Saturday April 25, 2015 @ 8PM - Stratus Vineyards
Best known to audiences throughout the world as the lead trumpeter for international superstar Michael Bublé for the past decade, multi-faceted singer, entertainer and musician Jumaane Smith is set to make his highly anticipated, critically acclaimed independent standards-filled debut album I Only Have Eyes For You.
Smith’s collaborations range from pop idols to jazz legends, including Stevie Wonder, Quincy Jones, Aretha Franklin, Alicia Keys, The Jonas Brothers, Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Barbara Streisand, Natalie Cole, Wynton Marsalis, Herbie Hancock, Santana, Chris Botti and others.
"I strived to create an intimate album which focused on the sentiment of love and romance while being perfect for any occasion and best to be enjoyed with a glass of wine and someone you care about." Executive produced by Smith and produced by Dave Pierce, I Only Have Eyes For You is a lush celebration of the Great American Songbook featuring interpretations of classics full of personal emotion. The collection includes vocal performances by Smith, Bublé (the opening track, “Come Rain or Come Shine”), a capella group Naturally 7 (“I Only Have Eyes For You”) and young pop classical sensation Jackie Evancho (“La Vie En Rose”).
Legendary critic Don Heckman of the LA Times, Downbeat, JazzTimes writes"Jumaane is a very special artist....a guy who is managing to be a unique and irresistibly creative voice at a time when most players are simply trying to imitate their favorite, a very listenable album."
Will Friedwald of the Wall Street Journal echoes these words, calling Smith a “terrific and prodigious trumpeter.” Friedwald also writes "The trumpeter's first album, I Only Have Eyes for You has him evoking classic standard songs as well as artists that have inspired him over the years: ‘La Vie en Rose’ pays homage to Louis Armstrong, not Edith Piaf, while others recall the lyricism of Bobby Hackett and the jagged edge of Miles Davis. But in his desire to exult melody and accessibility, the trumpeter that Mr. Smith reminds us the most of is Chris Botti. The new album leads off with ‘Come Rain or Come Shine’ as a voice / trumpet duo with longtime associate Michael Bublé, and offers one of that superstar's best-ever renditions of a classic song, making us wish that the brassman and the Canadian crooner would undertake a full-length album and / or concert together."
Sandy Shore, president of SmoothJazz.com global radio, says of the collection that it’s “an instant essential album, one that is definitive and timeless, a jazz recording appealing to a wide audience of music enthusiast with cool, classic sensibilities...This is a must have...delightfully pleasing to the ears!”
One of only 17 musicians (including only four trumpeters) invited to join the inaugural class of Jazz Studies at the Juilliard School in 2001, Smith – who trained there for four years on a full scholarship – has appeared on numerous Grammy winning recordings. His musical accomplishments include playing the Grammy Awards show with Stevie Wonder; recording “As I Am” with Alicia Keys; appearing on American Idol, performing at the White House for both Bill Clinton and George Bush and scoring and performing music for the critically acclaimed films “Handsome Harry” and “Being In The World.”