DANIEL IAN SMITHAffiliation:
Big and Phat Jazz Productions
Berklee College of Music, Associate Professor
New World Jazz Composers Octet
A Collective Directive
Mark Walker and the Rhythm of the Americas Octet
Pablo Ablanedo Octet
Sergio Brandao and Manga Rosa
Artist's BiographyDaniel Ian Smith is a saxophonist, flutist, educator and composer with over 25 years of experience. He is an Associate Professor at the acclaimed Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA where he has taught for over 17 years.
Smith is in demand as a clinician, guest soloist, and lecturer with appearances throughout the United States, Japan, Germany, Canada, Mexico and England. In 1992, he founded Big and Phat Jazz Productions to serve as the production company for his Jazz in the Sanctuary Concert Series, an independent record label Big and Phat Jazz Productions, and his ensembles and touring projects. The recordings and performances by his ensemble The New World Jazz Composers Octet have received rave reviews in DownBeat, JazzTimes, Cadence, ArtsFuse and All About Jazz magazines. Daniel was a guest artist/lecturer and guest director of the jazz orchestra at the International Festival JAZZUV for 2009 and 2010
The NWJCO is releasing its 3rd CD entitled Breaking News in October of 2011. As the recipient of the prestigious Uchida Fellowship in 1996 (from the Japan Foundation), Smith spent six 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. Daniel resides in Boston, MA with his wife Eileen and daughter Catherine.