[Dixielandjazz] Talented Pianist Paul Smith dies at 91
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Tue Jul 2 12:26:49 PDT 2013
Wasn't Paul Smith the guy who recorded the album, "The Best of Irving Garner"?
Les Muscutt gave me that years ago and I laughed so hard the tears ran down my leg.
On Jul 2, 2013, at 1:44 PM, Marek Boym wrote:
A friend of mine admired Paul Smith. He wrote Paul Smith a letter telling
him about it, and received a bunch of LPs by return mai.
Indeed, an excellent pianist and, judging by the above gesture, a very
He may be gone, but his music lives on.
On 2 July 2013 19:01, Norman Vickers <nvickers1 at cox.net> wrote:
> To: DJML and Musicians and Jazzfans list****
> From: Norman Vickers, Jazz Society of Pensacola****
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> This obituary from 7-1-13 Los Angeles Times. Paul was a regular at Dick
> Gibson’s jazz parties when I attended 85-93. We had him at Jazz Society of
> Pensacola on a couple of occasions. I’d watch for his appearances on the
> East Coast of Florida and then entice him to stop by Pensacola on the way
> home. We’d schedule a special event for him. Always, I would need to
> find a tennis partner for him on his visit. His major “sin” was drinking
> diet Cokes. He neither smoked or drank. Said he’d watched so many of his
> colleagues die from smoking, alcohol or drugs that he completely abstained.
> As the obit says, he worked in the movie studios on West Coast, including
> the piano accompaniment for the Saturday morning cartoons. When he’d play
> for the Gibson party, he’d frequently work in some appropriate lick to
> illustrate what was happening on the bandstand.****
> When Ella Fitzgerald appeared in Pensacola at the Saenger Theatre in
> concert in 1985, Paul was the pianist. Other performers were guitarist Joe
> Pass; Joey Barron, drums; and Keeter Betts, bass. During that event, Ms.
> Fitzgerald featured Joe Pass on solo guitar for some numbers, Smith just
> played the appropriate music to make Ms. Fitzgerald look great. No solos
> for him on that session.****
> He will be missed! I’m glad I knew/heard him.****
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