Fraser Smith relocated to the Capital in 2010 and has played professionally since. With a focus on swing and the straight ahead, he channels the sound and language of the big Tenor men.
His music harkens back to the Golden ages of jazz, from 40’s Kansas City through to 60’s New York,
Born in Birmingham, raised between the Midlands and Wales, Fraser first picked up the sax at the age of 15. He first came to the music of Charlie Parker, Louis Armstrong and Ike Quebec through the Woolworth’s bargain bucket. After studying hundreds of these solos, he considers himself a ‘practical scholar’, bringing these sounds of a bygone era to a modern stage.
‘Original tunes which take the virtues of 50s and 60s hard bop and soul jazz and infuse them with a youthful enthusiasm born of the 21st century.’
Ian Mann – Jazz Man
‘An ‘All Star’ Outfit ‘
David Freeman – Jazz FM
‘Smith wallows in that funky Gene Ammons/Ike Quebec sound’
Lance Liddle – Bebop spoken here