Central Coast Sax
is co-owned by Greg Smith and Beverly Dahlke-Smith. We are two multi-talented saxophone and woodwind professional musicians, each having over 30 years professional music industry experience in almost every genre of music ... classical, pop, jazz, rock, R&B, country
... you name we have played it!

Both Greg and Beverly are long time members of AFM - Professional Musicians' Union - Local 47 (Hollywood, CA). Greg Smith is also a member of A.S.C.A.P.

Please also visit our "gallery" page to see pics and listen to music snippits, and our online music "Store" page for music, instruments, and accessories, that are available for purchase.

Click on our names below and scroll down to view our bios and industry experience.

Greg Smith - Beverly Dahlke-Smith

 

Greg Smith
Baritone Sax (Primary Instrument),
Bass Sax, Tenor Sax, Alto Sax, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Contra Alto Clarinet


Greg Smith is currently endorsed by D'Addario Woodwinds™.


My name is Greg Smith and I began playing the saxophone at the age of eight years old, in my home state of Rhode Island. I started with an old Beuscher soprano sax that had been willed to me by my Uncle Leland that my Dad and I put together at the kitchen table. I don’t think Leland was a real uncle but he was a great guy, good player and he didn’t mind me standing there at such a young age watching him play. I remember his saxophone was taller than me and I was totally mystified by the whole process. This guy blowing on this really cool hunk of metal and getting this cool sound and people were having a great time listening and dancing.

A lot of gratification there for a young soul to digest but digest I did in big portions. So what to do with this kid and his saxophone. I had played piano from about three years old with Mom so I could read music but that got boring to me. I couldn’t carry the piano around with me so I decided that I would take “group lessons” on the saxophone at the local high school on Saturday mornings.

I wasn’t too thrilled about giving up Saturday mornings ... Sky King, cartoons, baseball. As an 8 year old I had a busy schedule on the weekends. None the less that shiny hunk of metal intrigued me and I always noticed the guys in the band had a lot of fun and it sure looked like fun to me. So off to my group I went with my sort of shiny saxophone only to get there to see a group of shiny faces with equally shiny instruments and their instruments actually were easy to play. It took an act of God to even get a sound out of mine.

I managed to keep up with them and by the end of the hour I was well ahead of their level of proficiency. Mr. Swoboda pulled me aside and asked that he speak to my parents. I was sure it was over for me. I had played too well and was about to be booted out. I am pleased to report there was a happy ending. He simply suggested that I get a private teacher. I had shown true talent and he was all for harvesting such talent.

Needless to say, I continued my education in music, and was classically trained on clarinet and saxophone, and after high school attended college for a short while at North Texas State University, where I studied with Tim Bell and Jim Riggs. My playing was strongly influenced by musicians such as John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Gerry Mulligan, Serge Chaloff, Buddy Rich and numerous others. I then went on the road with Stan Kenton and a while after coming off the road moved to Los Angeles and continued my professional career. ... and the rest is history.

I have had the fortunate opportunity to perform and record with some of the world's greatest artists, musicians, and performers. The bulk of my music career has originated out of Los Angeles, CA, where I have resided since the late 70's, as well as a dual residence in San Luis Obispo County, on the beautiful CA Central Coast.

In addition to my playing skills, I am also a successful music arranger and composer, with my works being featured on published studio recordings and live performances and tours.

Below is a list of my studio and live performance credits.

Performances include:

Stan Kenton, Buddy Rich, Harry James, N.T.S.U.- One O'clock Lab Band, Stanley Clarke, Dave Edmunds, Glenn Frey, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Joe Walsh, REO Speedwagon, Milli Vanilli, Joe Jackson, Arthur Adams, Natalie Cole, Supersax, Bob Florence, Tex Beneke, Les Elgart, Warren Covington, San Luis Obispo Symphony, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Percy Sledge, James Brown, Eric Burdon, Jack Mack and the Heart Attack, Michael Bolton, Amy Grant, Dwight Yoakam, Boz Scaggs, Huey Lewis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Rita Coolidge, The Eagles, Billy Idol, Bruce Willis, Dizzy Gillespie, Mel Torme, Delbert MacClinton, Red Young and the Red Hots, Newport Jazz Festival, Montreaux Jazz Festival, Newport Euro Jazz Festivals, North Sea Jazz Festival, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, The Blues Foundation, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Tony Bennett, Sammy Davis, Jr., Ray Price, Little Anthony, Little Richard, Peggy Lee, Sy Zentner, Ben Vereen, Richard Harris, Xavier Cugat, American Jazz Institute Orchestra, The Eagles, and Louie Ortega.

