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Steve Smith and Vital Information - NYC Edition

Steve Smith (Journey/Steps Ahead) - drums
Mark Soskin (Sonny Rollins/Herbie Mann) – keyboards
Vinny Valentino (Jimmy McGriff/Bill Evans) - guitar
Baron Browne (Jean-Luc Ponty/Billy Cobham) – bass

Steve Smith has been touring and recording with his all-star group Vital Information since 1983. The line-up of
Vital Information NYC Edition incorporates players from all of Smith’s bands: guitarist Vinny Valentino (from Vital Information and The Groove Blue Organ Trio), pianist Mark Soskin (from Jazz Legacy and Buddy’s Buddies), bassist Baron Browne (from Jazz Legacy, Buddy’s Buddies and Vital Information), with Smith on drums.

Since 2016 Smith started touring again with the iconic rock band
Journey, the group in which he recorded nine albums with multiple massive hits. In 2018 alone, Journey played for over 1,000,000 fans in arenas and stadiums across North America.

VI NYC Edition performing at clubs and festivals around the world, it’s a perfect opportunity to see Smith with his jazz-fusion band in an intimate setting, with great sound, where you can appreciate the details of their high-level musicianship, their sense of joy onstage and experience their collective virtuosic improvisation.

Steve Smith had this to say about Vital Information NYC Edition’s philosophy: “Our music allows for individual expression and re-invention. We thrive on swing, groove and creativity. We want to surprise each other every night on the bandstand with new ideas and in the process keep our audience ‘in the moment’ with us.”

Over the years, Steve has won a number of
Modern Drummer reader’s polls including "#1 All-
Around Drummer" five years in a row. In 2001, he was named "one of the Top 25 Drummers of
All Time," and in 2002 he was voted into the
Modern Drummer Hall of Fame.

In 2012 and 2015, the readers of
Modern Drummer voted Smith "#1 Fusion drummer" and in 2017, he topped an unprecedented three categories: "#1 MVP," "#1 Rock drummer" and "#1 Educational Product" for his Hudson Music Book/DVD Pathways of Motion. On April 7, 2017 Smith was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for his work with Journey. And in 2018
Modern Drummer readers voted him #1 Classic Rock drummer.

JazzTimes says: "Vital Information is one of improvised music's best-kept secrets, the tunes are adventurous and they always groove. The musicians shoot for, and achieve, real emotion rather than soulless fireworks." - Felix Contreras, JazzTimes

Vital Information NYC Edition’s most recent releases on BFM Jazz: Viewpoint (2015) and Heart
of the City (2017).

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