Ms. Smith has appeared with the following
noted jazz recording artist: Gary Bartz, Greg Osby, Milt Hinton,
Alan Dawson, Donald Harrison, Hubert Laws, Cindy Blackman, Billy
Pierce, Lonnie Plaxico, Mulgrew Miller, Vanessa Rubin, Cecil
Bridgewater, Cassandra Wilson, Rufus Reid, Donald Byrd, Mark
Whitfield, Randy Weston, and Marian McPartland. Summer 2002
and Fall and Winter 2003-2004 -
During the spring of 2005 Cecilia was the featured
artist at the John F. Kennedy Center For The Performing
Arts - 10th Anniversary Celebration of the Mary Lou Williams
Women In Jazz Festival. Cecilia has been studying the
work of Mary Lou Williams for the past 5 1/2 years. She created
the Mary Lou Williams Resurgence Project
where she is currently the Artistic Director. During this
years Kennedy Center Celebration, Cecilia put together an
All Star, Mixed Gendered, Multi-generational Big Band and
brought in the Morgan State University Choir to perform the
complex works of Mary Lou Williams. Cecilia received rave
reviews for this performance! Cecilia also received a
Berklee College Of Music Alumni Grant that aided her
in the continuation of the project.
2002 - Ms. Smith conducted a project at New England
Conservatory Of Music - highlighting the compositional
works of Mary Lou Williams. Spring 2003 she appeared
at the John F. Kennedy Center For The Performing Arts
- where she was featured 2 nights during the Mary Lou Williams
Women In Jazz Festival. Summer 2002 she was featured in
the Bethleham Music Festival. 2001. In the summer of
1998 Ms. Smith was selected to perform in "Quincy
Jones presents - The Montreux Jazz Festival in New York".
This prestigious event was sponsored by Time Warner and held
on Central Park's Summerstage.
Currently, the Cecilia Smith Quartet tops the
list of the New England Foundation for the Arts touring roster,
as one of the most popular Jazz bands. Ms. Smith has also
been presented by the Smithsonian Institution for a Symposium/Concert
Presentation "Sung-Unsung Jazz Women." She received
1998 Trailblazer Award from the International Women in Jazz,
Inc. and the Universal Jazz Coalition, Inc. She was a featured
at the 1998 Jazz Times Conventions in New York City. Ms. Smith
was a featured artist at the 1999 Mary Lou Williams Women
In Jazz Festival at the Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C.
The Clifford Brown Festival - in Wilmington Del., Anapolis
Jazz Festival, Jazzmatazz - R. Regan Center - Washington
The Ifa Yoruba Contemporary Arts Trust
(London, England) presented her. A Concert presentation and
educational clinics were presented at the Tabernacle Performing
Arts Center and Portabello Squares - DOT.COM CAFÉ,
March 2000 and August 2002, Cecilia was featured
on National Public Radio's Piano Jazz with Marian McPartland.
This hour-long interview /performance aired both nationally
In February of 2000, Cecilia researched and
performed the work of the late great Mary Lou Williams. More
than 400 people attended this performance at Our Lady of
Victory Church in Brooklyn, NY.
National Public Radio (NPR) featured
Ms. Smith on the program "Jazz Profiles." Cecilia
was part of the Milt Jackson segment that profiled her as
one of the youngest up and coming vibist in the country.
Ms. Smith has also been periodically
featured on the Black Entertainment Television Network.