Born in Columbus, Georgia, Dallas Smith began his musical studies in the 6th grade on a song flute. His talent was obvious from this young age, and he studied clarinet with George Cardino through high school.
A scholarship student at Florida State University, Dallas studied with Harry Schmidt until he took a year abroad to study languages in Germany. Once there, he remained abroad, spending one year in Germany and subsequent years in Sweden and Afghanistan. During these years, three critical musical milestones occurred for Dallas: He began playing the flute, moved over to the jazz world, and began his love affair with East Indian Classical music on the Bansuri, the bamboo flute.
Upon returning to the U.S., he moved to San Rafael, California, to study with Indian Music masters Ali Akbar Khan and G.S. Sachdev, and jazz saxophonist Pee Wee Ellis.
Venturing into the world of jazz, world music, and fusion, Dallas has performed around the world, becoming known as the finest woodwind performer to achieve virtuosity in each of his musical passions.
Dallas is also a pioneer in the performance and development of the electronic wind synthesizer, having naturally expanded his interest to the newer technologies that have allowed him to move around all musical genres with unprecedented creativity and expertise. Dallas’s melding of East Indian, jazz, and classical music make both his performance and compositions refreshing and enticing.
In 1984, Dallas recorded his first solo album, Stellar Voyage, and collaborated with Susan Mazer on her first album, The Fire in the Rose. He has performed with Ahmad Jamal, Steven Halpern, Zakir Hussein, and other musical greats that cover the landscape of contemporary instrumental music.