A Message from MLS

MLS plans to release a series of singles on iTunes in the coming weeks. These previously unreleased tracks will feature Uncle Leon, Nugro Carmelato, Prof. Griswold, Victor “Baby Boy” Gould, and a pair of trio performances that include the superb showmanship of Big Daddy RC. In addition to these studio tracks, team MLS is working on making some recent live shows available for fans to stream via the web. Stay tuned for this and more.

This Week: MLS Live in Schenectady, NY – Friday, Nov 15th

Catch Michael-Louis Smith and the guys this Friday, November 15th 7:30pm @ “A Place For Jazz” at The Wisperdome.

Michael-Louis Smith Quintet LIVE

“A Place For Jazz” at The Wisperdome
1221 Wendell Ave Schenectady, NY

Email Tim Coakley for advance tickets.  Tickets are also available at the door.
$15 adults / $7 students / kids FREEClick here for a LIVE REVIEW by Metroland

Michael-Louis Smith – guitar
Stacy Dillard – Saxophone
Victor Gould – piano
Diallo House – bass
Ismail Lawal – drums

MLS Announces New Tour Dates!

2013 Summer Tour Dates

Thurs 8/1 7pm – Saratoga Springs, NY @ Druthers Brewery
(W/ Dave Berger Trio)

Fri 8/2 7pm – Saratoga Springs, NY @ Inn At Saratoga (MLS Trio)

Sat 8/3 2pm – Rhinebeck, NY @ Bread Alone (w/John Menegon)

Sun 8/3 8:30pm – Albany, NY @ 74 State (MLS Trio)

Wed 8/7 8pm – Harlem, NY @ Sylvana (MLS Trio)

Thurs 8/8 12pm – Schenectady, NY @ Jazz On Jay (W/Terry Gordon Quintet)

Thurs 8/15 8pm – NYC @ The Gershwin Hotel (MLS Quartet “First Black Nation”)

Fri 8/16 7pm – Saratoga Springs, NY @ Inn At Saratoga (MLS Trio)

Sat 8/17 7pm – Saratoga Springs, NY @ Druthers Brewery (MLS Trio)

Sun 8/18

Mon 8/19

Tues 8/20 7pm – Burlington, VT @ Red Square (MLS Quartet “First Black Nation”)

Wed 8/21 7pm – Burlington, VT @ Farmhouse (MLS Quartet “First Black Nation”)

Thurs 8/22 8pm – Laconia, NH @ The Jazz Bar at Tower Hill (MLS Quartet “First Black Nation”)

Fri 8/23 8pm – Plainfield, VT @ Positive Pie (MLS Quartet “First Black Nation”)

Sat 8/24 7pm – Burlington, VT @ Farmhouse Tap and Grill (MLS Quartet “First Black Nation”)

August 25th

August 30th 7pm – Saratoga Springs, NY @ Inn At Saratoga (MLS Trio)

Michael-Louis Smith Premieres Album First Black Nation in NYC June 4th


Album Release Show at DROM in NYC June 4, 2013, presented in association with Revive Music - Tickets & Info

Pre-Order First Black Nation: iTunes or Amazon

Contact: Dan Harpaz / harpaz.dan@gmail.com / 201-519-6901

NEW YORK – Guitarist Michael-Louis Smith radiates positivity and brings amazing musicians and music-lovers together under the same beat.  On June 4th, Michael-Louis Smith will launch a CD release show at DROM in NYC for his upcoming album First Black Nation, which will drop on iTunes and Amazon a week earlier on May 28th. The concept album is a multi-movement instrumental that tells a story about the 2010 Haiti Earthquake.  Michael will also tour this summer to support the album and also mark his 10-year anniversary with bandmates Diallo House (bass), Ismail Lawal (drums), and Stacy Dillard (sax).  These longtime friends will treat crowds to international styles, telepathic improvisation, and high energy music.

Prior to writing his latest solo album, Michael-Louis Smith had formed ensembles Left Ear Trio and MLS Coalition, which have toured nationally at major venues such as LA’s Troubadour Club, Discover Jazz Festival, Saratoga Jazz and Blues Festival, and Round Lake Jazz Festival.  Then in 2010, Michael released his debut solo album Portrait of MLS. Drawing comparisons to jazz guitar legend Grant Green, Michael attracted critical acclaim for meshing his classic bebop chops with his modern soul sensibilities on the debut album (Albanyjazz.com).  Last year, Michael-Louis Smith and his bandmates from First Black Nation backed Nigerian funk/soul star Nneka on her US tour, including the World Music Institute’s “Africa Now” show at the Apollo Theater in NYC in March 2013.  “This was not your average concert,” wrote Musicvice.com on one of the band’s performances with Nneka.  “The power and love emitting from the stage increased as Nneka and her talented band delivered wave after wave of rhythmic energy and soul.”

Meet Michael-Louis Smith in his Album Preview & Interview Video: http://youtu.be/nvAevg9XxI0

“[Previous album Portrait of MLS” by Michael-Louis Smith] is a propitious debut that announces the arrival of a seriously talented new kid on the block—one who can play, write and swing!”–AlbanyJazz.com

“Diallo House, on bass, lays down deep, heavy lines grounded in a foundation of intricate, modern jazz-funk.” – AllAboutJazz.com.

“Saxophonist Stacy Dillard’s spirited energy is laced with nuance and intelligence and, while he’s not shy of passion or feeling, everything he does is grounded in superb technique and focused and appealing ideas… Dillard can play ‘out’ as well as ‘in’ or, if you like, inside-out. But he is perhaps best as himself, accessible and pleasurable to those with mainstream tastes as well as those whose ears appreciate some edge and innovation.” –AllAboutJazz.com

2013 Summer Tour Dates

Fri 5/10 – Plainfield, VT @ Positive Pie
Sat 5/11 – Montpelier, VT @ Bagitos
Fri 5/31 – Saratoga Springs, NY @ Druthers Brewing Company*
Sat 6/1 – Burlington, VT @ The Farmhouse
Sat 6/1 – Burlington, VT @ American Flatbread
Sun 6/2 – Burlington, VT @ Ri Ra
Sun 6/2 – Burlington, VT @ Radio Bean
Tues 6/4 – New York, NY @ DROM
Fri 6/7 – Burlington, VT @ The Farmhouse
Sat 6/8 – Burlington, VT @ American Flatbread
Sun 6/9 – Burlington, VT @ Radio Bean
Fri 6/14 – Albany, NY @ The Linda
Sat 6/29 – Saratoga Springs, NY @ Druthers Brewing Company*
Sat 7/20 – Saratoga Springs, NY @ Druthers Brewing Company*
Sat 8/17 – Saratoga Springs, NY @ Druthers Brewing Company*

*Michael-Louis Smith will perform w/Brooklyn Circle on these dates
Ismail, Diallo and Michael