"One of the best improvising cellists in the UK" The JazzMann

Zeitgeist² Album Launch
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                     20th January

                   Vortex  Jazz Club

  Duo album with Robert Mitchell (piano)

                 on Discus Records

            Shows at 7pm and 9pm


More dates

New Sextet Project for 2021/22!


'..as a cellist-composer she morphs seamlessly from Stephane Grappelli like swing and Bird-like bebop...

a charming kaleidoscope and jazzy showcase of her global folk music-inspired compositions'


'..some of the most inventive use of the cello I’ve heard for some time.'

Kind of Jazz

' a superb set -  a sound world that is at once rooted in the ancient and traditional  musics that it draws from in an utterly contemporary manner that also incorporates modern jazz. 

This is an exceptionally strong leadership debut from a lady that I'm sure we are destined to hear much more from.' Jazzviews

'Smarts playing is particularly remarkable..'


'Fascinating listening, and thought-provoking entertainment for the open-eared"

The Arts Desk


Upcoming dates

18th January

Arben/Smart Duo

Horse Improvised Music Club



19th January

Shirley Smart Trio

Perivale Music Club


More dates


             Long Story Short

'Long Story Short' is my debut album out now on 33 Jazz records.

Sunsets - a Lockdown Video


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ReconciliationSmart/Arben Duo
00:00 / 08:56

9 improvised dialogues with James Arben on tenor saxophone, flute and bass clarinet

"..an astonishing set of improvised dialogues.." Jazzviews

released on FMR records

      Via Maris


Longa Sakiz - Melange
Between You and Me - Melange

"..a fascinating melting pot of musical influences.." 

World Music Central

Released on Two Rivers Records

                             Beyond Cello

Workshop course to develop improvisation and creative skills

More info and register your interest here


Dates for 2022 coming soon!

 Listen to podcast about Beyond Cello at Kings Place here