<%@ Language=VBScript %> Jazzitalia - Calogero Marrali & Jim Snidero Tour

QUARTET featuring 

31 march - 08 april

1 - 2 april 2001

0922-897137 / 0338-8485933 - E.mail: 0922897137@iol.it

Originally from the Washington D.C.area, alto saxophonist Jim Snidero arrived in New York in 1981, after attending the University of North Texas, and has since established himself as a distinguished soloist and recording artist. Snidero has recorded over ten CD"s as a leader for various domestic and international labels, featuring some of todays best jazz artists including Tom Harrell, Kenny Kirkland Benny Green, Mulgrew Miller, George Mraz, Billy Hart and many others. The New York Times called his solos "dazzling", and Gary Giddins of the Village Voice called him "a young altoist with a wonderfully aggressive broadsword of a sound, recalling Bird in its sheer jubilance". Zan Stewart gave Snidero's CD San Juan 4 stars in Downbeat Magazine, calling his compositions "a deft mix of edge and compelling melody". Bill Milkowski of Jazz Times said "he plays with the kind of drive and conviction that brings to mind a few legendary altosaxophonists...This is an abundantly talented, criminally under-recognized player at the peak of his powers". Chip Deffaa of the New York Post said of Snidero's Standards Plus CD "Jim Snidero"s lightly soaring alto sax is a pleasure". And finally, Downbeat Magazine simply called Snidero a "master musician".

As a sideman, Snidero has performed and recorded with a number of important groups. His first year in New York was spent with Brother Jack Mcduff, touring the U.S.and recording 4 albums. Since then, he has been a member of the Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra, including several recordings [Live at Carnegie Hall and Desert Lady on Columbia records, ect...], the Mingus Big Band, Eddie Palmieri's Latin Jazz Octet, and many others. He was also a member of Frank Sinatra's Orchestra for 4 years, recording Sinatra's Duets 2 (Capitol) records and has also recorded with Brian Lynch, Conrad Herwig, Walt Weiskopf, Joe Magnarelli,and others.

Snidero has also made major contributions in the jazz education field. He is the author of the innovative Jazz Conception Series, a set of jazz etude books published by Advance Music. Both Downbeat Magazine and Saxophone Journal have "highly recommended" them, Randy Brecker stated "one of the best tools I've seen for practicing jazz vocabulary and phrasing", and Jamey Aebersold said they are "a very valuable addition to our educational literature". Snidero is sponsored by the Selmer Company, endorses Rico Reeds and has given hundreds of jazz improvisation workshops throughout the U.S., Europe and Japan. In addition, he has taught at Jamey Aebersold's summer workshops since 1988 and is an instructor at the New School / Mannes School of Music in New
York City. 

Jim Snidero
Honesty of Expression
Musicians like altoist Jim Snidero for his sincerity. "Everything he plays sounds like he's going to play play it for the last time," says Jerry Rusch, the veteran L.A. based trumpeter.

Audiences at Snidero's recent live appearances have acknowledged a similar honesty of expression. Both during the altoist's stand in early March at the Club Brasserie on Tinseltown's Sunset Strip and his weekender in January at Smalls in Manhattan Snidero was smoking. The 29-year-old master musician's vibrant sound and vigorous harmonic and melodic approach made evergreens like "Along Came Betty" and "What's New" and solid originals such as "Passage" and "Blue Minor" brim with life.

After about two decades in the jazz business, Snidero, originally from Camp Springs, Md., says he's finally starting to discover his musical identity. "I've taken my influences-among them, in no particular order, bird, [Sonny] Stitt, Cannonball [Adderley], KD[Kenny Dorham], Joe Hen [Derson],Freddie [hubbard], Trane--and tried to expand upon them," he says. "I'm trying to blur the lines of traditional harmony, melody and rhythm, and still keep it meaningful."

The altoist has two recent projects of particular interest:Standards+Plus (Double Time), a first-rate CD, and the book JazzConception, a collection of play-along etudes published by Advance Music. Both feature the same trio of pianist Mike LeDonne, bassist Dennis Irwin and drummer Kenny Washington.

Standards+Plus is Snidero's first for Double Time. (He has several others out, most recently San Juan on Red Records.) As the title suggests, the recording is a bouquet of standards with a couple of blues--Sonny Red's "Bluesville" and Cedar Walton's "Twilight Waltz"--tossed in for good measure.

To keep things fresh, Snidero gave these familiar tunes some zesty arrangements. Examples: "You And The Night And The Music" is done as a waltz over a one-chord vamp, la Trane's "My Favorite Things"; "Long Ago and Far Away" has moments of band-unison melody then solid swing for the jazz choruses; "What's New" is a medium-tempo bossa.

"This album is my best recorded performance," says Snidero, a University of North Texas grad who has lived in New York since 1981. "It's relaxed. That band, as a rhythmic unit, is as good as it gets."

Jazz Conception is an 11-volume series of etudes for such instruments as flute, clarinet, guitar, tenor sax, alto sax, trumpet, trombone and sax section, plus a study/teaching guide that analyzes the material. the etudes--essentially solos based on an accompanying CD by noted jazzmen, among the tenorman Walt Weiskopf, trombonist Conrad Herwig, flutist Frank Wess, trumpeter ace Joe Magnarelli and Snidero. "The books, a bridge between standard playalongs and transcriptions of solos by the masters, are essentially an introduction to jazz style, and how to put together a solo in a concise way," notes Snidero.

As a leader, Snidero plays regularly around New York and travels more than occasionally to Europe. This Summer finds him hitting Japan and Australia. As a sideman, he's been featured with the Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra, The Mingus Big Band and Frank Sinatra recently paid a visit to Arizona State University, where he got to play with an orchestra. "Ninety-three Strings! That was unbelievable, a high point," he exclaims. He's also on the faculty at Mannes/New School in New York. 

Still, things could always improve, and Snidero would like to spend more time working under his own name. "I've been around New York for 17 years. I just want to get to the next level.

--Zan Stewart