Daniel Ian Smith
Daniel Ian Smith is a saxophonist, flutist, educator and composer with over 30 years of experience. He is a Professor at the acclaimed Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA where he has taught for over 24 years. Smith is in demand as a clinician, guest soloist, and lecturer with appearances throughout the United States, Japan, Germany, Canada, Mexico, Israel 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, an independent record label Big and Phat Jazz Productions, and his ensembles and touring projects. The recordings and performances by his ensemble The New World Jazz Composers Octet (NWJCO) have received rave reviews in DownBeat, JazzTimes, Cadence, ArtsFuse and All About Jazz magazines. His groups The New World Jazz Composers Octet, and The Latin Side of Billy Strayhorn have been featured at festivals and concert halls locally and internationally.
Smith has recorded and been featured on over 30 albums. Performances/Recordings with Michael Abene, Sergio Brandao, Jack Walrath, Maria Schneider, Arturo Sandoval, Boston Philharmonic, Rhode Island Philharmonic, Ronen Shmueli, Akikazu Nakamura, Jyoji Sawada, Claudio Roditi, Dave Samuels, Mark Walker, Pablo Ablanedo, The Temptations, Johnny Mathis, Patti Lupone, Michelle Rosewoman, Bill Mobley, Clark Tracey, Steve Berry, The Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra, Marty Ehrlich, Ron Carter, Herb Pomeroy, Aardvark Jazz Orchestra and many others. Most recently he has been featured on widely acclaimed recordings with: Fernando Brandao, The Pablo Ablanedo Octet, The Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra, Brian McCarthy and the Better Angels of Our Nature and Ron Reid and Sunsteel. Look for new recordings in 2019 by his New World Jazz Composers Octet, The Latin Side of Billy Strayhorn, and as a featured sideman with The Fernando Huergo Big Band, Pablo Ablanedo, Brian McCarthy and others.
We are proud to have his band, THE GENERATIONS SEXTET performing twice this year at the SJF - first, on Friday the 6th at 1pm on the Alchemist MainStage and second, the same night at 9pm at PIECASSO on the Mountain Road in Stowe. Come hear this wonderful band!
Daniel Ian Smith-saxophones
Fernando Huergo-electric bass
…began his musical career in Kansas City and has been an integral part of the New York City jazz community since 1995. Steve has performed and recorded with many well-known and highly esteemed musicians. Notably, he was a longstanding member of the Paul Motian Electric Bebop Band and the Charlie Haden Liberation Music Orchestra. Steve is currently a member of the John Patitucci Electric Guitar Quartet, Ben Allison and Think Free, Jon Cowherd Mercy Project, and Adam Nussbaum Lead Belly Project. He has toured extensively performing at countless international music festivals, theaters and clubs. Steve also leads his own trio with Ben Allison and Allison Miller, has released five recordings as a leader, as well as appears as a sideman on over one hundred recordings. His most recent album, “Charlie & Paul,” is on Newvelle Records. Additionally, Steve is on faculty at the New School in New York where he leads the Thelonious Monk Ensemble, Improvisation Ensemble, Guitar Duos as well as teaches individual lessons. Steve is also co-author with editor Don Sickler of the Thelonious Monk Fakebook.
Steve will be playing with his trio, including bassist Ben Allison and drummer Allison Miller on Saturday the 7th at 3pm, on the Alchemist MainStage.
Allison Miller and Boom Tic Boom
NYC-based drummer/composer/educator Allison Miller engages her deep roots in improvisation as a vehicle to explore all music. Described by critics as a Modern Jazz Icon in the
Making, Miller has also been recognized as one of the “Top 20 Jazz Drummers” by Downbeat Magazine, and her composition Otis Was a Polar Bear is on NPR’s list of the 200 Greatest Songs by 21st Century Women. Miller is Monterey Jazz Festival’s 2019 Artist in Residence, alongside bassist/producer Derrick Hodge. She is also the first recipient of the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation’s Commissioning Grant.
Miller’s band Boom Tic Boom celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2019 with the release of Glitter Wolf, their 5th album, featuring pianist Myra Melford, violinist Jenny Scheinman, clarinetist Ben Goldberg, coronetist Kirk Knuffke, bassist Todd Sickafoose, and Miller on drums. NPR’s Kevin Whitehead cites “All the parts fit together like clockwork on Allison Miller’s new album Glitter Wolf,” and JazzTimes announced “Boom Tic Boom’s previous four records were like bread crumbs leading longtime listeners to this record”. Previous Boom Tic Boom releases include 5am Stroll (2005), Boom Tic Boom (2010), Live at Willisau (2012), No Morphine, No Lillies (2013), and Otis Was a Polar Bear (2016).
Boom Tic Boom has been met with critical acclaim, receiving 4.5 stars from Downbeat Magazine and having been named among the Top 10 Jazz Albums cited by Downbeat, The L.A. Times, Jazz Journalists Association, and Something Else. The band has been featured on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross, WNYC’s Soundcheck and New Sounds with John Schaefer, MPR’s Tiny Desk with Bob Boilen, JazzSet with DeeDee Bridgewater, The Checkout: Live with Josh Jackson, and on NPR’s Jazz Night in America with Christian McBride. Festival appearances include Monterey Jazz Festival, Freihofer’s Saratoga Festival, Stanford Festival, San Francisco Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, RockIt Festival, Molde Festival, Guimarāes, Willisau Festival, Chicago Jazz Festival, Hyde Park Jazz Restival, Saalfelden Festival, Muenster Festival, Iowa City Festival, Reykjavik Festival, EarShot Seattle, Mary Lou Williams - Kennedy Center Festival, Edgefest, Mass Moca, Lugo, Pittsburgh Festival and Redwood Jazz Alliance.
