Saxophonist and composer Patrick Smith was born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario. Relocating to Toronto in 2013, he has worked in many musical styles from traditional swing, to open form improvisation, original modern jazz, funk, pop, and rock.
An active bandleader, Patrick currently leads three of his own groups which have headlined at many Toronto music venues such as The Rex, The Tranzac, the Emmet Ray, and Placebo Space.
The Smith Brothers Octet is a modern jazz octet that plays original music and creative arrangements of other artists’ music, The Patrick Smith Standards Trio is a trio interprets the classic repertoire of the jazz canon as well as original music and SHDW CLN is a duo that experiments with open-concept improvisation. He also co-leads the improvisational trio Saorsa which toured Ontario and Quebec in December 2016 and is currently preparing to record their first album.
His wide skill-set has also led performances at the Montreal International Jazz Festival, the Ottawa International Jazz Festival, and the Toronto Jazz Festival.
Patrick has studied with some of the top jazz musicians in the world today including Ben Wendel, Mike Murley, and Kelly Jefferson. He has performed as an opening act for artists such as Chick Corea and Seamus Blake and has worked and recorded with artists such as jazz legend Dave Liebman, Norma Winstone, David Riddel’s Delusions of Grandeur, Chelsea Mcbride, Ken Macdonald, Brother Levon, Harrison Vetro, Art the Band, Will Hunt Quintet and many more.
Currently, Patrick is working towards professionally recording “Spherical Drifting” an hour long suite of music for jazz quartet and strings, and is writing a series of compositions to debut with his new quartet in the summer of 2017.