Artist Info

Russell Smith

Trumpeter and vocalist Russell Smith came out of the same trumpet-obsessed family as Joe Smith and five other brothers, all of them known to earn money with a trumpet mouthpiece between their lips, as had their father and stern mentor Luke Smith, Sr. Not to be mixed up with an Indianapolis bandleader of the same name, the trumpeter Russell Smith is represented by an enormous discography that includes works by some of the greats of classic jazz including Ben Webster, Coleman Hawkins, Fletcher Henderson, and Benny Carter. Smith held the first trumpet position in the Henderson outfit and is considered by many Fletcher fiends to be among that band's greatest brass soloists.