Walter Smith III
“A line of fans young and old hoping to see a show that had sold out of advance tickets
stretched past a nearby ramen shop...This was a Jazz show, mind you. In 2012.” From a recent
performance review, The Los Angeles Times simply states the future of Jazz is bright with rising
saxophonist Walter Smith III. !
! Although it may appear Smith is a young gun on the scene at age 31, he is widely
recognized as an adept performer, accomplished composer, and inspired educator. Smith’s
debut recording as a leader was released in March of 2006 on the Fresh Sound New Talent
label and features many of the brightest young Jazz talents. His sophomore release, titled "Live
in France", was released in October 2009 to critical acclaim. His most recent album, “III”, was a
top 10 best seller on iTunes. Currently signed to Concord Records, Walter is working on a new
project titled “Still Casual” that is set for a fall 2014 release featuring a quintet of Jazz’s most in
demand artists (www.waltersmith3.com for more info).!
! In the Jazz tradition, Smith has developed under the wings of many of the music’s
greats. Walter is/has been a member of several legendary groups (recording and/or touring)
including the Roy Haynes Fountain of Youth Band, Terence Blanchard Quintet, Eric Harland's
Voyager Band, Jason Moran’s In My Mind:Monk at Town Hall, and the Christian McBride
Situation band. Smith has performed all over the world participating in numerous international
festivals as well as famed venues such as Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. In addition,
he has shared the stage and/or appeared on recordings with many Jazz notables including Roy
Haynes, Eric Reed, Mulgrew Miller, Joe Lovano, Walter Beasley, Terri Lynne Carrington, and a
host of others. To date, Walter has appeared on over 75 recordings that are released
! With his fresh sound and compelling original compositions, Smith is consistently called
as a sideman in some of Jazz’s developing and gifted bands currently touring with Ambrose
Akinmusire's Quintet (2013 Downbeat Rising Star group of the year), and Eric Harland's
! Originally from Houston, TX, where he attended Houston’s HSPVA, Smith now resides in
the Los Angeles, CA area. When not on the road, Walter utilizes his Music Education degree
from Berklee College of Music, Master’s degree from Manhattan School of Music, and Graduate
Certiﬁcate in Performance from the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz to teach the next
generation of Jazz students.
Fing Fast - Walter Smith III Quintet
Discovery Project @ Blue Whale May 2014- "Atma Krandana"