From blues to bebop

David Smith jr. with trombone

Come to the Cone Park Library Saturday, April 27 at 2:00 for the Jazz program, “From Blues to Bebop”.


Dr. David L. Smith Jr. and Charlie and Alexander (The Jazz Traditions) will be teaming up together to bring jazz music to a new audience. Our mission is simply to share our love for jazz music by performing and educating the community of this unique American original art form. Please join us in celebrating Jazz Appreciation Day as we honor the jazz greats in the history of jazz. We will be introducing the earlier styles of jazz (early 1900’s) leading up into the bebop movement (1940’s) with live demonstrations with selections by jazz legends, Charlie Parker, Duke Ellington, Sonny Rollins, Miles Davis, and others. This will be an exciting presentation you don’t want to miss! 

Dr. David L. Smith Jr. (born in Boynton Beach, Florida) is an American jazz trombonist, educator and composer. He has performed with leading jazz artists including: The late George “Buster" Cooper (trombonist from the world - renowned Duke Ellington Orchestra), Vincent Gardner, and Wycliffe Gordon just to name a few. With a passion for jazz education, he decided to further his education in the field by earning both master’s and doctoral degrees in jazz studies performance from the University of South Florida and the University of Colorado. Today, Smith currently serves on faculty as assistant professor of music and studio brass at Santa Fe College, in Gainesville, FL. He continues to perform, compose, and educate jazz music for all citizens, sharing his lifelong passion.

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Charlie Alexander was born in Providence, RI in 1953. He earned a bachelor’s degree in music from the University of RI in 1978. He owned and operated the Remillated School of Piano, where he taught from 1980 to 2005 in Exeter RI. In 2005, Charlie published ten children’s book as an author. Charlie and his wife, Becky currently reside in Ocala, Fl. Today, he works as a jazz pianist throughout most of central Florida and shares his musical gifts with many young students.


Posted by JeffD on April 18, 2019