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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 26-50 of 56 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca L 10181 6/3/1957 Sidney's theme Chico Hamilton Quintet instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca L 10182 6/3/1957 Susan Chico Hamilton Quintet instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca L 10183 6/3/1957 Goodbye baby Chico Hamilton Quintet instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca L 12788 3/7/1962 Gone with the wind Charlie Teagarden instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca L 12789 3/7/1962 [Unknown title(s)] Charlie Teagarden instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca L 12790 3/7/1962 What's new? Charlie Teagarden instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca L 12791 3/7/1962 Yesterdays Charlie Teagarden instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca L 12792 3/7/1962 Thou swell Charlie Teagarden instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca L 12793 3/7/1962 My heat belongs to Daddy Charlie Teagarden instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca L 12794 3/7/1962 You stepped out of a dream Charlie Teagarden instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca L 12795 3/7/1962 I'm getting sentimental over you Charlie Teagarden instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca L 12796 3/7/1962 Anything goes Charlie Teagarden instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca L 12797 3/7/1962 Tangerine Charlie Teagarden instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca L 12798 3/7/1962 Charmaine Charlie Teagarden instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca L 12799 3/7/1962 [Unknown title(s)] Charlie Teagarden instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca L 13140 3/20/1963 Friendship Lionel Hampton ; Charlie Teagarden instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca L 13141 3/20/1963 Silver slipper Lionel Hampton ; Charlie Teagarden instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca L 13142 3/20/1963 410 East Lionel Hampton ; Charlie Teagarden instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca L 13143 3/20/1963 Hamp's vamp Lionel Hampton ; Charlie Teagarden instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca L 13144 3/20/1963 Blues for Little T Lionel Hampton ; Charlie Teagarden instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca L 13145 3/20/1963 Dancing on the ceiling-1 Lionel Hampton ; Charlie Teagarden instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca L 13146 3/20/1963 Body and soul Lionel Hampton ; Charlie Teagarden instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca L 13147 3/20/1963 On the street where you live Lionel Hampton ; Charlie Teagarden instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca L 13148 3/20/1963 Memories of you-1 Lionel Hampton ; Charlie Teagarden instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca L 13149 3/20/1963 How high the moon-1 Lionel Hampton ; Charlie Teagarden instrumentalist, string bass  
(Results 26-50 of 56 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Smith, Carson," accessed March 7, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/344237.

Smith, Carson. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved March 7, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/344237.

"Smith, Carson." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 7 March 2021.

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

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