Primary Instrument: Saxophone
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). He can also be heard on a host of other records as a sideman, check out the Recordings page for complete info....
He remains an unquestionable master of the genre; at a mere thirty one years of age, Hendrickson-Smith, who doubles on flute, is the possesor of a world-weary tone that many players his senior would kill for. -Peter Aaron, All About Jazz
Hendrickson-Smith's straight-ahead session captures the essence of a century of great music...an album that brings out the best in straight-ahead jazz for the 21st century. -Cadence Magazine
It's marvelous to hear alto saxophone playing like that. -George Coleman