Feed Your Senses: Kevin Smith
80 Forsyth St.
Bring your lunch and enjoy the FREE performance by bassist Kevin Smith, 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, Louie Bellson, Curtis Fuller, Vincent Gardner, Calvin Newborn, Russell Malone, Fred Wesley, Chris Crenshaw, Wycliffe Gordon, Donald Harrison, Victor Goines, Dr. Dwight Andrews, Takana Miyamoto, Toku, Russell Gunn, Terreon Gully, Nicholas Payton, Tia Fuller, Lew Soloff. 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 artistic and education community.
Plan to meet your friends downtown for Feed Your Senses, the Rialto’s free Lunchtime Learning Performing Arts Series, every third Wednesday at noon, in the Lobby at the Rialto Center for the Arts at Georgia State University. The program features a different artist or speaker each month providing a casual and fun insider’s look at their craft. Previous Feed Your Senses have featured the Faculty Jazztet from Georgia State’s School of Music, Latin jazz group Havana Son, and Nefertari Bey, jazz vocalist.
Feed Your Senses is supported in part by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners, Georgia Council for the Arts through appropriations from the Georgia General Assembly (GCA is a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts), the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs, and 100 Peachtree.