About Us

What We Play

  The Bruce Smith Duo is a versatile professional jazz band with a vast repertoire of jazz standards, contemporary jazz, pop and R&B selections as well as ballroom dance music. We also perform "Music Plus" multi-media shows that feature the music and story of artists like Frank Sinatra, Duke Ellington, and the American songbook.   

Where We Play

  The Bruce Smith Duo has performed in restaurants, lounges and bars in the triangle area like C. Grace, Brasa Brazilian Steakhouse, Travinia Italian Kitchen, Sullivan's Steakhouse, and Irregardless Cafe, just to name a few.  We also perform private functions all over the triangle area.     

Performance Calendar

  *These shows involve Bruce and Michael performing with The Jim Ferris Trio · 


  • Wed, Aug 9 - Travinia Italiian Kitchen (6:30-9:30)
  • Sat, Aug 12 - Sullivan's Steakhouse (7-10)
  • Wed, Aug 16 - Brasa Brazilian Steakhouse (6-9:30)
  • Fri, Aug 18 - C. Grace * (9-1)
  • Wed, Aug 23 - Travinia Italian Kitchen (6:30-9:30)
  • Fri, Aug 25 - Brasa Brazilian Steakhouse * (7-10)
  • Sat, Aug 26 - Sullivan's Steakhouse (7-10)
  • Sat, Sep 9 - Sullivan's Steakhouse (7-10)
  • Fri, Sep 15 - C Grace (9-1) *
  • Wed, Sep 20 - Travinia Italian Kitchen (6:30 - 9:30)
  • Sat, Sep 23 - Sullivan's Steakhouse (7-10)
  • Wed, Sep 27 - Brasa Brazilian Steakhouse (6-9:30)

Meet The Band

Bruce Smith - Keyboards & Vocals

Bruce Smith has a BA in Music from East Carolina and an MA in Music from the University of SC. He began his professional music career as a jazz pianist with U.S. Army Bands before becoming a Warrant Officer Bandmaster.   Bruce is currently the Associate Music Director at Genesis Methodist Church.  He is also an accomplished jazz and pop vocalist. His musical influences are jazz, funk, R&B, and blues.  

Michael McPherson - Drums

Mike is a native of NC and is an exceptional musician who played with the US Army Band and also with Leon Jordan's Continentals (Big Band) for many years. Mike’s rock solid ability to play styles from straight ahead jazz, to funk, to ballroom dance makes him one of the most versatile drummers on the scene today. 

Music Samples

Dizzy Gillespie classic!

A Spyro Gyra fusion classic!

Blues favorite by Bobby Troupe!

A Kirk Whalum samba!

Bill Withers and Grover Washington Jr. classic!

Duke Ellington classic!

Benny Goodman classic featuring Michael McPherson on drum solo! 

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The Bruce Smith Duo

(919) 244-0459