Friends, I’m happy to announce the release of two new recordings of original music, Play It Forward, Volume One and Play It Forward, Volume Two, with the Anthony Smith Quintet. The official release date is October 1, 2015, and pre-orders for both volumes are available now on iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby, and Bandcamp.
The release party/concert will take place at Cornelia St. Café in Greenwich Village, on Sunday, October 4th, 2015, 8:30 pm. The band features some stellar players from the NYC jazz scene: Syberen Van Munster (guitar), Kenny Pexton (saxophone), Petros Klampanis (bass), and Mark Ferber (drums).
Other upcoming projects include the publishing of my latest book, “Masters of the Vibes: Conversations with Great, Living Jazz Vibraphonists.” Release date TBA soon.
Also, I’ll be teaming up again soon with my good friend, vibraphonist Tony Miceli, to do a follow-up double vibes record (our first one was called California Here We Come), and a West Coast tour in spring/summer 2016. Details coming soon.

"... a great pianist who has now emerged as an equally remarkable vibraphonist, Anthony Smith is a highly creative musician who is taking his considerable pianistic knowledge and transferring it to the vibraphone... and he's doing it in a really cool way! I love the clarity in Anthony's harmonic approach.

"Play It Forward" is definitely a record jazz fans and vibes players need to check out. It's great playing by world class players, great music, great solos, but most importantly, I had FUN listening to it. I can't say that about all the CDs I own. In jazz, we need music that draws new listeners in. The Anthony Smith Quintet's new double recording, "Play It Forward," is going to do just that.

-Tony Miceli, founder of, international vibraphonist and clinician "