Trumpeter, Multi-Instrumentalist,
Composer, Improviser and Educator

G r e e t i n g s !

Wadada Leo Smith
has been voted
"Composer of the Year"
in the 2013 DownBeat Critics Poll!

Wadada was also voted "#3 Jazz Artist of the Year",

"#2 Trumpeter of the Year"
Ten Freedom Summers voted "#2 Jazz Album of the Year"

more info here.

Wadada Leo Smith has been announced as a finalist for the most prestigious award in music - the Pulitzer Prize!

more info here.

Greetings and welcome to my website. It gives me great pleasure to make available an array of information and news; ideas, concepts and philosophical reflection; research and musical dreams; and samples of musical recordings, video clips as well as an historical and personal photo gallery.

My conception of a website is dynamic, therefore some sections will be updated and others completely changed as thinking changes and evolves over time.

I hope you'll take a look at my latest news and upcoming performance dates, as well as my New Releases page, updated with reviews and audio excerpts from my most recent CD releases.

Please visit our tribute to our and friend and gifted artist, Glenn Horiuchi.

In contemporary society the role of the artist is a vital element in the development of character and morality, cultivated through musical performance or artistic and literary images.

One should become more reflective and meditative regarding their higher self and endeavor to solve some of the hard problems facing our world.

Because both the artists and the participants are transformed by artistic and symbolic language, the energy within these works enable us to evolve our humanity.

Thank you for visiting my website and please visit my guestbook where you can drop me a note with your questions and comments.

Peace, Loving - Kindness,

Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith

© 1997-2017 Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith

last update: 1.19.17

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