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Gerald Smith

Gerald Smith - Alternate Mode Artist
Gerald Smith - Alternate Mode Artist

At the tender age of 5, Gerald Smith was introduced to the drums and by 10 years old 

he played his first professional gig as a lead vocalist and drummer. This accelerated beginning 

became a catalyst for his career. Gerald has played with several different bands throughout his 

career with varying styles such as, Funk, R&B, Rock, Country, Latin, Gospel and Jazz. 

Born in the South and raised on the West Coast, Gerald attended Central Arizona College on a 

track and music scholarship. After touring with the college ensemble, he formed an R&B group 

in Arizona and began performing in clubs. After 15 years of local gigs, an opportunity to work as 

an engineer/studio manager in Trinidad arose. While in Trinidad, Gerald worked with a number 

of top-named artists such as: Izzy Stradlin of Guns N Roses, Toni Tony Tone’, Kamiko Yamashita 

of Japan, Kassav of Sony France and many others. He also joined the group Michael Boothman 

and Kysofusion with RCA jazz, and they were the opening act for many artists such as Al 

Jarreau, George Duke, Wynton Marsalis, Tito Puente, Arturo Sandoval, Cassandra Wilson, and 

also performed with George Howard, Toni Tony Tone’ and Helen Baylor in Trinidad. Upon his 

return to the US, Gerald joined the smooth jazz group Indigo City for a few years and then 

formed Jazzsmith. He has performed in many jazz festivals with the most notable 

being the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. Jazzsmith’s most recent project is 

titled “Jazzsmith Live and Unedited”. It is a compilation of his smooth jazz percussive styles and 

the smooth melodies from over the years. 

Gerald Smith is also a recording, mixing and mastering engineer. He also has ample experience 

as a front of house engineer for live performance groups such as Solo (produced by Jimmy Jam 

and Terry Lewis), Kelly Price, Tony Terry, Toni Tony Tone’, Ron Kenoly and many others. 

Among all the accomplishments and accolades Gerald has garnered over the years, designing 

an instrument is his highest achievement to date. With the help of Alternate Mode, the makers 

of the DrumKAT®, and Pintech®, Jazzsmith has created an instrument that is unique 

in appearance and electrifying to experience. The instrument combines drumsticks and 

electronics using all percussion sounds, and even has the capability to replicate wind and 

stringed instruments also. No one has taken electronic drums to the level he exhibits and his 

promise is to delve even further into “E-Drumality” with each album he produces, without 

sacrificing quality. 

All of his experience with instrumentation and engineering are useful because as a 

performing musician, he understands the importance of sound quality. This engineer/musical 

pioneer is a force to be reckoned with. From corporate functions where appearance and 

volume are crucial, to dinner engagements for that perfect ambience, and concerts for that 

high-energy in your face performance Jazzsmith is the perfect fit for your function and 

listening device!