March 20, 2019

Tomorrow I leave for Houston, TX and Lindyfest 2019

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I will be playing with Michael Gamble’s Rhythm Serenaders and also the Jonathan Doyle Swingtet.  Some of the great musicians who will be playing with these groups: Gordon Au, trumpet; Charlie Halloran, trombone; Kris Tokarski, piano; Devan Jones, J.D. Pendley, guitars; Laura Windley, Taryn Newborne, vocals and of course Jonathan on reeds and Michael on bass.  Can’t wait to play with these terrific performers!

To close out the month, I will be playing with pianist Jeff Barnhart and clarinetist Dave Bennett at the Charles H. Templeton Ragtime & Jazz Festival at Mississippi State University in Starkville.  I will also be presenting a “History of Jazz Drumming from Ragtime to Swing.”  Here is a super video produced by the Festival:

Below is the “Hal Smith” poster.  There are individual posters for each performer!



This morning I stumbled upon an unusual scene in the house: Mittens and Alex in close proximity, but not engaged in mortal combat.  Luckily, I had my camera handy:


Please see my SCHEDULE page for the current list of my engagements.  I hope to see you in Houston, Starkville, Austin, New Orleans…

— Hal