Band mates of “the world’s greatest drummer” join with Journey’s Steve Smith
The opening jazz concert for this year’s Prague Proms is a gala affair at Smetana Hall in the Municipal House featuring the Buddy Rich Bigband, including six previous members of Rich’s band including trumpeters Bobby Shew and Chuck Findley alongside Czech jazz players of the same stripe.
Buddy Rich Bigband
When: June 20 at 7 p.m.
Where: Smetana Hall, Municipal House
And so, not surprisingly, the drummer of the current Buddy Rich Bigband is Steve Smith, born 1954, who is best known for playing with the 1980’s California rock group Journey. Smith, however, has also been playing with first-rate jazz players since the 1990s, and he is a standout on the tribute albums “Burning for Buddy: A Tribute to the Music of Buddy Rich, Vol. 1 & Vol. 2,” both released in the mid 1990s.