Kevin Smith

Double Bass Teaching Artist

Kevin Smith is a native of Atlanta Georgia. He was exposed to music at a young age growing up in some of Atlanta’s historical Black baptist churches. Being exposed to the cultures hymnody, negro spirituals, country blues and gospel music would set the foundation for a successful music career. Kevin earned honors early on which included perennial All-State appearances, Honor Orchestra, and Festival superiors in the areas of voice, orchestra and jazz. As a junior in high school he earned a spot in the Governors Honors Program Orchestra department. That following year he participated in what would be his first Grammy/music Industry award winning project with local hip-hop group Outkast.

After finishing high school Kevin was accepted into The Florida State University and received a scholarship to be placed in the School of Music’s String Performance Program. Here he studied classical/baroque contrabass with Melanie Punter (Orchestra of St. Lukes/Atlanta Baroque Orchestra) and was under the direction of Maestro Dr. Alex Jimenez (Univ. Symphony). He also was accepted into the jazz studies departments where he studied jazz bass with Rodney Jordan. He also studied and performed with dept. head Leon Anderson Jr., Marcus Robers (Wynton Marsalis), Scotty Barnhart (Count Basie, Duke Ellington Orch.), Inga Sweringen, and Dr. John Parks. Kevin also held a chair in the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, and played in the Columbus Symphony, Albany Symphony, and Dothan Opera Orchestras. Additional sideman appearances include: Marcus Printup, Kevin Bales, Curtis Fuller, Vincent Gardner, Calvin Newborn, Russell Malone, Fred Wesley, Chris Crenshaw, Wycliffe Gordon, Donald Harrison, Victor Goines, Takana Miyamoto, Toku Baba, Russell Gunn, Terrion Gully. Music Industry Awards: Outkast: Speakerboxxx/The Love Below (LaFace/Arista)- RIAA: certified diamond (11x platinum), Grammy for Best album of the year and best rap album ’04 Billboard #1’s: top 100, top 200, top internet, top 40: rhythmic, mainstream and overall, and Canadian Singles Field Mob: Light Poles and Pine Trees (D.T.P./Geffen/Universal) RIAA: certified gold Billboard: #7 top 200, #2 top R&B/Hip-hop (single) Kevin continues to be an active member of the Atlanta musical and artistic community.

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