The Jazz Session #491: Perry Smith

Guitarist Perry Smith releases his new album, Live In Brooklyn, on October 11, 2019. The album features Melissa Aldana (interview) on saxophone, Matt Aronoff on bass, and Jay Sawyer on drums. In this interview, Perry talks about the jam session as a form of community building; using his musical success for good causes; how his jam session became grant-funded; and his upcoming tour, which begins October 10 with a CD release party at Smalls in Manhattan.

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Author: Jason Crane