New York City native Dr. Darrell Smith is a New York based Drummer, Historian, Composer and Educator. As a band leader, Dr. Smith frequently performs with his Dal Segno Trio at popular New York venues where they are celebrated for high-energy, spirited performances. A recent tour brought the Dal Segno Trio to Mumbai, India as a headliner for the 2019 NCPA Jazz Festival,
As a composer and drummer, Dr. Smith also has extensive experience with musical theater in Off-Broadway and national productions. His original music for the New Orleans themed play “Interludes “was featured in multiple off Broadway runs in New York City. In addition to working as a band-leader and drummer, Dr. Smith is a highly respected and gifted educator, His current tenure as Director of Jazz Education and Performance at the world renowned education program at Jazz House Kids has given him a platform to spread his passion for jazz to hundreds of talented young musicians around the city.
Dr. Smith recently graduated with his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from SUNY Stony Brook where he studied under Director of Jazz Studies Ray Anderson. As of 2019, Dr. Smith is endorsed by Canopus Drums and in 2021 was named Music Director of the Universal Temple of The Arts Annual Staten Island Jazz Festival.