Plays the clarinet. Doesn’t mess around.
That’s the tag on Giacomo Smith’s web site, but then, you’d know it for yourself after hearing just a few bars of this:
In 2016 Giacomo inaugurated Django in June’s reed track and, by popular acclaim, he’ll be back this year.
Born in Italy, Giacomo grew up in upstate New York. He picked up on jazz very early on account of his mother’s great affinity for Dave Brubeck. Piano lessons at 5, clarinet at 10, and saxophone at 12. At each stage along the way, he developed a deeper interest in classical and jazz music.
At university, Giacomo followed the classical performance path. He completed a Bachelor’s of Music at Boston University in 2009 and a Master’s Degree at McGill University in 2011, both in classical clarinet performance. From there, he moved to London to work in Boston University London Programmes’ administrative office. His days were spent at the computer and nights learning the London scene at places like the Nightjar, The Haggerston and Ronnie Scott’s, where this slice of characteristic brilliance was filmed:
In 2013, Giacomo left his office job to pursue a full time career in music. That brief sentence strikes terror in the heart of mothers worldwide. But in Giacomo’s case I say, “Don’t worry, Mom. He’s going to be just fine.”
You can find Giacomo performing all over the UK and beyond, including right here at Django in June. We suggest you do.