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Snidero, Jim (James J.)

Snidero, Jim (James J.), alto and soprano saxophones, author; b. Redwood City, CA, 29 May 1958.

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 Jazz Conception and Easy Jazz Conception series, published by Advance Music. As a side man, he has worked with some of the biggest names in both jazz and rock. He was in Frank Sinatra's orchestra for 4 years. He has been a member of the Downbeat poll winning Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra for 20 years, and toured extensively with The Mingus Big Band. Other jazz credits include Jack Mcduff, Frank Wess, Tony Bennett, Eddie Palmiari, Maria Schneider, Conrad Herwig, Brian Lynch, Walt Weiskopf, Joe Magnarelli and many others. In the rock field he has performed with Sting, Billy Joel, Elton John, Ricky Martin, and others. Snidero also has a long and varied experience as both an educator and author. He attended the University of North Texas, and has been on the faculty of the New School University since 1995, along with Jamey Aebersold's Summer Jazz Camps since 1988, the largest of its kind in the world. He has given literally hundreds of jazz clinics on style and improvisation through out the US, Europe and Asia, many of which being sponsored by the Selmer Company. He is also sponsored by Rico reeds.

Mixed Bag (1987); Blue Afternoon (1989); Live (1989); Storm Rising (1990); Urban Tales (1991); While You Were Here (1991); Strings (2003)
As sideperson:
Frank Sinatra: Duets II

Snidero has authored two jazz etude series, Jazz Conception (17 books) and Easy Jazz Conception (15 books). They have been translated into both Japanese and German.

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