Joey M. Smith (bassist)

The Bassist

Joey M. Smith Joey Smith, bassist, guitarist and arranger, has spent the greater part of his life as a professional musician and has worked with many unique and well-known talents. A faculty member in the Jazz Studies Department at the Victoria Conservatory of Music since 2004, he brings a wealth of varied experience to his students for whom he teaches bass along with jazz arranging and composition, and directs student combo groups.

A native of Kingsport, Tennessee, he completed his Bachelors degree at the University of East Tennessee in Chattanooga.

In 1985, he worked and recorded as bassist with guitarist Kenneth Ray “Thumbs” Carllile and Herby Wallace on pedal steel guitar; then went on to play bass for two-and-a-half years, from 1985 through 1987 with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, also writing arrangements for the group. Joey was married in Victoria and moved to Rochester, New York to attend the Eastman School of Music where, in 1990, he graduated with a Masters in Jazz Studies and Contemporary Media.

Following his graduation in 1990, he and his wife returned to Victoria and Joey has spent the years since, playing guitar and bass, and occasionally, tuba, with numerous local groups. He has also been called upon as a “pick-up” for Cleo Laine and John Dankworth, Herb Ellis, Charlie Byrd and Rosemary Clooney, to name a few. He currently records and tours with Marc Atkinson (trio & quartet) , the Karel Roessingh Trio, Brishen (featuring Quinn Bachand) and the CanUS trad jazz band along with many other groups in town.

Joey has written numerous arrangements for such groups as the Glenn Miller Orchestra and the Victoria Symphony, also arranging some of the music for the Commonwealth Games in 1994. Currently, several of his arrangements appear on The Bill’s and The Marc Atkinson Trio’s latest CDs.