Patrick "JJ" Anthony Smith
has been a working artist since the age of 13 and has been a
professional musician since the early '70's. His roots are in
Kingston, Jamaica, where he played Drums and Keyboards throughout
the Caribbean and the United States with many major Reggae artists
including ,Open show with the S.W.A.M.M.P BAND for Ziggy Marley
and the Melody Makers, Peter Tosh, Steel Pulse, Third World,
Black Uhuru, Dennis Brown, Sugar Minot, Gregory Issacs, The Mighty
Diamonds just to mention only a few. He transplanted his roots
music to Pittsburgh, PA, in 1982 following in Bob Marley's footsteps
as this was Bob's last concert venue. Now his home, this was
Pittsburgh's first experience of authentic Jamaican Reggae which
could be claimed as local.
Tony Smith is now a Producer and
Artist. He is currently the Primary Engineer at State of Hearts
Studios in Pittsburgh, PA. He is musically gifted and can translate,
emphasize and orchestrate any idea musically. He is able to offer
the production of Roots,Dub, Lover's Rock, Dancehall Reggae and
Caribbean Rhythms as well as other musical styles such as Rhythm
and Blues Reggae, Soul Reggae, Jazz Reggae, Gospel Reggae and,
Tony has been a member of the following
bands; The JetSet, Titans, Happiness Unlimeted and, Father Godden.
Toured with Big Youth in the 70's
to Bermuda, along with Inner Cercle and Fablous Five.
Toured with Pluto Shervinton in Totola Virgin Isle, with Don
Carlos and Apple From Isreal Vibration
- just to name a few.