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18/6/14 Stoop Crowdfunding Launch
It's been a while since I've updated this page, but this is definitely worth a mention...Stoop Quintet have just launched our crowdfunding campaign to raise money for our debut album recording. There's a little video above or you can donate/find out more at

We've got a few exciting things in the pipeline, as well as a great London date to be announced soon, so keep your eyes on the website for more information.
07/02/14 York
Another great show with Stoop Quintet, this time in York. Thanks to everyone who came to the gig and to York Concerts for having us! We got a couple of clips from the gig which you can check out below...

15/01/14 Stoop Quintet
We had a great gig at the Vortex on Monday with Stoop Quintet and got some clips of some of the tunes, too. Here's an atmospheric piece of Jon Brigg's entitled Fable. More clips on the Stoop Quintet page.

The next gig with this group is on Wednesday 5th February at the University of York.

13/12/13 - 2014
Looking forward to some dates coming up early next year, including several gigs with Jon Brigg's Stoop Quintet. The first of the gigs with this group is at the Vortex exactly a month from now on January 13th. We're then in York on February 5th, shortly followed by an appearance at Coastival in Scarborough on February 15th.

My new quintet Homespun have also recently confirmed two gigs for the new year, the first of which is at the Camden Jazz Jam at the Forge. For more details on any of these, see the dates section...

20/11/13 - Ray's Jazz @ Foyle's update
A quick update on our EFG London Jazz Festival gig has been posted on the Foyles web site. We'll be playing one hour-long set at 6pm and it's free, so we're looking forward to seeing (hopefully lots of) people there!
9/11/13 - London Jazz Festival
We had a great time this week playing at Ray's Jazz and Platform33. I'm excited to announce that Timecraft will now be appearing again at Ray's Jazz at Foyles as part of the EFG London Jazz Festival on Friday 22nd November at 6pm. Keep your eyes peeled for more information or join the mailing list (on the left) to be kept up to date!

1/11/13 - Ray's Jazz/Platform 33
Looking forward to a couple of gigs next week with my octet and a new group. The first of these, on Thursday 7th at Ray's Jazz (Foyles), is with Timecraft and will be the last outing from this band for a while. It's an early gig kicking off at 6pm, but most importantly it's free, so come and here the band if you have chance!

The next night will be the first outing for a new quintet featuring Matthew Herd and Sam Miles (saxes), Jez Franks (guitar), Sandy Suchodolski (bass). We'll be playing some original tunes and compositions by Huw Warren, Hermeto Pascoal and Django Bates as part of Platform33's gig at Limewharf, Hackney.

Dave Smyth Dave Smyth is a London-based drummer and composer.

Hailing from the Midlands, Dave cut his teeth touring the UK with a successful local rock band before relocating to study music at the University of York. Whilst completing this degree Dave discovered his interest in contemporary British jazz. He was fortunate enough to study under John Taylor, Julian Argüelles and Martin France, before gaining a place on the MA Jazz course at the Royal Academy of Music where he recently graduated with Distinction.

As a leader and sideman he has performed at venues and festivals including the 606 Club, The Vortex, Kings Place, The Forge (Camden), Pizza Express (Dean Street), Manchester Jazz Festival and Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, as well as recordings and live broadcasts for BBC Radio 2 and 3.

His octet, Timecraft, featured saxophonist Iain Ballamy for their debut performance and the group toured the UK during the summer of 2013.

Dave became the drum kit tutor at the University of York in 2010 and has been an assistant tutor on Falmouth-Yamaha Jazz Summer School since 2012.
Homespun Homespun is a new quintet assembled by drummer and composer Dave Smyth. The group comprises improvising musicians who share a love of British jazz and the music written by leading musicians of the genre.

Performing original compositions and those by musicians such as Huw Warren, Dave Holland and Django Bates, the group will lead the audience through joyous compositions both old and new.

Matthew Herd - alto/sop saxes
Sam Miles - tenor/sop saxes
Jez Franks - guitar
Sandy Suchodolski - bass
Dave Smyth - drums
Stoop Quintet Defiant of categorisation and yet extremely accessible, Jon Brigg's Stoop Quintet combines elements of jazz, folk and contemporary as if heard 'in a dream', performed by some of the most unique young musicians in the UK.

Sometimes the music is unpredictable, sometimes it's tender... sometimes mysterious. Sometimes it has a fat groove and a heavy stoop.

Alex Munk - guitar
James Mainwaring - saxes
Dave Smyth - drums
Mick Bardon - bass
Jon Brigg - piano/compositions

Timecraft is an exciting new octet that plays the compositions of drummer Dave Smyth. After a debut performance in late 2011 that featured iconic saxophonist Iain Ballamy as a special guest, the group toured the UK in June 2013 and later featured at Ray's Jazz as part of the 2013 EFG London Jazz Festival. Drawing influence from the contemporary British jazz greats, the group explores improvisation within the context of captivating and melodic tunes. Comprising some of the UK's finest up-and-coming jazz musicians, the octet features:

Matthew Herd soprano/alto saxophones
Sam Rapley bass clarinet/tenor saxophone
Tom Green trombone
James Copus trumpet/flugelhorn
Sam Watts piano
John Arman guitar
Sandy Suchodolski double bass
Dave Smyth drums/compositions

Download the EP for free at Bandcamp (opens a new window).

April 2013 Demo


This group plays mainly Dave Smyth's compositions as well as music that has been of great inspiration. Drawing on the influence of contemporary jazz greats such as John Taylor and Julian Argüelles, the music focuses on strong melodies to kick start the improvisation.

Matthew Herd soprano/alto saxophones
Sam Watts piano
Tom McCredie double bass

Quartet Demo, February 2012

Recording features: Sam Rapley (saxophone), Sam Watts (piano), Tom McCredie (double), Dave Smyth (drums). Recorded, mixed and mastered by Sam Harper at the University of Surrey, February 2012. Cashin' In by Django Bates.

Jan 6th - Homespun
7.30pm - The Forge
Jan 13th - Stoop Quintet
8.30pm - The Vortex
Feb 5th - Stoop Quintet
7.30pm - York Concerts
Feb 15th - Stoop Quintet
8pm - Coastival, Scarborough
Mar 7th - Homespun
8pm - LimeWharf
Mar 27th - Homespun
6pm - Ray's Jazz - Foyles, Charing Cross
Dave has a wide range of teaching experience, having taught privately since 2004, catering for a wide range of students and abilities. He is an assistant tutor at the Falmouth-Yamaha Jazz Summer School and has tutored on various other jazz summer schools. He is also a regular tutor for the Yorchestra holiday course. Dave is currently the drum kit tutor at the University of York.

For more information, feel free to get in touch.
For bookings, collaborations, tuition or any other enquiries, please email Dave directly at dave[at]davesmythmusic[dot]com, or follow him on facebook or twitter.