Trumpeter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer Smith will receive the Vision Festival’s annual award on June 21, 2022.
Mr. Smith joins a venerable pantheon of FreeJazz pioneers in receiving the Vision Festival Lifetime Achievement Award including Amina Claudine Myers, Andrew Cyrille, Peter Brotzmann, Henry Grimes, Milford Graves, and Sam Rivers.
On this special occasion, Mr. Smith will present new work for the opening… Read More
Friday, April 26 – Sunday, April 28, 2019 at The Kitchen in NYC
“The trumpeter’s meditation on the legacy of civil rights and the heroism of Rosa Parks is formally inventive and emotionally gripping…. Vividly conveying historical injustice and ongoing struggle through wild instrumental swings and empathetic composition, Rosa Parks is music for the ages.” – Ben Cardew, Pitchfork
“Wadada Leo Smith’s intricate… Read More
At Big Ears 2019, Wadada Leo Smith applies his beautiful, vulnerable trumpet tone to his solo 2017 set, an eight-piece reflection on Thelonious Monk that includes four originals and four Monk interpretations. Though fiercely original, Smith makes his connections to Monk clear as he plays—their respective singular instrumental vocabularies, their idiosyncratic sense of time, their robust personality. This is… Read More
Boldly original trumpeter, multi-instrumentalist and composer Wadada Leo Smith has topped three categories in DownBeat Magazine’s 65th Annual Critics Poll: Jazz Artist, Trumpet and Jazz Album (for America's National Parks on Cuneiform.) A group of 155 international critics from organizations including The Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune Read More
The Hammer Museum at UCLA has announced the recipients of its Made In L.A. 2016 Mohn Awards. Among the recipients is jazz trumpeter and composer Wadada Leo Smith, who received the Museum's Career Achievement Award. Read More
Downbeat, November 2016 Cover Story / Wadada Leo Smith: National Treasure
The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF) today announced that the boldly original composer, trumpeter and Pulitzer Finalist Wadada Leo Smith has been named a 2016 Doris Duke Artist. Smith is one of twenty-one awardees appointed in recognition of their creative vitality and ongoing contributions to the fields of dance, jazz and theater.
“To receive the prestigious Doris Duke Artist… Read More