When not on stage leading Boom Tic Boom Miller focuses on collaborations, and is well-known for co-directing performance groups Parlour Game with violinist Jenny Scheinman, and Science Fair with pianist Carmen Staaf. Science Fair’s debut release was included “Best Jazz of 2018” lists by both the New York Times and the L.A. Times. Miller is also a proud member of the critically-acclaimed group Artemis, along with Renee Rosnes, Cecile McClorin Salvant, Ingrid Jensesn, Anat Cohen, Melissa Aldana and Noriko Ueda. She is the musical director for Camille A. Brown’s Ink, along with Michelle Dorrance and the American Ballet Theater’s production Dream Within A Dream, Speak from Rachna Nivas and Michelle Dorrance, and And Still You Must Swing with Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards.
As a side musician, Miller has been the rhythmic force behind such mainstream artists as Ani DiFranco, Sara Bareilles, Natalie Merchant, Brandi Carlisle, Toshi Reagon, the Meredith Vieira Show, Late Night with Seth Meyers Band, Pino Daniele, and Erin McKeown. Miller’s jazz skills have been embraced by such legends as organist Dr. Lonnie Smith and vocalist Patricia Barber, along with instrumental trailblazers such as Marty Ehrlich, Myra Melford, Steven Bernstein, Renee Rosnes and Ben Allison.
Miller is a three-time Jazz Ambassador for the U.S. State Department and has been appointed Arts Envoy to Thailand for her work with Jazz Education abroad. She is on Yamaha’s Top 30 Clinicians List, conducting clinics and master classes throughout the world, and teaches at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in NYC, at Stanford Jazz Workshop, and is the Artistic Director of Jazz Camp West. Her lessons and writings have been published in The Huffington Post, Modern Drummer Magazine, Jazz Times, DRUM, Tom Tom, and Drummer UK.
Her instructional videos are proudly produced by Reverb.
In 2008 Miller founded the Walter Salb Memorial Musical Scholarship Foundation in honor of her late teacher and mentor Walter Salb. The foundation annually provides a monetary award to a promising young musician focusing on furthering their musical career through study.
3Miller endorses Yamaha drums, Zildjian cymbals, Vic Firth sticks, Sunhouse percussion, and Evans drumhead products.
Allison will be playing twice at the SJF this year - once with Steve Cardenas Trio on Saturday the 7th at the Alchemist MainStage and second, with BOOM TIC BOOM on Sunday the 8th at 5pm with:
Jeff Lederer-clarinet and bass clarinet
Edward Pérez and Festejation
Edward Perez resides in the cultural crossroads of Queens, New York, where he leads parallel careers as a composer, arranger, and bassist. His works have been performed by the likes of The Silkroad Ensemble, Yo-Yo Ma, Alan Gilbert, Galician gaita powerhouse Cristina Pato, Latin-jazz legend Ignacio Berroa, Latin-grammy nominated Peruvian singer Jorge Pardo, and oud phenom Kenan Adnawi. His music has been played in venues ranging from the smallest nightclubs in New York to the Kennedy Center, David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center, Massey Hall, Chicago Symphony Center, El Gran Teatro Nacional de Lima, Damascus Opera House, and Boston Symphony Hall.
Perez began his career as a jazz bassist, but quickly branched out to Latin-Jazz and traditional styles from Peru, Colombia, Brazil, and other parts of South America. He spent his collegiate years at Harvard University, earning a math degree while cutting his teeth in the local jazz clubs in Boston. Afterwards, Perez enjoyed a two year stint in Lima, Peru where he performed with the foremost Afro-Pervuian musicians including Grammy winners Eva Ayllón and Juan Medrano Cotito as well as venerated greats of the older generation such as Oscar Avilés and Julio “Chocolate” Algendones.
Perez later returned to the US in order to establish a home base in New York and pursue his interests in modern jazz. Hailed by Jazz Times for his “great dexterity,” Perez has toured through more than 20 countries sharing the stage with jazz luminaries such as Lee Konitz, Greg Osby, Seamus Blake, Lionel Loueke, Kenny Werner, Jason Palmer, and also Latin jazz powerhouses Paquito D’Rivera, Ignacio Berroa, and Arturo O’Farrill. His numerous recording credits on bass include the Grammy-nominated Latin jazz album “Second Chance” by Hector Martignon.
Also active as an educator, Perez has taught privately for The New School of Jazz and Contemporary Music and has held ongoing teaching positions for the Queens College Center for Preparatory Studies in Music as well as the Symphony Space Curriculum Arts Project. In the summers he teaches at Silkroad’s Global Musician Workshop and has given masterclasses to bassists and improvisors on all instruments in a host of countries around the globe.
Currently, Perez co-leads the Terraza Big Band, an 18 piece jazz group which some of the strongest up-and-coming players on the New York scene gather together to play original works by co-leaders Edward Perez and Michael Thomas, which run the gamut from modern jazz to styles from Latin America. As a bassist, Perez still remains firmly rooted in jazz improvisation, but continues to play a myriad of musical styles with a variety of groups, always remaining open to allowing the influences from these collaborations to influence his compositional style.
Edward will be playing with Festejation, his new band featuring the high energy dance rhythms of Peru at THE RUSTY NAIL STAGE on the Mountain Road in Stowe on both Friday the 6th and Saturday the 7th late evenings, starting at 9pm. There is no cover charge. With Edward, you will hear:
Maria Raquel - voice
Carmela Ramírez - voice
Eric Kurimski - guitar
Juan Felipe Mayorga - drums
Jeremy Smith - percussion
Felipe Fournier - percussion
Edward Pérez - bass and arrangements