Wadada Leo Smith Chicago, Illinois
With his dry tone, extended use of silence and abrupt smears of color, Smith is different than most trumpet players. He was exposed to the blues early on and the improvisational traditions of the Delta blues as well as influences from around the world are into his work. He has taught at several esteemed universities and has held the Dizzy Gillespie Chair at the CA Institute of the Arts since 1993.
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