Paul Smith Kansas City based jazz pianist

Paul Smith, Kansas City jazz pianist site with biography, recordings, sound clips, and photo gallery of jazz greats.

Since 1965, Kansas City-based jazz pianist Paul Smith has worked with a plethora of locally and nationally known musicians. The list is impressive: Bob Brookmeyer, Red Rodney, Al Cohn, Zoot Sims, Phil Woods, Clark Terry, Pat Metheny... And that's just the tip of the iceberg.

In 1990, Paul began playing piano with Karrin Allyson and continued to do so until retiring from the road in 2004. He has traveled the world with Karrin, playing all over the United States, Canada, Europe and Brazil. He has accompanied Karrin on seven of her CDs.

Also while playing with Karrin, the team of Paul, Bob Bowman on bass and Todd Strait on drums became known as a world class act. In 2001 Paul released his CD featuring the PBT Trio, Soundtrek Sessions. It included guests, Karrin Allyson (vocals), Danny Embrey & Rod Fleeman (guitars), David Hungate (trombone & guitar), Mike Metheny (EVI & cornet, Gary Sivils (cornet). Paul may also be heard on over 30 recordings, most of which are Kansas City based artists. Visit his Music page for details.

As a 30 year music educator & performer, Paul has enjoyed several distinguishing memberships & awards:

  • 2001 - Jess Cole Memorial Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Jazz Education presented by the Missouri Chapter of the International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE)
  • 2002 - Central Missouri State University Distinguished Music Alumnus Award
  • Elder Statesmen of Kansas City Jazz, Inducted 2003
  • UMKC Faculty Jazz Ensemble - 1980's & 1990's
  • Kansas City Jazz Commission member
We hope you find Paul’s site to be informative & fun. Be sure to check his Performance Schedule and get out to hear him live. Visit the Paul Smith Biography page to get more of the “Paul Smith Story.” Watch the Music page for more info on PBT’s Soundtrek Sessions and future releases. See what Paul has been up to by visiting his Photo Gallery. Go to Paul Smith’s Contacts page to inquire about booking Paul or just to drop him a note. When you think you’ve had enough, click on over to the Links page and go visit some of Paul’s jazzy friends.

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