Columbus native Brian Michael Smith brings back musical memories as the area’s premier performer of the great standards of the big band era. Whether your event requires a big band, octet, trio or the intimate performance of a vocalist with piano accompaniment, Brian’s impeccable style will add a touch of class to your festivities. His “Frankly Speaking” show includes a variety of Sinatra tunes and instrumentals performed by the John Vermeulen Octet. In addition to his work with the octet, Brian has performed with Vaughn Wiester’s Famous Jazz Orchestra, the Dayton Jazz Orchestra, and the Rick Brunetto Big Band as well as duet and trio acts. While in New York during the 1990’s, he was a featured vocalist at the world famous Rainbow Room atop 30 Rockefeller Center and performed in off Broadway productions of “Finian’s Rainbow,” “Annie Get Your Gun,” “South Pacific,” and “Cinderella,” as well as performing in various Manhattan night clubs.
What people are saying about Brian Michael Smith…
I am listening to you sing as I type this and well, all I can say is, “YOU ARE A PROPER SINGER!”…I am sure that anyone who hears what I heard will have to agree that you are a marvelous singer, and I would be the first to recommend you…Keep singing – BECAUSE YOU CAN SING!
Sammy Cahn, Lyricist for countless Frank Sinatra songs
With a velvet voice and Sinatra like mannerisms, (Brian Michael) Smith made you feel as if you returned to those magical years. Smith takes you on a journey back to an era that much of today’s modern music has been built upon. As the crowd was entertained with an assortment of ballads, melodies and instrumentals, you were certain that “Old blue eyes” was saying, “It don’t get any better than this! Hey, man there’s old Tommy Dorsey, and will you listen to Smith belt out those notes.”
A Tribute to Frank Sinatra, Midland Theatre, Newark Ohio
Showcased by some incredibly talented performers including Brian Michael Smith….the piece de resistance came with a very powerfully simplistic killer medley: “When Will I See You Again/For Myself/When October Comes” sung with tenderness and tearful poignancy by Brian Michael Smith, Marilyn O’Connell and Sally Ries.
Hopeful Romantics, the Songs of Barry Manilow, Manhattan, NY