In this saxophone masterclass, saxophonist Ian Hendrickson-Smith shows you why he's been so in-demand with artists such as Sharon Jones, Amy Wineouse, Michael Buble, Al Green, The Roots, Bob Dylan, The J.B.'s, Etta Jones, etc. Ian discusses and demonstrates concepts to help improve your tone, feel, versatility and overall musicianship.
Topics Covered: Long tone exercises, overtone exercises, creating scales out of partials (overtones), keeping your identity across different styles, sax tricks, time feel, transcriptions, false fingerings, beat placement, inflections, laying back in the pocket, stylistic diversity, blues, funk and R&B, ballad playing.
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.
From 2004 to 2010 Hendrickson-Smith maintained an intense recording and touring schedule as a member of Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings. He’s performed on virtually every major US late night TV show and has played the worlds premier stages. Ian is currently working towards opening a jazz club in NYC.
Ian’s extensive recording experience most recently includes the release of his seventh date as a leader, titled “Christmas Blues” (Spling Splang Records 2012) following the releases of “Cheef Says” (Spling Splang Records 2011) “Live at Smalls” (Smalls Live Records 2010),“Blues in the Basement” (Cellar Live Records 2006), “Still Smokin’” (Sharp Nine Records 2004),“Party of Three” (K-Pasta Records 2003) and his highly regarded debut CD, “Up in Smoke!” (Sharp Nine Records 2003). He can also be heard on a host of other records as a sideman, check out the Recordings page for complete info.
Hendrickson-Smith has worked and/or recorded with: Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Amy Winehouse, Al Green, Rufus Wainright, The Roots, Bob Dylan, Mofro, Robbie Williams, Boyz 2 Men, St Vincent, The Heavy, Michael Buble, The Charles Mingus Big Band Workshop, Phillip Harper, Etta Jones, David Hazeltine, Danny Moore, The J.B.’s (Fred Wesley and Pee Wee Ellis), Adam Scone, Lee Fields, Mark Ronson, David Sanborn, The Hotpants, The Macktet, The Uptown Quintet, The Night Crawlers, and more.