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 51-56 of 56 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Decca||L 13151||3/20/1963||Sermonette||Lionel Hampton ; Charlie Teagarden||instrumentalist, string bass|
|Decca||L 13152||3/20/1963||Masked Grandma||Lionel Hampton ; Charlie Teagarden||instrumentalist, string bass|
|Decca||L 13153||3/20/1963||On the street where you live||Lionel Hampton ; Charlie Teagarden||instrumentalist, string bass|
|Decca||L 13154||3/20/1963||Deacon and the elder||Lionel Hampton ; Charlie Teagarden||instrumentalist, string bass|
|Decca||L 13155||3/20/1963||7-11 riff||Lionel Hampton ; Charlie Teagarden||instrumentalist, string bass|
|Decca||L 13156||3/20/1963||September in the rain||Lionel Hampton ; Charlie Teagarden||instrumentalist, string bass|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Smith, Carson," accessed February 27, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/344237.
Smith, Carson. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved February 27, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/344237.
"Smith, Carson." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 27 February 2021.
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