Columbus native Dallas Smith will be the special guest at the Columbus Jazz Society's Jazz Jam on Oct. 12 at the Liberty Theatre, 821 Eighth Ave.
He and his quartet, the Dallas Smith Quartet, will feature jazz standards as well as some of his own bop, Latin and fusion jazz tunes.
Smith's diverse musical career includes symphony work, studio recordings, cruise ships, casino shows and traditional and Latin jazz groups. Together with his wife, jazz harpist Susan Mazer, he has recorded numerous CD's available at www.mazerandsmith.com
He has toured with noted jazz pianist Ahmad Jamal and, as a member of the Swedish world music group Mynta (www.mynta.net), he has recently toured Scandinavia and India.
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Smith and Mazer currently live in Reno, where they founded a business, Healing HealthCare Systems. The company promotes the use of music to create a more healing environment within health-care facilities. Their primary product is a 24-hour relaxation channel for hospitals, called The C.A.R.E. Channel (www.healinghealth.com).
Smith is the son of the late Judge Oscar D. Smith Jr., and began his musical education in Columbus with George Corradino at Wynnton Elementary School. After playing classical clarinet for 10 years (at Richards Jr. High, Columbus High School and Florida State University), he broadened his musical focus to include jazz studies (on flute and sax). He has traveled the world in pursuit of his lifelong interest in East Indian classical music, performing extensively in Europe and India.
The Jazz Jam is 6-9 p.m.
Tickets are $7.
Call 706-653-7566 or David Morgan at 706-660-9295.