Anyone who has spent anytime at all checking out the local jazz scene knows Joey Smith as one the three busiest bassists on Vancouver Island.
A mainstay of the Marc Atkinson Trio and the first-call bassist for many of the top players on the Island, this gentleman from Tennessee, who landed on our shores by cruise ship and (fortunately) never left, has graced local, national and international stages for many years, including a 2 1/2 year stint as bassist and arranger for the Glenn Miller Orchestra and performances with the likes of Cleo Laine, Rosemary Clooney, Herb Ellis, and Charlie Byrd.
But many here don’t know him on his first instrument – the guitar.
Fortunately, thanks to the Jazz Vespers folks in Deep Cove, you’ll have a chance to check out his six-string playing when he appears with Don Cox on bass and David Keen on saxophone on Sunday, October 3 at 7 pm in the intimate and comfortable setting of St. John’s United Church in Deep Cove.
Smith plays a gorgeous old Gibson archtop guitar given to him by a friend many years ago in Tennessee. It’s a beautiful instrument and the man playing it has a beautiful sound. Don’t miss this one.