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Warren Smith: Multi-Versed Communicator

Lyn Horton profiles the percussionist and bandleader

Warren Smith
Warren Smith
Warren Smith
Warren Smith

The Harlem apartment where Warren Smith has lived since 1998 is in a building that dates back to the days of the Harlem Renaissance in the neighborhood once called “Sugar Hill.” Wrought-iron grill work decorates the front double doors which open into a modest window-lit lobby with marble floors. Smith’s sparsely furnished living and working space itself is like a museum filled with photos, posters and art. His studio is crammed with tapes, records, slides, books, sheet music and related arcana. This is a testament to his experience rather than his housekeeping. For Smith has been in the music business his entire life really. After all, he says, “I was born into an orchestra.”

Early Days

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