Ian Hendrickson-Smith

– The Tonight Show, The Roots, The Dap Kings
“The Gaia2 is simply the best tenor saxophone mouthpiece I’ve ever played. Love at first sight.”


My Gaia2 tenor saxophone mouthpiece is truly extraordinary in that I feel completely “free” playing it. I form a thought, and the idea comes out. It’s truly liberating. I’ve never found this level of comfort with any other mouthpiece. Also, the flexibility the Gaia2 provides is unparalleled. I can play the most intimate jazz room and have total control and also play a giant festival stage and crank out the power and tone necessary to be heard through a loud band. The Durga baritone saxophone mouthpiece gives me just the right amount of power and cut while maintaining finesse and a beautiful tone. It’s in a class to itself.


New York City based saxophonist and flutist Ian Hendrickson-Smith is mostly noted for his remarkable tone, soulful approach and blues driven melodies. Currently you can find Ian playing on the road with The Roots or on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon. Hendrickson-Smith’s extensive recording experience includes the release of ten jazz records as a leader. His most recent, Live At Smalls (SmallsLive 2015) garnered critical acclaim from the New York Times. Hendrickson-Smith has worked and/or recorded with: Dr Lonnie Smith, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Amy Winehouse, Mark Ronson, Al Green, Lady Gaga, Ed Sheeran, Rufus Wainright, The Roots, Bob Dylan, Phish, Mofro, Queen Latifah, 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, David Sanborn, Sturgill Simpson and more.
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Q:How do you describe the feeling when your music is working perfectly?
A:When the horn and all it’s parts, including the mouthpiece, reed, ligature, etc are all working perfectly together it allows me to not even be aware of the equipment and express myself on the purest and simplest level.





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    Ian Hendrickson-Smith


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