Born: October 15, 1977 Primary Instrument: Saxophone
Jim Saltzman is quickly becoming a powerful force on the New York jazz scene. His versatility and forward thinking have led to Jim’s open-minded, eclectic collaborations with some of the most engaging players of his generation. Born in Pequannock, NJ, Jim received his B.M. in Jazz and Commercial Music (Performance) from the University of the Arts in 2000, and his M.M. in Jazz Studies (Performance) from William Paterson University in 2002, where he was the first saxophonist to complete the graduate program. While attending both schools, he studied with David Demsey, Don Braden, James Williams, Ron Kerber, Frank Mazzeo, Bill Zaccagni, and Rich DeRosa. Jim has also studied privately with Seamus Blake, Rich Perry, and Kenny Werner. As a member of the BMI Jazz Composers Workshop led by Jim McNeely and Mike Holober, he was awarded the prestigious 2011 BMI Foundation Charlie Parker Composition Prize for his composition, “Road To Zion.” His most recent CD of original compositions, Hidden Intentions was chosen as one of the “Top Ten Jazz CD’s of 2007” by the Boston Globe, and was listed in the “Critics Picks, Top Jazz CD’s of 2007” by Jazz Times. Jim has also recorded two additional CD’s, “Along the Way” (2000), and “Aggregate” (2003),and has performed with Don Braden, Jim McNeely, George Coleman, James Moody, Grover Washington, Jr., Eddie Gomez, Jon Faddis, David Berkman, John Benitez, Jeff Hirschfield, Claudio Roditi, Vanessa Rubin, and many others. He has been a member and contributing composer/arranger of the Cecil’s Big Band for over seven years. In addition to his busy performing schedule, Jim is also a dedicated educator. He is an Adjunct Lecturer of Music at Drew University in Madison, NJ, where he teaches saxophone, jazz ensemble, Jazz History, and World Music. Jim served as the head counselor and instructor for William Paterson University’s Summer Jazz Improvisation Camp from 2001-2007, where he taught jazz improvisation, coached a small group, and taught saxophone lessons. Additionally, he teaches a full schedule of private saxophone, flute, and clarinet students in the northern New Jersey area. Jim is also an author, having written for Down Beat magazine. His extensive masters thesis, “Stylistic Aspects in the Improvisations of Tenor Saxophonist Warne Marsh” is currently seeking publication. Jim is a current DMA (Jazz Arts Advancement) candidate at Manhattan School of Music.
Awards:"Top ten jazz CD's of 2007" - The Boston Globe “Critics picks, top jazz CD’s of 2007” - Jazz Times
If anything, Saltzman's compositions are all about confronting hidden intentions with blatant honesty. Honesty must be the best policy, because Hidden Intentions is as honest as you're ever going to find. In an age where integrity usually runs second to marketability, Jim Saltzman takes the road less traveled. And that makes all the difference. - J Hunter, All About Jazz
Jim Saltzman is another gifted, pyrotechnical tenor player out of the Coltrane-Brecker school, one who, based on the evidence of this striking debut recording and all-original program, bears close watching. - Samuel Chell, All About Jazz
Hidden Intentions is innovative and has Saltzman and crew’s insignia embossed all over it. - Susan Frances, JazzReview.com
...tenor saxophonist Jim Saltzman let loose - using cries, fast-ripped phrases, leaping lines and more to tell his story. - Zan Stewart The Star-Ledger
Jim Saltzman is a strong tenor player...“Open The Open Door,” a strutting soprano sax and electric piano workout; the driving “No Fault” and “What May Come Of This?”; and the touching wooden flute feature “Losing Sight.” - Jerome Wilson, Cadence
This new recording project may finally be the break-through for composer and saxophonist Jim Saltzman. It is a shame that he is not more widely recognized and appreciated.The overall sound might be described as muscular and full: individual contributions are both inventive and deliberate. There is hardly a wasted note or slight hesitation.This is creative jazz at it's best. Lunch for your ears!! -Tim Price, Saxophone Journal
Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.
Adjunct Lecturer of Music at Drew University (Saxophone, Jazz Ensemble, Jazz History, World Music) William Paterson University’s Summer Jazz Improvisation Camp (Head counselor, Jazz Improvisation, Small Group, Saxophone since 2001) The Litchfield Jazz Festival Summer Music School (Saxophone, Jazz Theory, Small Group - 2004) Private saxophone, flute, and clarinet instruction for over 11 years. Lessons are $65 an hour.
Available for master classes that can cover just about anything from saxophone specific topics (tone development, intonation, repertoire, etc.), how to get the most out of your practice session, to rehearsing jazz bands and being a guest soloist. Also available to give a lecture on saxophonist Warne Marsh (“Warne Marsh: Explorations – His World of Voice-Leading and Rhythmic/Harmonic Displacement”).