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Howie Smith and Chip Stephens

Live at the Bop Stop

Release Date: 06/06/2022

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Both Howie Smith and Chip Stephens have extensive experience as performers and educators. Howie Smith is a Northeast Ohio legend and as a sax player has performed with everyone from Dizzy Gillespie to Elvis Presley. 

Chip Stephens is one of the hardest swinging piano players in the business, playing on over two dozen Grammy and Emmy Award winning records in his over 80 album appearances.

These two dynamite performers came together for a duet performance on our stage together for the first time in five years. From a December 2nd, 2021 duet performance it’s Howie Smith and Chip Stephens – Live at the Bop Stop.

All songs used with permission from Howie Smith and Chip Stephens.

Yesterdays - Kearns
With You - Smith
Waltz for Barbara - Smith
Broadway Blues - Coleman
Caprious - Smith
My Funny Valentine - Baker
Here, There and Everywhere - Lennon-McCartney
Hip Too Quick - Knock
After - Smith