Perry Smith

Guitarist Perry Smith combines the tradition of Jazz with broad influences from R&B, Rock and Folk to create his signature style. Originally from California, Smith is now based in Brooklyn where he leads his own group and is a sideman for jazz and contemporary artists. Smith’s extensive performance resume includes notable venues and festivals such as the Blue Note Jazz Club (NYC & Tokyo), The Village Vanguard (NYC), Dizzy's Club @ Lincoln Center (NYC), Montreal Jazz Festival, Java Jazz Festival (Indonesia), Jazz a la Calle (Uruguay), Rochester Jazz Festival, Philippine International Jazz Festival, The Healdsburg Guitar Festival and Yoshi’s Jazz Club (SF Bay Area).

Smith is gearing up to release his third album as a leader “New Angel.” The project features 10 original compositions for his quintet featuring Jon Irabagon (sax), Glenn Zaleski (piano), Matt Aronoff (bass) and Allan Mednard (drums). The music expands on the traditions of jazz with a fresh approach to modern composing and improvising.

Smith is an active player in the greater New York jazz scene and hosts a weekly series in Brooklyn called The Nest Session. Every Wednesday he performs with a different group of NYC's finest jazz musicians. The Nest Session is generously supported by a grant from in conjunction with the Jazz Foundation of America.  

In addition to leading his own projects and working as a sideman, Smith is a founding member of the critically acclaimed New West Guitar Group. NWGG has been performing internationally for 10 years and they are recognized as one of the premier guitar ensembles in the country. 

In 2005, Smith received his Bachelor of Music degree from the Flora L. Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California, where he studied guitar with jazz legend Joe Diorio. In 2011 he completed his Masters in Music at New York University studying with the great John Scofield. Smith was named the “Outstanding Graduate” for 2011 in the NYU Jazz Department.


- “a bright light in music.”  - Joe Diorio

- "Smith’s delicate finger-work is well displayed on the flowing “Street Sense” and the soft tones on “The Searcher.” - Jazz

- "A thoroughly impressive mix of jazz and rock to create a bona fide fusion of modern jazz guitar styles.”  - Music Web Express