Crooner Chronicles up to #10

Crooner Chronicles up to #10

I’ve just added my 10th video post to the growing Crooner Chronicles saga. You can find the videos in a Youtube playlist here. The series…

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The Crooner Chronicles

The Crooner Chronicles

I’ve long been a fan of the classic swing, jazz and ballad vocalists of the past. It’s a style of singing I’ve ventured into at…

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Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine’s Day

During the latest lockdown I’ve been recording myself singing some classic ballads, swing, musical numbers etc. – trying to dust the cobwebs off that part…

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Video: Martin Smith Band in rehearsals

Video: Martin Smith Band in rehearsals

We decided to bring a couple of cameras along to a recent rehearsal session.  This is me and the band rehearsing a couple of blues classics:…

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Martin Smith Band - group photo

Martin Smith Band – group photo

This is me and the guys posing for a quick, informal photo after a recent rehearsal session. Left to right:  Roland Kemp (keys), Tim Strange…

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The new band has a keyboard player, a name and a Facebook page

The new band has a keyboard player, a name and a Facebook page

Exciting times in the development of the new band just now.  Last night we welcomed a very talented (and appropriately named) keyboard player called “Roland”…

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Inspirations for the new band number 4 - cool, bluesy jazz

Inspirations for the new band number 4 – cool, bluesy jazz

In the late 50s and early 60s, a number of jazz artists such as Art Blakey, Herbie Hancock, Wes Montgomery (to name just a few)…

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Inspirations for the new band no.2  Robert Cray

Inspirations for the new band no.2 Robert Cray

In the absence of any material just yet from the new band, I’m sharing a few tracks by the artists that inspire us.   My…

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Inspirations for the new band no. 1 : Robben Ford

Inspirations for the new band no. 1 : Robben Ford

Just love this track.  It’s a perfect example of how Robben Ford  can artfully blend blues, jazz and funk.  I even love the way the…

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In rehearsals with new band

In rehearsals with new band

This is a quick update to let folks know I’m pulling a new band together.  The format will be broadly-speaking “bluesy” but will include strong…

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