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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 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  
(Results 51-56 of 56 records)

Citation

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

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