Recordings include:

Stan Kenton, Buddy Rich, Mel Torme, Aaron Neville, Glenn Frey, Dave Edmunds, BB King, No Doubt, The Wallflowers, Yes, REO Speedwagon, Eddi Money, John Hyatt, Ricky Lee Jones, Bruce WIllis, Bonnie Raitt, Suzanne Vega, Crowded House, Bette Midler, Dwight Yoakam, Ratt, Neil Sedaka, Beck, Green Day, Dan Fogelburg, Yutaka Osaki, Neil Diamond, Red and the Red Hots, Smokey Robinson, Bill Medley, Dr. John, Rod Stewart, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Kansas, Elton John, Billy Preston, T-Bone Burnett, The Pointer Sisters, The Eagles, and yours truly Greg Smith paired up with trombone virtouso, Nick Lane, on our most recent CD, "Smile and Nod".

Film/Motion Picture/TV/Radio dates include:

Beverly Hills Cop II, Calendar Girl, Chasers, Drew Carey Show, Dukes of Hazzard, The Expert's, Fame L.A., First Family, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Frankie and Johnny, Hope Floats, Jinxed, Let's Get Harry, Little Big League, McHales Navy, Nothing to Lose, Police Academy, Private Benjamin, A Smile Like Yours, Solar Crisis, Spring Break Subzero, This Year's Blond, Xanadu, Yes Giorgio, 10 Things I Hate About You, Tuff Turf, Happy Days, Laverne and Shirley, House band on Fox's Late Show with Ross Shaeffer, The Tonight Show, David Letterman, Arsenio Hall, The Chevy Chase Show. Also hundred's of radio spots for Holiday Inn, Mountain Dew, Budweiser, Coors, Northwest Airlines, Super Cuts, Ford, Chevrolet, Blue Cross, Direct TV, McDonalds, and Mattel, to name a few.


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Beverly Dahlke-Smith
Baritone Sax (Primary Instrument),
Bassoon, Bass Clarinet, Contra Alto Clarinet, Bass Sax, Tenor Sax, Alto Sax, Clarinet, Flute


My name is Beverly Dahlke-Smith. A native of Wisconsin, I started studying woodwinds as a young child and continued on with my music education and received a B.A. in Music Performance at North Texas State University. I moved to Los Angeles, CA in the late 70's to pursue my professional music career on my primary instrument of baritone saxophone. Jumping right into the music scene, I quickly became involved in the jazz/big band scene in L.A., as well as diving into Hollywood studio recording sessions, theatrical, and symphony performances.

My primary instrument is baritone saxophone, and I have been a busy doubler on bassoon, bass clarinet, tenor saxophone, alto saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet, contra alto clarinet, bass sax, recorder, and flute. I have performed and/or recorded with such music industry heavyweights as Les Brown, Elton John, Harry James, Kansas, Dwight Yoakum, Glenn Frey (in video Heat is On), The LA Philharmonic, Bette Midler, Barry Manilow, The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Tom Petty, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, and Michael Bolton, to name just a few. In addition to many live performances and tours, I have performed on hundreds of recordings for major motion picture film scores, television shows, radio and television commercials, and major distibuted music albums and CD's.

I have had the distinction of being the only female instrumentalist ever to be a member of the Les Brown Band of Renown. In addition, I was also the first female instrumentalist ever hired to be a part of the Harry James Band and also the first woman to be a full time member of a studio band for a TV talk show, The Joan Rivers Show.

I retired from live performance in 2003, but am still actively involved in the music industry as a music educator, private music instructor, music mentor, and music contractor for special event performances on the CA Central Coast. I teach beginning keyboards, as well as woodwinds, and thoroughly enjoy working with both youth and adults, whether they are pursuing music for pure enjoyment or choosing the path of a professional music career.

Below is a detailed list of my music career credits:

Broadway Shows:

Cats, La Cage Aux Folle, Will Rogers Follies, Damn Yankees, Hello Dolly, Westside Story, Guys and Dolls, Fiddler on the Roof, Sound of Music, Music Man, Evita, Grand Hotel, Sweet Charity, Kiss of the Spiderwoman, Peter Pan, Can Can, Man of La Mancha, Camelot, Fosse, State Fair, Chorus Line, Me and My Girl, Annie Get your Gun, How To Succeed in Business, Finian’s Rainbow, Dreamgirls, The Producers and many more.

Live Performances - Multiple Times:

L.A. Philharmonic, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Ray Charles, Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathis, Natalie Cole, Engelbert Humperdink, Harry Connick Jr., Bob Hope, Jack Jones, Maureen McGovern, Marvin Hamlisch, Steve Allen, Danny Gans, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Michael Bolton, Bobby Caldwell, Phyllis Diller, The Mills Brothers.

