Just sometimes someone very special shows up. This Australian guy called Juzzie Smith is certainly something very special. Videos of his live street and festival performances have been taking social media by storm.
How many people do you know that can play five instruments at the same time? The Music Man only knows of one, and that’s Juzzie Smith! He is a tremendous one-man band and a fantastic all round entertainer. Using different techniques to entertain, Juzzie shows up with a host of different instruments and equipment.
His set up is pretty unique, using a Cajon for a beat which he plays with a kick pedal. Juzzie is very passionate about his music, which clearly shows when he is entertaining people from all over the world. Not at all money orientated, Juzzie is all about the music. After being approached many times by different record labels wanting to ‘sign him’, he has politely refused and continues to work under his own management.
At the tender age of only thirteen, he began playing the Harmonica and excelled at it. So much so that he was the winner of the prestigious and much coveted Golden Harmonica at the Tamworth Country Music Festival and the Byron Bay Blues Blowout.
He has since mastered many other instruments such as electric and acoustic guitar. In some videos, he can be seen playing a cigar box guitar and using a slide guitar playing technique. He also has a belt with eight different harmonicas surrounding his body. Each harmonica is tuned to a different key, when he needs to change key he simply changes harmonicas!
Juzzie has added a very unique and entertaining aspect to his live performances over the past few years. He juggles three balls known as Chuka Chuks in perfect timing to the tune. Chuka Chuks are Australian made juggling balls that are designed for Percussion Juggling. Essentially they are shakers merged with juggling balls!
Audiences are really transfixed by this. He appeals to audiences of all ages from all backgrounds from all musical tastes. He plays and sings ‘the music of the World’ and is not at all constrained by category. Wherever he plays he is the ultimate performer with a great connection with his audience and is a real hit at festivals.
So why is he a busker, someone who plays on the streets? Well, that’s where his lovelies, improvising with close contact to his loving audience. He is a very personable man with a great sense of humor and always has time for his fans. His music will infect you with happiness and his performance will keep you watching till the very end.
Juzzie has also had songs in the Blues musical charts, a chart for blues music from all over the globe. As with all his previous gigs a real pleasurable experience awaits his new audiences. See much more of this talented Australian one-man band by clicking on the links below. You’ll see just how versatile and talented Juzzie Smith really is and why so many people love his music.