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Ian Hendrickson-Smith

Alto, Tenor, Baritone Saxophonist and Flutist Ian Hendrickson-Smith has been and continues to be one of the most sought after musicians in New York City. Mostly noted for his remarkable tone, soulful approach and blues driven melodies he's been reaching audiences world-wide through numerous recordings and live appearances. Born in New Orleans, Ian Hendrickson-Smith began his professional music career in 1996, after four years of studies at the Manhattan School of Music. Ian's extensive recording experience most recently includes the release of his fourth date as a leader, titled "Blues in the Basement" (Cellar Live Records) following the releases of "Still Smokin'" (2004 Sharp Nine Records),"Party of Three" (2003, K-Pasta Records) and his highly regarded debut CD, "Up in Smoke!" (2003, Sharp Nine Records)

The Lowdown

Label: Cellar Live
Released: 2020
Track listing: Side One: The Lowdown; Savin' Up; 10:30 Side Two: Nancy ( With The Laughing Face); I Should Care; Don't Explain.

West Meets East

Label: Cellar Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Nickel and Dimed; Manne-Splainin’; Lean and Mean; Mingus Dreams of Billy Strayhorn; Whose Blues; Jack’s Basket; Heart of Winter; Central Avenue Rundown.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Adam Shulman Septet: West Meets East

Read "West Meets East" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The “west" here is represented by San Francisco-based pianist and group leader Adam Shulman, the “east" by the other half-dozen members of Shulman's impressive septet. Even though the reasons that led to the alliance are ambiguous, what matters is the payoff, and that is more than admirable from any vantage point. As if ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Michael Leonhart: The Painted Lady Suite

Read "The Painted Lady Suite" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

A trent'anni esatti dalla scomparsa di Gil Evans, la sua lezione orchestrale rivive e si alimenta di nuove suggestioni. Il sorprendente e straordinario debutto della Michael Leonhart Orchestra rinnova un'estetica che in questi decenni ha ispirato Maria Schneider, in parte Darcy James Argue e alimentato la ricerca filologica e la rielaborazione di Ryan Truesdell.

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

David Gibson: Propelling The Story Forward

Read "David Gibson: Propelling The Story Forward" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

It's late morning on Sunday, January 17, 2016--a wintry New York day that will later see snow--and much of Brooklyn seems to be in a state of hibernation or hiding. There are few signs of life on the streets, but there's no shortage of action in the basement of the former Public School 9 Annex. That's ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Charles Ruggiero Releases "As Heard On TV"

Charles Ruggiero Releases "As Heard On TV"

Rondette Jazz announces second solo album from drummer Charles Ruggiero, As Heard On TV. On October 16, As Heard On TV will be available through Rondette Jazz on CD and via digital download on iTunes. Limited edition vinyl will also be available. A CD release party will be held Friday, October 9 at Smalls Jazz Club ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Adam Scone: I Scream Scone!

Read "I Scream Scone!" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Organist Adam Scone has played many styles of music throughout his career, from funk, rock, blues, other styles to yes, jazz and in 2013 after performing as a sideman on a saxophonist Ian Hendrickson-Smith recording, decided to consider documenting his first twenty-years playing jazz and ballads and to this end, I Scream Scone! was conceived and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Charles Ruggiero: Boom Bang, Boom Bang!

Read "Boom Bang, Boom Bang!" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Though jazz drummer Charles Ruggiero has made many recordings as a sideman over the last twenty-five years, he makes his long-awaited debut with Boom Bang, Boom Bang!, paying a tribute of sorts to Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea, two of his favorite jazz artists. Growing up with the sounds of the flute and the Fender Rhodes, ...


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