Local trumpeter/singer Jumaane Smith, who has been touring with big band sensation Michael Bublé, will perform at the Palace Theatre in Danbury on Saturday, Jan. 21 at 8 p.m.
Tickets for the show, which cost $25, can be purchased by calling 203-794-9944 or going online.
Smith, of Danbury, has seen his career take off in recent years, playing the Grammy Awards show with Stevie Wonder and the Jonas Brothers, and recording the hit song “As I Am” with Alicia Keys. He’s also working on a solo album.
A native of Seattle, Smith went onto study at Julliard, having been one of only 17 musicians invited to join the inaugural jazz studies class at the school. A classmate wound up working with Bublé, and when Bublé’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,” said Smith, who lives in Danbury with his wife, Nicole, and children, Liam, 1, and Cora, 6 months.
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.