Drummer/Vibraphonist/Saxophonist Smith Dobson V has performed over the years at many major Bay Area venues, such as the San Jose and San Francisco Jazz Festivals and clubs like Yoshi's, Great American Music Hall, the California Jazz Conservatory, the Stanford Jazz Workshop, and Club Deluxe.
"As a saxophonist part of what sets Dobson apart from his peers is his lithe, cool tone and relaxed, even phrasing. Inspired by Lester Young, the seminal tenor saxophonist who changed the shape of jazz in the 1930s with his sound and rhythmic feel, Dobson credits Ben Goldberg providing the inspiration to dedicate himself to the horn." -- Berkeleyside.com
Dobson has worked with jazz legends like Bobby Hutcherson, Red Rodney, John Handy, Sheila Jordan, Red Holloway, Pete and Conte Condoli, Phillip Harper, and Ben Goldberg.
Dobson holds down a regular Tuesday night gig at Club Deluxe playing tenor with a formidable quartet, and then returns on Wednesdays as a drummer with top-shelf saxophonist/composer Patrick Wolff.