BRIAN SMITH's BIOGRAPHY

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First published in October 2007, last updated June 2009

Brian can be contacted at bsjazz@ezysurf.co.nz

 

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Excerpts from Brian's web site biography

Brian Smith started to make his mark in Auckland, New Zealand in 1958. Apart from a stint in Australia working on the Gold Coast for two years, he established himself as an in demand tenor player backing local and touring musicians.

He moved to London in 1964, performing at Ronnie Scott's and working and touring with the likes of Humphrey Littleton, Alexis Korner, T-Bone Walker, Georgie Fame, Alan Price, Annie Ross, Bing Crosby, Mark Murphy, Jon Hendricks, John Dankworth, Gordon Beck and Tubby Hayes.

In 1969 he started working in the Maynard Ferguson band, staying with them until 1975 touring and recording.

Brian was a founding member of "Nucleus" which won the European Band competition in Montreaux in 1970, resulting in gigs at Newport Jazz Festival and tours of Italy, Germany, Holland and America.  He recorded ten albums with Nucleus.

He also backed acts like Nancy Wilson, The Small Faces, Eartha Kitt, The Four Tops, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Donovan, Dusty Springfield, Bobbie Shew, John Scofield, Sandy Shaw and Lulu.

Brian returned to New Zealand in 1982 and has since been kept busy recording, writing and performing on tours with a huge list of top national and international stars. He remains one of New Zealand's most sought after musicians.

One of the many bands Brian played in was "Billboard", in the mid 1980s, resident band at Club 21, under the Civic in Auckland. With Ian Fraser (drums), Geoff Castle (keyboards), Billy Kristian (bass), Martin Winch (guitar), Beaver (vocals).

Brian Smith recorded two albums 1990 and 1991 respectively which went became Platinum Selling in New Zealand, "Moonlight Sax" reached #1 on the album charts and "Moonlight Sax Two" reached #2.  He also released "The Moonlight Sax Collection" CD - a compilation of both "Moonlight Sax" and "Moonlight Sax Two".

Film and TV soundtracks include "Came a Hot Friday", "Shaker Run", "Gloss", "Plainclothes", "Frontline" and numerous commercials.

Brian Smith was declared "a national treasure" by Metro Magazine (New Zealand) in an article about his career.

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