Born: May 29, 1958 Primary Instrument: Sax, alto
Jim Snidero is considered to be one of the top alto saxophonists and authors in jazz today. A resident of New York City for over 20 years, he has made numerous recordings as a leader, and has performed and/or recorded with many important jazz artists. Snidero is on the faculty at the New School University, is an active jazz clinician for the Selmer Company, and author of the best selling 3 series of books entitled Jazz Conception, Easy and Intermediate Jazz Conception, published by Advance Music.
Jim Snidero’s recordings have received critical acclaim by leading jazz critics. Several have received 4 stars in Downbeat Magazine, in which critics hailed Snidero as “a master musician” and “alto sax virtuoso”. ‘Strings’- which he both composed and arranged, was released on Milestone Records in March 2003, his first recording for a major label. Jazziz magazine called it “a masterful blend of composition, arranging and improvisation”, while Swing Journal, Japan’s #1 jazz magazine, stated “this is miraculously wonderful jazz... a masterpiece”. Celebrated jazz critic and author Gary Giddens, featured on Ken Burns PBS Jazz Series, said Snidero has “ a wonderfully aggressive broadsword of a sound, recalling Bird in its sheer jubilance” (Village Voice), while the New York Times called his solos ”dazzling”. His second recording on Milestone was entitled “Close up” , which features tenor great Eric Alexander....