Update: Native Clevelander Joshua Smith has just announced he'll perform a special
fundraising concert at 7 p.m. on Monday at the Bop Stop.
Last month, someone stole Smith's saxophone, and he launched a Go-Fund Me c
ampaign to replace the instrument.
Original Post From 6/28/2017: A native Clevelander who currently lives in the San Francisco Bay area where he performs regularly at jazz clubs, restaurants and private events, Joshua Smith has played a 1952 Selmer Super Balanced Action Tenor Saxophone for the past 21 years.
Smith, who launched the avant garde jazz act Birth here in Cleveland before moving west, has just launched a Go Fund Me campaign to replace the instrument, which was recently stolen.
"I am in shock and fairly devastated to be parted from my instrument,” he writes. “I feel like part of me is missing as I constantly look around to double check for it like a phantom limb."
Smith, 37, first got the horn when he was 16 years old. At the time, he and his parents were in New York visiting music schools. They purchased the instrument from Manny's Music on 48th Street.
“It was the only used horn on site, and it was in pretty rough shape,” says Smith. “I had been lucky enough to meet the well-known jazz saxophonist Mark Turner who was so kind and generous to meet me in Manhattan that day to check out the horn, as I did not feel ready to assess the quality of the horn, being inexperienced in purchasing saxophones. What Mark found when he arrived at Manny's that day was a saxophone in deep need of repair and love and a 16-year-old aspiring jazz musician who would provide it just that. I was so happy to have a Selmer of that vintage and even though it was a bit ragged, I was over the moon to have that instrument.”
After an overhaul by Cleveland woodwind repair man Tom Ianni, Smith began to use the saxophone, which he says he intended to leave to his son Shiloh. He hopes to raise $10k to replace it.