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.
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.
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.
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 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!
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
Meet The Bruce Smith Trio!
STRAIGHT AHEAD SWING
Clifford Brown blues classic!
Stanley Turrentine's minor blues classic!
Miles Davis and Stan Getz tune!
"FRIENDS AND STRANGERS"
Dave Grusin' and Ronnie Laws groove!
Grover Washington Jr. classic!
Jeff Lorber Fusion groove!
"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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