Dan Smith

Saxophones/Woodwind

Biography

Dan Smith has played the saxophone since the age of 10. He grew up in Hertfordshire and went to Simon Balle school. It was during his secondary years that he gained an interest in jazz and improvising. From the age of 13 Dan was a part of the school Big Band, Jazz Band and Concert Band. This enabled him to gain experience playing in different styles and playing Tenor and Baritone saxophone alongside his main study, Alto saxophone in which he achieved grade 8 jazz when he was 16. Towards the end of his secondary school years Dan was part of a jazz quartet. Comprised of similarly enthusiastic school friends the quartet played together most days of the week and performed at various venues and events around Hertfordshire.

In September 2010 Dan enrolled as an undergraduate at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama to study jazz. For 4 years he studied under Geoff Simkins and Iain Ballamy. Throughout music college Dan was part of the 'Teddy Smith Big Band' in which he played the Lead Alto chair and frequently doubled on Clarinet and Flute.  Dan is also part of the saxophone section for 'James Clarks' Lonely Hearts Rugby Clwb'. Both bands have played at many venues across Wales including the Dora Stoutzker Hall in Cardiff, Acepella Studios in Pentrych, the Ucheldre Centre in Holyhead, Brecon Jazz Festival and London Jazz Festival. Dan played Baritone for the Steve Waterman 10tet and led the band at Brecon Jazz Festival and Hay Festival in 2012.

In 2013 the Smith/Komor/Reynolds Trio was formed. Featuring Jon Reynolds on Drums, Pete Komor on bass and Dan on Alto saxophone, the trio have performed in many guises often featuring as part of the Tom Ollendorf Quartet. 

Dan graduated from Royal Welsh in summer 2014 with 1st class honours and also received the Yamaha Jazz Scholarship Award. 

In September 2016 Dan began studying MA Jazz at The Royal Academy of Music in London.