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Courtney Isaiah Smith, co-founder of Utah’s Jazz Vespers Quartet, dies at 37

The pianist was known for jazz performances, but he was also the pianist at Calvary Baptist Church.
Courtney Isaiah Smith
Posted at 7:27 AM, Feb 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-05 09:27:20-05

SALT LAKE CITY — Courtney Isaiah Smith, a pianist who was a beloved fixture in Utah’s music scene from nightclubs to church, has died at age 37, The Salt Lake Tribune reports.

Smith died Monday, Jan. 25, from complications of COVID-19 and other health issues.

“This is a massive loss to the musical community in Utah,” said saxophonist and bandmate David Halliday. “The gospel community, the jazz community, pop music — Courtney was everywhere. His reach was massive.”

Smith “was the most gentle and humble and kind person,” Halliday said. “He had an almost childlike humility and kindness. Pure, like no ego. He wanted to serve the music and share in the joy of musical connection and friends.”

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