A Jazz Tribute to Louis Smith: Raising Awareness for Aphasia


An Afternoon of Music and Hope

Featuring the Paul Keller Ensemble, a three horn jazz septet consisting of trumpet, trombone, saxophone, piano, bass, drums and vocalist Sarah D’Angelo.

  • Light refreshments included
  • Cash bar available


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  • $25 General Admission
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About Jazz Musician Louis Smith

Louis Smith is a trumpeter, music educator, past University of Michigan adjunct jazz professor, and someone living with aphasia. Smith’s career spanned almost five decades and included 14 albums. Smith suddenly lost his ability to communicate and play after experiencing a stroke in 2005. He has worked with the University of Michigan Aphasia Program (UMAP) using a combination of speech/language and music therapy to help improve his communication skills, regain his confidence, and begin to again play music.

About Aphasia and UMAP

Aphasia is a speech and language disorder that is acquired as the result of a stroke or other brain injury. It can rob people of their ability to speak, understand, read, and write language. It can be an incredibly frustrating and isolating condition.  It is estimated that about 1 million Americans currently live with aphasia. The University of Michigan Aphasia Program was the first program of its kind in North America to offer the intensive, evidence-based approach shown to help restore speech and language function.

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