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Carson Smith

Carson Raymond Smith (January 9, 1931, San Francisco – November 2, 1997, Las Vegas) was an American jazz double-bassist. Carson is the older brother of notable jazz musician & composer, Putter Smith.

Smith's early work was in West Coast jazz, playing with Gerry Mulligan (1952–53), Chet Baker (1953–55), Russ Freeman (1955–56), and Chico Hamilton (1955–57). Smith also recorded with Clifford Brown (1954), Dick Twardzik (1954), and Billie Holiday at Carnegie Hall (1956). In 1959, he toured with Stan Kenton, then recorded with Charlie Barnet in 1960. In 1962, he moved to Los Angeles, playing with Charlie Teagarden (1962) and Lionel Hampton (1963). He toured Japan with Georgie Auld in 1964. Later in the 1960s, he played with Buddy Rich, Arno Marsh, and Carl Fontana. He held a longtime residency at the Four Queens Hotel in Las Vegas, where he accompanied visiting musicians such as Art Farmer, Lew Tabackin, Zoot Sims, and Chet Baker.

Birth and Death Data: Born January 1st, 1931 (San Francisco), Died November 2nd, 1997 (Las Vegas)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1953 - 1963

Roles Represented in DAHR: string bass

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 56 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 102697 7/2/1957 Concerto of Jazz themes Forrest "Chico" Hamilton instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 102823 7/12/1957 Jonalah Forrest "Chico" Hamilton instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 102824 7/12/1957 Jam Forrest "Chico" Hamilton instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 102825 7/12/1957 Night beat Forrest "Chico" Hamilton instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca L 7392 10/2/1953 Hot shoe Leith Stevens' All-Stars instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca L 7393 10/2/1953 Lonely way Leith Stevens' All-Stars instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca L 7394 10/2/1953 Blues for Brando Leith Stevens' All-Stars instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca L 7395 10/2/1953 Windswept Leith Stevens' All-Stars instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca L 7396 10/2/1953 Beerle Leith Stevens' All-Stars instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca L 7397 10/2/1953 Chino Leith Stevens' All-Stars instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca L 7398 10/2/1953 Scramble Leith Stevens' All-Stars instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca L 7399 10/2/1953 The wild one Leith Stevens' All-Stars instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca L 9089 3/28/1956 But beautiful Andre Previn instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca L 9090 3/28/1956 I fall in love too easily Andre Previn instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca L 9091 3/28/1956 Invitation Andre Previn instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca L 9092 3/28/1956 Let's fall in love Andre Previn instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca L 9093 3/28/1956 It could happen to you Andre Previn instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca L 9094 3/28/1956 Too late now Andre Previn instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca L 9099 3/29/1956 Moonlight becomes you Andre Previn instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca L 9100 3/29/1956 You are too beautiful Andre Previn instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca L 9101 3/29/1956 When you wish upon a star Andre Previn instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca L 9102 3/29/1956 Laura Andre Previn instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca L 9103 3/29/1956 My foolish heart Andre Previn instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca L 9104 3/29/1956 It's easy to remember Andre Previn instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca L 10180 6/3/1957 Cheek to Chico Chico Hamilton Quintet instrumentalist, string bass  
(Results 1-25 of 56 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Smith, Carson," accessed June 14, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/344237.

Smith, Carson. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 14, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/344237.

"Smith, Carson." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 14 June 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/344237

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