2011

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Louis Smith

SEMJA Celebrated Louis Smith

Rick Roe, Alex GrahamSEMJA's Award celebration for Louis Smith was a resounding success. Louis was clearly moved by the testimonials of his former students who also played much of his music at the event: Sean Dobbins, Rick Roe, and Alex Graham. Former bandmate Kurt Krahnke provided great support as always.

For the last song, Sean invited two young protégés of his to the bandstand: trumpeter Anthony Stanco and tenorist Jonathan Beshay. Stanco played Smith's sparkling solo on "Andy" from one of his Blue Note albums. So the mantle of mentorship was virtually passed from one generation to the other in front of the packed house. Jazz Lives!

TOP: Lulu Smith, Louis Smith (with award), SEMJA Emeritus President Ron Brooks
ABOVE: Rick Roe, Alex Graham
BELOW: Alex Graham, Jonathan Beshay, Anthony Stanco, Sean Dobbins

Group

photographs by Lars Bjorn


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1. SUSAN CHASTAIN---2. SEMJA ON THE INTERNET
3. SEMJA AWARD TO LOUIS SMITH
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