Bill Smith at Jack Straw, June 2012

William O. Smith (aka Bill Smith)

Clarinetist and composer William O. Smith died in 2020 after a long and fruitful career, ranging from playing – as Bill Smith – with Dave Brubeck to performing and composing his own pioneering modern classical work. Bill was a longtime friend of Jack Straw and produced a number of projects here, including his 2001 album Solo Music. This New York Times obituary contains a more in-depth overview of his life and career.

Artist Support Program 2008

Artist Support Program 2001

Sound Clips
  • I Wayan Sinti, seated, plays gamelan while others look on in the background.
    I Wayan Sinti - Gegilak
  • Bill Smith at Jack Straw, June 2012
    William O. Smith - Epitaphs
  • William O. Smith And Jesse Canterbury - Quartet for Two Double Clarinets - Bold
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