Jason Smart by Kevin Haas
Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey drummer Jason Smart will be a new member of Robert Walter's 20th Congress for this upcoming tour. The 30+ show tour spans the country and will include Robert Walter on keys and Cheme Gastelum on saxophone as well as Will Bernard on guitar for certain dates. Without a permanent bass player, Robert has been experimenting with bass lines on his keys.

Recent 20th Congress drummer Joe Russo is taking some time from Robert's band to concentrate on his time with the Benevento/Russo Duo. Seeing the opportunity for fellow drummer and friend, he made the connection for Smart and the Congress.

Smart says, "Most people don't even know that Joe's gone since I kind of look like him. Except, without the glasses."

Smart will continue to play with the Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey during this time although he will have to miss about eight Fred shows.

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[Published on: 2/15/04]

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