Story Time with Mr. Sanch – Rudy “Two Left” Smith Composes Spontaneously for Maylyn
“In a career spanning six decades, alto steelpan player Rudy Smith has built a reputation exploring and bridging the world of Jazz with his native instrument, the steelpan; finding in each a sincere spirit of musical expression” is the definitive statement on the website rudysmith.dk.
Born on 15 June 1943 in Port of Spain, Trinidad, Rudy “Two Left” Smith migrated to Denmark in 1968 and established an impregnable niche as the impresario who introduced Pan-Jazz to the Diaspora, while simultaneously honing his unique style by embracing the great Jazz luminaries - Milt Jackson, Bobby Hutcherson, Oscar Peterson and John Coltrane.
Rudy has toured internationally and has performed at some of the major clubs and Jazz Festivals in the USA, Canada, Europe and the Caribbean. He has collaborated with Sanch Electronix Ltd to produce a number of recordings with Felix Roach, Annise “Halfers” Hadeed and others, the most acclaimed being Jazz ‘N Steel, chronicled at the JFK Auditorium at The University of the West Indies on July 11th, 1988 and released on CD through Delos Music in 1989.
One August evening in 2005 during a break in a private concert with his colleagues Gerald ‘Slam’ Charles and Annise Hadeed, in one of the entertainment rooms in the Executive Lounge of the Hilton Trinidad Hotel and Conference Centre, Rudy received a quantum of inspiration from the Almighty and manifested it as a spontaneous solo which he dedicated to Maylyn, wife of Peter Aleong.