chad smith

“baracolle led by the suavely surprising sound of the saxophone” 
– New York Times (Leo Delibes; Sylvia, American Ballet Theatre)

“warm and expressive, delivering the virtuosity as well as the lyricism…saxophone proves to be a classical delight”
– Times Argus (Craftsbury Chamber Players)

“Come for the Sax, Experience Vaudeville”
– Harrisburg Patriot News (SAX-O-PHILM)

Chad Smith, saxophone & woodwind artist

Chad’s talent with multiple woodwind instruments has made him sought after as a Broadway, recording and concert performer from New York to Los Angeles. He has been a member of the Broadway orchestras of Wicked, Legally Blonde, Follies and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular.

He has performed with numerous prestigious orchestras, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Mostly Mozart, American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, New York Pops, American Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, and Albany Symphony. He has also shared the stage with Paquito D’Rivera, Vince Giordano, Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathis, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, John Pizzarelli, The Temptations, Arturo Sandoval, Lady Gaga, Bernadette Peters and Audra McDonald.

His movie credits include West Side Story, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Secret Life Of Pets 2, Little, The Informant!, Ted 2, Extremely Close and Incredibly Loud, I Saw the Light, and Monsters University. Mr. Smith has been featured on television in Goliath on Amazon, Legally Blonde on MTV, The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Grease on Fox, The Wiz and Hairspray on NBC, the Tony Awards on CBS and the Academy Awards on ABC. You can also hear Chad on the TV shows Family Guy, American Dad, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, The Flash, Lucifer, Smash, The Simpsons, and Fosse/Verdon.

Chad has created Sax-O-Philm:  Sounds and Sight’s of the 20’s.  Sax-O-Philm highlights the music of sax pioneer Rudy Wiedoeft accompanied by piano, harp and silent films, which he premiered at the 15th World Saxophone Congress in Bangkok.  This past summer, Sax-O-Philm grew to a fully-orchestrated show premiered by Chad and the Broadway Chamber Players.  To learn more about this exciting, entertaining and educational show, visit saxophilm.com.

He travels frequently giving clinics, master classes, recitals and concerts, including being interviewed as part of the Montclair State Film Forum, premiering his own arrangements with the Eastman Saxophone Project, and lecturing at the World Saxophone Congress in Strasbourg.

Chad is an adjunct professor of saxophone at Montclair State University and founder/director of the Masters in Woodwind specialization program.  He is a Selmer Artist and D’Addario Clinician.  He proudly performs on his mentor’s Al Gallodoro and Ted Hegvik’s gold-plated saxophones.