Posted April 30, 2013

Trombonist Inducted into Jazz Education Hall of Fame

It has been announced by Down Beat magazine that Ningbo University (China) Professor of Music Tom Smith is the 2013 inductee into the Jazz Education Hall of Fame. The longtime trombonist and Fulbright Scholar is the founder of NBU's full time jazz program (first in China) and is currently China's only full time American music professor. During his 34 year career, the 2008 International Association for Jazz Education Ambassador Award designee has been a a recipient of six Senior Fulbright Professorships at the Romanian National University of Music in Bucharest, and Tibiscus University in Timisoara. He was also a Senior Fulbright Professional Specialist Lecturer at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa and most recently at the Serbian Academy of Music in Belgrade, where he formed the curriculum for that country's first university jazz program. After a few years as Director of Instrumental Music at North Carolina's Pfeiffer University, he was in 2003 the first foreigner to be awarded the Romanian National Radio Prize. Additionally he co-founded/coordinated Romania's first summer music camp, and co-founded their first school of jazz music. As a performer Smith has played trombone, conducted or recorded for scores of performers like Clark Terry, Joe Henderson, Louie Bellson, Herb Ellis, and the Manhattan Transfer. Through a career seeped mostly in high yield grass roots endeavors, he has founded over 50 regional and national ensembles on four continents, including the Romanian National Jazz Ensemble, and the Unifour Big Band, an acknowledged forerunner of the American community jazz movement. In the field of jazz research Tom's work has been featured on numerous media programs, including National Public Radio's Weekly Edition, All Things Considered and Tech TV. On October, 2010, Tom and his wife Sarah relocated to Northeast China where he developed a jazz music strategy for teaching English to native Mandarin speakers, and was subsequently hired the next year as Professor and Founding Director of Jazz Studies at Ningbo University. Tom and Sarah are the parents of drummer Matt Smith.