He has opened up for groups and musicians as Carl Saunders, Poncho Sanchez, Jeff Coffin,
His current projects include Mento Buru which was voted best band of 2018 by Bakersfield Magazine and
The Jay Smith Trio/Group which features a variety of players including Cesareo Garasa, Paul Perez, Jay Jay Hicks,
Fernando Montoya, Steve Eisen, and Patrick Contreras to name a few.
He has been on several radio stations and TV stations including Bakersfield's Channels
17, 23, 29/58, The Michael Nayt Show, Brighthouse Networks, and 107.1 FM
KRAB, Fresno's 90.7 KSFR where he had his own radio show for 5 years.
Mento Buru) are selected as Featured Artists on
the Global Level on Reverbnation.com. He
was the lead instructor at the Bakersfield
Jazz Workshop for first four years. He taught at
Nick Rail Music Bakersfield since the store opened in 2009 and in 2021 opened his own music school called Bakersfield Music Lessons.
His first album, Unashamed Portrayal, (available now on iTunes and 30 other retailers)
features Grammy Nominated Guitarist Andre Bush, Jay Jay Hicks, Saxophonist Chris Nguyen,
trombonist Joe Vazquez, trumpeter Mark Manda, Fernando Montoya on acoustic and electric bass,
Jonathan Weinmann on drums, and Jorge Nunzio Urbina on percussion. It's been featured on
ALL ABOUT JAZZ as their download of the day.
Smith's second record, Too Many Notes, was titled by his fans based on his reputation for a blisteringly fast
playing style. Patrick Contreras on electric violin, Jay Jay Hicks on 8 string bass, Cesareo Garasa on drums,
Fernando Montoya on electric bass, Gary Rink on bass, Jonathan Weinmann on drums, and Marlon Mackey on vocals.