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The leading pioneer of the bassoon with his many critically acclaimed award-winning recordings and live performances. As the most recorded bassoon soloist in the world, his repertoire spans music ranging from Baroque concerti to contemporary music including jazz, ragtime and crossover. He is the only bassoonist performing and recording in both the jazz and classical fields. Daniel Smith's unique career has been profiled in Gramophone, the New York Times, Fanfare, Classical Music, Musical Heritage Review, American Record Guide, NY Daily News, Classic CD and many leading European publications including The Times in England. In the USA, his career was highlighted on PBS's "All Things Considered'. In the UK, one of his recordings was used as the 'signature tune' for BBC radio 3 while BBC radio 4 showcased his career. In the field of jazz, leading jazz publications/magazines such as Jazz Inside, Jazz Improv, All About Jazz, Hot House, Jazzeitung, Sonic, Jazz Times, JazzEd, Downbeat, Music Teacher and many others have showcased his jazz performances and recordings in articles and interviews.
Daniel Smith's performances include jazz with his quartet 'Bassoon and Beyond', classical recitals with piano, concertos with orchestra, and highly popular programs divided between classical and jazz, with music ranging from Vivaldi, Elgar, Mozart and Verdi to Duke Ellington, John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, Sonny Rollins and Dizzy Gillespie. Described as a 'phenomenon', he has been called the 'Gerry Mulligan of the Bassoon' in the world of jazz and the 'Galway' and 'Rampal of the Bassoon' in the world of classical music, bringing his unique sound and style to concert series, festivals and jazz clubs.
His historic and unprecedented 6 CD set on ASV of the complete 37 Vivaldi bassoon concertos was chosen as 'Best Concerto Recording of the Year' by the Music Industry Association and awarded the Penguin Guide's coveted *** rosette rating as well as inclusion in Fanfare's annual 'Want List'. These concertos, recorded with The English Chamber Orchestra and I Solisti di Zagreb, firmly established Daniel Smith as a leading soloist on his instrument. His recordings with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and The Caravaggio Ensemble for the ASV White Line label produced innovate crossover albums, with unique renditions of ragtime pieces, opera excerpts, and popular standards. In the world of jazz, his albums on the Zah Zah label, 'BEBOP BASSOON' and 'THE SWINGIN' BASSOON' showcase the music of Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, Sonny Rollins, Horace Silver, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie and many other legendary jazz artists. His all-blues album on the Summit label, BLUE BASSOON, garnered over 60 outstanding reviews and is heard extensively throughout the world on jazz radio. Other recordings of Daniel Smith are available on Vox, MHS, KemDisc, Pearl, Spectrum, Cambria, Regis, Crystal and the Forum labels.
His performances have included many firsts: The American West Coast premiere of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Gunther Schuller's 'Concerto for Contrabassoon and Orchestra'; the world premiere of Steve Gray's 'Jazz Suite For Bassoon' with the Welsh Chamber Orchestra; solo concerts at New York's Lincoln Center and the Tivoli Concert Hall in Copenhagen, and also five appearances at London's 'Pizza On The Park' with his jazz quartet. Other major venues where he has performed include New York's Carnegie Recital Hall (two appearances) and the Merkin Concert Hall. In London, the Wigmore Hall (three times), St.John's Smith Square, and the BBC Concert Hall. His many recordings are heard throughout the world on classical and jazz radio stations, National Public Radio in the USA, major airlines for in-flight listening, and featured with leading book and record clubs as well as the Muzak network.
In 2003, Daniel Smith was designated as 'Ambassador for the Bassoon' by Youth Music in the UK.
In 2008, he was nominated as finalist for the 'Player of the Year' award by the Jazz Journalists Association.
In Sept. of 2009, Daniel Smith performed the world premiere of ROBERT FARNON's bassoon concerto 'Romancing the Phoenix'. This three movement bassoon concerto for solo bassoon with rhythm section and full symphony orchestra in a jazz oriented style was written specifically with Daniel in mind by the composer. Warner Chappell has published the score and parts with Robert Farnon's dedication 'To the American virtuoso Daniel Smith' on the title page. The performance took place at the Forum Theatre in Malvern (UK) with the Chandos Symphony Orchestra conducted by Michael Lloyd.
Recent NYC performances with his jazz quartet include Puppets Jazz Club, Caffe Vivaldi, The Tea Lounge, the Kitano Jazz Club and the famed Barge Music concert series.
In August of 2010, Daniel Smith will perform with his quartet 'Bassoon and Beyond' at the Summerwinds Festival in Munster, Germany
His upcoming recording, to be released worldwide in 2011, will be an all-Latin/jazz album entitled 'Bassoon Goes Latin!'
(for the LATEST REVIEWS go the Daniel's website)
" The Rampal or Andre of the bassoon...Daniel Smith is a phenomenon!"
MUSICAL HERITAGE REVIEW
"At Last! The bassoon enters into the world of jazz...for real."
"A first rate bassoonist who particularly relishes the lyric possibilities of his instrument."
NEW YORK TIMES
"Daniel Smith shows that the bassoon can not only make convincing jazz but that it can make sounds of great beauty too.Go and hear him! This is a unique voice in jazz."
"Congratulations to Daniel Smith are in order for achieving what no other bassoonist has yet attempted on disc."
"Virtuoso Daniel Smith shows that he can make the bassoon dance like Gerry Mulligan's baritone sax."