"I can't say enough about a fellow discographer, Christopher Smith, who proofread the discography and provided me with quite a few additional listings......
Without Chris's help (at his own expense, I might add), the discography would be incomplete."
---Louis G. Bourgois III, co-author of The Musical World of J.J. Johnson
"...I listened to a
CD of "The Bird of Paradise Orchestra", featuring among others, our Christo
...Chris Smith plays his butt off on 3 cuts. He really sounds terrific, and impressive. Sure footed trombone solos.
Chris and I will someday discuss how he got up the nerve and audacity to begin one solo on an effortless High "F" that is *for real*.
Who do you think you are Mr. Christopher Smith ? Christian Lindberg ? Ray Anderson ? Robin Eubanks ?
Living on the edge, of course, is the answer. As we all know, the edge is where it's at.
Plunger work by Chris is also outstanding. Very."
---J.J. Johnson, in reviewer mode, September, 1998
|Welcome to the home page of |
Christopher Smith, jazz trombonist,
tubist, arranger and composer.
This page has not been updated in a long time (I am very busy with life as a musician/father of 2 young girls)- and I have considered scrapping it, but a few people have asked me to keep it on-line, so I will.
Remembering J.J. Johnson, it is comforting to know that he enjoyed a long life, accomplished so much, and touched the lives of so many people.
One can spend a lifetime exploring his music, and it will take years for researchers/fans/musicians like myself to catch up with all of it! I will continue to work to bring more of J.J. Johnson's work and music into sharper focus for his devoted fans.
Want to listen to an excerpt of a new tune I wrote for our hero? Click here to listen to "One For Jay". Or right click to save it to your hard drive and play it from there.
I have arranged this music for jazz sextet (tpt, tbn, t. sax, rhythm section), so please email me if you are interested in playing it with your own group.
|The Jazz Trombone F.A.Q. is finally here! |
The newest section of this website features answers to many common questions by a "Round Table" of 4 pro jazz trombonists:
Jeff Adams, Sam Burtis, Alex Iles and myself.
|NEW! Dumb Questions!|
Ever hear any of these?
|Just added- |
the Kai Winding Album Gallery!
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It's through the guestbook
suggestions that I have made
many corrections and improvements
to this web site.
Click on the links below to go to the sub-pages.
|Who is this guy Christo?|
|Schedule of Appearances||Sound Clips|
Information on the Bird of Paradise|
Orchestra's most recent CD- BINGO!
What the heck is "Mouthpiece Clocking",|
and is it real, or only in our heads?
Jazz Trombone F.A.Q.
(Frequently Asked Questions)
Who is J. J. Johnson?|
A collection of internet links on the Man
J. J. Johnson Album Cover Gallery|
Highlight Gallery (may take time to load)
Full Index of Album Covers (quick loading)
|A Special Research Request||Sign Guestbook||
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