Steve Smith was still studying at the renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston when he launched his professional career. In 1976, the drummer lent his sticks to French violinist Jean-Luc Ponty, whom he accompanied both on the road and in the studio. Two years later, Smith joined arena rock combo Journey, which went on to release a string of mega-hit records between 1978 and 1983. While still a member of Journey, the musician assembled a fusion outfit called Vital Information. From 1986 to 1993, he kept the beat for Steps Ahead. He also dedicated much time to his Jazz Legacy quintet and sat on recording sessions for a plethora of artists, from Bryan Adams to Andrea Boccelli. A gifted and versatile intrumentalist, Smith saw his name appear on Modern Drummer magazine's Top 25 sticksmen of all time list.