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Regular Full and Part Time Faculty, Ensemble Directors

Joel LaRue Smith
Lecturer of Music, Director of Jazz Activities, Director of the Tufts Jazz Orchestra (formerly the Big Band)

M.M. Manhattan School of Music; B.A. City College; Ford Fellow. Composition studies: Hale Smith & David Del Tredici; Jazz Piano: Jaki Byard & Barry Harris; Afro-Cuban: Charlie Palmieri.

Joel LaRue Smith has been the Director of the Tufts Jazz Orchestra (formerly the Big Band) and Jazz Activities at Tufts University since 1996. Under his direction, the Tufts Big Band has toured Cuba and Prague twice and was invited to perform at Jazz at Lincoln Center in 2007. In the summer of 2006 the Tufts University Big Band debut CD was released. The Big Band, now the Jazz Orchestra, will tour Costa Rica in 2009.

Beyond Tufts, Mr. Smith has played with Ron Carter, Mario Bauza and Kenny Burrell. He won the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation 1995 Jazz Competition in conjunction with Jazz Times; was Artist in Residence, Orchestra of St. Lukes Education Program Other awards and honors include: six "Meet The Composer" Awards, the ASCAP's George and Ira Gershwin Award, the Queens Council on the Arts Composer Grant, was a 1993 Artist-in-Residence conductor for the Warner Music Group, and has had commissions from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts as well as Brown University. Mr. Smith has performed in the U.S., Europe, Asia and the Caribbean, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and The Whitney Museum; The White House; Symphony Hall in San Francisco & Boston; and The Royal Albert Hall in London. Appointed 1996.

Mr. Smiths' debut CD, "September's Child", featuring several original compositions, was released in fall 2008.

Joel LaRue Smith

Joel LaRue Smith

Office: M243, Granoff Music Center
Email Joel
Phone: 617.627.2416

Office Hours:
Tue/Thu 2-3pm

Department of Music
Granoff Music Center
20 Talbot Avenue
Medford, MA 02155