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Mike Smith
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Chicago native, Mike Smith became enthralled with jazz at age eleven. And his dedication to the art form was so great that eight years later, he won the coveted Charlie Parker Scholarship to North Texas State University. Mike roomed there with future notables Bill Evans and Jim Snidero, and earned a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance. Mike has performed and recorded with over a hundred jazz greats, including Nat Adderley, Clark Terry, Art Farmer, Tony Bennett, Jimmy Heath, Natalie Cole, Linda Ronstadt, Diane Schuur, Gloria Morgan, Kurt Elling, Nancy Wilson, and Frank Sinatra. He is featured as lead altoist on the Harry Connick, Jr. album, Come By Me on CBS Columbia. After spending time with the bands of Maynard Ferguson and Buddy Rich, Mike joined Frank Sinatra’s core band as lead altoist and music contractor. His stint with Sinatra included television performances and CD recordings, and the Diamond Jubilee and Come Swing With Me tours (with performances in Japan, Australia, the United States, and Europe—including a gala in Monte Carlo for the Princess Grace Foundation.) Those years on the road inspired Mike’s third recording for Delmark Records, The Traveler. In his travels Mike has done numerous radio interviews featured on jazz stations nationwide. The Mike Smith Quintet has opened the Chicago Jazz Festival. Performed at the Sorbone in Paris France, as well as many of the major jazz festivals in Europe and the United States. Mike is a recipient of the Cannonball Adderley Award for Outstanding Alto Saxophonist in Jazz and a winner of a National Endowment for the Arts award. He has received critical acclaim for his album, Sinatra Songbook, which features liner notes by Frank Sinatra and Frank Sinatra, Jr. He is in demand as a clinician and guest soloist. Mike is also a Keilwerth saxophone artist, giving clinics and per forming concerts world-wide for the company. His Keilwerth tours have taken him to Southeast Asia, Scandinavia, France, Germany, and the World Saxophone Congress in Spain, in addition to the entire North American market. He is currently active in the Chicago recording scene, doing national spots for radio and television, Professor of Saxophone at the Chicago College of the Performing Arts at Roosevelt University and performing with his group, the Mike Smith Quintet


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