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Walt Smith and friends to play Carbondale

Donna GrayPost Independent StaffGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

CARBONDALE – Walt Smith and his Jazz All-Stars will perform in concert at 7: 30 p.m. today at Thunder River Theater in Carbondale. Appearing with Smith will be singer Kathy Morrow, Al Herman on trombone, Mark Gray on bass, John Devitt on saxophone and Billy Harmon on drums.Smith has been a jazz legend in the Roaring Fork Valley since establishing his reputation in Aspen in 1954 at venues such as the Red Onion and the Tippler Bar at the Copper Kettle. He’s been a fixture with his jazz band on Tuesday nights for over 10 years, first at the Sopris restaurant and now the Buffalo Valley.Morrow, a jazz singer from Minturn, performs at the Ritz Carlton in Beaver Creek, and has appeared all over Europe.Trombonist Al Hermann has backed such jazz luminaries as Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, Julie London and Peggy Lee. He has sided with Lionel Hampton, Buddy Morrow, Wild Bill Davidson, Doc Cheatham, Ellis Marsalis and Spike Robinson.Mark Gray, bass, has played regularly with Smith for 10 years. He has also performed with such jazz greats as Harry Allen, Ernie Watts , Dan Barrett and many others. He is the principal bassist with Symphony in the Valley and teaches music at Carbondale Middle School and Roaring Fork High School.Drummer Billy Harmon has played at a variety of venues, including the Sierra Hotel in Lake Tahoe. In the valley, he plays regularly with Smith at Buffalo Valley. John Davitt, saxophone, has also played with Smith over the years. Tickets are $15 in advance at Sounds Easy in Carbondale and $20 at the door.For more information, call Connie McCrudden at 963-3136.Contact Donna Gray: 945-8515, ext. 16605dgray@postindependent.comPost Independent, Glenwood Springs Colorado CO

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