Graham Smith a Brummie by birth, started playing drums at the age of 14 in his father’s dance band until his early 20’s when he ceased playing to pursue a career in banking. Two decades later he bought his young son Russell, also now a very competent drummer, a drum kit and found himself responding to the need for a drummer with the Warwickshire based Pete Harris Jazz Band and borrowing his son’s kit!
In 1993, together with his pianist father, he formed the popular Jazz Allsorts.
Early retirement from the bank in 1999 gave Graham the opportunity to pursue his musical ambitions and to join The Antique Six Jazzband. He became a full member of The 7 Stars Of Jazz in early 2006.
In pursuit of expanding his style and interest in jazz genres he also performs with Kevin Grenfell & Richard Leach Slide by Slide as well as deputising with an increasing number of bands around the country and performing with a growing list of jazz stars from home and abroad.