JUMAANE CAN BE HEARD ON MANY GRAMMY WINNING RECORDS AND HIS PERFORMANCE CREDITS INCLUDE:
North Sea Jazz Festival
Montreux Jazz Festival
Catalina Island Jazz Festival
Java Jazz Festival
Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival
Monterey Jazz Festival
Montreal Jazz Festival
Rochester International Jazz Festival
Madison Square Garden
Radio City Music Hall
Two sellout shows at Jazz @ Lincoln Center
The Grammy Awards (with Stevie Wonder)
Oprah Winfrey Show
Ellen DeGeneris Show
Tonight Show with Jay Leno
Good Morning America
The Late Show with David Letterman
featured guest soloist recordings:
Michael Buble’s latest single “Nobody But Me”
FloRida’s latest single “Zillionaire”
Michael Buble’s “Blue Christmas”
featured soloist with:
Houston Pops Orchestra
featured special guest soloist with:
Jumaane Smith, trumpeter and vocalist, has already done what most musicians spend their lives dreaming about. He’s traveled the world, played stages in historic clubs, in massive stadiums and at cultural landmarks, recorded a solo album, appeared on national television and performed for two sitting U.S. presidents.
His collaborations range from pop idols to jazz legends, and the list reads like a lineup for the best New Orleans Jazz Fest ever. He’s worked with Stevie Wonder, Quincy Jones, Michael Buble’, David Foster, Van Morrison, Jackie Evancho, Herbie Hancock, Alicia Keys, Aretha Franklin, Bono, Wyclef Jean, Justin Bieber, Diddy, Carlos Santana, Marcus Miller, Natalie Cole, Barbara Streisand, Wynton Marsalis, Bryan Adams, Chris Botti, Esperanza Spaulding, Jon Baptiste, Kamasi Washington and many others.
At 16, while most kids are content with getting a driver’s license, Jumaane
was on a plane for the first time headed to Europe. As a member of the Roosevelt High School Jazz Band under the direction of Scott Brown, he spent three weeks performing at such events as the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland and the North Sea Jazz Festival in Den Hague.
Only a few years later, now living in NY, Jumaane was one of 17 musicians (including only 4 trumpeters) invited to join the inaugural class of Jazz Studies at Juilliard – a program developed by Wynton Marsalis.
In 2002, Marsalis awarded him a scholarship to attend the Academy of Achievement Summit in Dublin, Ireland. The attendees were some of the greatest thinkers alive: world leaders such as Gorbachev and Bill Clinton, Hollywood giants such as James Earl Jones, and Nobel Prize winners. Asked the night before the event’s gala finale, Jumaane and a fellow student performed a duet for the event under pressure with no repertoire prepared, “opening” for Chuck Berry. One year later, as February was being declared African-American Music Month, Jumaane and the Jazz Museum in Harlem All-Stars performed for George W. Bush in the East Room of the White House.
In 2005, Jumaane was invited to audition for Michael Bublé’s band. Twelve years later, Jumaane continues to perform, record, travel and learn as a part of the Bublé family. “The experience has been what I imagine post-graduate school to be like,” he says. “Michael Bublé is a wonderfully humble, down to earth and extremely generous person who thrives off of his family and friends realizing their own hopes, dreams and goals. It has been truly inspirational working with him.”
From touring the world with Bublé to playing the Grammy Awards show with Stevie Wonder and the Jonas Brothers to recording “As I Am” with Alicia Keys to appearing on the “American Idol” soundtrack to scoring and performing music for the film “Handsome Harry,” Jumaane’s accomplishments go on and on. The recordings he’s appeared on have sold more than 25 million copies worldwide, garnered four Grammy nominations and earned three Grammy wins. The TV shows he’s appeared on total an audience of around 100 million viewers.
Now Jumaane steps forward and takes center stage as he has completed his debut record “I Only Have Eyes For You.” A celebration of the Great American Songbook with the theme of love and romance, the album includes interpretations of classic tunes full of personal emotion. The debut features performances by Michael Bublé, Jackie Evancho and Naturally 7. Now only time will tell how a lifetime of learning and all-star mentorship will pay off.