On Saturday, April 14, from 3 to 5 p.m., CLASS Productions will presents Gerald Smith with his group Jazzsmith at Hobcaw Barony's Kimbel Lodge, for the ninth performance in the Kimbel Concert Series.
Following his introduction to the drums at age 5, Gerald Smith said he has performed professionally as a lead vocalist and drummer since age 10. After touring with his college ensemble, he formed a rhythm and blues group in Arizona which performed for 15 years throughout the Southwest. Smith then worked as an engineer/studio manager in Trinidad where he performed with numerous top artists. He joined the group Michael Boothman and Kysofusion, which was the opening act for Al Jarreau, George Duke, Wynton Marsalis, Arturo Sandoval and others.
Upon his return to the U.S., he joined the smooth jazz group Indigo City for a few years and then formed Jazzsmith, performing at many jazz festivals including the Montreaux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. The group's most recent project is a compilation of Smith's smooth jazz percussive styles and the smooth melodies from over the years, titled "Jazzsmith Live and Unedited."
A sample set includes Jazzsmith's versions of favorites, such as "Just the Two of Us," "Maputo," "On Broadway," "Masquerade," "Footprints," "Let’s Stay Together," "What’s Goin' On," "My Funny Valentine" and "My Girl." Compact discs will be available at the concert.
Tickets are $30. Space is limited. Light refreshments and iced tea will be provided. For reservations, call 843-235-9600 or visit www.ClassAtPawleys.com.