Originally from Santa Cruz, multi-intrumantalist Smith Dobson V is a member of an important jazz family. His father, the late Smith Dobson IV, was a world renown pianist whom accompanied jazz legends like Art Pepper, Stan Getz and Chet Baker, to name a few. Also in the family, Mother Gail, and Sister Sasha are both jazz vocalists. The family often performed as a group at many local venues, as well as many local schools and workshops.
Dobson moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1998 and has performed over the years at many major Bay Area venues, such as the San Jose and San Francisco Jazz Festivals and clubs like Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Yoshi's, Kimball's, Great American Music Hall, Bottom Of The Hill, Amnesia, the California Jazz Conservatory, the Stanford Jazz Workshop, and Club Deluxe.
Dobson has had the honor of working with jazz legends like Bobby Hutcherson, Red Rodney, John Handy, Sheila Jordan, Red Holloway, Pete and Conte Condoli, Phillip Harper, and Ben Goldberg.