Live Performances:

Tom Petty, Michael McDonald, Roberta Flack, Peabo Bryson, Melissa Manchester, Jeffrey Osborne, Patti Austin, Brian Mcknight, Vanessa Williams, Mary Wilson(The Supremes), Manhatten Transfer, Frankie Valli, Pink Martini, David Sanborn, Patti LaBelle, Jubilant Sykes, Kristin Chenoweth, Dionne Warwick, Doc Severinson, Rosemary Clooney, Michael Feinstein, Lola Falana, Nancy Wilson, Joel Grey, Andy Williams, Eddie Fischer, Lily Tomlin, Steve Lawrence & Edie Gorme, The Spinners, Pat Boone, Hal Linden, Rich Little, Bob Newhart, Patti Page, Tim Curry, Marilynn McCoo, Billy Davis Jr., Kenny Rogers, Glen Campbell, Brasil 66, Howie Mandel, Diane Schur, Tony Danza, Donald O’Connor, Mickey Rooney, Frankie Laine, Red Buttons, Bernadette Peters, Angela Lansbury, Patti Lupone, Carol Burnett, Jerry Van Dyke, Bonnie Raitt, T-Bone Burnett, Percy Sledge, Audra McDonald, Sammy Davis Jr., Frank Sinatra Jr., Jack Mack and The Heart Attack, Tommy Tune, Tex Beneke, Xavier Cugat, Long Beach Symphony, Santa Barbara Symphony, South Bay Symphony and many more.

Movie Soundtracks:

Bulletproof Monk, Down With Love, Endless Summer 2, Houseguest, Legally Blonde 2- Red, White and Blue, Solar Crisis aka Starfire, The Tuxedo, Finding Nemo, He’s my Girl, Marci X, Analyze This, Another Stakeout, Bingo, Bird on a Wire, Booty Call, Box Office Bunny, Cats and Dogs, Dick, Dragonfly, Dream For An Insomniac, The Emperor’s New Groove, Fantasia 2000, Flubber, Frankie and Johnny, A Goofy Movie, Hocus Pocus, Inspector Gadget, The Jetsons Movie, Little Big League, Little Giants, Memoirs of an Invisible Man, Mumford, My Favorite Martian, Nothing To Lose, The Out of Towners, Out on a Limb aka Welcome To Buzzsaw, Payback, Return To Me, See Spot Run, Shout aka Midnight Rider, South Park: Bigger, Longer, & Uncut, Striking Distance, Toys, What’s Love Got To Do With It aka I, Tina, plus several movies for HBO and general release.

Movies on Camera:

For The Boys, Man With One Red Shoe, Something Wicked This Way Comes, The Sting 2, Unfaithfully Yours.

TV Shows:

Lois & Clark, Family Matters, The Flash, Alias, Knots Landing, Full House, Step By Step, Perfect Strangers, Murphy Brown, The Tom Arnold Show, Halloween Tree, Touched By An Angel, Police Academy-The Series, Adventures of Batman and Robin, Superman, Freakazoids, The Simpsons, The Critic, 101 Dalmatians, Tiny Toons, Hercules, Family Guy, King of the Hill, Soul Train.

TV Specials & Awards Shows:

Carol Burnett with Whoopi Goldberg and Friends, Disney’s Greatest Hits on Ice, Champions on Ice, Ed Sullivan Christmas Special, Tribute to Mohammed Ali, Frank Sinatra 80th Birthday Special, Elizabeth Taylor 65th Birthday Special, Caesar’s Palace 40th Anniversary Special, Comic Relief with Whoopi Goldberg, Robin Wiliams and Billy Crystal, The Emmy Awrds, SAG Awards, TV Guide Awards, American Television Awards, Comedy Hall of Fame, Comedy Honors, AFI Awards, Golden Eagle Awards, PBS “unplugged” special with Michael Bolton, Steve Allen 75th Birthday Special for PBS, March of Dimes.

Live TV Shows:

A Guest on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Merv Griffin Show, Merv Griffin Coconut Ballroom-Pilot, Joan Lunden Show-Pilot, Jerry Lewis Telethon (regular for 5 yrs.), The Late Show-Fox-Joan Rivers,Arsenio Hall-regular in the house band from Sept. 1986-Dec. 1987.

Records and CDs:

Elton John, Kansas, Jimmy Buffet, Dwight Yoakum, Barry Manilow, Bette Midler, Prince, Robbie Williams, Michelle Shocked, Brian Wilson, Bruce Willis, Diannne Reeves, Debbie Gibson, Michael Penn, Steve Allen, John Pizzarelli, Terence Trent D’Arby, L.A. All Stars, and Les Brown and the Band of Renown.

Radio & TV Commercials:

Coca Cola, McDonalds, Mazda, Plymouth, Honda, Sprint, Volkswagen, Mitsubishi, Airtouch, AT&T, FHP, Pennzoil, Southwest Bell, Jack in the Box, Quick Lube, Polaroid, Nike, Geico, Budweiser, Bud Light, Levis, Chevron, Mattel, TWA, British Petroleum, Milk, BMW, Cheetos, Pizza Hut, Lincoln Financial and many more.

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