Neal Smith is an internationally recognized drummer, performing regularly in clubs, concert halls, colleges, and at U.S. and International Jazz Festivals. He was the first African-American to earn a degree in Jazz Studies from Oberlin Conservatory. Neal leads his own group, which performs original compositions as well as classic arrangements of jazz standards. Neal also performs regularly with internationally recognized artists such as Tom Harrell, Anita Baker, Donald Byrd, Sonny Fortune, Rufus Reid, and Charles Davis.
Jazz and Contemporary Music – Drums