Jazz at the Mosesian
The Latin Side of Billy Strayhorn project was organized by Daniel Ian Smith as a vehicle to play the timeless compositions of the great American composer Billy Strayhorn in a contemporary world music setting. The idea was inspired and conceived in part by the great “Latin Side of….” recordings by trumpet player/composer Brian Lynch and trombonist Conrad Herwig. Organized in 2012, the group has been featured at the Durango International Jazz Festival (Durango, Mexico), Hyde Park Jazz Festival, Discover Jazz Festival (Burlington, VT), Guest artist at the JEN Annual convention (San Diego, CA), the Berklee College of Music, Ryles Jazz Club, and other venues. The group has been recognized and supported by the Strayhorn Foundation and featured by them in honor of the Billy Strayhorn Centennial Celebration in 2015. A recording of the group is slated for release in late 2019. The band performs arrangements and adaptations of Strayhorn’s compositions in addition to original compositions written in the spirit of Billy Strayhorn.
Daniel Ian Smith - saxophones
John Baboian - guitar
Russell Hoffman - piano
Fernando Huergo - electric bass
Steve Langone - drums/percussion