Jim Snidero

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

Performance career[edit]

After touring with Jack McDuff from 1981 to 1982, he 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). He was awarded two National Endowment for the Arts grants, including one recording with Dave Holland and Jack Dejohnette (1997).

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

Educator career[edit]

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 three 11-volume series of jazz etude books 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: 10 video lesson, 19 play alongs, digital book, iPad app (2012)
  • Jazz Saxophone-Part 1: 6 video lessons, 8 play alongs, digital book, iPad app (2013)

Higher education[edit]

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[edit]

As leader[edit]

As sideman[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

General references

Inline citations

  1. ^ California Birth Index, 1905-1995
  2. ^ Gary W. Kennedy, The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, 2nd edition, edited by Barry Dean Kernfeld, 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, 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