Jumaane Smith, trumpeter and vocalist, who can currently be seen in the afternoon in every home in America as a member of Harry Connick Jr band on Harry, has already done what most musicians spend their lives dreaming about. Aside from his presence on national television, he’s traveled the world, played stages in historic clubs, in massive stadiums and at cultural landmarks, recorded a solo album, and performed for two sitting U.S. presidents.
His collaborations range from pop idols to jazz legends, and the list reads like a lineup for the best New Orleans Jazz Fest ever. He’s worked with Stevie Wonder, Quincy Jones, Michael Buble’, Jackie Evancho, Alicia Keys, The Jonas Brothers, Wyclef Jean, Justin Bieber, Diddy, Natalie Cole, James Ingram, Wynton Marsalis, Ravi Coltrane, Chris Botti and many more.
In 2005, Jumaane was joined Michael Bublé’s band with which for the next 11 years he performrd, recorded, traveled and learn as a part of the Bublé family. From touring the world with Bublé to playing the Grammy Awards show with Stevie Wonder and the Jonas Brothers to recording “As I Am” with Alicia Keys to appearing on the “American Idol” soundtrack to scoring and performing music for the film “Handsome Harry,” Jumaane’s accomplishments go on and on. The recordings he’s appeared on have sold more than 25 million copies worldwide, garnered four Grammy nominations and earned three Grammy wins. The TV shows he’s appeared on total an audience of around 100 million viewers.
In 2014 Jumaane steped forward and took center stage with his own debut record “I Only Have Eyes For You.” A celebration of the Great American Songbook with the theme of love and romance, the album includes interpretations of classic tunes full of personal emotion. The debut features performances by Michael Buble’, Jackie Evancho as well as the title track/lead single featuring Naturally 7, which has reached the Top #15 on Billboard’s Smooth Jazz Singles Charts.