Smooth Jazz Guitar

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  - Bio

About the artist

Playing guitar since 1966, Greg has played in many styles, ranging from classical, through rock,  blues,country, straight ahead jazz and smooth jazz, all the way to free jazz. He attended Berklee College of Music in 1973 and has studied with Pat Metheny, Larry Coryell and pianist Manfredo Fest.

He is a wonderful straight ahead jazz and smooth jazz guitarist, a chord melody specialist and has composed many jazz , rock and fusion tunes, as well as a recent string quartet and a fantasia for full orchestra, viola, and bassoon.

Greg has performed all over the United States with stars such as Chick Corea, Edgar Winter, Larry Coryell, Jeff Berlin, Glen Zotolla, Randy Sabien and Brian Torff. He has opened concerts for Diana Krall, Brian Wilson, Issac Hayes, The Moody Blues,Chris Botti, Jonathan Butler and Tuck and Patti.

John Travolta hired Greg to coach him on guitar playing for John's guitar debut on the feature film "A Love song for Bobby Long". Greg took part in a rare Billie Holiday tribute performance by award winning actress Juliette Lewis.

Currently he performs around the greater Tampa Bay area as a solo acoustic guitarist, with the New York Guitar Cats, numerous duos, the Heartdance band,The Alvina Moore Band and the BK Davis Quartet. He works as a studio musician and arranger for Artists Career Services.

 

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VIDEOS

 

BEAMS by Greg Smith

Here is a tune I composed that I'm very proud of, entitled BEAMS. It's quite an accomplishment getting it done. It involved some excellent playing by a wonderful cast of musicians, engineers and artists. Wonderful drum work by Don Hood, great keyboard work from Kirby Jones,  superlative violin work from Dave Kline and out of this world co-producing and engineering by Tony Rockliff. Plus an incredible slide show created by Doreen Smith. I played all the other instruments you hear -- all guitars, basses,guitar synth, composing and arranging.

Lots and lots of fun, fun fun! Hope you enjoy it.

Rescue dog plays guitar - Every Breath you Take by Sting


Greg Smith solo acoustic guitar performance "Iris" by The Goo Goo Dolls

 

Greg Smith jazz guitarist

Live version of Greg's tune, "Forties", off his latest CD, "Above the Clouds".

Featuring Hiram Hasley, bass, Cassidy Turbin, drums, and Matt Lorentzen, keyboards and Greg Smith, guitar.

GregSmith with the Ultimate Trio Live

Here I am, performing at a Christmas show with Jeff Avrin on bass and Glenn Meyer on Drums.

 

Greg Smith jammin' with Jon Wheatley

Here is a fun jam on a lazy Sunday afternoon with your truly and internationally acclaimed jazz guitarist and Berklee College guitar professor Jon Wheatley- lots of fun!!