"A well-thought out and lovely memorial service was held for Johnny Smith August 22, 2013 in Colorado Springs. Mark your Calendar now for a "Tribute to Johnny Smith." Jazz Link Enterprises partners Dale Bruning and Jude Hibler, with Special Guest Neil Bridge, as well as Mark Simon and Paul Romaine,
Thanks to our dear friend, Lin Flanagan, across "the pond" in England, the world will soon have access to one of the most thorough biographies ever written. It is the authorized book, approved by Johnny himself, as well as his family, before John's death June 11, 2013 at the age of 90.
Our December concert will be presented ala the style of Dale's and my Timeless Music Concerts. While Johnny was a composer and we will feature some of those songs, you will also hear songs which are long associated with him, like Moonlight in Vermont, On Green Dolphin Street, and others.
Pianist Neil Bridge was in Johnny's Colorado quartet for many years. Dale Bruning played bass in Johnny's group for nearly three years. Dale also played guitar and led the group during Smith's vacation times.
Come hear stories about Johnny Smith, gleaned from the interviews of Lin Flanagan, and a few of my own (I was a publicist for Concord Jazz when they released Johnny's CDs), and listen to the incredible musical talents of Dale, Neil, Mark, and Paul - with Dale's own brilliant arrangements."