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5th Annual Hyde Park Jazz festival!!!

By Daniel Ian Smith | Published August 21st, 2014

Festival Poster

Music, music, music…

By Daniel Ian Smith | Published March 9th, 2014

I’m looking forward to a great week of music with my group the New World Jazz Composers Octet. It’s such a privilege to perform this book of music with the finest musicians there are.  Felipe Salles, Walter Platt, Tony D’Aveni, Tim Ray, Mark Walker, Keala and Fernando, Bertram and Ernesto.. these guys are as good…

The summer knows…

By Daniel Ian Smith | Published July 25th, 2012

The summer just keeps flying along… Days never pass without something new I’ve learned about myself or this crazy business of music I’m immersed in.  I’ve been fortunate (as I always am) to play with such great musicians and to be surrounded by such honesty and creativity. The NWJCO had a few concerts, one especially…

The year… quickly waning…

By Daniel Ian Smith | Published December 3rd, 2011

It’s a beautiful Saturday morning, December 3rd. Still trying to navigate my own website after a year and a half and be more active with this ‘blog”. Technology and I are still at odds more often than not.  Hard to believe the year is quickly waning before our eyes. SO much happened this year in…

Thinking, hoping, learning day by day

By Daniel Ian Smith | Published December 3rd, 2011

It’s been a really busy few weeks… the NWJCO is about to release our 3rd CD entitled Breaking News and I think it’s our best one yet. That said, it’s a lot of work! For the first time I’m trying to use a publicist to assist in getting the word out as I feel that the…

Musings

By Daniel Ian Smith | Published December 5th, 2010

April 16th, 2011 I’ve been thinking of many things of late that cause me to stop, reflect, ponder, project.  I find myself overwhelmed with emotion when encountering the simplest and most honest gestures of human expression and dimension. In a world where glitz, fast talking, and posturing (or in the music world; faster, higher louder,…