Red Hot Chili Peppers star Chad Smith is swapping his drum sticks for a guitar pick to take part in a charity jam session.

The rocker will join more than 150 artists, including Paul Simon bandmember Mark Stewart, former Hall & Oates musician G.E. Smith and Israeli singer/songwriter David Broza, for the Guitar Mash Benefit Concert and Jam at New York's City Winery on 17 November (13) to raise funds for music education programmes.

The event will also feature an auction of signed memorabilia from stars such as Ben Harper, Steve Earle and Stephen Stills.