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Daniel Ian Smith

Daniel Ian Smith is a jazz composer, saxophonist, performer and educator with over 20 years of experience. He is an Associate Professor at the acclaimed Berklee College of Music in Boston where he has taught for over 15 years.

Smith is in demand as a clinician, guest soloist and private teacher. He has performed throughout the United States, Japan, Germany,Mexico, Canada 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, as well as his ensembles and recording projects.

Jazz in the Sanctuary Concert Series

Smith is the founder/artistic director of the Jazz in the Sanctuary Concert Series in Brookline, MA which has produced over 85 concerts in the last 11 years. Featured performers include internationally known musicians such as Paul Bley, Marty Ehrlich, Joel Harrison, Bob Moses, Lewis Porter, Steve Slagle, Jack Walrath, Tim Ray, Bob Gullotti and Mick Goodrick.

Performing Groups

Smith currently leads several of his own ensembles including:

  • A Collective Directive
  • Charles Bubeck/Daniel Ian Smith Quintet
  • The New World Jazz Composers Octet
  • The Big and Phat Jazz Orchestra

Festivals/Venues/TV & Radio Appearances

B Flat and Schlot Jazz Clubs

Yokohama Port Festival (featured soloist), Phoenix Jazz Festival, Rag Live Spot, Lady Jane, The Pit Inn-Roppongi, The Pit Inn-Tokyo, New Combo, Big Apple, Pan School of Music, Koyo Conservatory, NHK Radio, Kansai Television.

Ruislip Jazz Club, The Rhythm Station, Watermill Jazz Club, The Bulls Head Inn Jazz Club, Spike’s Place, Oxford Public Television.

United States:
Carnegie Hall, Blues Alley (Wash DC), Foxwoods Casino, Symphony Hall in Boston, MA, Scullers Jazz Club, Regattabar, The Real Deal Jazz Club, Boston Globe Jazz Festival, Winthrop Jazz Festival, RISD Museum, Newport Jazz Festival, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Providence Performing Arts Center, Colby College (ME), Lyndon State University (VT), Augustana University (IA), Discover Jazz Festival (Vermont), University of Maine at Augusta, Equinox Music Festival, The Hatch Shell on the Boston Esplanade, Trinity Repertory Theatre, Boston University, Berklee Performance Center, Jordan Hall, Visiones Jazz Club, Sanders Theatre, IAJE Convention (NYC), South Shore Jazz Festival, Harvard University, M.I.T., Cambridge Public Library, The Ethical Society (Boston), Ithaca College, Cornell University, Cortland State College, Emmanuel Church, 1st & 2nd Church, Museum of Our National Heritage (Lexington, MA), WERS, NPR, WGBH Radio, PBS Television, Annenberg Foundation/Discovery Channel, Southeast District Jazz Orchestra Guest Director-Attleboro, MA, Artist in Residence at MIT.

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Willing to teach

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Associate Professor, Berklee College of Music Artist in Residence JazzUV, Xalapa, Mexico

Clinic/Workshop Information

Saxophone pedagogy, improvisation, composition, jazz history


Concert Schedule

Album Discography

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

The Next Stage

Big and Phat Jazz Productions



Newvelle Records


Smokin' Hot Bassoon...

Summit Records


Breaking News

SomArts Cultural Center



Big and Phat



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