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Nate Smith is a Grammy nominated American drummer, composer, songwriter and producer. Born and raised in Chesapeake, Virginia, his musical talent became apparent at the age of eleven, after picking up the drums and learning to play the piano by ear. After high school, he went on to earn a percussion performance scholarship and pursued his musical studies at James Madison University. In graduate school he met and performed with the legendary jazz bassist and composer Dave Holland. He continued to perform occasionally with Dave over the next few years, finally joining his GRAMMY-award winning Quintet and Big Band in 2003. In early 2004, he joined saxophonist Chris Potter’s group Chris Potter Underground, and has since recorded three albums with the ensemble. Since then, he has gone on to play or record with an array of fantastic and diverse artists, including:  Ravi Coltrane, Jose James, Nicholas Payton,  John Pattituci, Adam Rogers, Regina Carter, Mark de Clive-Lowe and Lionel Loueke.

Nate Smith’s visceral, instinctive, and deep-rooted style of drumming has already established him as a key piece in reinvigorating the international jazz scene, and now his rising career reaches a new benchmark with the release of his bandleader debut, KINFOLK: Postcards from Everywhere (Ropedope Records, 2017). Much like his diverse and ample resume, this album sees Smith fusing his original modern jazz compositions with R&B, pop and hip-hop.

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