Music Night: Preston Smith
Preston Smith is a local recording artist and professional trumpet player. He is an endorsing artist for Phaeton Trumpets, and performs exclusively on their instruments. Preston specializes in smooth jazz, R&B, latin, and traditional jazz. Smith moved to Houston/Katy in 2005 after a tenure as a professional musician and recording artist in the New Orleans area. Preston plans to release his latest album this summer. For more information visit www.prestonsmithjazz.com.
Professional Trumpeter Preston Smith, a resident of Houston, currently teaches band and music at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School. He is also the host of the “Straight Ahead Jazz Night” at the famous Red Cat Jazz Café in downtown Houston which has a long history of showcasing Jazz artists of various genres. Smith is also making a name for himself as a premier performer in the area thanks to many performances with his quartet, and in addition, does freelance gigs in and around the Houston metropolitan area.
Preston started his college career as a scholarship musician at Texas Wesleyan University in Dallas, Texas. He continued his study of trumpet performance at Western State College of Colorado where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance in 2000. While studying jazz and classical music in college, Preston performed professionally with multiple groups throughout Colorado and collaborated on a variety of recording projects. He played with Dixieland, Jazz, Funk, Rock, and Latin groups throughout the state while performing in several notable venues including “One World Festival”, “UNC Jazz Festival”, and “The Montana Traditional Jazz Festival”.
Afterwards, Mr. Smith took a full assistantship position to pursue his Masters of Music at Southeastern Louisiana University. While there, Smith was a member of the faculty brass quintet and played lead trumpet in their top big band. Smith then started his teaching career, while playing professionally throughout Southern Louisiana. In 2002, he was invited by the New Orleans Saints to play the national anthem before one of their games in the Louisiana Superdome. Visit (http://youtu.be/G5PnDj_RjFE) for his live performance.
While in Louisiana Preston began to record and play professionally there and throughout Texas, Alabama, and Florida. He recorded his first solo album, “One Night Stand,” at Word of Mouth Studio in New Orleans. Smith also recorded and toured with Jive Train, a Funk R&B group, as well as appearing with the R&B band, ”Coffee”, featuring Ernest Scott on the TV show“Louisiana Jukebox”. “In the Cool,” his second solo album was released in 2003, and several of his originals where featured on the “Hammond Toast to the Arts” CD, and on the” Strawberry Jam Toast” to the Arts Festival compilation album.
After brief stint as co-owner of ”SugaCane’s Jazz ‘n Blues” restaurant and club in Hammond, Louisiana, Smith moved to Houston to become a high school administrator. In 2012, Smith again turned to his horn and music in earnest. He recorded a 3 song CD called “In the Pocket”, and started performing throughout the Houston area.
Smith plays exclusively on a Phaeton Matte Black PHT-XP45 Bb Trumpet, and a Phaeton Gloss Black Onyx PHTF-2650 Flugelhorn.
He expects to release a new original recording in the summer of 2015.
www.prestonsmithjazz.com – This site provides audio clips and videos of Mr. Smith.