We had the good fortune of connecting with Frank Smith and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Frank, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
Tenacity and belief in myself.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I have been a professional musician for over 60 years! That in itself is a testimony to being tenacious. Where I love music, I have never been a big fan of the music business. It is full of unsavory characters and unappreciative audiences. In order to survive you have to learn to play for yourself and sometimes even pretend that someone is actually listening to what you have to say. But on the positive side, music itself fills me with joy! That has been the underlying motivation to keep me going.
Also, I practice incessantly. I work on mostly flute and saxophone, but I also play the piano and bass clarinet. Making music on these instruments gives me joy. There is meaning in the notes you choose to play and I feel almost a discipleship to the craft!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Well, by far MIM (the Musical Instrument Museum) is a must! The motto over there is “Music is the language of the Soul.” When I first visited the museum and read that and I knew I had to volunteer there. Until Covid I was doing that every week.
The other recommendations would be to check out The Nash. It is Arizona’s premier jazz club. They bring in world class musicians and showcase them in a wonderfully esoteric environment. The other venue I have been hearing about is Jazzbird. It is supposed to be the state of the art for music venues.
Now my wife and I are vegans so I would just point to our favorite East Indian restaurant. It has wonderful southern style East Indian food! It is called Udupi.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are so many influences I have had in my life. In my music there are sax players like John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley, Eric Dolphy, Paul Desmond, and Art Pepper just to name a few. Then there are the amazing piano players like Herbie Hancock, Bill Evans, Keith Jarrett, and Oscar Peterson.
In my coaching business I studied N.L.P with John Grinder and read many books about the work of Dr. Milton Erickson. Actually my thirst for knowledge started in high school. It began with “Think and Grow Rich,” and “Psycho-Cybernetics.” Then I went on to read books like “The Power of Your Subconscious Mind” and on and on right up to today. I am still “sharpening the axe.” In addition I have taken many workshops and attended many lectures on self empowerment etc.
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