Guitarist Perry Smith combines the tradition of Jazz with broad influences from contemporary music to create his signature style. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Smith is now based in Brooklyn where he performs as a bandleader and as a sideman for local and touring artists. Smith’s extensive performance resume includes notable stages such as: Birdland (NYC), Blue Note Jazz Club (NYC & Tokyo), Smalls Jazz Club (NYC), Dizzy's Club Coca Cola (NYC), Montreal Jazz Festival, San Jose Jazz Festival, Java Jazz Festival (Indonesia), Jazz a la Calle (Uruguay), Rochester Jazz Festival, Yoshi's Jazz Club (Bay Area), The Blue Whale (LA), Philippine International Jazz Festival, Rocky Mountain Archtop Festival, The Healdsburg Guitar Festival and SFJazz.
“Live dates often bring out the best not only in leaders, but in side players as well. That's the case with this fine date by guitarist Perry Smith.” - Jim Motavalli
— NYC Jazz Record review for "Live in Brooklyn"
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“He’s got a gentle and pastoral melodicism, a welcome to the ears” - George Harris
— Jazz Weekly
“Smith’s solo style is modern, but still steeped in the traditional jazz idiom. The most impressive aspect of Smith’s formidable technique is his ability to phrase and his use of breathes between those phrases.” - Sylvannia Garutch
— The Jazz World
“Whether skirting fusion or funk or busting with modern melody, Smith's compositional style, musical direction and fret boarding hit that sweet spot between classic and experimental, improvisational and fine-tuned melody.” - Denise Sullivan