A Short Music Bio:Gerald "Twig" Smith
Gerald was introduced to the guitar in 1956 by his mother, Mary Smith, and pursued the instrument through 1970, primarily self-taught. Under the tutelage of Calvin Harris, he studied orchestration, harmony & theory, and composition at the Professional Music Studio in Philadelphia. Studied with the late jazz guitarists Thornell Schwartz and Eddie McFadden, and has toured and played with Richard "Groove" Holmes, The Dells, Don Patterson, Jack McDuff, Jimmy McGriff, and many other notable musicians.
He has performed at various local jazz venues including the 1990 & 1991 Mellon Jazz Festival "Organ Jams", the 1995 Cape May Jazz Festival, the 1996 & 1997 PECO Energy Jazz Kickoff & Jazz Until Sunrise events, the 2002 Sunoco Welcome America festivities, and numerous private affairs. He can be heard on the CDs of many jazz artists including his own, The Age of Innocence.
He gives private lessons, and holds study groups for experienced and budding musicians. He is also an executive officer, songwriter, producer, and arranger with Center Stage Records, Inc., and Anikeeda Publishing Company.