Sean Smith

  • Sean Smith
  • Instruments: Bass

  • Biography:

    Bassist Sean Smith has been an integral part of the international jazz scene for more than 20 years. He has appeared in many of the major jazz festivals, concert halls, and clubs all over the world. 

    Sean has performed with Gerry Mulligan, Phil Woods, Benny Carter, Flip Phillips, Clark Terry, Johnny Griffin, Lee Konitz, Art Farmer, Tom Harrell, Jacky Terrasson, Bill Charlap, Peggy Lee, Rosemary Clooney, Mark Murphy, Jimmy Scott, Andy Bey, and many others.

    Sean is also a prolific composer whose works have been played and recorded by such artists as Phil Woods, Mark Murphy, Bill Charlap, Gene Bertoncini, Bill Mays, and Leon Parker. His music has also been featured in several films.

    Sean's compositions are best described as lyrical, melodic, cinematic, and songful, have been received with outstanding reviews. His Song For The Geese, recorded by Mark Murphy (RCA/BMG), was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1998. His work with Jacky Terrasson and Emmanuel Pahud on Into The Blue (EMI/Blue Note) was nominated for a 2003 Grammy Award. In 2007 Sean received a Bistro Award for Outstanding Instrumentalist.

    Sean is a leader in his own right. His dynamic working quartet includes John Ellis on the saxophones, John Hart on the guitar, Russell Meissner at the drums, and Smith on bass. Their recordings include Sean Smith Quartet Live! (Chiaroscuro Records) and Poise (Ambient Records), both featuring his compositions. The Sean Smith Quartet performs regularly in New York City. Their new recording, Trust, was released in the spring of 2011 on Smithereen Records and has received rave reviews. Sean Smith earned his Bachelor of Music from the Manhattan School of Music and lives in New York City.