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Monday, August 13, 2012

Derek Smith - piano export

There was Marian Page (McPartland), George Shearing, Ralph Sharon, Dill Jones and Derek Smith. All British pianists who emigrated to The States. We know about the first four but what is Derek Smith doing these days?
Jon-Erik Kelso has posted a Kenny Davern video with Derek on piano which has prompted the question. I guess he's 81 now.
Lance.

2 comments :

Russell said...

I recently bought, second hand, a Derek Smith CD 'Dark Eyes' on the Prestige label (released 1983) with the great George Duvivier on double bass and Gus Johnson on drums. Take the A Train, Misty and Lover Come Back to Me are but a few of the swinging standards played with brio not dissimilar in approach to Oscar Peterson. I see that Smith celebrated his birthday last Friday (August 17)

Anonymous said...

Have just returned home to England after a wonderful time visiting Uncle Derek in New Jersey. He is still playing and publishing great stuff. I will let him know you are asking about him.

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