I have taught music for several organizations including Jazz Fresno, Fresno Unified and Panama Buena Vista School Districts (AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS), Younger Audiences, Arts Council of Kern, Yamaha School of Music and Bakersfield Jazz Workshop. I have been teaching for 15 years privately, as well as publicly.
Lesson programs include the following:
* Piano Performance
* Piano Technique
* Music Theory
* Music Composition
* Creating/Building a Group
My rates are very affordable, and I am very competitive.
My bio is as follows:
Jay Smith has performed with dozens of groups all over the US and Europe in a wide range of music from bebop and jazz fusion to Latin rock and funk. He has worked with groups and musicians as Carl Saunders, Clayton Cameron, Kelulu, Mento Buru, The Fresno Philharmonic, David Baron Stevens, Andre Bush, Mike Dana, Velorio, Zambra and Patrick Contreras, to name a few.
His current projects include Mento Buru, which was voted Best Band of 2012 by Bakersfield Magazine and The Jay Smith Trio/Group which features a variety of players including Cesareo Garasa, Jay Jay Hicks, Fernando Montoya, Therese Muller and Patrick Contreras.
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 and Fresno's 90.7 KSFR, where he currently has his own radio show.
Two of his bands (Jay Smith Trio/Group and Kelulu) are selected as featured artists on the Global Level on Reverbnation. He was the lead instructor at the Bakersfield
Jazz Workshop for the first four years. He's been teaching
at Nick Rail Music Bakersfield since the store opened in 2009.
His latest 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.
He is currently working on a new record which is fan-titled "Too Many Notes," which will feature Patrick Contreras, Cesareo Garasa, Jay Hicks and many others.