Hale Smith

#152339
Most Popular
Boost
Birthday
29, 1925
Birthplace
Ohio
Death Date
Nov 24, 2009 (84)
Birth Sign
Cancer
Birthday
29, 1925
Birthplace
Ohio
Death Date
Nov 24, 2009 (84)

About

Fused elements of jazz and classical into his works and teaching. He was among the 20th century's greatest African-American composers. His opera "Blood Wedding" premiered in Cleveland in 1953.

Before Fame

He began practicing piano at age seven. After high school, he served in the U.S. Army, helping to arrange the music of visiting shows to the camps.

Trivia

He created orchestral works, jingles for television and radio, and even the soundtrack to a 1975 film over the course of a career spanning more than three decades.

Family Life

He fathered a daughter and three sons with wife Juanita Hancock.

Associated With

He worked with many jazz greats, including Dizzy Gillespie and Chico Hamilton.