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Patrick Smith Standards Band
February 25 /9:30 pm February 26 /12:00 am
Saxophonist Patrick Smith has studied with such jazz icons as Ben Wendel, Mark Shim, Joel Frahm, Mike Murley, and Kelly Jefferson. He leads a number of his own groups including the Patrick Smith Quintet, SHDW CLN, Patrick Smith Standards Band, as well co-leading Urbania Octet and Smith/Steinwall Quartet. In addition to his own groups, Smith is an in demand freelance saxophonist who is a member of the international touring band My Son the Hurricane as well as many other bands including Chelsea Mcbride’s Socialist Night School, Eighth Street Orchestra, T. Dot. Bangerz Brass, and Brother Levon. He has performed at the Toronto Jazz Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, and Ottawa Jazz Festival and opened for jazz greats Chick Corea and Seamus Blake. In 2016, Smith was a featured soloist alongside Dave Liebman and Norma Winstone on the University of Toronto Jazz Orchestra’s album Sweet Ruby Suite. Some of his accolades include the SUBA Institute Award for Performance Excellence, the Anne and Wallace McLeod scholarship, and the Stingray Rising Star award from the Ottawa Jazz Festival. In September 2018 he will be releasing a debut EP featuring his originals quintet and is working towards recording Spherical Drifting, an hour-long programmatic piece for jazz quartet and strings.