Here is a Warren Smith bio that will blow everybody away. I wrote / compiled it for the recent Baba Andrew Lamb/ Henry Grimes/ Warren Smith concert on Valentine’s Day at Sistas’ Place, and Warren approved it:
WARREN SMITH is known for masterful percussion work with an endless array of jazz artists, a bevy of pop stars, and in countless studios and Broadway pit bands, as well as on more than 3,000 recordings. He might be the only man alive who has played with Nat Cole, Harry Partch and Charles Mingus, as well as Janis Joplin, Aretha Franklin and Barbra Streisand! In 1961 he co-founded the Composers Workshop Ensemble, which is ongoing. Over the decades, Warren has worked with Muhal Richard Abrams, Count Basie, Anthony Braxton, Bill Cole, Nat King Cole, Miles Davis, Gil Evans, Aretha Franklin, Julius Hemphill, Quincy Jones, Janis Joplin (as her musical director), Makanda Ken McIntyre, Carmen McRae, Charles Mingus, Van Morrison, Harry Partch, Sam Rivers, Nina Simone, Henry Threadgill, Andrew White, Tony Williams’ Lifetime, Nancy Wilson, and Joe Zawinul. Warren was a founding member of Max Roach’s percussion ensemble, M’Boom. From the ’60s through the ’80s,Smith ran Studio WIS, which hosted many New York jazz musicians, such as Wadada Leo Smith and Oliver Lake. These days, Warren continues to perform with many top artists, as well as leading his own ensembles. .