Keith was a true gentleman and consummate professional widely respected for his playing whether solo, as a sideman or in his own amazing trio, “Estate”. He cared deeply about the music. His dedication and acute attention to detail made for memorable performances that touched both musicians and audiences. In the true spirit of serving the music, Keith drew from the great breadth of his skills to make the moment and those around him the best they could be. Many say that their finest musical memories are gigs shared with Keith Smith.
“We did not so much make music together but rather the music found us and poured out. Keith’s sensitivity and acute perception of every musical nuance expertly shaped the sounds in new and exciting ways making each song unique to the moment and always deeply authentic. He filled rooms with awe. He filled hearts with warmth.”
Keith’s caring and dedication to the preservation of jazz flowed naturally to teaching and mentoring emerging artists. His humble and positive approach influenced and inspired many in their musical growth. Keith was especially supportive in his encouragement of jazz vocalists. Keith’s contribution to the development of jazz in
Keith, you are sorely missed by many in
Keith was predeceased by his wife, Geraldine (nee Young) and is survived by his three children, Morgan (Moe) Smith, Camron Smith and Allison Smith and his sisters, Pat Schuessler and Jennifer Law.
A service will held on Friday, August 19th at 2 pm at the Calgary Crematorium & Funeral Services (
Flowers are welcomed. Donations may be made here
A musical Celebration of Life will be held for Keith in the coming weeks. Information will be shared as arrangements are confirmed.
In honour of Keith Smith, JazzYYC’s new scholarship has been named the “Keith Smith Memorial Scholarship”.