Piano/Sax Duo Playing Selections for their latest CD "The Bees Knees"!
Featuring: Jackie Warren-piano & Joshua Smith-sax.
A native of Colorado, pianist Jackie Warren originally came to Ohio to study classical piano at Oberlin Conservatory with Sedmara Zakarian Rutstein, where she graduated with a B.M. in performance. While at Oberlin, she also studied jazz arranging, composition, and theory with Wendell Logan, who became a mentor to her, and encouraged her to study jazz piano with Neal Creque and jazz improvisation with Kenny Davis. Jackie received a M.M. from Cleveland State University in classical piano performance, studying with Andrius Kuprevicius and Daniel Barber, but continued her lessons with Creque, and has been based in Cleveland ever since.
Jackie performs regularly as a soloist, but has her own jazz trio, which includes bassist Peter Dominguez and drummer Ron Godale. She also arranges and plays salsa and Latin jazz with percussionist Sammy Deleon y Su Orquesta. In addition to these groups, Jackie has performed locally and nationally with such artists and groups as David Fathead Newman, Benny Bailey, Clark Terry, Frank Morgan, Bobby Watson, Frank Foster, Jane Bunnett and the Spirits of Havana, Los Munequitos de Matanzas, Othello Molineaux, Donald Harrison, Gerald Wilson, Jimmy Heath, Impacto Nuevo, Humberto Ramirez, Tony Vega, Tito Rojas, Tito Puente, Jr., King Solomon, the Tuscarawas Philharmonic, the Jazz Heritage Orchestra, the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, and the Afro Cleveland Orchestra.
Jackie is also an educator and clinician, and has taught jazz arranging and composition and coached jazz combos at Oberlin. She is currently on the Jazz Studies Faculty at Cuyahoga Community College, Metro Campus. She is also on the faculty at the Cleveland Music School Settlement.
Joshua Smith is a saxophonist/multi instrumentalist residing in the San Francisco Bay area. He has been performing for the past 20 years with a wide array of notable jazz and creative musicians, beginning in his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio.
Joshua has performed in the straight-ahead jazz realm for the past 20 years. His current sidemen are the best of the San Francisco Bay area. Growing up, Smith began gigging at a very early age with older jazzmen of his hometown, Cleveland, Ohio... He was a member of "Greg Bandy's Young Lions'" and studied under saxophone iconoclast Ernie Krivda.
Joshua has since made his mark in the arena of avant-garde jazz and forward thinking jazz through performing with players like Joe Maneri, Cuong Vu, (of The Pat Metheny Group), Chris Jonas, trumpet legend Nate Wooley, Trevor Dunn, Todd Sickafoose, Myra Melford, Ben Goldberg,Carmen Castaldi, and drummer Scott Amendola in addition to many other notable players...
Additionally, he's performed with funk drumming legend Clyde Stubblefield, toured as a member of The Youngblood Brass Band, and bluegrass legend Peter Rowan...
He's been a member of The Scott Amendola Quartet for the last five years, having performed with guitar luminary Nels Cline, at John Zorn's NYC venue, The Stone.
In 2010 he acted as music director and contributing composer to the "Leave Me Alone" opera, an avant grade jazz opera written by Smith's good friend Harvey Pekar, at Oberlin College.