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

    " A stunning display of cosmopolitan inventiveness" Wakefield Jazz

New Sextet Project for 2022!


'..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

2nd July

Shirley Smart Trio

East Neuk Festival


Book Tickets

16th July

Shirley Smart Trio

Lichfield Festival


Book Tickets

More dates

                      New release!!      



A freely improvised trilogy with:

Demi Garcia Sabat - drums

James Arben - sax/flute

                         Listen/buy here

                    or click on the images

Part 1- The Dragonfly

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Part 2 - Mirrors

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              Long Story Short

Long Story Short is my debut album released on 33 Jazz 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