Program Books/Hamish Smith

Hamish Smith

acoustic bass

An award-winning New Zealand jazz artist, Hamish Smith flows with rhythmic inventiveness and a unique groove-centric approach. He has been described by NEA (National Endowment for the Arts) Jazz Master Todd Barkan as “a modern marvel—one of the great young bassists in the world.” Currently living in New York, Smith has quickly become a highly sought-after musician. His career highlights include tours, performances, and/or recordings with artists such as Paquito D’Rivera, Dayna Stephens, Miguel Zenon, Manuel Valera, Yosvany Terry, Michael Rodriguez, Benito González, Elio Villafranca, Diego Urcola, and the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. Smith is also a founding member of the collaborative group Immigrantet, along with Nicola Caminiti and Juan Diego Villalobos. He thrives on providing a sonic foundation with his formidable sound echoing the vibrations of New Zealand’s roots.