Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Smith, Daniel Ian
Smith has been an active performer and educator for the last 18 years. He is an Assistant Professor of Music at the Berklee College of Music and an in-demand saxophonist. Daniel has performed throughout the world alongside such notables as Nick Brignola, Kazumi Watanabe, Arturo Sandoval, John Lewis, Jimmy Giuffre, Maria Schneider, Fred Ho, Marty Ehrlich, Akikazu Nakamura, Sheila Jordan, Claudio Roditi, Patti Lupone, Jyoji Sawada, Jun Saito, Johnny Mathis, The Temptations, and George Russell. He has performed in and conducted ensembles as diverse as: The Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, ALEA III, Rhode Island Philharmonic, The Greg Hopkins Jazz Orchestra, the Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra and Saxophone Quartet, Mark Harvey's Aardvark Jazz Orchestra, New England Conservatory Contemporary Music Ensemble, John Allmark Jazz Orchestra, Composer's in Red Sneakers and NuClassix composers forum. He has performed in venues as distinct as Visiones Jazz Club (New York City), Carnegie Hall, Phoenix Jazz Festival (Kobe, Japan), Discover Jazz Festival (Burlington, Vermont), JVC Jazz Festival (New York City, Saratoga Springs), Boston Globe Jazz and Blues Festival, Newport Jazz Festival, Equinox Jazz Festival (Boston), the Pit Inn (Tokyo), Scullers Jazz Club, Bflat and Schlot jazz clubs (Berlin, Germany), The Regattabar, Ryles Jazz Club, Willow Jazz Club, the original House of Blues (Boston), Harvard University, IAJE Annual Convention (New York), and New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall. As the recipient of the prestigious Uchida Fellowship in 1996 (from the Japan Foundation), Mr. Smith spent 6 months performing and touring around Japan and studying Japanese traditional music and culture. He was the featured soloist at the Yokohama Port Festival, Yokohama, Japan in June of 1996. He has recorded for Sony, DIW, Brownstone, Cherry Street Records, 9 Winds, and Big and Phat Jazz Productions. He actively performs with his quintet A Collective Directive, is the founder and director of the Big and Phat Jazz Orchestra, and is the founder/artistic director of the Boston based Jazz In the Sanctuary concert series. Daniel is an artist/clinician for Yamaha saxophones and endorses Alexander Superial reeds.