Juzzie Smith

    Juzzie is a walking, talking, singing example of how it pays to follow your heart. Not that money is the point here – far from it. The real point is that Juzzie is one of those truly creative souls who makes a living out of doing something he absolutely loves.

    As a young father, tired of late nights on the pub circuit, Juzzie made a conscious decision to leave the pubs and take his music to the people and the streets. So he took up busking, mostly at local markets on the NSW north coast, drawing bigger and more enthusiastic crowds each time he played. In this way Juzzie created a reputation for himself, becoming a true grassroots phenomenon.

    A true musical virtuoso, Juzzie gives performances that are marked by an amazing ability to play guitar, harmonica and percussion at the same time using all of his body. It seems he is at home holding anything that makes a sound, and he combines this with a real rhythmic talent and a raw, warm vocal style.

    So how many instruments does he play? Well, it’s a bit more of a matter of what doesn’t he play? For a start he straps 8 harmonicas to his belt so he has quick access to the one in the right key. Then there’s the guitar, slide guitar and Cigar box guitar, Dan Moi (which is like a jew’s harp but from Vietnam), ukulele, and a range of percussion instruments that is infinite. And he not only sings, but has also mastered the difficult art of harmonic singing, producing two tones simultaneously with his voice.

    With many of these instruments an integral part of his usual set, it isn’t hard to see that Juzzie has his hands pretty full on stage. Just when you think he couldn’t possibly do any more then comes the ultimate crowd stopper. Percussive Juggling. Try juggling three shaker balls creating amazing grooves and then playing harmonica at the same time. Now this is fun to watch.

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