About Us

What We Play


Daze Work  is a versatile professional jazz band with a vast repertoire of jazz standards, contemporary fusion, funk, pop and R&B selections performed instrumentally as well as with vocals.  Daze Work implies the joy of being dazzled by the musicianship, artistry, and grooves of this amazing band.  We perform to entertain all of our audiences!  Whether it's jazz, fusion, funk, or R&B, it's all in a Daze Work"!  

Where We Play


 Daze Work 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 weddings, corporate events, as well as private functions all over the triangle area.     

Performance Calendar



  • Thu, Oct 3, NC Technology Association, SAS Campus (5:30-7:30)  DAZE
  • Wed, Oct 9, Brasa Brazilian Steakhouse - Raleigh (6-9:30) SOLO
  • Sat, Oct 12, Sullivan's Steakhouse, Raleigh (6:30-9:30) DUO
  • Sat, Oct 19, Whispering Pines - Raleigh (4:15-5:15) SOLO
  • Sat, Oct 19, Brasa Brazilian Steakhouse - Raleigh (6:30-9:30) DAZE
  • Sat, Oct 26, Sullivan's Steakhouse -        Raleigh (6:30-9:30) DAZE
  • Thu, Oct 31, Whispering Pines Gracious Living (7-8) SOLO


  • Sun, Nov 3, Brookdale N Raleigh (3:30-4:30) SOLO
  • Thu, Nov 7, Brasa Brazilian Steakhouse - Raleigh (6-9:30) SOLO
  • Sat, Nov 9, Sullivan's Steakhouse, Raleigh (6:30-9:30) DUO
  • Tue, Nov 11, Preston Pointe - Morrisville (2:30-3:30) DUO
  • Sat, Nov 16, Whispering Pines - Raleigh (4:15-5:15) SOLO
  • Sat, Nov 16, Brasa Brazilian Steakhouse - Raleigh (6:30-9:30) DAZE
  • Sat, Nov 23, Sullivan's Steakhouse         Raleigh (6:30-9:30) DAZE


  • Thu, Dec 5, Private Corporate Event, Raleigh (6:30-9) DAZE
  • Wed, Dec 11, Preston Pointe, Morrisville (2-3) DUO
  • Sat, Dec 14, Sullivan's Steakhouse, Raleigh (6:30-9:30) DAZE
  • Tue, Dec 17, Harrison Pointe Private Christmas Party, (7:30-9:30) DAZE
  • Thu, Dec 18, Private Christmas Event, Raleigh (8:30-10) SOLO
  • Sat, Dec 21, Whispering Pines - Raleigh (4:15-5:15) SOLO
  • Sat, Dec 21, Brasa Brazilian Steakhouse - Raleigh (6:30-9:30) DAZE
  • Sat, Dec 28, Sullivan's Steakhouse         Raleigh (6:30-9:30) DUO
  • Tue, Dec 31, Sullivan’s Steakhouse - Raleigh (8-12:30)

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 with U.S. Army Bands serving as a Warrant Officer Bandmaster and jazz keyboardist worldwide.   He is also an accomplished jazz and pop vocalist. His musical influences are jazz, funk, R&B, and blues.  Bruce plays piano and keyboard bass while providing vocals for the trio and duo. 

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!

More About "DAZE WORK"


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


Meet Daze Work!

Music Samples



Clifford Brown blues classic!


Stanley Turrentine's minor blues classic!


Miles Davis and Stan Getz tune!



Dave Grusin' and Ronnie Laws groove!


Grover Washington Jr. classic!


Jeff Lorber Fusion groove!



Tribute to the late, great Al Jarreau!


The legendary Al Green hit!


Frank Sinatra iconic song!

Contact Us


306 Parkknoll Lane, Cary, North Carolina 27519, United States

(919) 244-0459

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