bryan smith

Saxophone, Composition, Education

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The RE: Project

During 2014, I worked on a recording project through the artist support program at Jack Straw Productions in Seattle, WA. The music for this project was for solo alto saxophone and overdubs. Going into this recording, my intentions were to explore sonic landscapes and the perception of space by positioning each of my performances in different locations within the studio. Almost the entire recording process was improvised. The only compositional materials that I brought into sessions were conceptual postproduction ideas that I felt would help shape the overall pieces. Above is a video I created to promote the release of the recording. You can hear and download the entire recording at my Bandcamp page.

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History of Bebop Series


History of Bebop is a performance lecture series aimed to educate audiences on jazz music during the 1940’s and 50’s. Led by Bryan Smith, every performance lecture is based on a particular theme. Some of these themes include The Art of the Contrafact, Bird Music — The Music of Charlie Parker, 1944 — An Important Year in Bebop, The Music of Lennie Tristano and His Pupils, Chet Baker and Crew, and the West Coast Cool School, to name a few. History of Bebop is a stimulating and educational experience for audience member of any age. Whether listeners are music enthusiasts, students or educators, History of Bebop presents topics in an approachable and insightful manner. Performance lectures can be seen in the Pacific Northwest.

"Entertaining and educational. Our patrons rated this show as exceptional."

—Bill Landau, Library Manager
Tillamook County Library

Lecture Notes

May 2016: David Bowie
Jun 2016: History of Bebop
Nov/Dec 2016: Prince


As a Leader:

from The RE: Project

See, See
from See, See

As a Sideman:

Golden Gardens
by Eric Hullander's

by Brad Gibson's


Think Factory
by Bryan Smith
Live at Royal Room, Seattle, WA

by Gregg BC
Live at Locöl, Seattle, WA

A Flower In the Moon's Nappy Hair
by Bryan Smith
Live at Triple Door, Seattle, WA

by JJ Johnson
Live in Ballard, Seattle, WA


What... Where... When...
Portland Choir and Orchestra Goose Hollow Methodist Church May 19, 7pm
Portland Choir and Orchestra Goose Hollow Methodist Church May 20, 2pm
Bryan Smith Quartet Jo Bar July 5th, 7pm
Bryan Smith Quartet Private Event July 8th


Bryan Smith is currently a Portland based Saxophonist. Growing up in Portland, Oregon, Smith began his musical training in jazz under the tutelage of Ben and Michelle Medler, founders of the Portland Youth Jazz Orchestra. Smith left his hometown of Portland to attend Northern Arizona University on a full tuition scholarship. Here, Smith continued his music under the guidance of bassist Joel DiBartolo and saxophonist Jonathan Bergeron. While attending Northern Arizona University, Smith began developing his classical performance. In 2006, Smith was named winner of the Northern Arizona University Concerto Competition and performed Jacques Ibert’s Concertino da Camera with the Northern Arizona University Symphony Orchestra. After graduation, Smith returned to the Pacific Northwest to further his studies as a graduate student of music at the University of Washington. Smith has continued both his jazz and classical studies under Michael Brockman. Since moving to Seattle, Smith has performed with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra, Darren Kleintet, Andrew Oliver, Anomie Belle, Northstar Saxophone Quartet, The Miranda Syndicate, Jargon, Poontet! and was a guest performer for the saxophone master Dr. Eugene Rousseau at the 2009 North American Saxophone Alliance conference held in Moscow, Idaho. Smith has recently released his second album under his name entitled The RE: Project, as part of the Artist Residency at Jack Straw Cultural Center.


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