Steve Smith is active as a band leader (Steve Smith
and Vital Information NYC Edition) as a featured
sideman (Mike Stern Group, Zakir Hussain’s Masters
of Percussion, Steps Ahead, Hiromi-The Trio Project)
and as an educator/clinician.
grew up in the Boston area and started playing drums
at the age of 9 in 1963. He studied music at the
Berklee College of Music from 1972 to 1976 with Alan
Dawson and Gary Chaffee as his private instructors.
Over the past 40 years he has toured and recorded
with some of the biggest names in jazz and rock -
appearing on recordings that have sold over 100
million copies worldwide - including Journey, Bryan
Adams, Mariah Carey, Zucchero and Jean-Luc Ponty.
Smith is currently touring with his own all-star
band Vital Information NYC Edition featuring Vinny
Valentino (guitar), Mark Soskin (keyboards) and
Baron Browne (bass). They are celebrating their 34th
Anniversary with the release of their latest BFM
Jazz album Heart Of The City. Smith is also touring
again with Journey having committed to working with
the band for 2016-2017. Other notable artists he has
played with include Zakir Hussain, Buddy DeFranco,
Benny Golson, Ahmad Jamal, Dave Liebman, Randy
Brecker, Michael Brecker, Bill Evans and Hiromi.
Smith produced and played on a series of 16 jazz
albums for the Tone Center label featuring players
such as Frank Gambale, Stu Hamm, Oteil Burbridge,
Larry Coryell, Jerry Goodman, Howard Levy, Steve
Marcus, Scott Henderson and Victor Wooten. His
release The Best Of Steve Smith – The Tone Center
Collection is a sample of some of the best tracks
from those collaborations.
Steve Smith was
voted “#1 Fusion Drummer” in the 2012 Modern Drummer
readers poll. Smith has previously been voted “#1
All-Around Drummer" in the Modern Drummer Magazine
Readers Poll for five consecutive years from
1987-1991. The 2008, 2009 and 2010 Drum! Magazine
readers poll voted Smith #1 Jazz Drummer. In 2001
Steve was named by Modern Drummer Magazine as one of
the “Top 25 Drummers of All Time." In 2002, he was
voted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame and in
2003 his Hudson Music DVD Steve Smith Drumset
Technique - History of the U.S. Beat, was voted #1
Educational DVD.” Hudson Music released Steve’s
DVD/CD Drum Legacy – Standing on the Shoulders of
Giants in 2008, which was voted Best DVD of 2009 by
the readers of Drum! Magazine.
Smith exercises his teaching skills by giving
clinics around the world and being part of the staff of
Drum Fantasy Camp:
Steve Smith is available for selected clinics
and special guest appearances.
The Bobby Shew Big Band "Dancing Men"
here to contact Janet
Williamson for artist availability and booking