Baby Grand Jazz - Emery Austin Smith
Hartford Public Library's highly-popular Baby Grand Jazz Series will return IN-PERSON and VIRTUALLY for its 19th season in 2022 with a spectacular line-up of the best jazz musicians in the region. Enjoy every Sunday at 3:00pm from January 2nd through April 24th, 2022.
IN-PERSON: Click the registration button on this page to register. Due to library COVID policy, our audience is capped at 50 attendees for socially distanced seating in the Center for Contemporary Culture. If our registration list is full, please sign up for our wait list, and you will be contacted if we have cancellations. We will be checking names at the door at each performance.
*Masks are required inside Hartford Public Library buildings.
VIRTUAL: Tune in on Hartford Public Library's Facebook Page and YouTube channel.
Emery Austin Smith
Sunday, February 6th - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Hartford Public Library - Downtown
500 Main Street, Hartford CT, 06103
Emery Austin Smith was born, raised and still lives in Hartford, CT. He studied piano with Lillian Johnson Pierce and theory/composition with Clyde Wesley Board. Emery played locally with saxophonist Harold Holt, and Percy Nelson. He was the leader and arranger/ composer of the Emery Austin Smith Quintet performing in schools, colleges, museums lecturing and demonstrating the art and culture of Jazz. Smith was a co‐leader with Lou West of the Progressive Arts and Culture Company 15-piece band which performed at the first Arts Festival in Hartford. Smith is strongly influenced by Thelonious Monk and Bud Powell. Smith worked in New York with Charles Shavers, Howard McGhee, Coleman Hawkins, Tina Brooks, Dizzy Gillespie and many more. Presently, Smith performs in New York and New England. The presentation will be a mix of Jazz (Bebop and standards) and popular songs with accompanying historical commentary. Mr. Smith has appeared at The Baby Grand series in the past to rave reviews!
Emery Austin Smith - Piano
Alvin Benjamin Carter, Jr. - Drums