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Smith Studio Jazz is a 20-piece big band playing jazz classics, lesser-known gems, and songs from other genres of popular music. Whether playing a tune written by Cole Porter or Herbie Hancock, SSJ's goal is to have fun while creating a family-friendly party atmosphere for the audience. Suzanne Smith directs, while vocalist and emcee Joe Bauer belts out Sinatra signature melodies, plus jazz and blues favorites, for SSJ's loyal fans.

Hoover's Hometown Days, West Branch, Iowa, 2021 (photos by Kirk Weitzell)
Hoover's Hometown Days 2021
Hoover's Hometown Days 2021
Iowa Jazz Fest 2015

Iowa City Jazz Festival 2015

Solon Retirement Village 2018
The view from the trumpet row at Flannigan's
A show at Flannigan's, 2016
Sycamore Mall, 2013
Flannigan's 2016
Iowa City Jazz Fest 2014 (photo by Fritz Thompson)
Oaknoll Health Center 2015
SSJ's Inspiration and Benefactor, Diane Smith, 1928-2017