About José

José Smith tries to make a child's day a little brighter at Rady's Children's Hospital with his accordion.
José tries to make a child’s day a little brighter at Rady’s Children’s Hospital with his accordion.

Surprised with a harp for his 30th birthday in 1979, José began learning traditional Mexican boleros. He was initially inspired by South American harpist Alfredo Ortiz and encouraged by Vera Cruz harpist Alberto de la Rosa. Cesar Daniel Lopez has been Jose’s mentor and harp maker since 1999. José has been a musician at Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego since 1994, where he  provides calming music in the neonatal intensive care unit for premature newborns. José also serenades young patients, their families, and their nurses on bossa nova guitar and accordion throughout Children’s Hospital. San Diego’s Channel Ten News featured his work at Children’s with a fifteen minute segment in December 1999. Children’s Hospital Foundation sponsors Jose’s music through its Healing Arts Program.

José has performed over the past thirty years at weddings and many other occasions.
José has performed over the past thirty years at weddings and many other occasions.

José performs at numerous weddings, receptions, conferences, and fundraisers each year. As a faculty member at UCSD (1990 – 2000), José played for many occasions including a solo performance before an audience of 6000 just prior to the 1999 Thurgood Marshall College graduation.

To hear an informal harp performance, please click here.

José is available for weddings and other special events as a harpist, accordionist, and/or guitarist and is best for his romantic and mellow ballads.

 

Jose Smith – harpist, accordionist, guitarist