The Bruce Smith Trio

About Us

What We Play

  The Bruce Smith Trio  is a versatile professional jazz band with a vast repertoire of jazz standards, contemporary jazz, pop and R&B selections performed instrumentally as well as with vocals. 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 Trio has performed in restaurants, lounges and bars in the triangle area like C. Grace, Brasa Brazilian Steakhouse, Travinia Italian Kitchen, Watts & Ward, Sullivan's Steakhouse, Circa 1888, and Irregardless Cafe, just to name a few.  We also perform private functions all over the triangle area.     

Performance Calendar


  • Wed, August 8, Brasa Brazilian Steakhouse (6-9:30)
  • Sat, Aug 11, Sullivan's Steakhouse (7-10)
  • Sat, Aug 18, Brasa Brazilian Steakhouse (7-10)
  • Sat, Aug 25, Sullivan's Steakhouse (7-10)
  • Wed, Aug 29, Preston Pointe (3-4)
  • Sat, Sep 8, Sullivan's Steakhouse (7-10)
  • Sat, Sep 15, Brasa Brazilian Steakhouse (7-10)
  • Sat, Sep 22, Sullivan's Steakhouse (7-10)
  • Wed, Sep 26, Brasa Brazilian Steakhouse (6-9:30)
  • Thu, Sep 27, Watts & Ward (7-11)
  • Thu, Oct 4, Private Event SAS (5:30-7:30)
  • Sat, Oct 6, Private Benefit (6-9)
  • Sat, Oct 13, Sullivan’s Steakhouse (7-10)
  • Sat, Oct 20, Brasa Brazilian Steakhouse (7-10)
  • Thu, Oct 25, Private Event - SAS (5-7)
  • Sat, Oct 27, Sullivan’s Steakhouse (7-10)

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. 

Doug Mayes - Saxophones

Doug Mayes began playing saxophone as a kid after an encounter with a Dexter Gordon album ignited a lifelong passion for jazz. He's studied with noted jazz trombonist and educator Tommy Smith and Frank Bongiorno during his time at UNCW in the 90's. Since then, he's been active on the jazz scene in Wilmington, Phoenix and Raleigh. He currently leads his own jazz quartet, is featured in several local area bands. His powerful sound is a perfect blend of jazz, soul, and funk!

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Our Music...


Traditional Jazz, featuring the music of Miles Davis, Stanley Turrentine, Herbie Hancock, and Duke Ellington 


Latin Music, featuring the Brazilian music of Carlos Jobim, Kenny Durham, Horace Silver, and Freddy Hubbard 


Fusion Jazz, featuring the music of Spyro Gyra, Jeff Lorber Fusion, and Grover Washington Jr. 


Pop and R&B Classics of Stevie Wonder, Steely Dan, Bill Withers, and Al Jarreau


Music PLUS!  multimedia shows featuring the music of Duke Ellington, and Frank Sinatra 

Music Samples

STRAIGHT AHEAD SWING

"SANDU"

Clifford Brown blues classic!

"SUGAR"

Stanley Turrentine's minor blues classic!

"LADY BIRD"

Miles Davis and Stan Getz tune!

CONTEMPORARY FUSION/FUNK

"FRIENDS AND STRANGERS"

Dave Grusin' and Ronnie Laws groove!

 "WINELIGHT"

Grover Washington Jr. classic!

"THE BADNESS"

Jeff Lorber Fusion groove!

VOCAL TUNES

"WE'RE IN THIS LOVE TOGETHER"

Tribute to the late, great Al Jarreau!

"LET'S STAY TOGETHER"

The legendary Al Green hit!

"COME FLY WITH ME"

Frank Sinatra iconic song!

"JUST THE TWO OF US"

Bill Withers and Grover Washington Jr. collaboration!

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The Bruce Smith Trio

(919) 244-0459