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This project was such an incredible experience. I learned so much and couldn't have asked for a better group of people to help me make this happen. Thank you to everyone on my team who made the process so much fun!

And my team wouldn't be complete without the support from my family, friends and loved ones. I couldn't have done this without God laying the table and foundation for my labors to bear fruit. Thank you God for supplying the opportunities and thank you to everyone for your love, prayers and support. Hope you enjoy listening to the music as much as I enjoyed playing it. 


Emmanuel Smith - piano, Billy Thornton - bass, Justin Varnes - drums, Luke Weathington - sax, Lisa Chauntel - vocals

Recorded by Marlon Patton, Mixed and Mastered by Marlon Patton, Photography by Kemi Griffin, Produced by Justin Varnes, Co-porduced by Emmanuel Smith


Emmanuel "Chops" Smith

Canadian Sunset - Eddie Hayward Recorded LIVE at Kyle Theatre (DeKalb School of the Arts) on December 1, 2017 Billy Thornton - bass Justin Varnes - drums Emmanuel "Chops" Smith - piano video done by William Hollifield

Emmanuel "Chops" Smith leads a jazz band of as many pieces necessary. Usually confined as a trio, they play jazz of all styles from straight ahead to latin to fusion and funk covers. The music of this group can be referenced to the music on CHOPS, Emmanuel Smith's debut jazz album. This band's playing style is often compared by the music of Oscar Peterson, Christian Sands, Vince Guaraldi and Kevin Bales. 


The CHOPS Experience

The first set of The CHOPS Experience at the Intercontinental Buckhead (Atlanta) via Facebook LIVE. Recorded on October 27, 2017. Enjoy! Emmanuel Smith - piano Roland Beard - bass Derryl Rivers - drums Daniel Melton - guitar Nick Longo - sax Erika Janae - vocals

The CHOPS Experience is best described as a party band. Led by Emmanuel "Chops" Smith, this group plays mostly for weddings and corporate type events. They play all styles of music appropriate for all events including Motown, Popular Music, R&B, etc. Best described by band members as "music to make you move to." 'The Experience's' sole purpose is to enhance the experience of your event and make the people party. 

The video provided is an old Facebook Live feed from 2017 at the Intercontinental Hotel Buckhead, where the band plays on a monthly basis.