Michael Buble’s trumpeter, Jumaane Smith, to play Danbury Palace January 19, 2012
by Linda Tuccio-Koonz
Jumaane Smith will play his trumpet and sing in a concert Saturday, Jan. 21, at the Palace Theatre in Danbury, where he will be backed by a seven-piece band.
The theater is at 165 Main St. and tickets for the 8 p.m. show are $25. Call 203-794-9944 or visit www.thepalacedanbury.com or www.palacedanbury.com. You can also visit www.jumaanesmith.com
A local resident who has been touring as lead trumpet with Michael Buble, Smith has been quite busy. Among his accomplishments, he’s played the Grammy Awards show with Stevie Wonder and the Jonas Brothers, and recorded “As I Am” with Alicia Keys.
He’s also working on a solo album, and will perform some songs from it at Saturday’s show.
Smith lives in Danbury with his wife, Nicole, and children, Liam, 1, and Cora, 6 months. However, it was Seattle where he grew up and fell in love with music.
Later, he moved to New York to continue studying music. He was one of only 17 musicians invited to join the inaugural class of jazz studies at Juilliard. A friend from school wound up working with Buble as a bass player, and when Buble’s band was expanding, Smith was asked to audition.
“At that point (in 2005), they wanted another trumpet player and I basically got the first go of it, and fortunately, I’ve been able to keep it,” he said.
Over the years Smith has worked with Quincy Jones, Wyclef Jean, Justin Bieber, Diddy, Natalie Cole, James Ingram, Wynton Marsalis, and Chris Botti, among many others.
The album he’s working on contains pop and jazz hits, such as “What a Wonderful World,” “Come Rain and Come Shine,” “Georgia On My Mind,” as well as “I Only Have Eyes for You.”
“I’m going to be doing music from my upcoming release (at Saturday’s show),” he said, adding the concert also includes a collection of pop and jazz standards from the Beatles and Van Morrison to Hoagie Carmichael.
“You’ll hear some Stevie Wonder and Ella Fitzgerald, too.”
For more on Smith, see the Jan. 19 edition of GO magazine.
The Palace Theatre, 165 Main St., Danbury. Sat., Jan. 21, 8 p.m. $25. 203-794-9944, www.palacedanbury.com, www.thepalacedanbury.com, www.jumaanesmith.com