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