Roger Smith is well known to Strokeland fans as the powerhouse keyboardist for the legendary Tower of Power, but Roger is also master of a variety of musical genres and has crafted a sound all his own in the world of contemporary jazz.
Roger’s “Off the Hook” was a smash, No. 1 hit on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz singles chart in 1999 and stayed on the top 10 chart for more than 17 weeks. His single was No. 7 on Radio & Records top 100 songs of the year in 1999 and, at the same time, Roger was nominated for three Oasis Awards for outstanding achievement in the Smooth Jazz genre for Best Keyboardist, Best New Artist and Song of the Year. All of this garnered him the title of Radio & Records’ Breakout Artist of the Year.
And now, Roger is back with a brand new collection of great contemporary jazz -- his newest release, SITTIN' IN.
Already garnering accolades and airplay on Smooth Jazz stations around the country, SITTIN' IN is poised to become a new favorite among C-Jazz fans.
Initially released exclusively on Strokeland Records, SITTIN' IN is a wonderful showcase for Roger's unique keyboard talents over top of a great collection of smooth grooves with appearances from many Strokeland all-star musicians, including: Mic Gillette, David K. Mathews, Larry Braggs, Ray Obiedo, Adolpho Acosta, Norbert Stachel, and many more world-class greats.
For Roger Smith, his earlier solo CD “Just Enough” wasn’t enough. His exuberant spirit and extraordinary talent – matched with nimble, funky fingers – keep him busy in projects ranging from R&B and gospel to smooth jazz.
For the man who many consider to be the master of the jazz keyboard, this range of styles suits him fine and defines the versatility that has marked his 30-year career, which has seen him play for such diverse artists as Jeff Beck, Gladys Knight and Willie Nelson.
You know that great keyboard sound. It's Roger Smith... Sittin' In.