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Eric Smith's songs are influenced by jazz
Bill Bares’ Wednesday Jazz series at White Horse Black Mountain continues with a visit from Michigan musician Eric Cheveron Smith on Wednesday, March 7 at 7:30 p.m. The multi-instrumentalist takes a song-based approach to his craft, switching between piano and guitar to deliver sophisticated compositions. Tickets are $10 advance, $12 door.
Growing up in Michigan, Smith got his start in music by singing in the church choir as a young child and not long after learned piano, drums, and guitar. He was very involved in school concert, symphony, and jazz bands from elementary school through high school.
By age 11 or 12, he had begun writing songs on the piano, and that morphed into a songwriting obsession that continues today. He’s written classically-inspired compositions, jazz pieces, folk/rock/funk/pop songs, percussion works, and arranged for several different ensembles ranging in size from a piano trio to marching band.
As high school came to a close, Smith decided to pursue music at a collegiate level. An attraction to jazz for both the intellectual challenge as well as the pursuit of expression led him to attend Michigan State University College of Music as a jazz studies-piano major (Class of 2017) under the program direction of Rodney Whitaker.
Smith currently studies jazz piano with Xavier Davis at Michigan State University and has previously studied with Reginald Thomas, Dennis Tini, and Steve Taylor. He has also been coached by singer/producer Herschel Boone.
Eric has written many songs in various styles, and self-released his debut EP "Hey There Miss" in 2015.
Show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 advance/$12 door.