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Daniel Ian Smith

The New World Jazz Composers Octet, Pablo Ablanedo Octet, Fernando Huergo Big Band, Berklee College

"I use Jazz Select Filed reeds on all my saxophones—soprano, alto, tenor and baritone. These reeds are consistently balanced, resonant, long lasting, and have a consistent, dense cane profile ensuring longevity and vibrance, that I love and count on."

ABOUT Daniel Ian Smith


Daniel Ian Smith is a saxophonist, flutist, educator, and composer with over 30 years’ experience. He is a professor at the acclaimed Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he has taught for over 27 years. 

Smith is in demand as a clinician, guest soloist, and lecturer with appearances throughout the United States, Japan, Germany, Canada, Mexico, Israel, and England. In 1992, he founded Big and Phat Jazz Productions to serve as a production company for his “Jazz in the Sanctuary” concert series, as well as being an independent record label and managing his ensembles and touring projects. 

The recordings and performances by his ensemble The New World Jazz Composers Octet (NWJCO) have received rave reviews in DownBeat, JazzTimes, Cadence, ArtsFuse, and All About Jazz magazines. His groups have been featured at festivals and concert halls locally and internationally.

Smith has recorded and been featured on over 30 albums. He has performed and recorded with the likes of Michael Abene, Sergio Brandao, Jack Walrath, Maria Schneider, Steve Berry, The Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra, Ron Carter, and many others. Most recently he has been featured on widely acclaimed recordings with Fernando Brandao, The Pablo Ablanedo Octet Brian McCarthy and the Better Angels of Our Nature and Ron Reid and Sunsteel. 

Daniel recently released his 4th recording with his acclaimed New World Jazz Composers Octet, entitled "The Next Stage" featured on the newest Fernando Huergo Big Band album "A Moment of Change" and is headed into the studio in April of 2022 with the Brian McCarthy Nonet to record the ensembles second record featuring Bill Mobley and Justin Kauflin among others.



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