Originally from Santa Cruz, multi-intrumentalist Smith Dobson V is a member of an important jazz family. His father, the late Smith Dobson IV, was a world renown pianist whom accompanied jazz legends like Art Pepper, Stan Getz and Chet Baker, to name a few. Also in the family, Mother Gail, and Sister Sasha are both jazz vocalists.
As a child, Smith V had the opportunity to study with legendary jazz drummer Albert "Tootie" Heath, who said of his pupil: "He has the talent, determination and persistence as a musician, combined with the dedication necessary to succeed... improvisational skills totally advanced, excellent sensitivity, both solo and as an accompanist...my most talented student!"
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, and performed at major Bay Area venues, such as the SFJAZZ, Monterey Jazz Festival, Yoshi's, Great American Music Hall, California Jazz Conservatory, Stanford Jazz Workshop, and Club Deluxe.
Dobson's most recent album is Soul Of Wood, his first recording as a leader on tenor Sax. The album is influenced by some of Dobson’s heroes, such as Lester Young, Stan Getz and Warne Marsh.