Craig Handy & 2nd Line Smith

Craig Handy (ts) - Kyle Koehler (B3) - Matt Chertkoff (git) -     Clark Gayton (sousaphone) - Jerome Jennings (dr)

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Craig Handy & 2nd Line Smith is the Jimmy Smith Songbook reimagined as a high-energy blend of a contemporary jazz quintet and second-line brass-band.

Craig-Handy-2nd-Line-Smith-Cover cutFor the past several years, Handy has recorded or toured consistently with guitarist John Scofield, trumpeter Charles Tolliver, the John Hicks Legacy Band, pianist Kirk Lightsey, trombonist Conrad Herwig, the Mingus Dynasty Band, and most notably The Cookers - a collective of stalwart leaders renowned for playing that simmers or surges to a boiling point - with brethren Billy Harper, George Cables, Eddie Henderson, Billy Hart, Cecil McBee, and David Weiss.

In 2014, Handy returns as an original bandleader and party-starter for his new touring and recording project on the OKeh label. Titled "Craig Handy & 2nd Line Smith", Handy draws from his fondness for the music of New Orleans, smack attached to the groove-filled re-imaginings of originals and standards by the late, great organist Jimmy Smith.