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Jimmie Smith

born on 27/1/1938 in Newark, NJ, United States

Jimmie Smith

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James Howard "Jimmie" Smith (born January 27, 1938, Newark, New Jersey) is an American jazz drummer.

Smith studied at the Al Germansky School for Drummers in his home town of Newark, New Jersey from 195154, then attended the Juilliard School in 1959-60. He began his professional career in New York around this time. In the 1960s he played with Jimmy Forrest (1960), Larry Young (196062), Lambert, Hendricks, and Ross (196263), Pony Poindexter (1963), Jimmy Witherspoon (1963), Gildo Mahones (1963), Jimmy McGriff (196365), and Groove Holmes (1965).

From 1967 to 1974 he played with Erroll Garner before moving to California around 1975. He then played with:

He toured Japan with Jimmy Smith and Kenny Burrell in 1993.

One of Smith's most noted collaborations took place at the Montreux International Jazz Festival in 1977, where he played with Benny Carter, Miles Davis, Milt Jackson, Dizzy Gillespie, and Count Basie.


With Kenny Burrell

  • Ellington Is Forever (Fantasy, 1975)
  • Ellington Is Forever Volume Two (Fantasy, 1975)

With Sonny Criss

  • Crisscraft (Muse, 1975)
  • Out of Nowhere (Muse, 1976)

With Jimmy Forrest

  • Forrest Fire (New Jazz, 1960)

With Dizzy Gillespie

  • Dizzy Gillespie Jam (Pablo, 1977)

With Barney Kessel

  • Jelly Beans (Concorde, 1981)

With Richard "Groove" Holmes

  • Soul Message (Prestige, 1965)
  • Misty (Prestige, 1965)

With Etta Jones

  • Love Shout (Prestige, 1963)

With Gildo Mahones

  • I'm Shooting High (Prestige, 1963)
  • The Great Gildo (Prestige, 1964)

With Jimmy Witherspoon

  • Baby, Baby, Baby (Prestige, 1963)

With Larry Young

  • Young Blues (New Jazz, 1960)
  • Groove Street (Prestige, 1962)


  • Chris Sheridan, "Jimmie Smith". Grove Jazz online.
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