Preston Smith, is rocking the world of smooth jazz! His new radio show "endless melodies" airs 6pm - 8pm (central) every Monday on 101.5fm in Houston, Texas. His latest album release, On the Surface, was on the 2018 Grammy ballot for Contemporary Instrumental Album of the Year, and was a final nominee at the IMA Awards for Best Jazz/Funk Album held in the Lincoln Center on March 31st. Smith also won awards at the 2017 Indie Music Channel Awards in Hollywood, California for Album of the Year, Artist of the Year, Song of the Year, Band of the Year, Male Artist of the Year, and 3 genre awards in Jazz, R& B, and Instrumental. His single Endless Melodies was a finalist in The Great American Song Contest and his song Meatballin was a finalist in the USA Song Writing Competition. He also won Best Jazz Recording at the 2nd Annual Radio Music Awards in 2016 for his single “I Funked It Up”, while “Meatballin’” spent two weeks at #1 on the charts at FM96.9 The Oasis and was the #1 most added single on groovejazzmusic.com. Both “Meatballin’” and “Wondering” were the #3 most added singles for smooth jazz on the Nielsen Billboard.
Preston performs nationally and in the Houston area hosting the Saturday Jazz Brunch at Houston’s House of Blues and hosting Sunday Evening Jazz at The Cellar Door Winery. He was also the host of Straight Ahead Jazz Night at the famous Red Cat Jazz Cafe in downtown Houston which has a long history of showcasing jazz artists of various genres. He has performed at various festivals throughout the gulf coast including the Red Cat Jazz Festival in September 2017 and the Balconies Heights Jazz Festival with Phillip “Doc” Martin. He has also performed at festivals throughout the nation including the One World Jazz Festival, UNC Jazz Festival, and the Montana Traditional Jazz Festival. In 2002 Preston was invited by the owner of the New Orleans Saints, Tom Benson, to perform the national anthem solo before the game against the Dallas Cowboys.