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In Tune With Musicians

Walt Smith

Editor’s Note: Walt Smith and friends play live jazz from 6:30-9 p.m. every Tuesday at Buffalo Valley Restaurant. Information: 945-5297

City/hometown: I was born in Denver and have lived on the Western Slope since 1954.Type of music played: JazzMusical background/education: I have a bachelor’s of science degree in business from the University of Colorado – Boulder. But I’ve trained all my life to be a musician. I have 10 years of classical piano training. Family information: wife, Carol, and four daughters. We lived in the valley for 25 years then went to Grand Junction. Now we’re in Battlement Mesa.

Places you’ve played: All over Colorado private parties and jazz festivals. I play every Tuesday at Buffalo Valley. We were at Sopris Restaurant for 20 years and I told Kurt (Wigger) I’d give him another 20 years. Best part about being a musician: Being creative and getting to know some incredible people. What do you do with your free time? Tennis, skiing, sailing, selling real estate

Favorite instrument: pianoFavorite musician: Oscar PetersonBiggest influence: Musicians I get to work withWhat’s your favorite song? It varies day-to-day, but Duke Ellington, Gershwin, etc., are great!

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