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Steve Smith (born on August 21, 1954 in Brockton, Massachusetts) is an American drummer.

He attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. He played with jazz violinist Jean-Luc Ponty and toured with Montrose in 1978 before joining the rock band Journey during Journey's most commercially successful period (November, 1978-mid 1985) and on their 1996 comeback album Trial by Fire, as well as Journey offshoot The Storm.

He has played with pop artists such as Mariah Carey, Andrea Bocelli, Savage Garden, Bryan Adams, world musicians such as Zakir Hussain, and with various jazz musicians and groups including Mike Mainieri's Steps Ahead, Wadada Leo Smith, Tom Coster, Ahmad Jamal, Dave Liebman, Larry Coryell, Victor Wooten, Mike Stern, Randy Brecker, Scott Henderson, Frank Gambale, Stuart Hamm, Dweezil Zappa, Anthony Jackson, Aydin Esen , George Brooks, Michael Zilber, Steve Marcus, Andy Fusco, Kai Eckhardt, Lee Musiker, Howard Levy, Oteil Burbridge, Jerry Goodman, and Bill Evans. Steve's own jazz group is Vital Information.

In 2001 Modern Drummer Magazine named Steve as one of the Top 25 Drummers of All Time, in 2002 he was voted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame, and finally in 2003 his Hudson Music DVD "Steve Smith Drumset Technique - History of the U.S. Beat" was voted #1 Educational DVD of 2003. Also in 2003, Steve Smith and Buddy's Buddies -- the Buddy Rich alumni quintet -- released two CDs on the Tone Center label that were recorded live at the famous London jazz club Ronnie Scott's; "Very Live at Ronnie Scott's Set One & Set Two."

Recently, Steve Smith and Buddy's Buddies was renamed "Steve Smith's Jazz Legacy". They have backed off the idea of saluting only Buddy Rich and pay tribute to many great jazz drummers.

Steve Smith liked to hear marching bands as a kid. He was taught by Bill Flanagan, and joined school bands and garage bands in his teen years. His first “paid gig” was with a garage band. He joined with the Lin Biviano bib band at 19, and played with them for two years.

Steve uses Zildjian cymbals, pure sound snare wires, Shure microphones, sonor drums, tala wands, DW Bass drum pedals, Vic Firth “Steve Smith” signature sticks, and remo drum heads. He received his first drum kit in 1956, when he was just two years old. He began taking drum lessons at age nine. He got his first “real” drum set when he was 12 years old. He graduated in 1972 from high school.

Steve studied with Alan Dawson at Berklee. He is a single dad. He was voted “top drummer” in 2001.


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