Legends Tom Smith 1 Trombone Mouthpiece: Endorsed and played by the legendary Tom Smith! The Smith 1 is well suited for general playing. Customers have described it as feeling reminiscent of a Bach 6 1/2 AL, except that the Tom Smith 1 has a smaller throat and flatter rim. The player will also notice a nice bite with the Legends Tom Smith 1. The conical bore centers the tone, giving the player nice control and balance throughout the range of the instrument. Mr. Smith recommends it for orchestral, classical, jazz and jazz solo work. See the video below to hear his full evaluation of this mouthpiece.
Known all over the world as one of the most talented jazz performers of his time, Tom Smith’s talent can’t be overstated! He’s the winner of dozens of awards, a much sought after soloist, performer, teacher, and a legendary entertainer. Legends Brass is honored to partner with Mr. Smith to offer these mouthpieces to our customers!
More about the legendary Tom Smith:
DownBeat magazine once called 2013 Jazz Education Hall of Fame inductee Tom Smith “part trombonist, part music missionary.” Educators agreed when in 2008, they made him the last IAJE Jazz Ambassador Award recipient. He has also been called a quintessential 21st Century Musician for new approaches towards entrepreneurship, flexibility and novel thinking, all having subsequently inspired thousands of young musicians worldwide.
A longtime American university jazz professor, trombonist, wind symphony conductor, studio brass teacher, researcher and program creator, Smith is a six time Senior Fulbright Professor at the Romanian National University of Music in Bucharest, and Tibiscus University in Timisoara. He was also a Senior Fulbright Professional Specialist at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa and at the Serbian Academy of Music in Belgrade, where he additionally initiated their jazz program. In 2003 Tom was the first foreigner to be awarded the Romanian National Radio Prize, co founded/ coordinated Romania’s first summer music camp, and their first school of jazz music, alongside having performed on three of that country’s officially designated 100 Most Essential Recordings.
Tom has founded over 50 regional jazz ensembles on four continents, including the legendary Unifour Big Band, original pioneers of the American community jazz ensemble movement and the first entirely state funded state jazz group in the US. An active performer worldwide, Tom has played trombone, conducted or recorded for scores of jazz musicians, including Clark Terry, Joe Henderson, Louie Bellson, Herb Ellis, and the Manhattan Transfer and has made music with countless legendary entertainers.
A Brubeck Institute Research Grant recipient (2014), Tom’s many published topics in the field of jazz scholarship have been featured on programs like National Public Radio’s Weekly Edition, Discovery Channel Canada, and the Rutgers Jazz Roundtable, and have included answering questions about the death of Frank Teshemacher, Duke Ellington’s Silk Road inferences in The Far East Suite, ” lost years of Charlie Ventura and Bill Harris and discovery of the musical fingerprint that led to positive identification of personnel on early unlabeled recordings. He has also contributed entries and chapters to numerous academic encyclopedias, including Teaching Music Through Performance In Jazz, Bakers Dictionary of Music and American National Biography.
On October 4, 2010, Tom and his wife Sarah relocated to Northeast China where he developed a jazz music strategy for teaching English to native Mandarin speakers and in 2011 was hired as Professor and Founding Director of Jazz Studies at Ningbo University (near Shanghai) the first full time American jazz educator in Mainland China and the first full time American music professor of any genre. In 2013, he was awarded the Camellia Prize for significant cultural and artistic contributions to the citizens of Northern Zhejiang Province. Alongside his teaching, Tom served as lead trombonist for the house big band at the JZ Club in Shanghai.
Tom and Sarah are the parents of drummer Matt Smith.