Joel LaRue Smith

JOEL LARUE SMITH has toured extensively, performing jazz, classical, gospel and Afro Cuban repertoire, throughout the U.S., Europe, Africa, Asia, Central America, and the Caribbean.
He has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and The Whitney Museum in New York; The White House; Symphony Hall in San Francisco, Boston; The Royal Albert Hall, London; Multi-Cultural Festivals: The Hellenic Music Festival in Athens-Greece, 2011 Costa Rica International Jazz Festival, and the 2011 Guatemala International Music Festival; and various noted jazz clubs like the Blue Note and The Village Gate in New York City, the Jazz Dock in Prague - Czech Republic, and The Blue Frog in Mumbai - India.
He has performed with the New York Philharmonic, The Toledo Symphony, The French National Orchestra, Mario Bauza, Kenny Burrell, Tito Puente, Junior Cook and Wayne Andre. Joel has been the Director of Big Band & Jazz Studies at Tufts University since 1996. His debut CD, “September’s Child”, featuring several original Afro-Cuban Jazz compositions, was released in 2008. He will be a featured pianist in the 2011 Annual John Coltrane Memorial Concert in Boston.
He is the recipient of six Meet the Composer grants, a grand prizewinner for the grant in musical composition from the Queens Council for the Arts, has won the distinguished George and Ira Gershwin Award from ASCAP.

Joel La Rue Smith - solo piano

Joel LaRue Smith Trio

Line Up
Joel LaRue Smith - piano
Fernando Huergo - bass
Tiago Michelin - drums

On stage: 3 
Travel party: 3

Music samples

El Mensajero
Narrow Escape
Time Out For Love
Que Preciosa

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