• MM, Manhattan School of Music, United States
  • BA, City College, Ford Fellow, United States


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.

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.