smith And Johnny Eaton1962Album
Near MythThe Dave Brubeck Quartet / Dave Brubeck - William O. Smith1961Album
String Quartet / Capriccio For Violin & Piano / Suite For Violin & ClarinetWilliam O. Smith1958Album
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