Trevor Smith

Special Projects Producer

Trevor joined WBGO in 2017 and currently serves in a variety of creative capacities at the organization. As Special Projects Producer, Trevor is a writer and producer for Jazz Night in America and programs projects including WBGO’s monthly Gateway Concert Series in Downtown Newark.

Since graduating from Berklee College of Music in 2011, Trevor has worked extensively with artists and cultural organizations in the jazz community in artist relations and event production roles.

Outside of WBGO, Trevor enjoys writing, sailing, and exploring his home borough of Queens.

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The Newport Jazz Festival was just one year old when the Clifford Brown/Max Roach Quintet blazed onto its stage in 1955. By 1960, when pianists Dave Brubeck and Horace Silver each played a rollicking set, the event was an institution, known all over the world. And so it remains today — though there's something to be said about the fest in that formative era, when every step forward was historic.

While the world has gone relatively quiet amid the coronavirus pandemic, International Jazz Day plans on bringing some joyful sounds from across the globe together in celebration of the music.

On this episode of Jazz Night in America, we check out a concert from the archives that I just had to take a listen to. It features one of the greatest pianists ever, Monty Alexander, and my mentor and hero, the late bassist Ray Brown.

On this episode of Jazz Night in America, we check out a concert from the archives that I just had to take a listen to. It features one of the greatest pianists ever, Monty Alexander, and my mentor and hero, the late bassist Ray Brown.

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The smooth, booming voice of Gregory Porter brought a galvanizing force to jazz when he broke onto the scene about a decade ago. It's a voice of exhortation, flowing out of the gospel church. A voice of dignity, in the mode of his hero, Nat King Cole. A voice of reassurance, whether aiming for the heavens or toward a single soul across the room.