DEREK SMITH

Obituary
11 entries
  • "derek was an amazing musician and person....his playing..."
    - tone kwas
  • "I worked with Derek a bit in the '90s. He was a joy to play..."
    - Frank Gravis
  • "I am writing an obituary on Derek for Jersey Jazz Magazine...."
  • "Derek was fine gentleman as well as superb jazz pianist. ..."
    - Norman Vickers
  • "May he rest in peace. such a wonderful musician"
    - Dom Minasi
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SMITH--Derek,

Renowned jazz pianist, husband, father and grandfather. Originally from England, he began his career at the age of 14 on VE Day. In 1957 he immigrated to the United States, building a career that spanned seven decades. His immense talent earned the respect and admiration of everyone who knew him. Playing with every big name in show business, and performing with every major player on the jazz scene, he will be remembered as one of the jazz greats.

Published in The New York Times on Aug. 21, 2016