Monday, September 14, 2015

Ian Hendrickson-Smith Strand Band

Neighborhood Music School (NMS) presents the acclaimed Ian Hendrickson-Smith Strand Band on Saturday, September 26 in the NMS Recital Hall from 8-10 p.m. Tickets on sale now at and at the door. Visit or the NMS Facebook event page,, for information!

Hendrickson-Smith, a saxophonist and flutist, is known for his remarkable tone, soulful approach and blues-driven melodies. He is one of the most sought-after musicians in New York City and currently plays with The Roots on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, as well as with the Loston Harris Trio at the Carlyle Hotel. He has released ten jazz albums as a leader, with his most recent, Live at Smalls, garnering critical acclaim from The New York Times. []

He is known to audiences worldwide through numerous live appearances and recordings with an incredibly diverse array of celebrated artists, including Dr. Lonnie Smith, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Amy Winehouse, Al Green, Rufus Wainright, The Roots, Bob Dylan, Phish, Mofro, Queen Latifah, Robbie Williams, Boyz II Men, Michael Buble, The Charles Mingus Big Band Workshop, Etta Jones, The J.B.’s (Fred Wesley and Pee Wee Ellis), David Sanborn and more.

The Strand Band is comprised of Hendrickson-Smith, as well as Clark Gayton on trombone, Eric Finland on Hammond Organ, Al Street on guitar and Erick Kalb on the drums.

“We have a residency at The Strand Smokehouse in Astoria every Sunday, hence the name,” says Hendrickson-Smith.

Hendrickson-Smith connected with NMS through his friendship with NMS’s Noah Bloom, also a musician and Director of Programs and Community Engagement, who said, “Ian brings his soulful, funky, acoustic, R & B brand of jazz to NMS Presents. His band is well versed at bringing the party wherever they go, and we are so fortunate to have world class music right here on Audubon Street.”

Don’t miss what is sure to be a memorable and exciting show with some of New York City’s most talented – and fun! – musicians.  Learn more about Ian Hendrickson-Smith at and get your tickets for the NMS Presents concert today!