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"I can't say enough about a fellow discographer, Christopher Smith, who proofread the discography and provided me with quite a few additional listings......
Without Chris's help (at his own expense, I might add), the discography would be incomplete."
---Louis G. Bourgois III, co-author of The Musical World of J.J. Johnson

"...I listened to a CD of "The Bird of Paradise Orchestra", featuring among others, our Christo on trombone.
...Chris Smith plays his butt off on 3 cuts. He really sounds terrific, and impressive. Sure footed trombone solos.
Chris and I will someday discuss how he got up the nerve and audacity to begin one solo on an effortless High "F" that is *for real*.
Who do you think you are Mr. Christopher Smith ? Christian Lindberg ? Ray Anderson ? Robin Eubanks ?
Living on the edge, of course, is the answer. As we all know, the edge is where it's at.
Plunger work by Chris is also outstanding. Very."
---J.J. Johnson, in reviewer mode, September, 1998

Welcome to the home page of
Christopher Smith, jazz trombonist,
tubist, arranger and composer.

This page has not been updated in a long time (I am very busy with life as a musician/father of 2 young girls)- and I have considered scrapping it, but a few people have asked me to keep it on-line, so I will.

Remembering J.J. Johnson, it is comforting to know that he enjoyed a long life, accomplished so much, and touched the lives of so many people.

One can spend a lifetime exploring his music, and it will take years for researchers/fans/musicians like myself to catch up with all of it! I will continue to work to bring more of J.J. Johnson's work and music into sharper focus for his devoted fans.

Want to listen to an excerpt of a new tune I wrote for our hero? Click here to listen to "One For Jay". Or right click to save it to your hard drive and play it from there.

I have arranged this music for jazz sextet (tpt, tbn, t. sax, rhythm section), so please email me if you are interested in playing it with your own group.


The Jazz Trombone F.A.Q. is finally here!
The newest section of this website features answers to many common questions by a "Round Table" of 4 pro jazz trombonists:
Jeff Adams, Sam Burtis, Alex Iles and myself.
NEW! Dumb Questions!
Ever hear any of these?

Just added-
the Kai Winding Album Gallery!
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It's through the guestbook
suggestions that I have made
many corrections and improvements
to this web site.

Site Index
Click on the links below to go to the sub-pages.
Who is this guy Christo?
Schedule of Appearances Sound Clips
Information on the Bird of Paradise
Orchestra's most recent CD- BINGO!
What the heck is "Mouthpiece Clocking",
and is it real, or only in our heads?
this is a tiny red graphic of the word 'new!' Jazz Trombone F.A.Q.
(Frequently Asked Questions)
Selected Links
Who is J. J. Johnson?
A collection of internet links on the Man
J. J. Johnson Album Cover Gallery
Highlight Gallery (may take time to load)
Full Index of Album Covers (quick loading)
A Special Research Request
Sign Guestbook View Guestbook
View Guestbook (12/98-7/00)