Turnin' it out on the bottom end is Smokestack's newest addition,
Jacob Chmara. He just recently received a Bachelor's in Saxophone
Performance from the University Michigan (yes, he plays the sax
too) where he studied under the great saxophonist Donald Sinta and
has received several honors for his saxophone skills including top
prizes at both national and international performance competitions.
Having also played bass since the age of 12, Jacob has studied with
Detroit bassist Marion Hayden as well as former Smokestack bassist
Glenn Brady ('sup Glenn!). His performances have taken him throughout
the U.S. and Canada as well as to such far-reaching places as Japan.
Jacob's primary bass influences include James Jamerson, Ron Carter,
Verdine White, Aston "Familyman" Barrett, Flea, and Marcus
Miller. Saxophone-wise, he digs Joshua Redman, Sonny Rollins and
Stanley Turrentine. Generally speaking, he owes much to the music
of J.S. Bach and Astor Piazzolla. Jacob also acknowledges Albert
Camus and Rainer Maria Rilke for their invaluable insights into
When he isn't practicing or performing, Jacob enjoys running (aimlessly
whenever possible), reading philosophy, and talking with good people
over a good cup of coffee.
What's in my stereo:
Stevie Wonder "At the Close of a Century", Bob
Marley "Legend", Ben Harper "Diamonds on the Inside",
The New Deal "The New Deal", The Flaming Lips "Yoshimi
Battles the Pink Robots"