French born musician, Serge “Pépé” Le Goueff spent his formative years polishing his skills through the ranks of the French Conservatoire de Brest. In addition to performing in France extensively, he also performed in Belgium, Germany and throughout South East Asia. He began exploring Jazz music in France and was invited on occasions to play with an established big band “Jazzogene”. It is with this big band that he played as supporting act for Dizzy Gillespie in Paris.
In the early 90s, Serge migrated to Australia and was offered a position at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts where he studied Jazz performance for 4 years.
He then joined the Perth Jazz Orchestra, he performed with the likes of James Morisson, Dave Weckl, Mickey Tucker, and John Hoffman to name a few. He has performed in Jazz Festivals both in France and in Australia. He was honoured to play the lead alto saxophone chair during the Glen Miller Big Band tour when they performed at Burswood in Perth. Serge became known for his ability to “fit in” and as a result has performed with numerous bands such as “Fling”, “The Celtic Tigers”, “CJ and the T Horns”, “Bondi Express”, “One for All big band”, “Blue Shaddy”, “Barefeet Sojourns”, “Pretty Fly”, "Midnight Soul", "Soul Purpoise"to name a few.
All along, his passion for education continued to grow and he undertook post graduate studies at the University of Western Australia in the field of Jazz improvisation. His ambition is to make as many people happy through his passion for arts (be it visual art or music) as humanly possible.
In 2015, Serge created the Mr and Mrs Smith duo and became well known under the name “Mr Smith”. Performing hundreds of shows yearly, “Mr Smith” takes his shows on tour around Australia and South East Asia. Serge performs on all saxophones as well as plays flute, clarinet and sings.
In 2019, he recorded his debut album “What Matters” in London.