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Jim Snidero

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James J. Snidero (born May 29, 1958, Redwood City, California, United States)[1] is an American jazz saxophonist.[2]

Performance career

Snidero grew up in the Washington DC area (Camp Springs, MD), then attended the U of North Texas and performed in the One O'clock Lab band. He moved to New York City in 1981 and recorded and toured with Jack McDuff from 1981 to 1982, then joined Toshiko Akiyoshi's Jazz Orchestra in 1983 in New York, and performed with the group for twenty years. He also played in Frank Sinatra's band from 1991 to 1995 and Eddie Palmieri's band beginning 1994. Snidero also has performed with the Frank Wess Sextet (1985), the Mingus Big Band from 1996 to 2000, and Walt Weiskopf from 1994 to 2003. He has worked as a sideman for David Hazeltine, David Murray, Mike LeDonne, Joe Magnarelli, Maria Schneider, Mel Lewis, Jim Rotondi, Brian Lynch, Conrad Herwig, and Tom Varner.

In 1984 he formed his own quintet and recorded and performed with sidemen that includes trumpeters Brian Lynch, Tom Harrell (from 1989 to 1992), and Tim Hagans (from 1992 to 1995); the pianists Benny Green (from 1987 to 1991), and Mulgrew Miller (in 1991); the double bass players Peter Washington and Dennis Irwin; and the drummers Billy Hart (from 1984 to 1986, and again in 1989), Louis Hayes (in 1990), Gene Jackson (in 1993), and Adam Nussbaum (from 1996). From 2001 to 2004, he recorded for Milestone Records, including composing and arranging for a string ensemble. In 2007, Snidero was signed with the Highnote/Savant label, and has recorded ten leader dates with sidemen that include Dave Douglas, Orrin Evans, Jeremy Pelt, Linda May Han Oh, Andy LaVerne, Paul Bollenback, Rudy Royston, Peter Washington and Joe Farnsworth. His "Live at the Deer Head" recording received 5 stars in Downbeat Magazine.

He was awarded two National Endowment for the Arts grants, including one recording with Dave Holland and Jack Dejohnette (1987), and has placed in both Downbeat Magazine's critics and readers polls.

Snidero performs frequently in the US, Europe, Japan and toured Australia in 2002.[3][4][5][6]

Educator career

Snidero is an adjunct instructor at the Jazz and Contemporary Music Program at the New School University and was a visiting professor at Indiana University and Princeton University. He has written five series of jazz etude books (60 in total editions) keyed to play-along CDs. He also has produced courses in jazz improvisation and performance for The Jazz Conception Company.

  • Jazz Conception: 21 solo etudes for jazz phrasing, interpretation and improvisation (1996)
  • Easy Jazz Conception: 15 solo etudes for jazz phrasing, interpretation and improvisation (1999)
  • Intermediate Jazz Conception: 15 solo etudes for jazz phrasing, interpretation and improvisation (2003)
  • Jazz Improvisation-Part 1: 21 video lesson, 18 play alongs, digital book, mobile app (2012)
  • Jazz Saxophone-Part 1: 10 video lessons, 8 play alongs, digital book, mobile app (2013)
  • The Essence of the Blues: 10 etudes for playing and improvising on the blues (2018)
  • The Essence of Bebop: 10 etudes for playing and improvising in the style of bebop (2020)

Higher education

Snidero studied at the University of North Texas College of Music before moving to New York City in 1981.

  • SUNY Empire State, BA 2002

Discography

As leader

  • On Time (Toshiba EMI, 1984)
  • Mixed Bag (Criss Cross, 1987)
  • Live (Red, 1989)
  • Time Out (Red, 1989)
  • Blue Afternoon (Criss Cross, 1989)
  • Storm Rising (Ken Music, 1990) OCLC 26244383, 724909429, 472753940
  • Urban Tales (Square Discs, 1991)
  • While You Were Here (Red, 1991)
  • Vertigo (Criss Cross, 1996)
  • San Juan (Red, 1992)
  • Standards Plus (Double-Time, 1997)
  • The Music of Joe Henderson (Double-Time, 1999)
  • Strings (Milestone, 2002)
  • Close Up (Milestone, 2004)
  • Tippin' (Savant, 2007)
  • Crossfire (Savant, 2009)
  • Interface (Savant, 2011)
  • Stream of Consciousness (Savant, 2013)
  • Main Street (Savant, 2015)
  • MD66 (Savant, 2016)
  • Jubilation! Celebrating Cannonball Adderley (Savant, 2018)
  • Waves of Calm (Savant 2019)
  • Project-K (Savant 2020)
  • Live at the Deer Head Inn (Savant 2021)

As sideman

References

General references

Inline citations

  1. ^ California Birth Index, 1905-1995
  2. ^ Gary W. Kennedy, The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, Second edition, edited by Barry Dean Kernfeld Archived 2012-03-30 at the Wayback Machine, PhD (born 1950), Macmillan Publishers, London (2002) OCLC 46956628
  3. ^ Gary W. Kennedy, The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, 2nd edition, edited by Barry Dean Kernfeld Archived 2012-03-30 at the Wayback Machine, PhD (born 1950), Macmillan Publishers, London (2002) OCLC 46956628
  4. ^ Ken Franckling, Hearsay: Jim Snidero: Consistency and Commitment, JazzTimes, xxiii/4 (1993), pg. 11
  5. ^ Zan Stewart (born 1944), Honesty of Expression, Down Beat, lxv/6 (1998), pg. 43
  6. ^ Vittorio Lo Conte, Jim Snidero, Cadence Magazine, xxvi/7 (2000), pg. 5
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