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Paul Smith (April 17, 1922), also known as Paul T. Smith is a jazz pianist. He was born in San Diego, California and is often praised for his brilliant technique and lyrical playing. He has performed in various genres of jazz, most typically bebop. However, he has also explored cool jazz, swing music, and even traditional pop.

After playing early on with Johnny Richards in 1941 and spending a couple of years in the military, he worked with Les Paul (1946–1947) and Tommy Dorsey (1947–1949) before moving to Los Angeles and becoming a studio musician.

Smith has recorded frequently both with his trios and as a soloist. In addition he is featured on work of artists such as Dizzy Gillespie, Anita O'Day, Buddy DeFranco, Louie Bellson, Steve Allen, Stan Kenton, Mel Tormé and others.

Between 1956 and 1978, Smith was active as a conductor and pianist for Ella Fitzgerald.

Smith has authored a number of educational books and CDs, most of which focus on explaining his particular approach to jazz piano.

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