Tzadik, Leo Smit

A memorable tribute to Smit

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Tzadik, Leo Smit
Buffalo News, The
Buffalo, NY
Apr 17 2000
Herman Trotter

Leo Smit — pianist, composer, photographer and friend of most of the huge crowd that overflowed Baird Hall on Sunday — got the kind of memorial tribute he would have wanted. It was all of a rather intimate, chamber nature but in widely varying instrumentation, and it concluded with a recording of Smit playing "Zero Hour" by Pete Johnson. The famed jazz pianist had retired, quite ill, to Buffalo, and Smit had taken up his cause in 1963 with a series of benefit concerts. And Smit is now buried, at his request, in Forest Lawn near Johnson's grave. ... Read more »

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