Steve Smith (Journey/Steps Ahead) – drums
Mark Soskin (Sonny Rollins/Herbie Mann) – keyboards Vinny Valentino (Jimmy McGriff/Bill Evans) – guitar Baron Browne (Jean-Luc Ponty/Billy Cobham) – bass
With Special Guest: Andy Fusco (Buddy Rich/Mel Lewis) – alto sax
Steve Smith has been touring and recording with his group Vital Information – a formidable jazz/fusion juggernaut – since 1983. Last year, January-March 2018, VI NYC Edition toured the U.S. West Coast and Japan. From May-October 2018 Steve Smith toured North America with the group in which he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Journey. On their 6 month stadium and arena tour they played for over 1 million fans!
With VI NYC Edition performing at The Iridium it’s a perfect opportunity to see Smith and his band in an intimate setting, with great sound, where you can appreciate the details of their high-level musicianship, their sense of joy onstage and experience virtuosic improvisation.Read More
Steve Smith had this to say about Vital Information NYC Edition’s philosophy: “Our music allows for individual expression and re-invention. We thrive on swing, groove and creativity. We want to surprise each other every night on the bandstand with new ideas and in the process keep our audience ‘in the moment’ with us.”
Over the years, Smith has won a number of Modern Drummer reader’s polls including “#1 All- Around Drummer” five years in a row. In 2001, he was named “one of the Top 25 Drummers of All Time,” and in 2002 he was voted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame.
In 2012 and 2015, the readers of Modern Drummer voted Smith “#1 Fusion drummer” and in 2017, he topped an unprecedented three categories: “#1 MVP,” “#1 Rock drummer” and “#1 Educational Product” for his Hudson Music Book/DVD Pathways of Motion. Also in 2017: Steve was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for his work with the rock group Journey. In 2018 Modern Drummer readers voted him #1 Classic Rock drummer.
Vital Information NYC Edition has two releases on BFM Jazz: Viewpoint (2015) and in September 2017, Heart of the City.
“Vital Information is one of improvised music’s best-kept secrets, the tunes are adventurous and they always groove. The musicians shoot for, and achieve, real emotion rather than soulless fireworks.” – Felix Contreras, JazzTimes