Donald Smith


Donald Smith

Donald Smith was born in Richmond Virginia the son of an internationally know member of the Harmonizing Four the oldest living professional gospel group in the USA. Donald attended school in Richmond. Upon graduation he entered the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and majored in music. While a member of the school Jazz band they won three national collegiate awards as the outstanding Jazz band in the country. Individually Donald won the national collegiate award for best male vocalist two consecutive years

In the Champaign-Urbana community Donald performed as organist and flutist with the renowned Tony Zamora Territorial Band. 

Donald Smith performing

@ St Nick's Jazz Pub
This group was well known in the Tri-State area of Illinois , Indiana and Iowa not only for the music played, but for the number of musicians who have entered the teaching field of American-Classical Music and professional ranks worldwide.

As a pianist and vocalist, Donald has performed and recorded with many nationally and internationally know artists including: Art Blakey, Rahaan Roland Kirk, Benny Carter, Archie Shepp, Dizzy Gillespie, Jackie McLean, Leon Thomas, Pharoah Sanders, Oliver Lake, Yon and Chico Freeman and Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Big Band. Donald was the lead vocalist and Flautist with his brother Lonnie Liston Smith for five years.

Donald Smith Featuring
Tulivu-Donna Cumberbatch